Enzymes Help Ease Holiday Indigestion

Blame it on mom’s sweet potato casserole or Aunt Millie’s famous sugar cookies, but there’s just something about the holidays that makes us toss all of our good intentions out the window and overindulge in enough goodies to send our insides into a state of constant turmoil. The good news? Adding a digestive enzyme supplement to the menu can help ease holiday indigestion without bringing the festivities to an end.

Found naturally in raw foods, enzymes play a key role in the digestive process by helping to break down the food we eat so that the body can absorb its valuable nutrients. The problem, however, is that cooking our food destroys those natural enzymes, so our bodies lack the tools necessary for complete digestion. Not only that, but heavily processed foods and those made with refined sugars and white flour (such as those yummy holiday baked goods) are also depleted of natural enzymes. As a result, the digestive process slows down and undigested food remains in the intestines longer, which can contribute to everything from heartburn and indigestion to gas, bloating and other digestive issues.

Taking a natural digestive enzyme supplement is the key to surviving the holidays with your digestive health intact. Experts recommend a multi-enzyme blend made with plant-derived enzymes, which are effective over a broader range of pH levels in the body and thus provide more complete support. If you have a particularly sensitive stomach, choose an enzyme supplement with soothing herbal ingredients such as ginger root and marshmallow, as well as amino acids (including L-glutamine and N-acetyl D-glucosamine) for added intestinal lining support.

Targeted enzyme blends are also available to help address specific conditions such as heartburn, gas and bloating, and even lactose intolerance with fast-acting herbs and nutraceuticals. So this year before you head out for the first round of holiday festivities, don’t forget to give yourself the gift of good digestion and take your enzymes.

Want to learn more about the benefits of natural digestive enzymes? Check out ReNew Life’s Digestive Education Center and find out everything you need to know!

Constipated Again? Mother Nature to the Rescue

Millions of people struggle every day with constipation, but few realize that over time this condition can lead to even more serious health problems. Constipation slows down food transit time, allowing undigested food to sit and ferment in the colon. As a result, harmful toxins are released into the bloodstream through the intestinal wall. This can lead to a form of self-poisoning called autointoxication, which may in turn cause everything from headaches to immune disorders.

Ordinarily, a combination of factors ultimately results in constipation, including poor diet and nutrition (too many processed foods and refined sugars), a lack of dietary fiber, a lack of essential fatty acids, too little exercise, the use of certain medications (both prescription and over-the-counter), changes in daily routine, and not setting aside time to eliminate regularly. Fortunately, there are safe and effective natural solutions for relieving occasional constipation and restoring regularity.

All-natural herbal laxatives provide fast-acting relief for a constipated colon, with traditionally used ingredients such as cape aloe and rhubarb to stimulate bowel contractions, as well as magnesium to hydrate the stool and soothing herbs such as marshmallow and slippery elm to help lubricate the colon.

Once healthy bowel function is restored, maintaining regularity is essential. This begins with following a high-fiber diet, since fiber adds necessary bulk to the diet in order to help move food through the intestines and absorb and eliminate toxins. A daily Omega oil supplement is also recommended to keep the colon lubricated and ease elimination. Finally, taking a daily probiotic is the key to maintaining a balanced intestinal environment and promoting regular, healthy bowel movements.