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We Are What We Digest

We Are What We Digest

Saturday, October 1st 2005

Christmas and summer holidays are times when we often eat different foods and sometimes food that has not been as well cooked or stored as usual.

The saliva in our mouths supplies our first enzyme called ptyalin which predigests starch. This is why it is important to thoroughly chew your bread and grain products.

Once food drops in to the stomach, it is acted on by hydrochloric acid (HCI) and pepsin, mostly for the breakdown of protein (particularly meats and animal protein) and fibre so they can be digested in the small intestine. HCI output reduces with age and an insufficiency of it can be the cause of digestive problems. Antacids reduce acidity when the problem may already be too little HCI and a lack of acidity.

After passing through the stomach, food moves into the small intestine where the pancreas secretes another enzyme known as pancreatin to further digest starches and protein. The gall bladder then secretes bile for the breakdown of fats. The majority of digestion and absorption takes place in the small intestine.

Often discomfort is experienced after dining out, eating too late at night or eating foods we are not used to. It is better to use enzymes to help the digestion than antacids which can create further health problems.

Chewable enzymes for effective convenience

Radiance DigestEzyme (Super Papaya) contains bromelain enzyme from pineapple and papain enzyme from papaya (both help with protein digestion) along with other enzymes to help digest all the various food groups. These are pleasant tasting chewable tablets with a slight peppermint taste that are convenient to use anytime discomfort is experienced after a meal.

Reproduced unabridged from the October - December 2005 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for Indigestion:

Alfa-Max
Acid Soothe Capsules
Broad Spectrum Enzyme
Colostrum Capsules
Dandelion Root
DigestAid (HCL with Pepsin)
Gastro
Ginger Root
Inner Health Plus
Slippery Elm Powder
Chewable Papaya Mint

Related health information can be found here:

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Feeling in need of a rehaul? Why not try Dandelion as a powerful blood cleanser and liver tonic?
FOS to assist with candida, diarrhoea, constipation or other
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Gas
Heartburn
Indigestion
The benefits of fasting & detoxifying
The good health diet
Water, the elixir of life

Related articles can be found here:

Improve liver function with Artichoke
Indigestion: Could be too little stomach acid
Intestinal relief with Peppermint Gels
Repair gastrointestinal damage with Colostrum
Soothe your stomach with Slippery Elm
Why take Primadophilus?

If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.

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