Digestive Enzyme™ (formerly D.E.®)

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$14.99

Manufacturer Kroeger Herb Products
Supply 33 Days
Form 1 Capsule
Potency 425 mg
Size 100

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Digestive Enzyme™ (formerly D.E.®)

Targeted at the maintenance of a healthy, natural digestive process, along with proper dietary considerations. Gentler than Enzymes™. Gently maintains a healthy digestive process.

Directions:

One capsule 3 times daily before meals.

Ingredients:

Papaya Leaf, Myrrh, Gentian Root. Other Ingredients: Vegetarian source capsule.

Additional Dietary Information:

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The GI Tract, Mood, and Gut Health

While connections between mental and gut health are still being researched, the theory is one to consider and take seriously. Doctors are recommending that anyone who is experiencing gastrointestinal difficulties should assess how they are feeling mentally and physically and attempt to address their gut health. Aside from cleaning up your diet and taking out the ultra-processed foods, doctors encourage you to focus on eating more natural, nutritious foods such as raw vegetables and fruits. When we begin to focus on our food as providing nutrients, we place its importance much higher and improve our gastrointestinal system.

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Gut Health and Mood Links

Recent research reveals the strong connection between our gastrointestinal system and our moods. While some believe that your mood affects your digestive system, scientists are revealing that it could actually be the other way around. The gut is a critical and extremely complex organ system and is not only where nutrients are absorbed but is also the starting point for a number of physical and mental disorders that affect millions of people yet remain under a doctor’s radar. Current studies are pointing to gastrointestinal upsets like maldigestion, bloating, gas, acid reflux, and irritable bowel syndrome as being connected to causing fatigue, mood swings, depression, arthritis, and even autism. Many scientists are finding strong grounds for argument in the upsets of the gut triggering the changes of mental or physical wellness.

Do you have a healthy gut?

While connections between mental and gut health are still being researched, the theory is one to consider and take seriously. Doctors are recommending that anyone who is experiencing gastrointestinal difficulties should assess how they are feeling mentally and physically and attempt to address their gut health. Aside from cleaning up your diet and taking out the ultra-processed foods, doctors encourage you to focus on eating more natural, nutritious foods such as raw vegetables and fruits. When we begin to focus on our food as providing nutrients, we place its importance much higher and improve our gastrointestinal system.

For some of us, the need to address the discomfort we are feeling in our gut is an immediate one. At times, an upset stomach or heartburn cannot be avoided and, once the symptoms begin, many people take over-the-counter medications to make themselves feel better. Take one pill before a meal to keep heartburn away, take another when you’ve finished eating to be sure you can sleep through the evening… after a few days of this, your body becomes dependent on these medicines and relief becomes impossible without them. Rather than reaching for PPIs (proton-pump inhibitors like Prilosec, Prevacid, Zegarid and Nexium) or a TUMS, choose herbs and other natural means to keep your GI system happy. In addition to making changes to your eating habits, there are several supplements you can introduce into your day that are essential to maintain or improve gut health.

How Can I Improve My GI Tract and Get a Healthy Gut?

Healthy Gut

Kroeger Herb Products has developed a formula from Master Herbalist Hanna Kroeger that is designed to soothe a hot system. Healthy Gut is a blend of mints and other herbs to maintain a healthy digestive system, keep intestinal villi healthy, promote proper absorption of food, and support a natural detoxification process. The soothing blend of herbs in this product is useful for the woes of burning symptoms and is safe to take every day.

Digestive Enzymes are another good addition to your diet. Our bodies have only a finite supply of digestive enzymes and they diminish with age. Enzyme supplements can help replenish the gut’s dwindling stores and aid your digestive process.

Probiotics are another great, natural way to keep your stomach troubles in check by balancing the good and bad bacteria found in your digestive system. Probiotics are also safe to take daily and can be a wonderful addition to your daily herbal and vitamin regimen to keep the system moving and functioning in tip-top shape. To see a variety of probiotics,click here.

Seven Easy Steps to Improved Gut Health

Just because it’s the holiday season doesn’t mean it’s acceptable to forget about the happiness going on inside your body. Here are some tips from Whole Living Magazine to keep your gut health in check.

1. Eat Fresh: Having a cookie or two isn’t a problem, it’s daily junk food habits that do the damage. The majority of your diet should be natural and unrefined as processed foods get broken down into sugar more easily.

