The Benefits of Juicing and Digestive Enzymes
by Dr. Zach Taylor, DC, ACSM-EP

By Dr Ernst
July 23, 2023

Digestive issues, particularly constipation, can cause discomfort and affect the overall quality of life. While there are various remedies available, natural solutions like digestive enzymes and juicing have gained popularity for their ability to aid in constipation relief. In this newsletter, we will explore how digestive enzymes play a crucial role in the digestive process and how juicing can be an effective way to incorporate more enzymes into your diet, leading to better digestion and a healthier gut.
Understanding Digestive Enzymes
Digestive enzymes are proteins produced by the body to help the breakdown of complex food particles into simpler forms for absorption. They are responsible for catalyzing specific chemical reactions that help digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. The main types of digestive enzymes include proteases (break down proteins), lipases (break down fats), and amylases (break down carbohydrates).

The digestive process begins in the mouth with the action of salivary amylase, which starts breaking down carbohydrates into smaller sugar molecules. As food travels to the stomach, gastric acid and pepsin further digest proteins. Pancreatic enzymes secreted into the small intestine continue the breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, enabling nutrient absorption.
The Link Between Digestive Enzymes and Constipation
Proper digestion is vital for regular bowel movements and overall gut health. When there is a deficiency or imbalance in digestive enzymes, it can lead to inefficient digestion, causing constipation. Incomplete breakdown of food particles can result in the accumulation of undigested matter in the colon, leading to difficulty passing stools.

Factors such as aging, poor diet, stress, and certain medical conditions can affect the body’s natural production of digestive enzymes. As a result, individuals may experience recurring constipation and other digestive discomforts.
Juicing for Digestive Health
Juicing has emerged as a popular trend in promoting digestive health, as it provides an easy and efficient way to obtain a concentrated dose of digestive enzymes. Freshly extracted juices from fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, and natural enzymes that support optimal digestion.
When you juice fruits and vegetables, the fibers are removed, making the nutrients and enzymes more accessible to the digestive system. This process allows the body to absorb the essential nutrients quickly and efficiently, which can contribute to better overall digestive health.
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While juicing and digestive enzymes are beneficial, adopting a holistic approach to digestive health can yield even better results. Consider the following lifestyle tips to complement your efforts:

  1. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to maintain proper hydration, which helps soften stools and ease bowel movements.
     2. Exercise Regularly: Engage in physical activity to stimulate bowel motility and promote regularity.
     3. Increase Fiber Intake: Consume a balanced diet rich in fiber to support healthy digestion and bowel movements.
     4. Manage Stress: Chronic stress can disrupt digestive processes, so practice stress-reducing techniques like meditation, yoga, and chiropractic adjustments.

Remember how important that Vagal Space is? The vagus nerve communicates with your stomach and digestive tract to tell your body when to secrete these digestive enzymes to break down food into smaller particles so you can absorb the nutrients. Subluxation will prevent the vagus nerve from communicating the right signals at the right time. Keeping your spine subluxation free is the best approach for aiding in digestion.

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