Why You Need to Take Digestive Enzymes Every Day
Bethany (aka @lilsipper) answers the most commonly asked questions seen in her Instagram messages regarding the Digestive Enzymes she developed in conjunction with Nuzest. Continue reading below to find answers to commonly asked questions about enzymes and probiotics. And while this article does not go into probiotics, you can learn more about probiotics here.
Q: What are enzymes?
A: Enzymes break down the foods we eat. Glands in our bodies produce them naturally, starting in the mouth, stomach, and small intestines to properly digest food and for optimal nutrient absorption. But when these glands are non-functioning or damaged, digestive enzyme supplements can be helpful for proper digestion.
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Q: If I take probiotics, do I need to take digestive enzymes?
A: Probiotics and enzymes are two entirely different things. As mentioned above, enzymes help break down food in our digestive system. They are not probiotics, which are good bacteria for our gut.
Q: Are enzymes killed by heat?
A: Yes and No. The temperature of which enzymes are killed is 110 F, so as long as you don't bake them into something they can still be added to hot beverages and soups, and given the fact you are eating food well under 118 F (and I hope you are!).
Q: Can you break the capsules open?
A: Yes! If you have a hard time swallowing pills or have a child who cannot yet take supplements in pill form, you can break these capsules open and put them directly on or in food (I often do this myself because it's actually beneficial to have the enzymes in direct contact with your food, though they still help when swallowed as a pill).
Q: How often should I take them?
A: You should take digestive enzymes preferably with lunch and dinner. And if you have a big breakfast, feel free to take them along with your morning meal too! It all depends on how severe your digestion is and what you eat in a particular meal. If you are having a light lunch, you may not need them and can hold off taking them until dinner, if dinner is your biggest meal. Ultimately it's up to you. I personally skip them at breakfast (since mine are typically light) and take 2 at lunch and 2 at dinner.
Q: When should I take them?
A: Right before or during your meal. After your meal is not recommended.
Q: Can I take too many in a day?
A: I recommend 2-4 capsules each day, but no more than 4 capsules per day (1-2 at lunch and dinner, or 1 at breakfast, 1 at lunch, and 2 at dinner).