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Taking Enzyme Supplements Ayurvedic Perspectives

Taking Enzyme Supplements

Written by John Immel, Asheville, NC
No matter how much you love digestive enzymes for saving you from embarrassing gas or tummy discomfort, digestive enzymes could magnify the real root of your belly problems. The truth is that gas, pain, and bloating are important indicators that your stomach does not like what you are putting in it. Digestive enzymes let poor food choices slide by silencing your belly's warning signs. Suddenly, with the aid of enzymes, you can digest a late night pizza binge, ice cream and other foods one shouldn't otherwise eat. Since food becomes blood, the suppression of digestive disorders often leads to a blood disorder like high cholesterol and blood pressure.

Digestive enzymes become addictive because they replace the function of your stomach. The process is much the same way our muscles atrophy when we stop exercising them. By relying on digestive enzymes, slowly your stomach loses its ability to produce enzymes on its own. Without a change in diet, this will increase your need for digestive help, furthering your dependence on those not-so-innocent supplements.

Although they sound the same, digestives and digestive enzymes work in very different ways. Digestives promote and strengthen stomach function instead of replacing it. Examples of digestives include spices like black pepper and ginger as well as herbal formulas like Digestive Bitters. These spices and formulas improve circulation to the stomach, break up mucus, and stimulate good muscle tone, which all help to keep your stomach strong.

Sometimes, a digestive enzyme supplement can help you recover from an acute bout of digestive distress. Or, temporary use the first few days of travel, when your system is compromised. As long as you discontinue use after 2-3 days, dependency won't develop. Otherwise, you will have to wean yourself from digestive enzymes more slowly.

Aggravated Doshas & Qualities

Imbalance Accumulates

Improper food and lifestyle causes balances to accumulate. Ayurveda shows you exactly which doshas and qualities will accumulate in your body. Once these doshas and qualities accumulate too much, they will begin to cause disease. You can reduce an imbalanced dosha or quality by removing things that aggravate it from your diet and lifestyle.

'Taking Enzyme Supplements' is likely to aggravate the following doshas and qualities.If you have a systemic imbalance of one of these doshas or qualities, Ayurveda would generally recommend removing, substitute or lessen the frequency of Taking Enzyme Supplements.

Vata aggravatingDigestive Effects Help

Key: V = Vata, P = Pitta, K = Kapha. A slash through a dosha means it an aggravated dosha. To learn more about the symbols above, click on them.

Correct Imbalance

Food and lifestyle habite with the following effects may reduce imbalances associated with 'Taking Enzyme Supplements'.
About Pharmacological Effects
The list of actions below have not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

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Specialty Formulas by Joyful Belly

Please review these herbs & products below to determine which ones might be helpful for Taking Enzyme Supplements.
Digestive Bitters
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
$20.83 $18.75
Digestive bitters are revered in Europe for digestion, rejuvenation, bloating relief, and mental sharpness. Caution! A little goes a long way.

Digestive Comfort & Support Tea
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
$17.95 $16.16
Easy digestion for sensitive tummies prone to gas, bloating, and constipation. Gentle, soothing, and nourishing.

Mint Belly Bliss Tea: Energize & Awaken
Vata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Feel clean, clear, fresh and light. Mint Belly Bliss re-awakens and brightens your mood and mind after a heavy meal.

Ayurvedic Herbs & Natural Products for Taking Enzyme Supplements

Please review these herbs & products below to determine which ones might be helpful for Taking Enzyme Supplements.

Hing (Asafoetida 3.5oz)
Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
A warming digestive and anti-spasmodic in block form.

Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying

Diet for Taking Enzyme Supplements

A diet rich in these foods & nutritional supplements may help re-balance the aggravated qualities and doshas in taking enzyme supplements.
AjwainVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingArugulaVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Black PepperVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingCuminVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Fennel SeedsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingGinger (Dried)Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
Hing (Asafoetida)Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingLemonVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
LimeVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingOrange ZestVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
PineappleVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha aggravatingSalt (Mineral Salt)Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Thyme (fresh)Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying

Related Symptoms & Habits

The following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Taking Enzyme Supplements' See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type. Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.
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About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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