I recently spoke in Mexico City on one of my favorite subjects, “Supplemental Digestive Enzymes” and their many positive uses. I do not speak Spanish and required an interpreter. From what I have been told she was excellent in keeping up with me. However, in a large audience of a couple thousand people it is impossible to take questions.
When delivering in a venue of this size I do my best to present some of the common questions I receive. One of the questions I often receive is about constipation and enzyme use. There are those of us who were constipated before experiencing supplemental enzymes, but did not realize it. I have been asked to go into more detail than I was able to when in Mexico.
Let me give you an example: a person can be experiencing at least one bowel movement a day. However, they begin taking supplemental enzymes with meals and all of a sudden their bowel is no longer moving. They may be concerned that the enzymes made them constipated.
Our gallbladder isn’t an organ that gets a lot of attention – unless it is causing nausea, bloating and/or pain.
Until then we are not aware that our gallbladder is in stress. The gallbladder is a little sac that stores bile from our liver and is found just beneath the liver. It is there to release bile during digestion to breakdown the fatty foods we eat.
Poor eating habits causes stress in the gallbladder. At first more bile is produced when too many man-made fatty and carbohydrate rich foods are ingested. This causes peristalsis producing a bowel movement. It can go from nausea and diarrhea and then eventually to constipation.
Many Latinos are brought up on seasoned foods, rich carbohydrates (tortillas)! When this happens over a long period if time, the gallbladder cannot empty itself on demand and the liver is not stimulated to produce the correct amount of bile.
The undigested fat combines with any iron or calcium contained in the food to form insoluble soaps, which prevent minerals from reaching the cells. These hard soaps can cause constipation, anemia and bone loss. In addition, the lack of bile acids also prevents the absorption of carotene, Vitamins A, D, K, and essential fatty acids. This leads to a multitude of deficient disorders. Lack of proper digestion of food or inappropriate foods can cause many problems.
Supplemental enzymes balance digestion. There is no excessive bile to stimulate bowel peristalsis and they think they are now constipated.
When this happens we have the solution by adding more capsules of digestive enzymes with meals. You can also add probiotics with meals or increase your intake in the evening before bed. In time your bowels will be back to normal, which is more than one bowel movement a day if you eat more than one meal a day.
You may have had your gallbladder removed and that simply means that your liver now has to release bile on demand. It also means it is now putting more stress on your liver. This is why I suggest supplemental lipase enzymes, which do not require bile to work.