Various people on EC have recommended digestive enzymes. I've read that using them may cause the body to become dependent on them for digesting food...is that true, in anyone's experience?
Any recommendations for someone (age: early 60s) just starting out as to dosages? Many thanks!
My belief about most health issues, that most of us have, is that it stems from our guts. Whether it is arthritis, leaky gut, or any other ailment. If we fix our guts, we fix most of our health problems. For years I've suffered with diarrhea and just came to accept that I had a stomach issue. When you have diarrhea all the time, your body isn't absorbing any nutrients or minerals it needs for your whole health. This being the case, your body will react by giving you certain symptoms.
When we try to discover what causes our symptoms, we read and read and read about what may cause each specific one. We then take supplements to rid us of a specific symptom, while not understanding the overall cause of a specific symptom. In my case, I developed arthritis in both knees and am fatigued much of the time. My knees hurt so badly I couldn't fall asleep at night. I tried many different products, all natural, (Zyflamend, ginger extract, Instaflex etc.) to no avail. I'm a flight attendant so it's very difficult to think of mixing Apple Cider Vinegar and baking soda at work, when there is no time to even eat!
I recently discovered something called "Repair Gold" by Enzymedica (the enzyme experts). Most of the ingredients are enzymes, no MSM, etc. It contains bromelain, protease, amylase, catalase, papain, serratiopeptidase and lipase. I've been able to sleep the last 4 nights and haven't had the usual bouts of diarrhea. It makes me wonder how many others have arthritis and diarrhea. I believe my arthritis stemmed from my malabsorption of nutrients and minerals from the food I eat, thereby causing deficiencies and bone loss, etc. I would never have connected the two. I encourage many of you to continue to research and read as much as you can, and to look way beyond a specific symptom. Wishing you good health and discoveries in nature.
Hello everyone! I go back and forth between suffering from BV and yeast infections. The BV is tricker to treat and from personal experience I always had to ask for the prescription since the garlic inserted vaginally didnt help too much.
For yeast, I've had great experience with C------e, enzymes specifically for candida yeast. The product contains enzymes such as cellulase, which kills Candida yeast by breaking down the cell wall of the yeast. The yeast can develop a resistance to the herbal remedies after a while, but not to enzymes. Usually I take 1 pill 3 times a day and within 2 days, I notice relief. You have to take these enzymes on an EMPTY STOMACH. If you don't, they will only dissolve the food you eat (or most recently ate) instead of the yeast. Its good to take an hour before a meal or 2 hrs after. I also take a high Protease enzyme, which dissolves the bacteria and also helps to dissolve the yeast.
I heard rave reviews about Pine Cone Extract. I just ordered a bottle. I read on several message boards that its good for candidaisis and yeast infections. I will start taking this for prevention and will keep you posted.
A couple of years ago I went to an Ayurveda practitioner because I had been feeling tired, weak, sluggish, etc, for a year or two. The practitioner told me that I had an overgrowth of candida, and he prescribed a candida diet for a month, as well as special enzymes which break down the cellular structure of candida. He told me I should start to feel better right away. He was right!
I was worried that I wouldn't be able to stick to the candida diet, because I had always had a very strong sweet tooth, and I had tried quitting sugar before, but was unable to. However, what I found out was that the enzymes which killed the candida almost completely removed my sugar cravings by the second day. It was amazing. As boring and bland as I found the candida diet, that's how much better I felt each day. I ended up doing the diet for two months because it felt so good; suddenly I had energy again, I lost a bunch of excess weight very quickly, the puffiness of my face disappeared by the second day or so. I ended up staying off cane sugar for about a year. I also avoided other forms of sweeteners, or had them very rarely. I found that sometimes the sugar cravings would come back after eating something sweet, and I would take some more enzymes and presto, the cravings would disappear! I wanted to write and share my experience, because the enzymes made all the difference in the world for me. I don't think I could have done the candida diet without it. When you have candida, trying to stop eating the foods that the candida feeds on can be extremely difficult. I don't know how, but somehow the candida makes you crave the foods that it craves. But if you take the enzyme formula which is specifically made to kill candida, then following the candida diet will be almost easy. That was my experience anyway.
