Tired of feeling bloated, gassy, or fatigued after a nice meal with the family? Digestive enzyme deficiency has become increasingly common in recent years and can lead to pain after what should have been an enjoyable meal. Digestive enzymes are the workers in the body that help to break down food from the size of a golf ball to the size of 1/10 of a pinhead. Taking this a step further, when bloating and digestive discomfort are experienced after a meal, not only is this an unpleasant experience, but it also likely means that the food is not being digested efficiently enough to absorb the optimal nutrients from the food.
The saying that “we are what we eat” is not entirely true—we are what we digest from what we eat—and unfortunately, many people do not digest food efficiently enough to receive optimal nutrition from the food we eat. Statistics from the National Institute of Health in 2010 stated that up to 70 million Americans were affected by digestive diseases, inhibiting their body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients effectively. This is why we often recommend people dive into gut health and understanding digestion as a first step in their journey to better health and wellness.
There is a huge misconception that simply because high quality foods are eaten that full nutritional benefit from those foods are absorbed into the body. It all depends on whether those foods are broken down effectively by digestive enzymes and carried by the enzymes into the bloodstream. Unfortunately, digestion is often inhibited by poor eating habits, stress, improper food combining, chemicals in food, or from a deficiency of enzymes, thereby, preventing nutrients from being broken down and absorbed into the bloodstream.
This means that issues such as:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Brain Fog
- Sleep issues
- Weight Issues
- Gut health issues (constipation, bloating, gas, heartburn)
Are often caused by a general lack of digestion and enzyme deficiency. Improving gut health can improve performance at work, sleep quality, and general mental health and happiness.
What is the solution? ENZYMES, ENZYMES, ENZYMES. Eating enzyme rich foods and adding a digestive enzyme supplement such as our Digestive Enzyme Complex is one of the crucial bio hacks recommended for improving gut health.
Supplementing with digestive enzymes can enhance the body’s ability to break down and absorb nutrients from food. With better nutrient absorption, the body can more effectively assimilate nutrients from food for tissue growth and repair, allowing for the health and nutrition needed to perform our best at work and home.
An enzyme is a type of protein found within a cell. Enzymes create chemical reactions in the body, and actually speed up the rate of a chemical reaction to help support life. The enzymes in the body help to perform very important tasks, including: building muscle, destroying toxins, and breaking down food particles during digestion (digestive enzymes).
Different types of enzymes are beneficial for breaking down different types of foods, here are 7 of the key enzymes included in Zuma Nutrition's proprietary digestive enzyme formula:
- Amylase breaks down starches and carbohydrates into sugars.
- Protease breaks down proteins into amino acids.
- Lipase breaks down lipids, which are fats and oils, into glycerol and fatty acids.
- Lactase breaks down lactose (milk sugar).
- Cellulase breaks down plant fibers.
- Invertase breaks down sucrose in cane and beat sugars.
- Maltase breaks down maltase (the sugar found in grains)
- Alpha-Galactosidase breaks down beans and cruciferous vegetables.
Every person is born with a unique enzyme potential—an amount of enzymes the body can produce and use in its lifetime—and years of eating foods lacking in enzymes can lead to an enzyme deficiency. Cooked foods and processed foods often deactivate or remove the enzymes in the food which can stress the body. Because of this, it is important to include a lot of fresh, uncooked plant foods in our diet, for they are rich in natural enzymes that have not been made inactive from drastic changes in temperature.
It is also highly recommended to supplement with digestive enzymes to enhance the breakdown and absorption of nutrients in food. Digestive enzyme supplementation is an amazing breakthrough in the health and wellness field as not only do enzymes help the body in countless ways, but they also improve the assimilation and absorption of food and supplements.
After decades of research on the importance of gut health on longevity, our Zuma Nutrition team has created a broad-spectrum digestive enzyme formula that is truly one of a kind. Over time, this formula helps the body restore enzyme potential, meaning the enzymes build up in the system, helping recover from enzyme deficiency. This formula is best taken with food that requires such as beef, poultry, fish, eggs, vegetables, or nuts. Do not eat sugar for 2-3 hours after this meal to give the body have a chance to complete the digestive process!