In this article:
- Why Do We Need Digestive Enzymes?
- What Do Digestive Enzymes Do?
- What is Digestive Plaque?
- Where Do You Find Digestive Enzymes?
As the scientist who named the mycobiome (our body’s fungal community), I am dedicated to helping people achieve total gut balance. From my scientific research, I know digestive enzymes are a crucial part of achieving complete gut balance.
Although you may not think twice about opening your hummus and snacking throughout the afternoon, our bodies are put to work every time we eat. As most of us eat more than three times a day, our bodies are hard at work digesting food throughout the majority of the day. Help take some pressure off of your body and reboot your digestive system with digestive enzymes.
Why Do we Need Digestive Enzymes?
Our bodies are capable of making their own digestive enzymes — from amylase in our saliva, to protease in the stomach, and lipase in the small intestine. Working together, amylase breaks down carbohydrates, protease breaks down protein, and lipase breaks down fats. However, if we don’t have enough digestive enzymes, we are unable to absorb all of the nutrients in the food we eat. In order to reap maximum benefits from your meal, you need digestive enzymes to help the body absorb everything into the gut lining.
How do you know if your body isn’t making enough digestive enzymes? Any discomfort in the gut, or microbiome issues you might be experiencing are signs that you may not be creating enough of your own digestive enzymes. Specific signs that your body doesn’t create enough of its own digestive enzymes are having loose stools or food that isn’t completely digested in the stool. Other signals can include gas, bloating, a feeling of fullness immediately after you begin eating, or a feeling of heaviness in the stomach.
If you’re experiencing a lot of stress, have intestinal damage, pancreatic issues, food allergies, nutrient deficiencies, or if you’re aging, your body may also be telling you that it is not creating enough digestive enzymes.
What Do Digestive Enzymes Do?
Digestive enzymes are proteins that break down food to make it easier to absorb into the body and the gut.
Digestive enzymes help the body break down food, absorb maximum nutrients, and improve the overall health of the microbiome. When the body has enough digestive enzymes to help break down food and receive its nutrients, you’ll feel the benefits too with a natural energy boost.
What is Digestive Plaque?
We also need digestive enzymes to help us break down digestive plaque. Digestive plaque is a protective film that covers and holds bad bacteria and fungi in the gut. I was the first to discover how bacteria and fungi work in tandem to form digestive plaque through my scientific research. If our bodies can’t break through the digestive plaque, harmful bacteria and fungi will remain in the system. If bad germs remain hidden behind plaque, they can actually become more powerful and antibiotic-resistant, making them even harder to control.
The solution is not as simple as taking a probiotic to keep the gut healthy. If the probiotics are unable to break through the plaque, then they are unable to serve to their full potential and complete their duty. In order to expose the bad bacteria and fungi, we have to break down digestive plaque with digestive enzymes. Then, probiotics are able to do their job of controlling the bad bacteria and fungi.
Where Do you Find Digestive Enzymes?
I have developed a probiotic specifically designed to target digestive plaque. I’ve identified an enzyme that has been shown to inhibit the growth of plaque, and then I selected probiotic strains that were proven to prevent bad bacteria and fungi from forming together to create plaque. The BIOHM probiotic supplement breaks down digestive plaque with the enzyme amylase, while introducing good bacteria AND fungi to achieve total gut balance.
Digestive enzymes can also be found in the BIOHM prebiotic supplement, which includes enzymes peptidase and lipase. The prebiotic also includes dietary fiber to feed the good bacteria in your gut. Digestive enzymes can also be found in BIOHM’s Organic Super Greens with a blend of amylase, bromelain, cellulose, lipase, papain, and protease, supporting a healthy microbiome.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated for relevancy. Its first publish date was December 14, 2018.