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Another reason for not digesting properly.

3 - Enzyme Insufficiency

Digestive enzymes are naturally occurring proteins responsible for breaking down food and liquids into smaller molecules that the body can absorb. This allows the body to access critical nutrients from food, which it uses to grow and perform vital functions.

There are three main types of digestive enzymes:

1. Amylase, which breaks down carbohydrates, starches, and sugars.

2. Lactase, which helps you digest lactose, the natural sugar occurring in dairy products.

3. Lipase, which works with the liver allowing you to digest fats.

When your body lacks digestive enzymes or doesn’t release enzymes as it should, several uncomfortable symptoms can occur, such as:

● Stomach cramping

● Malnutrition/Nutrient deficiencies

● Bloating

● Diarrhea

● Gas

● Unexplained weight loss

When the pancreas doesn’t appropriately secrete these digestive enzymes, it affects your body’s ability to break down the foods you eat and absorb nutrients. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to support and increase enzyme production for better digestion:

● Digestive enzyme supplements: Many people find that over-the-counter digestive enzyme supplements help with problems such as acid reflux, gas, bloating, and diarrhea. Furthermore, combining these supplements with a probiotic has been shown to be effective.

● Enzyme-rich foods: Certain foods naturally have high digestive enzyme content. Incorporating more of the following can have a positive impact on digestion: Papayas, pineapple, pure honey, avocados, miso, and ginger.

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