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Why Take Digestive Enzymes?


From about age thirty, there is some natural depletion in digestive enzymes. This can be exacerbated by stress, illness, pregnancy or intense athleticism. Meanwhile modern processing and cooking destroys the enzymes in food, so what is depleted is not replaced. Inefficient enzyme action might not seem like such as big deal, but unfortunately it can have wide-ranging consequences for health.

What use is a wonderful, varied diet if we are unable to properly digest and absorb it? Without effective digestive enzyme action, we can eat all the good stuff and still be undernourished, tired and hungry. And because the digestive tract is an intricate, interdependent ecosystem, malnutrition is just the tip of the iceberg.

Science is revealing an intriguing link between digestive health and mood. Ever ‘feel it in your gut’? That might be because the gut is home to more neurons than either the spinal cord or the peripheral nervous system, constantly sending and receiving messages to and from the brain and contributing to mental and emotional health. The gut is also where most of the body’s serotonin is produced. That’s the neurotransmitter that deals with feelings of happiness, calm and wellbeing.

An estimated 60-80% of the immune system is located in the digestive tract, where it reacts to ‘bad’ bacteria. If food isn’t broken down properly by digestive enzymes, larger pieces can cross the intestinal wall, triggering an overactive inflammatory immune response. Over time, such responses may contribute to inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, eczema, psoriasis and IBS. This inflammatory mechanism has also been linked to food intolerances which up to 45% of Irish people may suffer from. While the overstretched immune system is on high alert dealing with food particles, yeast and toxins can reach the bloodstream and we become vulnerable to potentially serious illnesses.

A healthy gut is also involved in the production of heathy hormones. When this environment goes awry, hormones can become depleted leading to weight again, low energy and mood.

Physically, mentally and emotionally, it pays to maintain a healthy digestive tract with diverse digestive enzymes. When young, healthy, stress and illness-free and eating an optimal unprocessed diet, this shouldn’t be a problem. But if any of these factors are compromised, choose a quality supplement like Udo's Choice Digestive Enzyme Blend.