Digestive Enzymes [Healing Digestion Part 5]

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  1. This was very informative. I am really looking forward to reading about liver deficiency….I have been seeing a chiropractor for Nutritional Response Testing for 3 or 4 months and she is giving my digestive enzymes along with other things. I have a lot of food allergies that just developed in the last year. I have avoided fruit for 3 months now (that is her protocol) and yesterday I tested okay for adding it back in but I have been okay with honey (which I only have twice a week) for a long time and now I have developed an allergy to that. I am very frustrated as to why new allergies keep coming up. Some weeks she will test me with food and it will be bad for me and then a few weeks later it is okay and then back again. I am on a strict food rotation diet to try to prevent new allergies from developing (which they did when I thought a food was safe and ate it a lot) and can not have dairy, egg whites, gluten, rice,. corn, cane sugar or honey, Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Your varying responses to food are most likely a result of an overworked immune system. Depending on how overworked it is at the time and what your body is battling, you may either overreact to allergens or your body may be too tired or busy to react at all.

      If you are not already on a gut healing protocol, I would definitely start that right away. Also, look to your stress levels. If your lifestyle or the protocol you are on is causing undue amounts of stress, then your body will not be able to heal properly. I like to take the ‘relax and let’s make it happen together’ approach with my clients. 🙂

      If you’re getting tired of the same old food and too many veggies, try roasting more of them! We usually eat mainly meat and veggies for meals and there are so many veggies that you can roast to make wonderfully delicious! We even roasted broccoli last week that came straight from the frozen broccoli bags. No fuss, no muss and they were super yummy.

  2. I’ve been taking enzymes & ox bile since I had my gallbladder removed last year. But I can’t seem to figure out how & when to take them, or if they are even working. This article really helps! Thanks! Also, I know that I have low HCL too. Do you take the HCL pills & digestive enzymes together for meals? It seems like a lot of pills… I already changed my diet to a Traditional diet (WAPF). I’ve worked with a Naturopathic Doctor but I feel like she really isn’t listening to me. Just wondering what your thoughts are. Thanks : )

    1. Digestive enzymes should either be taken at the beginning or end of a meal. HCl will kill the enzymes so should not be taken together. Since bile is released after food has been shuttled to the small intestine, I would suggest trying enzymes with your first bite of food, HCl mid-meal, and ox bile at the end to see how it works with your digestive system. If your ox bile and enzymes are combined, take them at the end of your meal or about 15 minutes after you eat if you can remember. Since I work with bioindividuality in my practice, I start with this formula and then tweak it as needed for my clients.

      If you are healing your digestion, you can require the HCl or digestive enzymes for 6-12 months depending on the speed of healing and how much is required, but you’ll definitely to stick with a bile salts replacement permanently.

  3. What do you think of aloe vera for digestive healing? A well-respected holistic practitioner recommended it but it caused me to have bloating and diarrhea. I have autoimmune issues, food allergies/sensitivities, h pylori, and other digestive problems. I also can’t eat onions or garlic without blowing up like a balloon – which only started after taking the aloe vera. Could the aloe vera have caused SIBO?


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