Try the enzymes and the diet together and you should start feeling better on the first day. Within a month or so, you should be free of candida. Keep in mind, if you resume eating a diet high in sugar and gluten, etc, then the candida will probably return. It did for me. Also, what I found was if I ate even a tiny amount of sugar (one french fry dipped in catsup, for instance), I would start having sugar cravings again within an hour or two. So I recomend the enzymes and going totally cold turkey on sugar. Even a small amount will make you crave more.
good luck, and great website!
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Has anyone tried eating fresh pineapple by itself first thing in the morning? Pineapple has great curative effects on the digestive tract, along with its natural enzymes. Also, perhaps papaya. Read about papayas and cancer online. Papaya enzymes worked pretty well for me with my lifelong stomach problems. Also, Super Digestive Enzymes at GNC contain protease, lipase and amylase (all of which was recommended by Dr. Oz).
Whitby, Ontario, Canada
I went through all the tests etc. Finding--my stomach was working about 15% of "normal" food transit. So I had all the discomfort, bloating, fatness, nausea etc. What worked? Unbelievably great results for me with gastric enzymes. I am taking a composite of 6 digestive enzymes:amylase, protease, lactase, lipase, cellulase, phytase and HCL betain. That way all the bases are covered-each one breaks down a different food element. I don't take them for every meal-just one or two meals that are bigger (usually not breakfast). Also, I have found that I can skip a day or just use once a day. Perhaps my body is learning how to cope better. I am 60 yrs and in excellent health except for the abdominal/stomach problems of the past. I have heard that as you get older the body makes less enzymes.
P.S. the GI doctors were useless... You would think that one of the three I went to would have suggested I try digestive enzymes!
I am lactose intolerant but have always taken Lactase supplements every time I eat milk, cheese or ice-cream (I don't have a problem with yogurt because of the natural bacteria that's in it.) This almost always helps unless I have a day where I eat an unusually large amount of dairy. I have also heard that Apple Cider Vinegar creates digestive enzymes so I've also been drinking about 1 tsp 2 times a day of ACV with juice. I don't think that is as effective as the lactase enzyme but it seems to help more than doing nothing. Also, my aunt says she can build a 'tolerance' to dairy - she will make sure to drink a little milk every day so she doesn't lose it.
Being sick for 14 mths, (lower rt. abdomen pain shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, fatique, chills, dry heaves, rash basically flu symptoms) lost 10lb and weighed 100lb. Took tons of tests. We easily paid for 15 grand even with best insurance. Finally, a small ovarian cyst 2.3 was found, but doctor didn't believe cyst could make anyone this sick. A radiologist believed it was adenomyosis the obgyn disagreed, ordered MRI test while they argued back and fourth. I went on a 12-day juice/broth with colonics to send the body into autolysis etc.. Afterwards, I started apple cider vinegar, alkalizing along with 5 different kind enzymes to dissolve inferior/scar collagen tissue (serrapeptase, interphase, zymessence, wobenzym and vitalyzm) I was proactive in making myself well I'm blessed to have a MD who is a ND chinese medicine mixture I'm finally feeling better!
My husband's RLS almost stays away if he takes digestive enzymes with his meals - during the day time it is gone and sometimes his legs move a bit just after he falls asleep. We think this is great considering there was a time he was prescribed Rivotril and had to up his dose. The enzymes also have improved his sleep and the number of bathroom trips is down to one.
Ghent, Ov, Belgium
I saw a blog about shingles treatment in Europe. They are taking Bromelain (an anti-inflamitory made from pinapple) and Papaya Enzymes (digestive aid). I suffered from re-occurances of shingles for 5 years, but when I started taking 1 Bromelain per day and Papaya Enzymes after each meal (following the directions on the bottle), the symptoms were gone in less than 48 hours! I am now free of all the shingle symptoms. Both items are sold in most health food stores or on line where other vitamins and herbs are sold. Hope this helps someone else as well as it has helped me.