With the pharmacies stocked with loads of digestive aids for every imaginable ailment, its time to clear the air on digestive supplements. Here are some facts about why you may need a digestive aid and which brands are the most effective.
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More people discover that they have some kind of food related allergy each year, which means that digestive aids, also known as digestive enzymes, are becoming increasingly popular. But what are digestive enzymes? An enzyme is a protein that facilitates specific chemical reactions and digestive enzymes help to facilitate the chemical breakdown of food into more absorbable pieces. Our bodies naturally produce a slew of different enzymes that are meant to help us break down food, but when an individual has a food allergy, there is need for extra support.
These are some of the conditions which digestive aids can help:
This is one of the more common digestive conditions in which an individual has a difficult time digesting milk-based products. They usually have a deficiency in the lactase enzyme that is needed to break down and absorb milk sugar. However lactose enzymes can help if taken at a sufficient dose along with dairy foods.
This particularly applies to vegetarians and vegans who tend to eat a lot of fruits and fiber-rich veggies. This can cause painful gas and bloating, but a useful solution to this problem in the Beano enzyme that speeds up the breakdown of fiber, carbohydrates, proteins and fatty acids.
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Severe Stomach Pain
Stomach pain could result as a reaction to a number of different factors, so it is important not to jump to conclusions when you feel pain after eating. Instead, try consuming a put of turmeric, whose active compound curcumin is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to ease cramps and bladder issues. Do not use licorice extract. A long time remedy for stomachaches and ulcers, it has recently been found that the licorice extract can have some undesirable side effects like headaches, high blood pressure and even heart problems.
Pancreatic Insufficiency (PI)
This is a condition in which the pancreas is unable to process or produce normal amounts of digestive enzymes, which means it makes much longer for the food to be absorbed. These kinds of enzymes are usually prescribed and specific for an individual with this condition only.
For Better Long-Term Stomach Health
Probiotics are the one digestive aid that all women need to take. The probiotics you get from your doctor can heal the damage to your digestive system and helps fortify the existing enzymes in your system. Make sure that you are getting probiotics and not prebiotics, which are completely unnecessary.
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A note about yogurt:
There are a number of yogurts out there that claim to contain probiotics or help your digestion. However, if they contain sugar or even if they have 'probiotic' written on the label, their bacterial benefits are negated by all of the other ingredients. Instead, if you want to consume a yogurt that is good for your digestion, try kefir, which has less calories, sugars and includes over 50 different probiotic strains (as well as a slew of other vitamins).
Finally, you should always check with your doctor before deciding to take digestive enzymes. For a quick digestive fix try Beano or kefir yogurt to get your system in line.