Do Enzymes Cause Constipation?

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shared Questions From Readers & My Answers

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What is the recommended daily intake of enzymes and which do you recommend? I have my degree in cellular and molecular biology. There are a ton of different enzymes. What regimen would you suggest?

First let’s make sure we are speaking about supplemental plant based digestive enzymes.  You are correct in saying there are many different enzymes.  There are those for laundry, oil spills and other commercial grade enzymes.  There are enzymes for human use such as animal enzymes from slaughterhouse animals pancreas, actual plant enzymes and various plant based enzymes.  I prefer and formulate the plant based enzymes.  The reason for my decision is animal enzymes only work in an alkaline pH and require coating which makes them unusable during digestion, plant enzymes such as bromelain or papain have a limited pH to work in that only make them useable after most of digestion is complete, and there are plant based enzymes that are grown off the food they are meant to breakdown and require no coating to protect them during the digestive system.

The common denominator is that all enzymes those we ingest (supplemental) and those our body makes (metabolic) requires the same things such as water to make them work and the proper pH of your body they are meant to work in.

Just as there are different enzymes everyone has different needs.  Ingesting supplemental digestive enzymes is not necessarily about the size of the person but their own personal need. Example: a newborn not fed breast milk will require supplemental digestive enzymes to assist in breaking down man-made formula.  The only metabolic digestive enzymes the baby will make until they are 18 months old is for their own Mothers breast milk.  That need might differ from a child given sugar and carbohydrates before they are able to break those foods down.  This comes after the growth of their 14 baby teeth and they are 36 months old.

Compare the above to a teenager who is still not complete until puberty and eats junk food and drinks sodas.  An adult that is suffering from a condition or disease and requires even more digestive enzymes because of their lifestyle or condition.  Now think of a senior citizen who is aging and part of the aging process is the lack of producing digestive enzymes.  How many might they require?

I do have some experience throughout the 30 some years I have been in practice:

  •  Supplemental Digestive Enzymes taken with meals to assist in the proper breakdown of food and the delivery of nutrients is important.  How many they need depends on their own need or health.  Normally I suggest at least two capsules with food.
  • First thing in the AM and last thing at PM I suggest Supplemental Systemic Protease Enzymes for inflammation, circulation and carrying away the waste.
  • With the Protease in the evening I suggest a good Probiotic to balance the pH of the system.

For me this is the basic elements for health.

I was wondering if you knew the answer to this Question? If we take enzyme supplements overtime will that decrease the enzyme production our body produces?
Good question and one I am asked often: Supplemental Enzymes are not hormones and are not stored. The need for enzymes is so great they are used up. If we were to take more than we need – the enzymes (which are proteins) are then used by the body to make metabolic enzymes, repair inflammation, improve circulation and various other needs the body has. It is called polymorphic.

DISEASE QUESTIONS

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My Dear Friends,

Daily I am asked questions about disease issues. I am not trying to be un-sensitive to your concerns by not answering your questions. I hold degrees in Health Science, Dietetics and Naturopathic Studies. I am not an Oncologist which is a medial doctor that treats and diagnosis cancer.

I personally believe that we have the power to begin our own healing by addressing our digestive system. In other words we can prevent disease by addressing those parts of our system where most cancer begins. The digestive system holds within it 80% of our immune system plus our entire enteric or autonomic nervous system which is embedded in our gastrointestinal system.

The University of Washington explains it best:  “The autonomic nervous system controls the tone of the digestive tract. The integumentary system reduces water loss, contains receptors that respond to touch, regulates body temperature, and protects the inside of the body from damage. 

I personally experienced cancer in three different areas of my body. I am a cancer survivor. When I was diagnosed with my cancer I made changes in my beliefs, food intake and worked on forgiveness. My cancer would go into remission but then show up in another place of my body. Finally during my last cancer diagnosis I added to my regime supplemental plant based enzymes and this time the cancer went away. Oncologists do not like to say I was cured however; this was 38 years ago next month.

