Modern Diets

Problems with the Modern Diet

Almost none of the foods we eat could be absorbed into our bloodstreams without the action of powerful enzymes that break down food in order to extract vital nutrients. Without this break down of the food matrix, undigested food passes into the colon, where it can lead to bloating, gas, diarrhea, and cramping. But even worse than these uncomfortable symptoms, poorly digested food contributes to the malnutrition that threatens older people who are already facing reduced appetite and changes in muscle and fat stores.

Not surprisingly, poor oral health even just wearing dentures can reduce the efficiency of chewing, putting an extra burden on already-taxed digestive enzymes. That’s why supplementing with enzymes is important not just for healthy digestion but for good health in general.If we ate a purely raw food diet, we wouldn’t need supplemental digestive enzymes. Raw food contains its own enzymes to help kick-start the digestive process.Because the modern diet consists primarily of cooked, processed foods, our bodies need to rely almost exclusively on our own natural digestive enzymes. The problem is that as we age, we produce fewer of the enzymes necessary for healthy digestion, which makes it difficult for our bodies to properly break down food.

Evidence for Supplementing With Digestive Enzymes

Adding natural enzymes to the human diet is not a new idea. It’s been 70 years since scientists first recognized the importance of enzymes in raw foods to boost human nutrition. Those early scientists noted that providing supplementary enzymes could restore the rapid digestion of foods in the stomach, mimicking the self-digestion that takes place when people consume raw foods.

There’s also a long medical history of using supplementary digestive enzymes in caring for people with various chronic digestive diseases. People with cystic fibrosis take pancreatic enzyme formulas to help them break down proteins, fats, and other nutrients they could not digest well otherwise.25 Individuals with chronic pancreatitis may use lipases to help them break down fats.

But there’s growing evidence that suggests that even if you don’t suffer from a specific enzyme deficiency, you may benefit from supplementing with helpful digestive enzymes.

About Digestion

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Every time you put food into your mouth, your body has to go through a series of steps to extract what it needs from it. It’s a fairly complicated procedure, really, that comprises a host of physical actions from the grinding of food by the teeth to the churning of the stomach and food-moving intestinal undulations.

 One thing that many people overlook, however, is the importance of a largely underappreciated biochemical process. This is the domain of digestive enzymes.

The truth is, you are not really what you eat. You are what you absorb. And when you swallow a bite of chewed, mashed-together food (technically called a “bolus”), your body has to continue working on it to prepare it for nutrient absorption. This is done by digestive enzymes, chemical compounds that digest and break down large food particles into smaller units.

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~ by Patrick on April 8, 2013.

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