When You Should Take Digestive Enzymes
You may know digestive enzymes as supplements that replace digestive functions that have been depleted or compromised over time. But how do you know if you should start adding digestive enzymes to your daily supplement routine? When should you take them during the day? Let’s take a deeper look.
What are digestive enzymes?
Digestive enzymes are a key component of the digestive process. These proteins are needed to break down food so that it can be passed through your intestines and absorbed by your body. For many people, this is a naturally occurring process that can be enhanced by eating natural sources of digestive enzymes. These foods include papaya, mango, sauerkraut, and avocados.
How do you know if you should take digestive enzyme supplements?
If your body doesn’t make enough digestive enzymes naturally, you might feel bloated, gassy, or have diarrhea after meals. Digestive enzymes can help optimize the digestion process, restore stomach acid that aids in healthy GI function, enhance nutrient absorption, and soothe stomach discomfort.
When should I take digestive enzymes?
Digestive enzymes should be taken before, or during a meal. Do not take digestive enzymes on an empty stomach -- this will cause increased stomach discomfort. If you generally suffer from bloat and gas, digestive enzymes should lessen your symptoms within just a few days. It should be noted that you can take digestive enzymes up to 30 minutes after a meal. If you wait longer you will likely not experience the benefits.
How many should I take?
This depends on your body! We generally recommend one to two capsules before meals. You can take them as needed throughout the day.
Can you take digestive enzymes with probiotics?
Absolutely! Digestive enzymes and probiotics work together to restore balance in your gut. Probiotics add good bacteria which helps restore the gut flora. Digestive enzymes aid in breaking down food and increases nutrient absorption. So, while they’re doing different things, they can work together to help your gut function properly.
How long should I take digestive enzymes?
While you are healing your gut, you should take digestive enzymes daily. This is a sample schedule that lays out when you should take supplements for optimal gut healing.
Once you have restored balance in the gut, you should only take digestive enzymes as needed. For many people, this means taking them with meals that are high in protein and fat to help with the digestion process.
As always, talk to your doctor to determine what is right for you and your body!