Gut Health Restored - Carbohydrate Digestion

Stop your carbs from fermenting with help of some pancreatic and intestinal support from Standard Process and Mediherb.

Restoring Gut Health - Fat Digestion

Carbohydrates stand as a vital component in our diet, supplying the energy and nutrients necessary to power our day-to-day activities. However, before our bodies can harness carbohydrates as fuel, they must undergo a breakdown into smaller sugars that our cells can absorb and utilize.

The intricate and captivating process of carbohydrate digestion unfolds with the collaboration of various enzymes and organs working together to extract the utmost energy from the food we consume.

Let's delve into the science behind carbohydrate digestion, encompassing the enzymes pivotal in this process. We'll also explore the implications when bacteria, instead of enzymes, participate in digestion, and discover how certain supplements can significantly enhance your well-being.

So, grab a snack (ideally rich in complex carbs!), and let's immerse ourselves in the fascinating world of carbohydrate digestion.

Learn how healthy carbohydrate digestion works!

The Importance of Complex Carbohydrates

The human body stands as an incredible apparatus, adept at converting the food we consume into the essential energy and nutrients necessary for optimal well-being. A pivotal aspect of this intricate process involves the breakdown of carbohydrates, influencing not only energy production but also hormone regulation, toxin detoxification, and nutrient absorption.

Fortuitously, our bodies come equipped with digestive enzymes and beneficial bacteria collaborating to break down complex carbohydrates into simple sugars, fueling our daily activities.

Additionally, let's acknowledge the significant role played by fiber, present in complex carbohydrates sourced from fruits and vegetables, in upholding digestive health.

Carbohydrates Digestive Path

Were you aware that the odyssey of carbohydrates in your food commences the moment it catches your eye?

Indeed! Prior to taking a single bite, your salivary glands are already at work, producing amylase enzymes to initiate the breakdown of complex carbohydrates.

Once the chewing and swallowing begin, these enzymes spring into action with the assistance of stomach acid, persisting in the carbohydrate breakdown process.

But the saga doesn't conclude there—your pancreas joins the fray by releasing additional amylase enzymes into your small intestine. There, they collaborate with lactase enzymes, specifically targeting sugars in milk to convert them into energy.

To cap it off, any remaining carbohydrates undergo further breakdown courtesy of a diverse community of bacteria residing in your gut. This collective effort ensures the completion of the digestion process. It's truly astounding to contemplate the intricate collaboration of different body parts to ensure we extract the utmost from the food we consume!

How the pancreas and intestines help you digest:

  • Amylase enzymes digest carbohydrates (including fiber and sugar)

  • Lactase enzymes help digest milk sugars

  • Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae var. boulardii maintain a healthy intestinal environment

Common problems from undigested fat

If You Don’t Digest Your Carbs, Bacteria Surely Will

In the absence of effective carbohydrate digestion, the proliferation of bacteria in our gut becomes a potential catalyst for health issues. Brace yourself for a worst-case scenario – insufficient production of salivary and pancreatic enzymes, crucial for proper carbohydrate breakdown, can lead to severe consequences.

The fermentation process initiated by bacteria can wreak havoc in your gut, causing uncomfortable gas and bloating.

To compound the issue, these bacteria may multiply uncontrollably and migrate to your small intestine, potentially giving rise to Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).

This, in turn, can result in significant complications for your intestinal villi, including the dreaded Leaky Gut. Over time, you might develop adult-onset food intolerances and allergies to common staples like dairy and grains.

So, it's imperative not to underestimate the importance of your digestive health – it could genuinely be a matter of life or death!

Low enzymes and bacterial overgrowth causes the following:

  • Systemic inflammation and pain

  • Excess intestinal gas with lower abdominal bloating

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Incomplete bowel movements with excessive toilet paper use

Feeling bloated from carbs?

Common Undigested Carbohydrate Symptoms:

  • Undigested vegetable matter (not including corn) in my stool

  • Excessive abdominal cramping after eating (not menstrual) 

  • Intestinal gas (not really foul) and/or bloating

  • History of Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) 

  • Excess brain fog or feelings of anxiety on a regular basis

Digestive Strategies for carbohydrate digestion

Pancreas, the body's carbohydrate enzyme superstar

The pancreas plays a crucial role in generating a majority of enzymes dedicated to carbohydrate digestion.

