POOP! Floating POOP!
Yes, I said it, POOP POOP POOP-floating POOP! I needed to get your attention. Now that I have it, let me explain- poop that is pale and floats in the toilet bowl is telltale of pancreas not producing enough enzymes for food digestion. Other signs include stomach distention and diarrhea approximately an hour after eating, flatulence, and indigestion.
What are enzymes and why are they important? Great questions! Digestive enzymes are compounds, produced by the pancreas, that help break down foods into smaller components that your body can absorb. Without them your body cannot digest food well.
Should you be taking digestive enzymes as a supplement? Well, that will depend on if you have a proactive or reactive approach to nutrition.
Either way, here are some health conditions that may benefit from the addition of enzyme therapy:
Control of digestive disorders and symptoms like bloating, gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and fatigue.
Treatment of leaky gut and other conditions like celiac disease by reducing the stress on the gastrointestinal tract.
Assist the body in breaking down difficult-to-digest protein and sugars like gluten, casein, and lactose (milk sugar).
Improve symptoms of acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome.
Enhance nutrition absorption and prevent nutritional deficiency.
Counteract enzyme inhibitors naturally present in foods like peanuts, wheat germ, egg whites, nuts, seeds, beans, and potatoes.
Manage symptoms tied to liver disease, pancreatic cancer, pancreatic insufficiency, and cystic fibrosis.
Two of the most common digestive enzymes supplements known are Beano® and Lactase. Which one should you take? As always, natural sources are preferred. The “best digestive enzymes” differ from person to person since enzymes are nutrient-specific and help with absorption of different foods. For over-all digestive health, it is a good idea to take a full-spectrum enzyme blend that includes a variety of different enzymes.
Other helpful tips:
Most products contain some level of pancreatin, which is a combination of all three pancreatic enzymes.
Lipase and bile salts for gallbladder issues.
Lactase for lactose intolerance and problems digesting dairy products.
Protease for AI (autoimmune) and inflammatory conditions.
For products that contain betaine HCL, make sure pepsin is also included.
Purchase enteric coated delayed release capsules to help prevent the enzymes from breaking down in the stomach
Take digestive enzymes with food to maximize their effectiveness.
To ensure quality, opt for supplements that have undergone third-party testing and are certified by organizations like the United States Pharmacopeia (USP).
Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider before taking a new supplement.