Supplemental digestive enzymes assists in the digestion of our food, carries the nutrients from what we eat into our cell and assists the cell to clear waste. This is no small thing. I just taught while in Mexico City the importance of our metabolic enzymes and our cells.

  • We all begin as just one cell.
  • That one master cell contains all our specific information (3 billion bits) that we need for life and we are only 5 days old.
  • These 3 billion bits of information is our genes, DNA and what our enzymes are to do according to their information.
  • That one cell splits into various cells creating all our organs while in Mothers womb.
  • By the time we are adults we contain around 100 trillion cells.
  • Each cell (no matter the type) requires the same things: 45 known nutrients and 20,000 enzymes to stay alive.
  • Plus a Queen Mother enzyme called “Kinase” to make more proteins and enzymes in the cell.
  • For just one cell to duplicate it requires another 13,000 enzymes.
  • Every mineral and or nutrient is co-enzymes, which means it requires an enzyme to work.
  • Every cells enzymes uses these 45 nutrients to make 125,000 different chemicals every second.

I hope you are getting the picture. Blended supplemental digestive enzymes are taken orally with meals to assist proper digestion. Systemic enzymes (those which work in the blood) are blended to the proper pH for the blood and do not assist in the digestive tract. All enzymes from metabolic (those your body produces from proteins) to those we take supplementally all require the same things the proper pH to do their work and water to make them work.

There are supplemental digestive plant based enzymes blended for carbohydrate digestion, lipases blended for lipid digestion and proteases blended for protein digestion into amino acids.

The supplemental systemic enzymes require a different pH to work within our blood and organ systems by assisting the body during inflammation and improved blood flow and/or circulation.

When you ask me about bodily dysfunction or disease I will suggest forgiveness, changing stress habits, an improved diet (organic and no sugar) with supplemental enzymes. Ingest systemic proteolytic enzymes three to four times a day and the proper Probiotics at bedtime!  These are the basics.  It may not always be easy but it can be life changing.

BODY (BIOCHEMICAL) QUESTIONNAIRE

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FOUR MAIN BODY (BIOCHEMICAL) TYPES 

I will refer to the four body types by numbers. It is not that one is more important than another. I have worked with body typing for over 30 years and I find it is best to begin with the category in which I saw the greatest number of body types where I lived. This is not Texas where I currently live, otherwise the types and the numbers would be different.

Questionnaire: If six or more of the 12 characteristics listed apply to you, then that is your category or ruling body type. Your food choices may not be the best for your health and may be the source of many of your health problems. However, you continue to crave them, but you do not break them down properly. In conventional medical practice, the body types are referred to by the name of the gland that rules each one.

BODY (BIOCHEMICAL) TYPE ONE is known as Para for the parathyroid or thyroid gland.

This type is defined by the following traits:

  • Your waist may have a bit of a midriff bulge because of the tipping of your hipbones.
  • You have high perky buttocks.
  • You gain weight evenly, from the top of your head to your toes.
  • If overweight, your excess fat is in the stomach and waist Men have “spare tire,” women hold fat in their buttocks.
  • You crave sugar in the form of desserts, breads, pastas, fruits, and vegetables.
  • You are drawn to chocolate for fat and sugar mix.
  • You get fatigued by midday and sometimes get up tired.
  • You suffer depression or mood swings.
  • You often have cold hands or feet.
  • If you are female, you suffer PMS.
  • Your blood pressure is on the low side.
  • You have experienced hypoglycemia.
  • Allergies are common for you.
  • You are prone to eczema or skin rash.

