There are helpful people and communities with trustworthy suggestions and advice.
And then are other ‘experts’ who just have to tell the audience inside a theater that’s on fire exactly where they think the exit doors are, even though they don’t actually know where the exit doors are.
No need to be a ‘Doubting Thomas.’ But be careful out there. And don’t believe everything that you hear.
Chlorine dioxide is antiviral. It was also the first poison gas used in WWI. It’s used to sterilize many things, but its germicidal value is due to its being in direct contact with the virus. Most antivirals (including the body’s own interferons) work on cell mechanisms exploited by the virus , not directly on the virus itself. This would require almost impossible to achieve concentrations that would likely have serious side effects. Soldiers crippled by chlorine gas in WWI had lung scarring. Think about it.
Silver is similar. Great antimicrobial (back in the day silver nitrate drops were placed in the eyes of the newborn to protect against gonnorhea infection from the mom) but silver is also a contact antimicrobial, concentrations sufficient to interact with virus particles in vivo are impractical and probably dangerous unless you are using a silver sol technology like Silvercillin.
Drinking water is always a good idea, but it is unlikely that drinking it constantly, thinking that it will influence the odds of you contracting the virus will actually do much. The theory is that a moist mouth will tend to push the virus into the stomach where it would be destroyed by stomach acids. That may be true, but a moist mouth will just as likely trap the virus in your sinuses more easy as well. Drink water; just don’t expect too much from doing it. Drink and gargle more with green tea to prevent the virus from being able to attach to the lining in the mouth or esophagus and wash your sinuses out with a nasal spray containing Silvercillin and either something like Ayr nasal gel or XClear Nasal spray mixed 50:50.
A meme is going around that people have reported getting the virus from gas pump handles. It’s certainly possible that this surface can harbor virus particles, but the number of people who contract the virus from surface contamination is likely low. On the other hand, if your gas pumps are like mine, you’ll always notice a trace of gas smell on your hands after pumping gas. That’s gas on the handle; and it’s likely to make the handle more dangerous to the virus than to you. Glove up if you have them, or sanitize, or simply wash your hands when you get home remembering not to touch your face.
Using a hairdryer on its highest heat setting and covering the intake with your hand to increase the heat even more will likely burn your hand and torch your sinuses and nasal cavities. Some virus will inevitably escape and the job you did macerating your nasal cavity will likely make its job easier.
Elderberry (or any of the 50+ things flying around social media) will likely not increase your chances of developing cytokine storm should you contract Covid19. You need to be fairly far along in the terminal stages of infection to even worry about this (I’d worry more about pulmonary fibrosis, but that does not have as sexy a name). If you’re scared of using things like elderberry because of what you’ve read on the internet, that’s certainly your choice, but there’s no science behind the fear, so you’re just making more elderberry available for other people.
Here’s one that might actually be true and a valuable clue.
It seems that asymptomatic carriers may actually loose their sense of smell and/ or taste. Great new clue, but keep in mind that while Socrates is a man, not all men are Socrates. In other words, some people will have this symptom and Covid19, some will have Covid19 and not have it; some will have it and not have Covid19. You really can’t ‘confirm’ much from just this alone and many people will likely get themselves all twisted up about it. The universe of people with a pre-existing lousy sense of smell is pretty big, and teasing them out may be difficult. However, asymptomatic people with a dramatic loss of taste or smell should definitely self-isolate for at least 2 weeks.
Here’s a bit of good news.
In reading the report of the WHO-China Joint Mission on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) released 16-24 February 2020, data found buried on pages 8-9 that was what I thought were quite interesting and actually cheered me up a bit.
Household transmission studies indicated that the secondary attack rate in households ranged from 3-10%. That’s actually profound, in that people who spent quite a bit of time in intimate contact with each other (and families in urban China are probably in closer proximity than the western countries) still to a large degree did not become infected.
Among less closely linked (non-family; work, social) contacts the percentage of infection was 1-5%.
Once people become aware of how they can get this virus, and adopt simple countermeasures, the number of infections appear to drop dramatically. Can’t figure out how that jives with an R0 of 2.3 (2.3 people infected by each infected person) but distancing is probably pretty good at the individual as well as societal level.
With proper precautions, this virus may not be as easy to catch as we thought. The media is not addressing this, and most people don’t deal in probabilities, so they are left to think that as soon as the virus lands on you, you’re doomed.
