One MAJOR bloating trigger, and how to nip it in the bud
We all get the occasional bloating. Maybe after an “accidental” serving of ice cream, an extra bite of your husband’s dessert or maybe you opted for pasta instead of the chicken piccata.
But when bloating seems to be happening, no matter how clean you eat, the issue might be a little more than food based.
It’s believed that enzyme availability declines as we age. This is true for all enzymes but especially known with the lactase lactase enzyme, which can cause one to acquire lactose intolerance later in life.
I’ve often seen adults develop digestive sensitivity around portions of animal protein they can tolerate, as well as various types of grains they may notice don’t sit as well as they used to. These types of issues could very well be triggered by enzyme deficiencies.
Many Americans have been eating processed foods since childhood: cereal, less-than-all-natural breads, fruit roll-ups, popcorn (GMO foods too!) etc. And these foods require more enzymes to breakdown than natural foods. Because of all the processed food that many of us have had in our diet, we often end up with enzyme depletion by the time we reach 30!
It’s no wonder that so many adults suffer with persistent digestive discomfort!
Symptoms like heartburn, bloating, constipation, soft stools, painful gas can all be signs of enzyme deficiency.
What’s an Enzyme and Why is it Important?
Enzymes are released by various organs beginning in the mouth, going down to the stomach and then pancreas. Each enzyme release has it’s own targets.
A little digestive physiology: Enzymes and where they come from
-The mouth releases amylase an enzyme that starts the break down carbohydrates as well as small amounts of lipase.
-The stomach releases hydrochloric acid- this enzyme starts breaking down proteins
-The pancreas releases additional protein metabolizing enzymes that digest proteins (trypsin and chymotrypsin), carbohydrates (pancreatic amylase) and fat (pancreatic lipase).
I’m telling you the names of the enzymes because I want to be sure you know what to look for on the back of an enzyme supplement, in case you realize that you may need little additional digestive support after reading this article.
If you find that you are prone to bloating immediately after a meal, then you may want to consider taking a comprehensive digestive enzyme with your meal.
If you find yourself beginning to puff up and bloat a few hours after the completion of a meal, then consider taking your digestive enzyme supplement in between meals.
Enzymes are like Mrs. Packman
You know how Mrs. Pacman moves around the screen, chomping up everything in her path? When I picture enzymes at work, I think of Mrs. Packmans moving around the digestive tract, helping to eat up and breakdown what’s hanging out in gut.
So, if you take the enzymes with food, then they will help eat up the food. But if you take the enzymes between meals, then the enzymes will help eat up whatever is hanging out rancid in its path.
Bloating between meals, and what that could mean
When we are bloating between meals, it could be because the food is having a tough time making its way through the body, probably because the body wasn’t doing a great job at breaking down the nutrients due to lack of enzymes.
Either way, it’s important to give the gut a bit of help in getting the food broken down, and that’s why incorporating enzyme support may be a great way to help your body not only handle the uncomfortable bloating, but to also help you get the most nutrition out of your food!
Enzymes as maintenance
Enzymes are something that you can take whether or not you are experiencing the symptoms of bloating. I typically recommend taking them with each meal to aid in proper digestion of food.
However when a meal “sneaks” in that causes the bloating to roll in, then I grab my bottle and take 1-2 additional doses as a digestive aid.
The beauty of tummy taming!