Digestive enzymes improve your energy level, help you feel better and may eliminate the use of heartburn medication
In this episode of the gastric health show, we discuss how vital supplementing with digestive enzymes is for gastric bypass and gastric sleeve patients.
Less stomach tissue is great for losing weight, but lousy for digesting protein, vitamins and minerals
Weight loss surgery is designed to remove, or staple off most of the stomach tissue. The obvious benefit being it provides fullness on a small amount of food.
However, less stomach tissue means low stomach acid (hypochlorhydria) or no stomach acid (achlorhydria). As studies show, gastric acid secretion from the gastric pouch is negligible after gastric bypass (read more here).
Naturally, digestive enzymes are secreted in the mouth, stomach, & intestines to help break down food into absorb-able particles, but it is stomach acid that actually turns the enzymes “ON”.
Without stomach acid, the digestive enzymes remain dormant and inactive making it difficult for your body to digest protein, fat and carbohydrates. To complicate it more, many WLS patients are prescribed heartburn medications (PPIs-proton pump inhibitors) for years or even decades either before or after surgery. These medications effectively shut off ALL stomach acid.
Blood work proves supplementing with digestive enzymes increases protein, vitamin and mineral absorption
The blood work of WLS patients who supplement with digestive enzymes typically shows an increase in levels of Vitamin B12, folate, iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc over those who don’t. This increased level of absorption results in improved energy levels, fewer health problems and a greater sense of mental clarity.
SOOOO…..If you would benefit from increased energy levels, would like to improve your overall physical and mental health, or would like to eliminate the use of heartburn medication. You need to listen to this episode.
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6:55 Learn a common sign connected to protein digestion that digestive enzymes improve
10:20 Learn simple strategies to increase protein absorption
11:25 Learn which vitamin and minerals would benefit from boosting absorption with digestive enzymes
13:20 Learn about what vitamin and mineral deficiency symptoms occur when absorption and digestion is poor
16:25 Learn the connection of using digestive enzymes for constipation and diarrhea
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References & Links:
- Prospective evaluation of gastric acid secretion and cobalamin absorption following gastric bypass for clinically severe obesity
- Effect of Hydrochloric Acid on Iron Absorption
- The Evolution of Stomach Acidity and Its Relevance to the Human Microbiome
- Effect of probiotics on postoperative quality of gastric bypass surgeries: A prospective randomized trial