Benefits of digestive enzymes

Many clients complain about indigestion or the feeling bloated after meals. There are a few reasons why this may happen: eating too fast, not chewing enough, or low digestive capacity.

 

Who should take supplemental acid

  • frequent belching and bloating, particularly following meals
  • feeling of fullness for an extended time after meals
  • getting full quickly
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea in the morning or after taking supplements
  • weak or brittle nails
  • undigested food in the stool
  • history of iron deficiency
  • vitamin B deficiency
  • anemia
  • history of taking acid-blocking drugs

 

Supplemental acid and digestive enzymes are safe to use for everyone except for people diagnosed with gastritis or ulcers.

How it works

First step to the digestive process starts in the mouth. While chewing, enzymes from your saliva helps to break down carbohydrates. Insufficient chewing and swallowing prematurely leaves particles too large for the stomach to break down parasites and fungi hiding inside the food. These small compounds will then be absorbed into the blood so it doesn’t irritate the small intestine and elicit an unfavourable immune response. Optimal digestive capacity is crucial for overall health. Here is what you need to know about enzymes and stomach acid:

 

Enzymes

Digestive enzymes are primarily produced by the pancreas, found in saliva and the small intestine. Digestive enzymes break down proteins, fats and carbohydrates into their constituents, amino acids, fatty acids and sugars. Sleep, processed foods, eating foods you are sensitive to, chronic stress, lack of sleep can all take a toll on digestive health.

 

Stomach Acid

HCl is a digestive enzyme that helps with breaking down bacteria, germs, fungi and parasites. Once it reaches the small intestine, which is less acidic than the stomach, they can start to lay eggs.

Small intestine is lined with receptors and is responsible for absorbing nutrients once the receptors have digested food. Nutrients are then sent through the portal vein to the liver for processing.

HCl is secreted by the stomach and breaks down protein molecules. It acts as a defense against pathogenic organisms, such as bacteria, yeast and viruses. HCl is required to absorb calcium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B12 and beta-carotene. It also plays a role in absorption of magnesium, zinc, chromium, copper, vanadium, selenium and manganese.

 

Using digestive enzymes to aid in improving digestive capacity

Enzymes and stomach acid is important for the breakdown of proteins and other macronutrients and for absorption of vitamins. It is also needed for proper pH balance and to reduce the likelihood of infection in order to obtain optimal health.

Need help correcting your digestion issues or unsure if enzymes or stomach acid is right for you? Contact our Exercise Coaches and Naturopaths to help you get started.

Stop wasting money on supplements

Do you eat a balanced diet, exercise and take an assortment of supplements but still experience fatigue, indigestion, dry skin, brittle nails, and/or insomnia? According to University of Texas, 50% of people taking supplements are still nutritionally deficient.

Vitamin, mineral and antioxidant deficiencies have been shown to suppress the functions of the immune system which can manifest to one’s health and diseases, such as:

  • arthritis
  • cancer
  • cardiovascular disease
  • diabetes

Having optimal levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants is crucial for bodily processes. Nutritional deficiencies can be a risk factor that can contribute to many degenerative disease conditions.

Here are some that may contribute to nutritional deficiency:

  1. Biochemical individuality: We are all metabolically and biochemically unique, the micronutrient requirements from individual to individual may vary from one to another.
  2. Absorption: Although you may eat a balanced diet, you may have not be absorbing all the vitamins, minerals, essential micronutrients effectively, causing deficiencies.
  3. Chronic Illness: Health conditions such as arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, fatigue, multiple sclerosis can be directly or indirectly linked to micronutrient deficiencies.
  4. Aging: Micronutrient requirements at 30 is different from the age of 40 and above. Absorption of micronutrients decreases with age, especially with vitamin B12.
  5. Lifestyle: Excessive physical activity, prescription drugs, smoking, alcohol, stress and sedentary habits all impact micronutrient demands.
  6. Prescription drugs: Drugs could negatively affect the nutrient status of the body in numerous ways. Mechanisms of action for nutrient depletion include changes in absorption, biosynthesis, transport, storage, metabolism and excretion.


If you are eating a balanced diet, supplementing on nutrients and still don’t feel optimal, you may be not absorbing optimal levels of nutrients. At KX Yorkville, our Naturopathic Doctor conducts Micronutrient Testing to determine over 30 nutrients and functions. Book a consultation today and learn how nutrient repletion will help you reach your optimal body composition and health. Stop wasting money on guessing which supplements you are deficient in and get tested.

Magnesium function and deficiency

The best source of magnesium comes from leafy green vegetables. However, people who strive to eat a healthy diet can sometimes fail to consume optimal levels of magnesium due to deficiency in soils and long transport and shelf life in our grocery foods.

Magnesium deficiency

Over 80% of Canadians are magnesium deficient. Manifestations of hypomagnesemia might include tremor, agitation, muscle fasciculation, depression, cardiac arrhythmia and hypokalaemia. Early signs of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and weakness. As magnesium deficiency worsens, numbness, tingling, muscle contractions,  seizures, sudden changes in behaviour caused by excessive electrical activity in the brain, abnormal heartbeat and coronary spasms might occur.

Magnesium deficiency should be considered in all patients especially ones who are:

  • on prescription drugs
  • experiencing chronic pain, muscle hypertonicity or spasticity
  • experiencing insomnia
  • the elderly population
  • experiencing digestive problems

Role of magnesium

Magnesium is a cofactor in over 300 enzymatic reactions. This mineral is responsible for stabilizing enzymes and energy production. ATP is required universally for glucose utilization, synthesis of fat, proteins, nucleic acids and coenzymes, muscle contraction, relaxation and normal neurological function.

