Written by John Immel,
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.
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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 biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as 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. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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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