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Melatonin is not virucidal but it has indirect antiviral actions due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidation and immune enhancing features. There are situations in which melatonin suppresses the features of viral infections. With the anti-inflammatory effect it protects the lung tissue from lung injury. The melatonin seems to help control the inflammation and oxidation in coronavirus infected subjects. The melatonin improves the proliferation and maturation of natural killer cells. It may also ameliorate the septic shock via the NLRP3 pathway.
Melatonin also helps sleep during a high anxiety provoking time!
The article below covers all of the technical details about melatonin and COVID-19 please share this info:
Fig. 1. Pathogenesis of COVID-19 and potential adjuvant use of melatonin. We postulated that lungs infected by SARS-CoV-2, and a suppressed immune response, elevated inflammation and excessive oxidation stress proceed unabated, this results in the activation of the cytokine storm. ALI/ARDS may ensue, accompanied by a series of complications, the outcomes of which vary according to the severity of the disease. Melatonin may play a role of adjuvant medication in the regulation of immune system, inflammation and oxidation stress, and provide support for patients with ALI/ARDS and related complications. ALI: Acute lung injury; ARDS: Acute respiratory distress syndrome.
The possible beneficial effects of melatonin as adjuvant use in COVID-19 in anti-inflammation, anti-oxidation, immune response regulation has been repeatedly demonstrated in respiratory disorder models induced by infections and associated complications. Melatonin has a high safety profile. Although the direct evidence of melatonin application in COVID-19 is unclear, both its use in experimental animal models and in studies on humans has continuously documented its efficacy and safety and its use by COVID-19 patients predictably would be highly beneficial.
The prevalence of vitamin D deficiency varies from 40-80 percent (general population) to almost 100 percent (patients with musculoskeletal pain) among Americans and Europeans. Vasquez, Manso, and Cannell described the many benefits of vitamin D3 supplementation in a "paradigm-shifting" review published in 2004.
Our review showed that vitamin D deficiency causes or contributes to depression, hypertension, seizures, migraine, polycystic ovary syndrome, inflammation, autoimmunity, and musculoskeletal pain, particularly low-back pain. Clinical trials using vitamin D supplementation have proven the cause-and-effect relationship between vitamin D deficiency and most of these conditions by showing that each could be cured or alleviated with vitamin D supplementation. Per our review, daily vitamin D doses should be 1,000 IU for infants, 2,000 IU for children, and 4,000 IU for adults, although some adults respond better to higher doses of 10,000 IU per day. Cautions/contraindications include the use of thiazide diuretics (e.g., hydrochlorothiazide) or any other medications that promote hypercalcemia, as well as granulomatous diseases such as sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, and certain types of cancer, especially lymphoma. Effectiveness is monitored by measuring serum 25-OHvitamin D, and safety is monitored by measuring serum calcium. Dosing should be tailored for the attainment of optimal serum levels of 25-hydroxy-vitamin D3, generally 50-100 ng/ml (125-250 nmol/l) as illustrated. Image below: Interpretation of serum 25(OH) vitamin D levels: Updated from Vasquez et al, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 2004 Sep
Your immune system is an exquisite orchestra of cells, tissues, and organs that work in harmony to ward off disease-causing microorganisms. But sometimes the system is out of balance, allowing germs to invade and make you sick. Experts say you can restore harmony in your immune system by fine-tuning what you eat, how you exercise, and how you think.
"Our immune system relies on several factors to fight and combat bacteria, viruses, and other invaders," Dr. David Friedman, a bestselling author and syndicated radio and television expert. "To be healthy, you need to eat healthfully."
Friedman, who is board certified in integrative medicine, explains: "Every day, billions of cells in the human body die and get replaced with new ones. The building blocks for every cell in our body come from the food we consume. Eating healthful food protects the cells from disease and increases our lifespan. Consuming the wrong type of food makes our immune system weaker and we become more prone to disease."
Friedman, the bestselling author of "Food Sanity: How to Eat in a World of Fads and Fiction," recommends the following immune boosting foods:
Asparagus. This tasty green stalk is a great source of vitamin K, which helps with blood clotting and building strong bones. Asparagus also provides vitamin A for heart health, vitamin C to support the immune system, vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant, and vitamin B6, which also prevents heart disease.
