Digestive Enzymes

My dad always told me that you become what you eat. The truth is more likely that you are what you are able to digest. Our bodies have a wonderful digestive system that comprises digestive enzymes. The role of these enzymes is to maximize the absorption of the nutrients from the food you ingest. Regardless of what you eat, your body will faithfully try and absorb life giving energy from your food. It is the role of the digestive enzymes to convert food into amino acid, fatty acids, cholesterol, sugar to make DNA.

As you age and beyond the age of twenty, your bodies digestive enzymes start to lose their effectiveness and the acid becomes increasingly alkali. This can result in several issues in your body including a lack of vital minerals or nutrients, acid reflux, digestive diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, colitis etc. Moreover, if your digestive system has weakened and you continue to eat foods that are hard to break down or absorb it can put a tremendous strain on your stomach, intestines, pancreas and liver as they work to process your Sunday brunch.

It is therefore suggested that you heal your digestive system by eating clean which is cutting down on processed foods that contain trans fat, eating more fruits and vegetables as close to unprocessed as possible and getting your protein from vegetarian sources. It is also recommended, especially if you are already showing symptoms of a weak digestive system to supplement with digestive enzymes.

Digestive enzymes as supplements are made fruit, animals or plants. There are a wide array of enzymes available including those that are completely vegetarian (for those who are mindful of not eating meat or animal sourced medicines). The type of enzyme you need would depend on what you are trying to address and is best determined in consultation with a doctor or nutritionist. However, simple things like amla (gooseberry), probiotic drinks, kimchee or cultured vegetables or kefir can be added to your diet regardless of whether you currently demonstrate some ailment or not.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.