One

BODY (BIOCHEMICAL) TYPE TWO is known as the Estro or Testro biochemical body type. The controlling glands for type twos are the gonadal system. The following list of traits defines this body type. Again, if six or more of these apply to you, this is your body type category:

  • The width of your clavicle is shorter than the width of your hipbones and your buttocks are low slung.
  • In women, the greater part of the weight is in the buttocks and upper thighs. You wear a small top to a larger bottom in clothes.
  • In men, your excess weight is in the abdominal region and lower body.
  • Male or female your legs are generally strong in comparison to the upper part of your body.
  • Your favorite foods are tasty, or strong-flavored such as spiced, creamed, salty, peppered, or smoked foods.
  • You prefer to drink wine or a beverage other than water with your meals.
  • Your favorite desserts are rich, like ice cream or chocolate.
  • You enjoy fried fish, chicken, onion rings, and French fries.
  • You like Italian, Oriental, and Mexican cuisines.
  • You suffer from indigestion (bloating or gas) where your ribs come together.
  • Gallbladder problems are common.
  • You are bothered by kidney and bladder infections.
  • You have a tendency toward cysts, dermatitis, or skin disorders.

Two

BODY (BIOCHEMICAL) TYPE THREE is known as Supra, for the suprarenal or adrenal glands.
This type is defined by the following traits:
  • Your clavicles are much wider than the width of your hipbones.
  • You are able to build muscle quite easily.
  • You carry your weight in your tummy and upper torso including your back.
  • Your buttocks are fairly flat and do not have shape unless you are working out.
  • Your legs are strong and firm at any age.
  • A meal is not complete for you without meat or some kind of protein.
  • You salt or season your food without tasting it first.
  • You gravitate to all proteins: lunch meats, sausage, fish, poultry, nuts, cheese, and eggs.
  • You suffer from stiff joints or pain in your left shoulder.
  • You have hypertension or high blood pressure.
  • You feel stressed rather than fatigued.
  • Constipation is a big problem for you.
  • Gas, flatulence, or bloating is a way of life.
  • You prefer stimulation from what you eat, drink, or think.

Three

BODY (BIOCHEMICAL) TYPE FOUR is known as Neuro. It gets its name from the neurological and endocrine systems. These glands control the hormone production of other glands and indirectly affect the neurological (nervous system).
The width of your clavicle is the same as your hip bones, but your waist is also even in width.
If you can answer yes to four or more of these questions then this is your body type:
  • You do not feel that a meal is complete without dairy products.
  • You enjoy cereal and milk if you cannot think of what else to eat.
  • You suffer from ongoing fatigue.
  • You enjoy dairy products but recognize milk intolerance or have been told you are lactose intolerant.
  • You have the same body size as when you were a teen.
  • Your shape may be described as boyish, wiry, or having baby fat, but it has remained the same into maturity.
  • You matured later in life and are the youngest looking member in your family.
  • You may have an on-going bowel problem (constipation to diarrhea) including spastic colon.
  • You have soft fat all over the body, not just held in one area.
  • You do not make your mind up quickly and need to have all the information possible to make a decision.
  • You are considered to be smart or a nerd in school.
  • Your body shape tends to be straight up and down. If a woman you have to use a belt to recognize a waist.
  • Your head may be large to your body.
  • You consider yourself sensitive to foods or pills.

Four

People may see themselves in more than one category. However, all of us are more suited to one category than others. This category is known as our primary or driving biochemical type. If you feel you are several types, you may find you are out of balance. The more out of balance we are, the more we think we are several types. When in balance, you will be the stronger of your primary type.

Tomorrow: What Your Biochemical Type Tells You About Your Health and Diet

BIOCHEMISTRY EFFECTS BODY SHAPE

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How Your Own Body Type Affects Your Family

All four of the basic body types have certain biochemical weaknesses common to all of them. You, but not necessarily the other members of your family may carry the greater part of your weight in your upper torso and tummy. Your buttocks may be flat and your legs are strong. Quite probably, you are a family member that enjoys meat as the main part of your meals. You and those like you in your family could very well suffer from lower back problems, acidic stomach, pain in the left shoulder, constipation, stress, reflex, and high blood pressure.