Asparagus is also loaded with minerals including iron, which supports oxygen-carrying red blood cells, copper for energy production, and calcium, which improves bone health. Asparagus increases your energy levels, protects your skin from sun damage, and helps with weight loss.
Bell Peppers. Bell Peppers are very high in vitamin C and just one provides 170% of the recommended daily allowance. Vitamin C helps build up your immune system, which is why many healthcare providers recommend taking this vitamin at the first sign of a cough, cold, or flu. Vitamin C from bell peppers is helpful in the production of white blood cells, which is the body's major defense against disease. Friedman notes that yellow and red peppers have more antioxidant benefits than green peppers.
Sweet Potatoes. These sweet, starchy tubers are helpful at building up the immune system. They are rich in beta-carotene, which helps maintain healthy skin, vision, and organ function. Beta-carotene consumption has been associated to a decreased risk of lung and breast cancer. Just one large sweet potato contains more than 850 milligrams of potassium, a nutrient that helps relieve muscle spasms and reduces inflammation, says Friedman.
Brussels Sprouts. These low-calorie miniature cabbages are super immune system boosters. They are rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, iron and manganese. Their high fiber content also helps support bowel regularity and gut health, says Friedman, who has been featured on the Discovery Channel, Newsweek, and Reader’s Digest. Brussels sprouts also contain kaempferol, a powerful antioxidant that may reduce cancer growth, decrease inflammation, and promote a healthy cardiovascular system. They also help keep blood sugar levels in check, thus reducing the risk of diabetes. Studies have shown that the alpha-lipoic acid, another antioxidant in sprouts, helps protect brain health and has anti-aging properties.
Broccoli. One cup of broccoli provides more vitamin C than you need in an entire day without causing the blood sugar spike that happens with drinking citrus juice. Many health experts consider broccoli to be the healthiest of all the cruciferous vegetables because of its ability to help lower the risk of lung, colorectal, breast, bladder, stomach, and prostate cancers. Broccoli is a solid source of vitamin K, which again, promotes bone health. Additionally, several studies have shown that broccoli consumption lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Mushrooms. These delicious fungi are one of the few natural dietary sources of vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium, promoting bone health. Countless scientific studies have revealed numerous ways that mushrooms can be useful in preventing and treating many health conditions, says Friedman. For example, studies conducted at the University of Florida's Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition found that eating shiitake mushrooms daily improves immunity better than any pharmaceutical drug currently on the market. Lastly, mushrooms are great for cardiovascular health thanks to their high fiber, potassium, and vitamin C content. If you have high cholesterol, eat more shiitake mushrooms. The stem of the shiitake mushroom is a great source of beta-glucans, which have been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels.
Whether you're trying to ward off the coronavirus, or just want to reduce allergies, autoimmune symptoms or your chance of getting the flu, we can all benefit by improving our immune status.
Rather than load you up with a list of different nutrients to take, I want to focus on one important, basic feature of improving immunity: reducing excessive and chronic inflammation. When inflammation is high, uncontrolled, or chronic ('inflammaging'), immune system functioning may have greater risk of suppression. Of course, we need a bit of inflammation to get healing underway, but it also has to be in check and be able to turn off.
One of the ways to keep a pulse on inflammation is to have a proper balance of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in the body. As you can see in the diagram below, there are two categories of ESSENTIAL fatty acids. If we have too much omega-6 fat relative to omega-3 fat, we can produce more inflammatory compounds, which may not be good for immune health.
Here's the summary:
❏ There's competition between them: These two families of fats compete, so when there is more omega-6 than omega-3 fats, omega-6 metabolites will predominate, and some of those metabolites, when produced excessively, have the potential to be inflammatory.
❏ The ratio of the two is important: The ratio determines production of pro-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory molecules. In general, a 4:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is preferred. The average ("inflammatory") processed diet is about 20:1, just to put it in perspective!
TAKE CARE OF YOUR GUT
Furthermore, we also know that immunity starts in the gut. The mucosal barrier in the gut serves as a barrier for pathogens (see graphic from this article below). Therefore, it's important to keep it intact and not 'leaky'. Similar to the gut, there is also the airway epithelium, which can be protected through omega-3 fats.
(Image Credit: https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11122990)
Therefore, a couple of takeaways to consider and discuss with your healthcare practitioner:
These four conditions are associated with heart disease, cardiovascular disease: atherosclerosis, insulin resistance, high homocysteine and angina pectoris.