  • Glucose utilization
  • Normal neurological function
  • Synthesis of fat, protein, nucleic acids, coenzymes
  • Release of neurotransmitters
  • Muscule contraction and relaxation
  • Regulation of vascular tone, heart rhythm, bone formation

Magnesium is responsible for body composition and sports performance. Clients typically see an improvement in glucose regulation and sleep with the supplementation of magnesium. Magnesium is also responsible for insulin sensitivity, thus supporting glucose metabolism and aids in fat loss.

Source of magnesium

The best source of magnesium is in chlorophyll, found in green vegetables. Nuts and seeds are also very high in magnesium. Supplementation in magnesium is very important if you’re active, as magnesium is depleted during exercise.

We recommend a blend of magnesium in its most comprehensive bioavailable complex.

Magnesium glycinate: effective calming muscles, sleep and pain Magnesium Apartate: reduces fatigue
Magnesium malate: muscle tenderness and recovery, fibromyalgia Magnesium ascorbate: Bone health reduce damage created by excessive calcium
Magnesium Citrate: laxative Magnesium Orotate: Cardiovascular function

Table 3: Forms of magnesium.

 

Book a consultation with a Biosignature Practitioner to learn about how supplements can improve your well-being or learn more about Biosignature Modulation here.

What causes bloating after meals?

Clients often complain about bloating and gas after meals. Sometimes it could be eating foods that you are intolerant to, such as gluten, dairy, soy, eggs or nightshades. If you’ve been free of those allergens, sometimes it could just be low digestive capacity; not enough enzymes to break down the foods.

Common factors that causes bloating

  1. Stress: there are two branches of the nervous system, “fight or flight” and “rest and digest”. Chronic stress leads an imbalance in the nervous system, favouring of the “fight or flight” branch, demonstrating symptoms such as reflux, spasm, cramping, gas and bloating.
  2. Side effects of prescription drugs: NSAIDs, antibiotics, diuretics, acid-blocking drugs all induce IBS-like symptoms.
  3. Insufficient HCl and digestive enzymes by the body.

 

The first step to digestion starts when food enters your mouth. You voluntarily chew and grind the food into slush as your salivary glands release amylase to break down carbohydrates. The process is completely involuntary right after you swallow your food, but don’t sweat, you can still debloat and heal low stomach acid and enzymes with these foods and supplements.

 

Foods and Digestive Enzymes to Improve Digestion

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar: the acidity will safely lower the pH in your stomach and prevent candida overgrowth.
  2. Probiotics: Intestinal bacterial provides digestive, immune and metabolic support.
  3. HCl Supplement: HCl breaks down protein molecules and acts as a defense against pathogenic organisms such as bacteria, yeast and viruses. Sufficient HCl is required to absorb essential nutrients, such as calcium, iron, vitamin C, B12, beta-carotene, magnesium, zinc, chromium, copper, vanadium, selenium and maganese.
  4. Digestive Enzymes: Digestive enzymes break down proteins, fats and carbohydrates into amino acids, fatty acids and sugars to be absorbed by the body.

 

Need help correcting your digestion issues? You may also want to learn about Biosignature Modulation, a method to we use determine the right foods and supplements for your body type or contact our Coaches to help you get started.

 

In health,

The KX Team

Top 5 Supplements For Fat Loss

The best source of nutrients is a healthy, balanced diet comprised of fresh, whole foods and an abundance leafy green vegetables. However, people who strive to eat a healthy diet can sometimes fail to consume optimal levels of essential nutrients due to deficiency in soils and long transport and shelf life in our grocery foods. These nutritional deficiencies can cause a wide range of ailments such as chronic inflammation and muscle pain. Nutritional supplements when taken appropriately can be beneficial to almost everyone. Optimal levels of the nutrients below is essential for fat loss.

Here are the top 5 supplements we recommend:

  1. High quality fish oil
    EPA is responsible for reducing inflammation and DHA is responsible for brain function. Research suggests omega-3s improve cardiovascular function and normalizing triglycerides.
  1. Vitamin D3
    Vitamin D3 is a hormone made from cholesterol, responsible for gene transcription. There are Vitamin D receptors in 30 different tissues, notably immune cells. Vitamin D3 supplementation has been shown to improve immune system and lower the risk of depression.
  1. Zinc
    Zinc acts as an antioxidant and is responsible for normalizing testosterone and growth hormone levels, improve male and female fertility, healthy insulin action and regulates dopamine (an energizing neurotransmitter that gives you drive and focus).
  1. Magnesium
    Magnesium is a mineral that is a cofactor in over 300 different enzymes, and is responsible for cell regulation, cardiovascular function, glucose sensitivity and muscle repair. Magnesium supplementation has been shown to improve sleep and inflammatory markers.
  1. Multivitamin
    Trace mineral and elements supports hepatic detoxification. Excess toxins that are not removed by the liver are stored in fat cells.

Choosing the right supplement

Not all supplements are created equally. Avoid “No Name” brands and look for active forms of vitamins. Many poor quality supplements are made with incomplete, inactive forms or even soy fillers–you get what you pay for!

If you wish to improve your health with supplements on top of nutritious, wholesome meals, make sure you choose:

  • High quality active forms
  • Made without fillers (Note: some fillers are used as a stabilizing agent. Make sure you check!)
  • Third party tested

Unsure how to select supplements for what your body needs? Schedule an assessment with one of our Biosignature Practitioner and learn more about how you may be nutrient deficient and how we can help.

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