Saturday, April 24, 2010

Are you enzyme deficient?

Do you get enough enzymes?

enzyme  deficiencyThe most well-known symptoms of enzyme deficiency are indigestion and gas. But did you know that there are a host of other health challenges in which an enzyme-deficient diet can play a role? To understand how one could become enzyme-deficient, a person has to understand that cooked foods have no live, viable enzyme activity left. So many people today eat mostly cooked foods. Even when we eat raw foods, we typically only get the enzymes needed to digest the food itself and supply our body with those nutrients. There are not enzymes left over for taking care of all the other fast foods, fried foods, sugary foods, white flour foods, etc. Add to this the fact that stress depletes enzymes and it becomes easier to see how a person could be enzyme-deficient, even if they regularly eat some raw foods. Age is a factor too because while it is true that our body can make enyzmes, it makes less as we grow older. So what are the symptoms of enzyme deficiency? I'm so glad you asked....

Special Note: It should go without saying, but in case it does not, that any of these symptoms alone is not a sign of enzyme deficiency. Nor is enzyme supplementation suggested as a treatment here, apart from any needed medical treatment you might need. What we are saying is that if you have these conditions, then an enzyme-deficient diet might be a factor and supplementing with enzymes, in addition to whatever healing regimen you and your health care professional decide upon, could be beneficial

If you are deficient in protease you may experience:hearing concerns, gum disease, restless or fitful sleep, high blood pressure, fungal infection, back pain or weakness, and constipation.

A deficiency of the enzyme amylase may produce the following: Depression or mood swings, PMS in women, allergies, cold feet and hands, aching pain in neck or shoulders, celiac sprue, skin outbreaks, inflammation and blood sugar problems.

If you don't have enough lipase, you could be dealing with: Gallbladder pain or stones, bladder problems, joint pain, cystitis, hay fever, urinary incontinence, constipation or diahrrea, heart problems, feet that ache, prostate problems or acne.

And if you happen to be deficient in more than one digestive enzyme, symptoms may include Chronic colds or allergies, bowel disorders such as IBS or diverticulitis, sinus infections, immune system problems or chronic fatique.

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1 comment:

  1. I have always wondered what the relationship was then between enzymes and probiotics? Our son has been greatly helped from his severe food allergies and eczema caused from intolerance to certain foods all because he started taking Belly Boost children's chewable probiotics. I was wondering what the similarities or differences were or if people choose one over the other or both!


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