However, an unfortunate scenario unfolds when our blood sugar levels consistently soar, causing the pancreas to become strained and fatigued.

A significant repercussion of this strain is the diminished production of pancreatic enzymes, vital for the breakdown of carbohydrates and other essential nutrients.

Gradually, this decline in enzyme production may lead to malabsorption, where our bodies struggle to fully absorb and utilize the nutrients from our food. The outcome can manifest in various health issues, encompassing fatigue, weakness, and even malnutrition.

It underscores the importance of nurturing our bodies by maintaining healthy blood sugar levels and supporting our pancreas through a well-balanced diet and lifestyle.

Give your pancreas the rest it needs

They say that the pancreas is the slowest healing organ. We think it is because it is under constant assault.

Your pancreas both balances blood sugar by making hormones, reduces the acidity of stomach acid with bicarbonate and helps digest carbohydrates into sugars that are used for metabolism.

The only way to give it a break is to supplement pancreatic enzymes and give herbs to help it get back on track.

By incorporating Enzycore's enzyme supplement with the powerful herb Gymnemia into your daily routine, you can take important steps towards safeguarding your pancreas and promoting healthy blood sugar levels.

This dynamic duo works together to enhance your body's natural ability to break down and absorb essential nutrients, while also promoting balanced blood sugar levels.

Don't wait until it's too late to start taking care of your pancreas and overall health - try Enzycore with Gymnemia today!

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Weed and Feed... Gardening of the Gut

In many cases, the bacteria in a person's gut has become severely imbalanced. From years of partial carbohydrate digestion and the typical American Diet, bacteria have become less diverse and specific colonies overgrow leading to SIBO.

Bacteria bloom so out of control that they move into the small intestine where they do not belong.

The bi-product of bacterial fermentation of carbohydrates in Carbon Dioxide (CO2). Breath tests can confirm SIBO, but they are a pain to complete.

Many people will go directly into the Weed and Feed Plan to start right away!

Weed and Feed Supplement Plans involve herbs that destroy the bad bacteria scheduled with pre and probiotics to reinoculate and feed the good bacteria.

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Fix Your Leaky Gut!

Gut permeability, commonly known as "leaky gut," occurs when the lining of the intestinal wall becomes damaged from excessive alcohol, coffee, specific prescription drugs and bacterial overgrowth—allowing harmful substances to leak into your bloodstream.

This can lead to a host of health issues, including inflammation, autoimmune disorders, and digestive problems. Many factors can contribute to leaky gut, including stress, poor diet, and environmental toxins.

However, there are natural supplements that can help support gut health and promote healing. Gastrex, HiPep, Golden Seal, Chamomile, Whole Food Fiber, and Enzycore are all effective supplements that can help support a healthy gut.

Gastrex and HiPep work to soothe the upper digestive tract, Golden Seal and Chamomile have antimicrobial and mucosal properties that can support healthy villi.

Whole Food Fiber can help promote healthy bowel movements with both soluble and insoluble fiber and Enzycore  can aid in the digestion of protein, fats and carbs.

By taking these supplements, you can support a healthy gut.

In Conclusion

Isn't it truly remarkable? The carbohydrate digestion process is awe-inspiring, orchestrated by multiple organs and enzymes working in tandem to extract the utmost energy from the food we consume.

Let's also emphasize the vital role played by complex carbohydrates, abundant in fruits and vegetables, in upholding digestive health!

Our bodies are well-equipped with digestive enzymes and beneficial bacteria adept at breaking down complex carbohydrates into simple sugars, providing the energy essential for our thriving.

By incorporating the right nutrients and supplements, we have the capacity to enhance our overall digestion and well-being, empowering us to make informed decisions about our diets and leading lives that are happier and healthier. So, let's persist in prioritizing our well-being and relish the rewards of proper nutrition – our bodies will undoubtedly express their gratitude!

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