Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays centered around family, feasting and giving thanks for the wonderful blessings in our lives. I simply love a traditional turkey dinner and the many scrumptious pies that round out the meal. However, because it’s all so delicious, we tend to overeat and feel bloated and tired even days after! This is where taking digestive enzymes can be a big help.
Our bodies are masterfully made and come with their own supply of digestive enzymes. These enzymes help break down the protein, carbohydrates and fat in our food into smaller components so our intestines can absorb them and convert them to fuel and energy. Unfortunately, as we begin to age, our enzyme supply begins to dwindle and our stomach acid becomes more alkaline making food absorption and assimilation harder. The result can be:
- acid reflux
- food cravings
- brain fog
- joint pain
- muscle weakness
- mood swings
- trouble sleeping
FULL SPECTRUM SUPPLEMENT
Many alternative and integrative medical experts agree that as we age, we may benefit from taking digestive enzyme supplements. Our bodies and their needs are quite unique but there are supplements for general digestive improvement. Dr. Josh Axe recommends looking for a full-spectrum enzyme blend that would include some of the following (in alphabetical order):
- Alpha-galactosidase (for carb digestion)
- Malt diastase
- Protease (or acid proteases)
Read the labels carefully about the dosage and whether to take these before or with meals. Do follow instructions because too high a dose can cause unpleasant side effects. If you are a vegan, look for an enzyme blend that does not include animal products. It must also be stated that if you are experiencing a chronic health problem, you should visit your health practitioner for a customized approach.
NATURAL DIGESTIVE ENZYMES
You may also want to consider foods that can provide natural digestive enzymes. Check to be sure that you are not allergic to any of these. The list includes pineapple, papaya, mango, sauerkraut, kimchi, avocado, bee pollen, apple cider vinegar, and raw honey.
Enjoy this wonderful holiday season with its many culinary delights and other blessings. Here’s to living Healed, Healthy and Whole!