For those in a family whose weight tends to be evenly distributed all over, you will find hypoglycemia, low blood pressure, eczema, allergies, colon problems, anxiety, and fatigue to be common ailments among them. You gravitate toward sweets, breads, pasta, and chocolate. If you gain weight, it will invariably be carried in your face and throughout your body including the size of your feet. Lastly it will be in your buttocks and abdominal area. You work harder than others to maintain muscle mass. However, remember not everyone in the family may be exactly alike.

Those members who enjoy tasty, strong flavored foods like ethnic foods, wine, ice cream, heavily spiced food, or lots of salt and pepper have their own set of disorders. One or all of you may suffer from kidney problems, hormone imbalance, enlarged prostate, skin irritations, sinus and mucous trouble, cysts, gallbladder distress, or indigestion that might include constipation to diarrhea. Your muscle mass is mostly below the waist.

The other, and one of the most interesting body types, is the type for one in which the family has serious difficulties with lactose intolerance. The cause of this is enzyme deficiencies of lactase, yet they have serious cravings for all dairy products. Some of the common maladies of this type are milk allergies, other allergies that range from foods to airborne microorganisms, spastic colon, aching joints—especially the knees—and a continuous feeling of exhaustion for no reason. If you have this body type, you carry the least amount of muscle mass on your body. The benefit of this particular type is that you are one of the youngest looking members of your family.

What Body Type Are You? 

In these descriptions, do you recognize yourself or someone you know? Are any of these families yours? Do you feel you belong in each one of these categories? If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions, and you will, it is because we inherit our body types from our parents. If your parents married outside of their own nationality, you will probably have a combined or overlapping body type. For instance, an Irish man and an Italian woman get married and have a family. We know that the Irish are evenly shaped and love sugar, potatoes, and alcohol. Italians, on the other hand, are known for their curves and indulging in rich, strong-flavored, and highly seasoned starchy foods. The child will always have some of the strengths and weaknesses of both parents. The Italian mother will cook foods she likes and see to it that her husband has an ample supply of breads and desserts. This may all sound delicious to you— it certainly does to me! However, as an adult, a child from this marriage has developed a weak immune system due to the stressful job he has. And he will seek the help of a nutritionist.

What are his best food choices? Should he be a vegetarian? These are the exact questions I had to answer when I became a health care professional. I realized very early that what works for one does not necessarily work for another. There is a very good reason for this. We are not all the same biochemical body type nor do we have the same needs and strengths.

Tomorrow the Body Type Quiz  

HAVE YOU NOTICED?

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WHAT WORKS FOR ONE DOES NOT NECESSARILY WORK FOR ALL

Have you noticed how people appear to be one of four basic shapes? At any shopping mall in the Midwest, for example, it is not unusual to observe many shoppers who carry most of their weight in their tummy or upper torso, but not their buttocks. A cowboy who has trouble holding up his jeans because his hips are smaller than his tummy falls into this category. You will also see women with large breasts and shoulders but have small flat buttocks (great legs but no ass at all). On the West Coast, health- conscious men and women tend to carry their weight evenly all over their bodies. They would rather have fatigue problems than suffer from weight problems. In the East, many people, especially women, have large hips wider than the shoulders and oversized thighs.

You will also find people whose body shapes mature later than others everywhere. These types have boyish or childlike shapes. This does not mean that these shapes are peculiar to specific geographic locations. However, when a particular nationality is concentrated in one state, this often accounts for a preponderance of one of the body types in that locality. We inherit our body shapes, with their strengths and weaknesses, from our ancestors.

What does this have to do with you, or this blog? Everything, because different body shapes come with different needs and different digestive needs. The key word is “different.” This difference makes it impossible to have one perfect food or diet that works for everyone.

Now as you think about these varied body shapes, consider the distinct cravings that go along with each of them. One person may be drawn to very sweet foods, while another strongly dislikes desserts. Another may prefer a good steak rather than a slice of chocolate fudge cake. Doctors ask their patients about their own health and that of their families. These doctors are very aware that certain weaknesses and disorders are inherited and various medications and foods affect people very differently.