Atherosclerosis is a condition in which cholesterol-rich plaque builds up along the arterial walls.
Get more exercise.
This will help maintain the health of the vessels leading to the heart, as well as strengthening the heart muscle itself.
Eat a low-glycemic diet.
b. Nutrition and Supplements
Fish oil. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish and fish oil supplements have been shown to be an effective preventive strategy against heart disease. They can lower triglyceride levels, increase HDL cholesterol, help minimize inflammation and blood clotting, and keep blood vessels healthy. Our products, OmegAvail Synergy and XanthOmega Krill Oil
Coenzyme Q10 (our product Q-Evail). This antioxidant is thought to be one of the most important antioxidant supplements for protection against many forms of cardiovascular disease. It helps protect LDL cholesterol from oxidation, maintain healthy blood vessels, protect against clots and plaque rupture, and support optimal functioning of the heart muscle.
However, one’s ability to convert ubiquinone from Coenzyme Q10 to ubiquinol may diminish with age and with increased oxidative stress in certain individuals. Therefore, these individuals would want to take the product CoQnol. CoQnol™ is a non-GMO form of ubiquinol, which is the reduced, antioxidant form of CoQ10. Both ubiquinone and ubiquinol are critical to the cellular ATP (energy) production cycle. Without the presence of both ubiquinone and ubiquinol within the body’s cells, cellular energy cannot be generated or sustained.
Resveratrol with Quercetin (our product Resveratrol Supreme). This antioxidant combination has demonstrated in research to be cardioprotective, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective at nutritional doses.
2. High Homocysteine
A high homocysteine level is primarily a sign of an inadequate intake of folic acid or vitamin B6. In short, if you don’t have enough of certain critical B vitamins, your homocysteine level can rise. At elevated levels, homocysteine is thought to contribute to plaque formation by damaging the arterial wall. High levels may also act on platelets and increase the risks of clot formation. Our product Homocysteine Supreme
a. Nutrition and Lifestyle
Genetics. There are genetic variations in folic acid absorption and utilization. Some individuals therefore need much more folic acid than the RDA of 400 mcg in a genetically acceptable form.
Stress. Epinephrine and norephinephrine are stress-induced neurotransmitters. Their metabolism in the liver involves methylation, a process that uses methyl groups, and can increase need for methyl donors like folic acid.
Coffee consumption. As coffee consumption increases, homocysteine levels increase.
Inadequate amounts of folic acid, vitamin B6 or vitamin B12 in an absorbable form. Our products Liposomal B Supreme or B Supreme caps or Primal Multi.
3. Insulin Resistance
The biggest roadblock to weight loss is blood sugar. So many of us just eat too many carbohydrates and our blood sugar gets way too high. When blood sugar is high, your body changes the sugar into fatty acids and sends it to storage in your fat cells. And then you get FAT!
If you have been in this high blood sugar cycle, then your cells may not be able to use sugar anymore. This causes high blood sugar, high insulin, and high triglycerides. That is called diabetes, or pre-diabetes, or insulin resistance, or metabolic syndrome. There are lots of names for this problem.
Berberine One of the top supplements for helping your cells to learn how to use sugar is called Berberine. Studies have shown that Berberine (a component found in Indian Berries) can help to lower blood sugar and insulin and decrease triglycerides. Our products Berb-Evail or Berberine Synergy.
Alpha-lipoic acid This antioxidant nutrient improves the cells’ response to insulin and can help stabilize blood sugar levels. Our products Berberine Synergy or Lipoic Acid Supreme
EndoTrim contains a powerful blend of vitamins, minerals, and plant extracts formulated to enhance the effects of a healthy diet and exercise regimen and help preserve our hard-earned lean muscle mass while also lowering body fat. By supporting a healthy balance of the hormones involved in blood glucose handling, the stress response, and the regulation of appetite, EndoTrim supports healthy metabolism and improvements in body composition naturally. EndoTrim also helps diminish cravings for refined carbohydrates especially when under stress.
As I’ve delved more into the world of food pharmacology (food as medicine), I’ve come to realize how important proper digestion is to health, particularly for those of us managing Chronic Disease conditions. People with Chronic Disease usually experience some level of nutrient deficiencies, food sensitivities, digestive issues, and infections. These symptoms are often caused by a diminished ability to absorb proper nutrients from the food we eat.
