Written by John Immel,
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 hingvastak churna or trikatu. 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.
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About the AuthorJohn 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. 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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Thank you for this information. Could you provide some examples of digestive enzymes? I'm specifically curios if you consider a probiotic to be a digestive enzyme? Thank you!
Here is a page with a description of what's in our digestive enzymes: https://www.joyfulbelly.com/Ayurveda/product/Digestive-Enzyme/1111