When I started learning about all the toxins I was putting into my body after years of eating processed food, I was horrified. I started to ask myself:
The answer in part, for me, was digestive enzymes, especially in the beginning of my gut health journey.
Our organs produce digestive enzymes and different enzymes work on different foods. There are specific enzymes for starches and carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
We can also access enzymes from foods like raw fruits, vegetables, cold pressed oils and raw dairy. However, when these foods are heated, the enzymes quickly denature and our organs are forced to carry the whole load. This is stressful to our bodies, and a lot of work. (See my post on why mono meals can also help with this). Our bodies weren’t built to digest a variety of food types all at once, because thousands of years ago our ancestors only had access to one food item at a time and only in the last 50 years have we transitioned into a highly processed/cooked diet composed of dozens (if not more) ingredients.
By incorporating digestive enzyme supplements and eating more raw foods, I found a lot of my digestive issues start to go away really quickly. Giving my body exactly what it needed to break down and easily assimilate the food I was taking in made all the difference. Because when your body has to pour all it’s resources into breaking down the food you’re eating, there isn’t much space left for anything else. So that starts to make sense when you think about how your energy levels are when your digestion is off.
Digestive enzymes were a simple addition that helped me so much in the early repair stages. Now that I’ve got my diet figured out, I don’t supplement with them anymore, but I think they’re a great short term solution to digestive issues.
Just remember, a big raw salad a day keeps the doctor away.
Check out my favorite digestive enzymes by Pure Encapsulations here.
Restoring gut health goes way beyond digestive enzymes, though. It’s a combination of food, supplement, and lifestyle shifts that can make all the difference. In my 10-week Love Your Gut program, I guide you very step of the way, helping you understand gut health at a much deeper level, sharing gut-healing recipes and supplements, and providing you with access to a private Facebook community filled with others going through a similar journey. In fact, the Facebook group is one of my favorite parts of the whole program because everyone is so supportive and motivational in there. I hope you’ll join us. Learn more about the program here.
Or join me on my Facebook page, the Thrive by Food Tribe, where I’ll be sharing more information, tips and recipes to help you live a happier, healthier life.
Kristin Thomas is a health coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner specialized in helping women with hormone, digestion, and autoimmune health concerns. Having gone through these health challenges herself, she now helps clients find their own path to complete wellness through practical and natural diet and lifestyle changes.
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