Digestive enzymes help overall digestion and alleviate constipation.
by Lisa Helffric, R.D. and Amanda Swann

According to a 1996 National Health Interview Survey, about 3 million people in the U.S. have frequent constipation — less than 1 bowel movement per day.

While there are many causes of constipation, a fundamental, but often overlooked one, is incomplete digestion of foods.

Poor digestion causes a build up of waste in your colon that can ferment and putrefy. Neglect of this accumulated debris can, and frequently does, result in degenerative diseases. Optimal digestion and elimination should be one's top priority!

Most people know that if you eat processed, fried foods, including excess starches and sugar, and excessive amounts of salt... You are not doing your body any favors. Even if you have the requisite two or three daily bowel movements, your colon can remain clogged with old waste...

As these undigested waste materials pass through the colon without assimilation, they leave a coating of slime on the inner walls of the colon — like plaster on a wall. With the passage of time, this coating will gradually increase in thickness, until there is only a narrow pathway for fecal material to pass. This in turn limits the colon's ability to absorb any additional nutrients or fluids, and hinders peristaltic movement, which increases the possibility of constipation.

Digestive Enzymes Help Digestion

The key is to help your body better digest the foods you eat... Before they reach your colon. But how can you do this?

By supplementing your diet daily with digestive enzymes you can:

  1. Help improve digestion.
  2. Reduce toxicity in the intestines and colon.
  3. Improve elimination and,
  4. Reduce constipation.

Everything we eat needs enzymes; to digest foods into nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and also to deliver these nutrients to the cells.

Food enzymes exist naturally in raw food, but when food is cooked, the high temperature of cooking destroys their natural enzymes. Even if we choose raw foods, the enzymes available are not adequate for human digestion of that food. It is also true that our body makes digestive enzymes, whose role it is to digest the cooked food that we eat. However, we cannot assume that every digestive system functions at its peak all the time. Nor are our food choices, ideal, 100% of the time.

Over-consumption of processed, fast foods, or living a stressful lifestyle, puts a greater demand on our digestive systems.

Furthermore, the more we depend on our internally-produced digestive enzymes — the more stress we put on our body's systems and organs — and the less time these systems have to rebuild worn out, damaged cells and tissue, and to keep our immune system strong.

Research shows, that as we age, we lose the ability to produce enough digestive enzymes to help with complete digestion. This enzyme deficiency may be the reason we experience more constipation problems as we get older.

And when toxicity builds up in our colon, this can put stress on other systems and hinder their ability to create the digestive enzymes necessary for complete digestion. Digestive enzymes play a key role, not just in digestion, but also healthy elimination, and keeping the body toxin-free.

Very simply... The colon is the sewage system of the body.

If we do not keep it as healthy and free of disease as possible, our major organs and glands can become seriously compromised. The best diet can be no better for us, if our sewage system (colon) is clogged with old, putrefied, metabolic waste.

So what are some easy steps to help keep your colon clear of toxic debris, improve digestion and alleviate constipation?

  • Eat foods high in fiber such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

  • Reduce intake of refined and processed foods, that have no natural fiber.

  • Drink plenty of water to rehydrate the colon and make stools easier to pass.

  • Supplement your diet with plant digestive enzymes that include a blend of proteases, amylases, and lipases to help improve overall digestion.

  • Take natural probiotics to help maintain a healthy colon pH and prevent harmful bacteria growth in the intestines.

About the author: Lisa Helffrich, R.D., is the Director of Technical Support for Transformation Enzyme Corporation. Amanda Swann runs Enzyme Essentials that offers digestive enzyme supplements, information about enzymes and other digestive health information.

If you or anyone you know are suffering any of the health problems mentioned above — including under or overweight challenges — you may be well advised to contact a Colon Hydrotherapist in your area.

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