This is where digestive enzymes that help the body break down food, can be a critical tool for improving digestive health, boosting nutrient uptake, and reducing the symptoms of Chronic Disease.
What type of enzymes are best to take?
The answer depends on the symptoms you are experiencing, and the types of foods that are problematic for you. There are five types of digestive enzymes that are helpful for Chronic Disease — in this week’s article, I will focus on vegetable digestive enzymes, which are used primarily after the consumption of vegetables, especially those that may be difficult to digest due to their high starch and fiber content.
In the world of functional medicine, we often refer to the concept that all disease (and thereby all healing) begins in the gut. The gut performs the all-important role of digesting and absorbing the nutrients we take in. I like to say, “You are what you absorb.”
In a well-functioning gut, the body produces the appropriate enzymes to break down the food that is ingested. Enzymes, such as amylase and maltase, begin their work in the mouth as food is chewed. Further enzymes, such as lipase and lactase, are released by the stomach, pancreas, and small intestine to break down the food particles as they move through the digestive tract so that they can be absorbed by the body.
However, compromised intestinal function is almost always a factor in people with Chronic Disease, and oftentimes, the root cause of their thyroid condition.
When the intestinal walls become damaged due to a variety of possible culprits, including high levels of stress, toxins, infections, a deficiency in enzymes, and food sensitivities, the body becomes unable to absorb nutrients, due to the intestines’ inability to break down certain foods. Not only will a person become lacking in key nutrients, but those undigested food particles may damage the intestinal lining, causing or exacerbating intestinal permeability, or leaky gut syndrome (a precursor to autoimmunity).
When toxic substances permeate the intestinal lining and become absorbed into the bloodstream, the body may recognize them as foreign invaders. This causes inflammation in the body as it begins to attack the intruders, and eventually leads to autoimmunity.
When food particles are poorly digested, we are also more likely to become sensitive to them. People with Hashimoto’s are particularly prone to be sensitive to gluten, dairy, and soy because these proteins are among the most difficult to digest and are also the most commonly eaten proteins in the Standard American Diet.
When someone ingests foods that they are sensitive to, they will develop IgG antibodies, (which are the same types of antibodies that target the thyroid gland in autoimmune disease), towards these foods. With regular consumption, the immune system attack becomes up-regulated as the influx of poorly digested foods triggers the immune system to make more of these types of antibodies.
Additionally, the poorly digested foods will continue to feed the potentially problematic bacteria that live in the gut. (An overgrowth of opportunistic bacteria has been linked to autoimmunity!)
That said, there are ways to improve one’s digestion. Supplementing with the proper digestive enzymes can aid the body in digesting food, thereby increasing nutrient absorption and boosting gut health. In fact, a 2008 study published in the Alternative Medicine Review found that supplementing with enzymes provided a safe and effective treatment for various digestive issues, including lactose intolerance, celiac disease, and other digestive malabsorption disorders.
There are five types of enzymes that may be beneficial:
Vegetables and Digestion
We all know how important it is to eat our vegetables. In fact, many of my recommendations for healing the body through nutrient-dense whole foods, revolve around fueling the body with nourishing green vegetables. But for some people with Chronic Disese, a damaged gut and a lack of digestive enzymes can make vegetables difficult to digest, as their high fiber and starch content may be difficult to break down, especially in their raw form.
A 2009 study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology found that conditions related to thyroid abnormalities, including both hyper and hypothyroidism, can be associated with digestive issues. While all the mechanisms and causes behind these digestive issues are not completely understood at this time, researchers have found that hypothyroidism can delay gastric emptying, and severe cases may lead to disturbances in esophageal peristalsis (which causes large pieces of digested food to be rapidly pushed toward the esophagus by the pharyngeal constrictor muscles). Given that up to 15 percent of hypothyroid patients have fewer than 3 bowel movements weekly, the study emphasizes the need for practitioners to recognize that digestive issues can be related to Chronic Disease conditions.
In some cases of Chronic Disease, an indigestible ball of plant fiber material known as a phytobezoar, which is formed out of undigested vegetable fibers, has been found to cause bowel obstruction. These masses of undigested material commonly consist of vegetable fibers from pulpy fruits, orange pits, seeds, roots, and leaves, but can be formed from any indigestible food fibers. Fibrous foods that are often found in phytobezoars include celery, pumpkin, prunes, raisins, leeks, beets, persimmons, and sunflower-seed shells. Gross, right?
