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Taking digestive enzymes often lead to a variety of reactions, and each one can be unique to the individual, however bloating and excessive gas are the most common. In this article, we delve in further to find out why this happens.
Why Do Digestive Enzymes Cause Bloating?
Bloating or gas after taking a digestive supplement can often be the result of your digestive system reacting to the new enzymes entering your system. This is especially true, if you’ve been abusing your digestive system with an unhealthy diet and lifestyle.
This results in undigested matter gradually clogging the lining of the intestinal walls. As new enzymes are introduced they begin breaking down this undigested matter and creating extra gas.
It is ironic that one of key causes of stomach bloating or excessive gas is a lack of enzymes in the body. However, after many years of being deficient you need to have patience.
Your body requires time not only to adapt to the new enzymes you are taking, but to also relearn how to digest and eliminate waste properly as this will have been hampered due to the bloating.
Another cause of a bloated stomach could be the type of digestive enzymes supplements you are taking. For example, protease enzyme supplements are often made from plant based proteins.
It turns out, these plant based formulas often contain wheat, barley or green vegetables, which can cause flatulence and bloating in certain people, especially if they have a food intolerance.
In the first couple of weeks of taking digestive enzymes you should expect certain side affects as your digestive system adjusts. However, if these symptoms don’t subside, this may indicate the following factors;
- lack of water
- yeast infections
- lack of good bacteria
Prolonged symptoms may indicate a more chronic condition such as Celiac disease, which often causes bloating after eating. This will need to be checked out by your doctor and may require a blood test or a colonoscopy to determine the health of your colon.
Persistent bloating, gas and constipation may also be caused by a yeast overgrowth in your gut. Candida Albicans is one of the most common yeast infections and linked to many digestive disorders. If you have Candida, you need to get rid of it first by avoiding the foods that encourage it.
Although the scope of this article cannot cover yeast free diets in detail, there are specific food groups you should avoid as follows;
- refined sugar
- refined flour – buns, bread, pastries or any thing with yeast
- fermented drinks – apple cider
- coffee and caffeinated drinks
Once a yeast infection is cleared digestive enzymes can work more effectively and the symptoms of bloating and gas are less intense and pass much more quickly.
Why You Need More Than Digestive Enzymes
There is no doubt about it – enzymes are important - especially as you get older. After the age of 35 our bodies production of enzymes drops making us more reliant on enzymes from other sources. However, enzymes alone cannot balance our digestive system.
All digestive disorders including bloating, constipation and yeast infections are the result of an imbalanced digestive system. An imbalance occurs when your system is overrun with disease causing bacteria, toxins and parasites.
Once your digestive tract becomes toxic enzyme supplements have little to no effect because they will not survive such a highly acidic environment. Picture it like this, enzymes are like putting a roof on a house without a foundation.
If you want to experience true digestive health you need to kill the overgrowth of harmful bacteria while at the same time, strengthen your good bacteria. Once the balance between good and bad bacteria is restored the functions of digestion, absorption and the elimination of waste, bacteria and toxins improves immensely.