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Essential Enzymes Support Digestion
 


[Carbohydrate Digestive System | Protein Digestive System
[Fat Digestive System | Fiber Digestive System]
[Healthy Digestion Plan | Eat Slowly | Eat Well]
[Drink Plenty of Water | Avoid Stress | Exercise]
[Supplement Your Diet]

Carbohydrate Digestive System
The first step in digestion occurs in the mouth, where the digestion of carbohydrates is initiated. Amylase, the enzyme contained in saliva, converts starch (a form of carbohydrate) into simpler sugars. This process is completed when the pancreas secretes more amylase into the small intestine. Lactase supports the breakdown of lactose (sugar from milk) that many populations are unable to digest.

Protein Digestive System
In the stomach, food is broken down further by churning and by the action of the gastric juice, which contains pepsin and hydrochloric acid. Pepsin, a protease enzyme that depends on the highly acidic (pH 1.5 to 2.5) environment of the stomach for functioning, begins the process of breaking down protein into peptides and amino acids. The food, at this stage called "chyme," then continues on to the alkaline (pH 7.0 to 8.0) environment of the small intestine, where the intestinal and pan­creatic proteases complete protein digestion. 

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Fat Digestive System
Fat digestion occurs in the initial sec­tion of the small intestine. The liver produces bile salts and acids, and stores them in the gall bladder. Bile emulsifies fats, breaking them apart into droplets. In this form they can be attacked by the pancreatic enzyme called lipase that helps break down fat into glycerides and fatty acids. Bile and pancreatic fluid together neutralize stomach acid, which is essential because the intestinal enzymes function only at a pH of 7 to 8.

Fiber Digestive System
Fiber found in foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables provides bulk to enable the large intestine to work effectively. It also helps regulate the nutrient absorption in the small intestine. The breakdown of certain fibers may add further benefit. Cellulase and hemicellulase break down plant cell walls in fibrous foods, thereby making available nutrients within these cells.

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Healthy Digestion Plan
Simple nutritional choices and lifestyle patterns are important to your strategy for digestive health.

Eat Slowly – Savor Your Food
We often make the mistake of wolfing food down so we can move on to the next activity in our busy lives.  But digestion functions better when we take the time to slow down.  The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for enhancing circulation to the digestive organs and promoting the flow of digestive juices – but we must be relaxed for our parasympathetic nervous system to predominate.

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Eat Well
You should eat a balanced whole foods diet, with lots of fiber and proper elimination.  The FDA has set the  Minimum Daily Value for fiber at 25 grams, based on a 2,000-calorie diet, but research indicates that 40 to 60 grams may be most beneficial.  Good dietary sources of fiber include whole grains (whole wheat bread, bran cereal, whole oats, brown rice, etc.), fresh fruits and vegetables, and dried beans such as black beans, pintos and chick peas.  Live-culture yogurt contains “friendly” bacteria such as acidophilus or bifidus, which are important for balanced intestinal flora and healthy digestion.  Avoid substances that seem to irritate your digestive system – common offenders are caffeine, chocolate, fatty foods, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and dairy foods. 

Drink Plenty of Water
It is important to drink water, juices, and other beverages to supply fluid for digestion.  Poor fluid intake, either at meals or in between, slows the movement of waste in the large intestine.  Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water daily.  

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Avoid Stress
Physiologically, we are “wired” to assimilate food in a state of relaxation.  If we are in flight or fight mode when we eat we may experience a “short circuit” in the digestive process.   

Get Enough Exercise
Doctors are not sure why, but regular exercise helps your system stay active and healthy.  Try to walk at least 30 minutes three times per week.

Supplement Your Diet
ESSENTIAL ENZYMES is designed to bring alignment to the multiple, interconnected systems that influence digestion. This bio-aligned formula includes food grade enzymes that function in a range of different pH (acidity) levels found in the digestive tract. As a result, different enzymes are available to break down food molecules in the various stages of digestion.  

ESSENTIAL ENZYMES supports carbohydrate digestion with lactase, to break down milk sugar, and amylase and amyloglucosidase to break down starch. ESSENTIAL ENZYMES supports protein digestion with two forms of protease enzymes, acid-stable protease and vegetal analog of pancreatin.  ESSENTIAL ENZYMES supports fat digestion with the enzyme lipase.  ESSENTIAL ENZYMES supports fiber digestion with the enzymes cellulase and hemicellulase. 

Try friendly flora including Acidophilus and FOS (fructooligosaccharides), as well as Psyllium fiber for further digestive support. 

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