A 2018 study in the Journal of Surgery Case Reports documented an 11 year-old boy who was admitted to the hospital for a bowel obstruction and subsequent surgery to remove the mass from his small intestine. After examining the mass and questioning the boy, it was discovered that he had eaten a large quantity of oranges, including the membrane, a few days earlier. This had caused the mass of undigested fruit fiber to form in his intestines. The authors of the study noted the importance of avoiding large amounts of plant fibers and chewing food thoroughly! While the boy was not noted to have a chronic condition condition, this study highlights the importance of proper fruit and veggie digestion.
Interestingly, insoluble fibers, which are high in vegetables like leafy greens, corn, celery, and bell peppers, have been shown to mechanically trigger symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as they move through the digestive tract. However, certain fibers — particularly soluble fiber such as psyllium — may actually be a helpful treatment for IBS. So perhaps the inability to digest the insoluble fibers is due to an enzyme deficiency, further contributing to the autoimmune cascade and IBS symptoms.
Symptoms of Poor Veggie Digestion
Common symptoms of poor veggie digestion include bloating, gas, constipation, and stomach pain. Symptoms of nutrient depletions that may occur when the body is unable to break down and absorb the nutrients in fibrous vegetables, are much further reaching and may include fatigue, hair loss, muscle pain, and autoimmunity itself.
Deficiencies in antioxidants such as vitamin C (which is found in high amounts in cruciferous vegetables, bell peppers, and leafy greens), vitamin E (Annatto-E by Designs for Health), beta-carotene (a vitamin A precursor), and the minerals selenium and manganese, often result due to poor vegetable digestion.
Folate is another important nutrient that can become depleted when vegetables aren’t properly absorbed. Common sources of folate include broccoli, asparagus, avocado, spinach, and Brussels sprouts. Getting enough folate from food sources is particularly important for those with the MTHFR gene variation, and can become challenging when veggie digestion is compromised.
Another clue that vegetables are not being properly digested is when vegetable fibers are found in stool samples. My collegues used to ask this question of their clients, but never did formal tracking, so out of curiosity, I asked my collegues to ask their clients via a survey about digestive health. Ninety-eight people answered the survey, and 82 percent of the clients that they surveyed stated that they had visible plant fibers in their stool. (While this can be easily seen with the naked eye, it can also be confirmed more objectively through stool testing, such as the GI-MAP by Diagnostic Solutions.
Solutions for Vegetable Digestion
I’d like to share some strategies to help you overcome veggie digestion issues so that you can help your gut heal, eliminate your symptoms, and prevent nutrient depletions.
Tips to Make Foods Easier to Digest
As I mentioned earlier, due to their high fiber content, vegetables tend to be the most difficult to digest when in raw form. However, there are ways of preparing vegetables that may help with digestion and nutrient absorption:
For those who experience bloating and abdominal discomfort after consuming vegetables, or who have noticed undigested vegetable fibers in their stool, a vegetable digestive enzyme that contains fiber-digesting enzymes may help you feel better.
Enzymes commonly used to help break down vegetables for better digestion include:
Designs for Health formulated the Plant Enzyme Digestive Formula supplement with a specific combination of enzymes, including cellulase and amylase, to help with this process. It also contains the enzymes protease, lactase, lipase, and phytase to help break down proteins, grains, and fats for optimal digestion.
I recommend taking one capsule with every meal that is high in vegetables — but be sure to consult with your practitioner before starting them to tailor the dosage to your individual needs.
Getting to the bottom of your own digestive issues can take some time and perseverance, but it is a crucial step toward recovering from Chronic Disease. Veggie enzymes have many benefits that can help to relieve many of the symptoms that are experienced with Chronic Disease, such as constipation, gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. As a bonus, improving one’s absorption of veggies can help increase their absorption of vitamins and minerals and, in turn, address underlying nutrient deficiencies.
If you are experiencing bloating, gas or abdominal pain when you consume fibrous vegetables, supplementing with a veggie enzyme formula (like the Plant Enzyme Digestive Formula) could help you boost your nutrient absorption and allow you to enjoy that spinach salad!
For issues with low stomach acid, I invite you to take a look at my article about the benefits of betaine with pepsin. I’ve also written an article that covers other types of enzymes that you may find beneficial in addressing digestive difficulties that are often times present with Chronic Disease.
As always, I wish you well on your journey to feeling your best!