If you have ever suffered from digestive issues you know how debilitating they can be. Not only can they be uncomfortable but they can be downright embarrassing too. But what can you do about it?

 

Getting to the bottom of the triggers for poor digestion is key to prevention and ultimately cure but adding probiotics and digestive enzymes into your diet along the way can significantly help too. So what are they and how do they work?

Probiotics

Our gut is full of good and friendly bacteria that help us properly break down and digest our food. They help keep our gut in check and prevent ‘bad’ bacteria from overgrowth. For many of us these friendly bacteria can be depleted and disrupted by taking antibiotics, steroids, acid-blocking medications, eating a poor diet, stress and pollution amongst other things. Taking a highly concentrated dose of probiotics on a daily basis can help you regain a healthy balance of bacteria in your gut and help your microbiome, which has a ripple effect throughout the body. The bacteria that live on us and inside us affect everything from our skin to our digestion to our ability to fight off disease.Couple these probiotics with additional enzymes, like in Arbonne Digestion Plus, and you have a truly beneficial combination.

Digestive enzymes 

These are catalysts that help break down proteins, carbohydrates, and fats into a more simple form, enabling them to be absorbed by the body.

You’re probably aware that digestion starts in the mouth as soon as you start chewing but it actually begins as soon as you see or smell food and start to salivate in anticipation of what’s coming next. After that digestion begins in the mouth, where amylase starts to break down carbohydrates. Chew on a piece of whole of wheat bread for long enough and you can detect a slightly sweet taste. This is the sugar that is being released as carbohydrates are broken down into more simple sugars. As the food moves into your stomach, gastric juices act on the proteins.

Once entering the intestine, the majority of the breaking down occurs when the pancreas and small intestine release the naturally occurring digestive enzymes amylase, protease, and lipase to make the final breakdown of the nutrients.

So, the big question is: Do we really need to take enzyme supplements or is it simply a marketing ploy powered by supplement suppliers? The answer is, of course, it depends.

If you suffer with symptoms of recurring digestive issues including:

  • gas
  • bloating
  • a feeling of fullness after a few mouthfuls of food
  • heaviness or a  heavy feeling after eating
  • stools are loose and have undigested food in them or 
  • you regularly get constipated 

it would be worth looking into a probiotic and digestive enzyme supplement.  Not only will it help .

So what might be causing these digestive issues in the first place? 

  • You're stressed out – too much stress can affect the way we 
  • You have intestinal damage – the intestinal lining can be damaged throughdrugs, steroids hormones, from diseases like celiac disease, or through eating processed, packaged convenience food
  • You have pancreatic issues.
  • The pancreas produces essential enzymes, but if your body isn’t producing them or what it is producing is insufficient, your doctor might recommend enzymes.
  • You have food allergies.
  • If you suffer from intestinal hyper-permeability (leaky gut), food allergies, or intolerances, this can also cause a decrease in digestive enzymes.
  • You have nutrient deficiencies.
  • Similarly, if you're suffering from malnutrition, iron deficiency, osteoporosis, general allergies, leaky gut syndrome, B12 deficiency, you may suffer with digestive problems.
  • Aging - sadly aging is generally associated with a decreased digestive function too.

Which enzyme product should you choose?

I’ve always believed that buying cheap products is a waste of your money. You can buy just a fruit-based enzyme with bromelain or papain, for example, which is extracted from papaya and pineapple, but these are weak. There are also animal-based enzymes, but these can be unstable.

The best is to buy active plant enzymes without wheat, gluten, or soy products. Check the label. The ingredients should show protease, amylase, and lipase and their relative quantities.

For those who do need them, enzyme supplements can be life-changing – they were for me!

Arbonne’s Digestion Plus is a combination of a Probiotic and Digestive enzymes which are plant based to support the breakdown, absorption, and utilization of macronutrients. Taken first thing in the morning on an empty stomach or with a drink, they work with the body’s own reduced supply of enzymes to achieve maximum digestion and support intestinal repair mechanisms. Not only will they support your microbiome but they will help boost your immunity, increase your mental wellbeing, help things keep moving (umm if you know what I mean!) protect against leaky gut and ensure you have glowing radiant skin. And at £1.50 a day I think that’s pretty good value for money! 

For more information or to purchase Arbonne Digestion Plus and get a 20% saving click this link.

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