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Digestive Enzymes: as pHunky as they want to be

// Chris Oswald, DC, CNS, LN

When choosing a digestive enzyme, it’s important to look for enzymes which are active over a broad range of both acidic and alkaline pH and are stable in a highly acidic environment so they remain active following transit through the stomach.


Digestive Enzymes: Amylase, Protease, and Lipase

// Christopher Oswald, DC, LN, CNS

Digestive enzymes including amylase, protease, and lipase represent a foundational aspect of gastrointestinal health.* Either producing them efficiently or supplementing when necessary are important considerations for today’s integrative practitioner.


Role of Digestive Enzymes in Everyday Health*

// Christopher Oswald, DC, LN, CNS

Optimal digestive function depends on the presence of digestive enzymes and their effective interaction with food eaten each day. Combining the proper application of digestive enzymes to promote the full breakdown of food can yield powerful long-term results for both the young and old.


Strategies for Success on a Gluten-Free Diet

// Sharyn Reinhold, M.S.

Some key factors in helping your patients maintain a long-term and successful gluten-free diet include: meal-planning resources, education on appropriate foods, and an “emergency” plan for accidental exposure such as gluten enzyme supplements.


The Science Behind Enzyme Therapy

// Sharyn Reinhold, M.S.

Roughly one out of one hundred people are affected by celiac disease and many more are eliminating gluten from their diets for health reasons. Since the 1950s, researchers have been studying various enzymes for gluten-digesting potential. Digestive enzymes help to break down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients.


Risks of Nutrient Deficiencies in a Gluten-Free Diet

// Sharyn Reinhold, M.S.

Individuals following a gluten-free diet commonly do not consume adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals. Education and guidance for your patients can be very valuable for the prevention of nutrient deficiencies.


Effects of Stress on Digestion

// Chris Oswald, DC, CNS, CFMP

Stress is something that most people have to deal with on a daily basis. Appropriate levels of stress promote powerful benefits throughout the body, yet when the systems associated with stress are routinely activated, the body may not respond as we would like. The effects of stress throughout the body are quite pervasive and the effects of stress on digestion can be widely occurring.


Give the Gut a Rest with an Elemental Diet

// Christopher Oswald, DC, CNS, CFMP

Each and every bit of food ingested by an individual must go through the rigorous and well-defined process of the body breaking the food down into usable nutrients, absorbing these nutrients, and ultimately excreting out the waste products for which the body has little to no use. Challenges arise when any of the steps in the digestive process begin to lose efficiency and the body is forced to deal with the sequela of the disturbance.


Probiotic Supplementation for Men and Women

// Anne Thiel, ND

Probiotics are an increasingly important aspect of supporting overall health and wellness as we learn more about the role of the microbiome's influence in health. While there are obvious physiological differences between men and women, there are many similarities and only a few key differences when it comes to considering probiotics.


Glutamine Function and Dosing

// Sarah Cook, ND

Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid and dosing varies widely among clinical trials and in clinical practice. This blog post highlights some of the dosing options for glutamine and the function and risks of different dosage protocols.

 

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†† For homeopathic products: these indications are based solely on traditional homeopathic use. They have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.
* For dietary supplements: this statement has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


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