Dating back to the ancient Egyptians, over forty-four books have been written on the subject of body typing. For example, Ayurvedic medicine, originating in India 5,000 years ago, is completely based on doshas or the way we are driven to different tastes whether salty, sour, or sweet. Another problem has been that not everyone fits the three medical types known as “ectomorph, endomorph, or mesomorph”. Nor do you fit in the ancient Ayurvedic types known by their dosha tastes as Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. Because of this they have altered their three types, which now includes a mixed type. Last is our American Apple, Pear, or Banana and/ or triangle, inverted triangle, or rectangle. This does not mean you do not fit anywhere since there are countries you are very prevalent.

As you may see, the study or biochemical science of body typing is not new. Health professionals have always been very aware of the differences, and similarities, in body types and muscle tones. I believe that one of the major reasons why any body type suffers weaknesses and gets out of balance is due to digestive enzyme deficiencies. These are inherited and compounded through poor eating habits and stress on the system.

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Do you see yourself or someone you know?  More tomorrow!

WHY DO SO MANY GET FAT?

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I want to introduce you to another scientist who has dedicated a great deal of his life to understanding calories and weight gain. Gary Taubes, co-founder of the Nutrition Science Initiative and author of “Why We Get Fat: And What to Do about It” asks:

Why do so many of us get so fat? The answer appears obvious. “The fundamental cause of obesity and overweight,” the World Health Organization says, “is an energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended.” Put simply, we either eat too much or are too sedentary, or both. By this logic, any excess of calories—whether from protein, carbohydrate, or fat (the three main components, or “macronutrients,” in food)—will inevitably pack on the pounds. 

He goes on to question the theory we have been brought up to accept:  So the solution is also obvious: eat less, exercise more. The reason to question this conventional thinking is equally self-evident. The eat less / move more prescription has been widely disseminated for 40 years, and yet the prevalence of obesity, or the accumulation of unhealthy amounts of body fat, has climbed to unprecedented levels. Today more than a third of Americans are considered obese—more than twice the proportion of 40 years ago. Worldwide, more than half a billion people are now obese.

Processed foods supposedly give us a lot of energy for very little work. In contrast, veggies, nuts and whole grains make us sweat for our calories, generally offer far more vitamins and nutrients than processed items, and keep our gut bacteria happy. So it would be logical for people who want to eat healthier and forget the calories to favor whole and raw foods over highly processed foods.  But we tend to want to know the fastest and easiest diet and read various books and magazines searching for our aha moment!

If we read a book on scientific nutrition, eating appears to be simply a biological process as the above paragraph; nutrient intake, digestion, and cellular assimilation. Read a book about dieting, and eating is presented as a war. It is you against the calories, you against your body fat, and you against your desires. Read any number of books on “natural” ways of nutrition, and eating may be presented as a divinely ordained system. Disregard its commandments, and wrathful gods will punish you with ill-health. Read any popular cookbook or food magazine, and eating is presented solely as an affair of the palate where each recipe is orchestrated for your sensual pleasure. Read any book on eating disorders, and you will realize that our attitude to food may be literally a matter of life and death. You may have heard the thought that animals feed but humans eat.  So many of us are searching for a sensible source of information about diet that explains the complexities of the eater’s mind. We want a way to understand our relationship to food and body without being told that what we are eating is “wrong” or being harassed into following another “break-through” diet system.  Few books nourish us at deeper levels. Eating is a vastly unexplored area in psychology.

Many people talk more openly about their sex life than about their eating habits. As public a phenomenon as eating is, our personal issues with food and body image may be the best-kept secrets we have. If the estimates of forty to sixty-five million dieters in America is anywhere near correct, that amounts to a great deal of dissatisfaction.  I personally like a book that relates to this very thought.  It is “Nourishing Wisdom, A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well Being” by Marc David.  

I have to close now and go eat dinner!