I saved the best (my favorite) for last! Sixteen days of supplements has been fun and although there are soooo many more supplements out there I just wanted to share a few of the ones I am taking at the moment. I hope you learned something and look for a post with a link to all my supplements, it should be going up in a day or so!
Today is all about digestive enzymes and they are especially important for me right now because I am starting CKD (cyclic ketogenic diet) where I get to eat high carb for a day or two. The goal is to replenish the glucose storage in your muscles. Although I am excited to change up what I’m eating, I know that my stomach isn’t going to automatically agree with everything. I haven’t had more then 30 carbs in a day in about two months, for today one meal is going to top that! I’m going to need some back up.
Digestive enzymes are simply what their name says, enzymes that our body uses to break down our food and digest. Rather then come up with an explanation I have a quote directly from garden of life’s page explaining digestive enzymes.
Enzymes are living catalysts and the key to good digestion. Present in all whole live foods but destroyed by cooking and processing, digestive enzymes break down foods into nutrients your body can readily digest and utilize. The modern or Standard American Diet (SAD) is lacking in raw foods. Raw foods contain food enzymes that help in the digestive process. Since we do not eat enough raw foods, supplementation is a great way to get the enzymes you need for optimum digestion. The body produces two types of enzymes – metabolic and digestive. When you eat cooked or processed foods, food enzymes are destroyed, forcing the body to supply all of the needed digestive enzymes.
There are a lot of good brands but my personal favorite is garden of life, you can buy it here.
Why I take them:
I take them because I am and have been in a healing state for my body and with the enzymes I find that my food is better digested. It wasn’t until I started taking digestive enzymes that I actually knew what it felt like to have an “empty” stomach yet not be hungry. It makes me feel like my body has a little help digesting and absorbing the nutrients when I take these enzymes.
When to take them:
I typically take 3 capsules right before I eat. It is best to take it with food obviously because it is help you to digest. Sometimes if I have a big meal and I forget to take them then I’ll take it after even if it’s an hour or two later just to give my body a little extra help.
How they can help you:
- Ease digestion
- Heal leaky gut
- Improves symptoms of acid reflux and IBS
- Enhances nutrition absorption
- Helps post meal bloating