The link between gut health and brain health

The link between gut health and brain health Thrive Health & Nutrition Magazine

There’s been a lot of discussion recently about the gut brain and how it influences mood and appetite

The little brain in our stomach consists of a network of neurons that line your stomach and your gut wall and in connection with the big brain in our head, can determine our mental state and play a key role in certain diseases that can occur throughout the body. So, it’s vitally important to keep your gut nourished and in good shape inside. The prime way to do this is through the food that we eat. But sometimes your gut may need a little kick start back to health.

The Importance of Digestive Enzymes
Digestive related health problems affect approximately one in five people in the UK. If you can’t digest your food well, your cells don’t work optimally. This leads to a variety of health issues including indigestion, acid-reflux, bloating, wind, food intolerances, inflammation and fatigue. People of all ages can benefit from supplemental digestive enzymes. They enhance our ability to get nutrients to our cells. As we age we typically make fewer digestive enzymes. Children with learning, behavioural, digestive or skin issues often benefit from enzyme supplementation.

People who have food intolerances or are sensitive to digesting certain foods can often broaden what they eat because they are actually digesting the food properly.

Dr. Elizabeth Lipsky says “When working with clients I am always looking for the lever that will push healing into gear. One tool that I have found to be effective is supplemental digestive enzymes”.

What are Enzymes?
Enzymes are catalysts that are used to facilitate tiny chemical changes for virtually every single chemical process that occurs in your body. There are thousands of known enzymes and each has a specific job. We use them to think, create energy, adjust hormone levels and virtually everything else. We cannot use a vitamin, a mineral, a fat, make or break down cells, or control blood sugar without enzymes.

Our body makes two main types of enzymes: metabolic enzymes and digestive enzymes. The metabolic enzymes run all body systems. Digestive enzymes are produced in the pancreas and throughout the digestive system to help us break down our foods into molecules that our cells recognise. These enzymes are manufactured from proteins and need to be continually replenished. Each enzyme works on a specific type of molecule. The main types of enzymes are proteases for digesting protein, lipases for digesting fats, amylases for digesting starches and carbohydrates and cellulases for digesting fiber.

Food enzymes are introduced to the body through any raw food we eat – such as a fresh apple or a green salad. Any cooking or processing of food can destroy the natural enzymes – so it is the digestive system itself that is called upon to produce the enzymes needed to digest cooked food. This places a burden on our digestive system, which could be helped by supplementing with high quality digestive enzyme.

Digestive Enzyme Supplements
The use of supplemental digestive enzymes helps to support your body so that you have fewer food intolerance and health issues. Taking a broad spectrum digestive enzyme product such as Digest Gold – a premium digestive formula from Enzymedica UK is a simple way to more fully digest the food you eat so it can be delivered to your cells in a form they can actually use.

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