Enzyme and Probiotic Supplements for Gut Health

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Gut health, Nutrition | 0 comments

roadrashA youthful healthy gut produces digestive enzymes such as pepsin, protease, amylase, and lipase, to break down food into the amino acids necessary for healthy metabolism.  As a person ages, these enzymes, which are dependent on the pancreas, decrease, resulting in less than optimal digestion of foods.  Probiotic bacteria are the digestion factory in the gut.  The common probiotics such as lactobacillus are not as effective, since they do not survive the strong acidic environment of the stomach.  Unlike lactobacillus, the majority of Bacillus coagulans survives and thrives in the gut.

What about yogurt?  Manufacturers of processed yogurt expose the finished product to high heat in order to shut down fermentation, which kills the bacteria, but gives the yogurt a longer shelf life.  The dry probiotic enzymes will survive the stomach’s acid, because they are designed to bypass it, and become active in the intestine.  Yogurt may help with constipation and give a sense of benefit because it contains a potent laxative, inulin.  It is a filler and stabilizer used in processed foods, and keeps dairy products from separating.  However, this yogurt product is doing nothing to enhance the gut microflora, which affects every health system.

A good prebiotic is a fiber that is fermented in the large intestine, and provides nourishment for the probiotic bacteria to proliferate. Examples are inulin and oligofructose.  These stimulate the production of good bacteria in the colon, and help to stabilize blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides.  Most probiotic supplements contain live cultures of different species of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria.

Most of us have allowed wheat gluten to create intestinal “road rash”. It has damaged the intestinal microvilli, interfering with absorption of key nutrients as well as detoxification of the body. In the case of the gut, if you give the body what it needs, it can often repair itself. Give your gut a good prebiotic, probiotic and digestive enzyme.

Want to know more about gut health? Check out Dr. Deanna’s Healing Handbook! http://deannaholdren.com/healing-handbook/

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