2. Keep Things Moving: You should have at least one bowel movement a day as a sign of a happy digestive system.

Whole grains are an important part of a healthy gut.

3. Feed the Flora: Fiber filled foods are like fertilizer for the good bacteria in your gut. Look for insoluble fiber which helps move waste out of the colon. Aim for 25 grams a day.

4. Don’t Rely on Colonics and Enemas: Advocates for these treatments say that the digestive tracts of people who eat a typical Western diet move waste slowly through their body and need colonics and enemas. Becoming dependent on these treatments could cause serious side-effects so fill your plate with cruciferous veggies instead.

5. Reboot Your Body: Standard gut wellness advice usually includes adding a probiotic to your daily regimen.

6. Slow Down: You are what you eat but you are also how you eat. Unless you are calm and in an unhurried state, the GI tract can’t optimally absorb nutrients and digest food. To avoid gas, bloating and indigestion make meals a time of relaxation and conversation or even try a cup of chamomile tea before eating to promote digestion.

7. Drink Up: If you’re well hydrated there is a greater chance that you will have a movement more easily. How many ounces you should drink a day depends on your diet and lifestyle; an easy way to know if you’re getting enough: your urine should be very light yellow.

You can always visit our website to learn more about issues of proper digestion and intestinal wellness. We have a variety of probiotics as well as Kroeger Herb’s Healthy Gut and, as always, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about the products we carry. To learn more about Healthy Gut, visit our website or see a previous blog here.

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Why Do We Need Enzymes?

You have probably heard of them or maybe even take them, but do you know why enzymes are so important? Enzymes are what break down food into molecules the body can use for energy. Sounds simple enough right?  Well, without enzymes, the food you eat would not be digested and you would die from starvation.  But enzymes go way beyond the digestive system; they are the catalyst for all actions in the body including breathing! They are involved in every single biochemical process that occurs in the body and they make life possible.  Sound like a big deal?  It is!

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You have probably heard of them or maybe even take them, but do you know why enzymes are so important? Enzymes are what break down food into molecules the body can use for energy. Sounds simple enough right?  Well, without enzymes, the food you eat would not be digested and you would die from starvation.  But enzymes go way beyond the digestive system; they are the catalyst for all actions in the body including breathing! They are involved in every single biochemical process that occurs in the body and they make life possible.  Sound like a big deal?  It is!

Enzymes are so important, Hanna Kroeger created two different formulations.  The first is Digestive Enzyme™and the second, which is stronger than the first, is Enzymes™. Digestive Enzymes is a favorite digestive aid.  It’s gentle and effective and contains herbs to tone the liver.  Enzymes is much more than a strong digestive aid, it also soothes digestive tract irritation and is designed to assist in the body’s own creation and production of enzymes for the whole system, not just within the digestive tract.  True to Hanna’s formulations, both of these are designed to aid as well as assist in healing underlying issues.

This is what Hanna taught us about enzymes:

“Enzymes are found in all living cells, including raw foods or those that are cooked at a temperature lower than 118 degrees Fahrenheit.  Enzymes begin to perish when the temperature increases beyond this.  The degree of enzyme destruction is a function of time and temperature.

Enzymes are needed to help control all mental and physical functions.  Enzymes work with other substances such as minerals, vitamins and proteins.  Enzymes help extract the minerals from food.  Enzymes work with vitamins in every chemical reaction inside and outside the cells.  Enzymes aid in transforming proteins into amino acids (protein does not perform its function unless broken down into amino acids).  Enzymes rule over all other nutrients.  Enzymes are responsible for nearly every facet of life and health and far outweigh the importance of every other nutrient.

Many experts believe that enzyme deficiency is a forerunner to disease and that nearly all people, because of improper diet over the years, need to replenish their enzyme supply.  Enzymes are, therefore, justified as a supplemental dietary substance just as we add vitamins and minerals to our diet.”

 –Excerpt from God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

There are thousands of enzymes that affect our health, all with specific functions and they fall into three categories:

1) Metabolic enzymes- responsible for healing and repairing cells all over the body, cellular energy, organ health and processes, as well as toxin removal.  Produced by every cell in the body, however, the pancreas, liver and gallbladder are intricately involved.

2) Digestive enzymes- assimilate carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals into the body.  Most are produced in healthy digestive systems and most people are deficient in them.

3) Food Enzymes- Must be received from raw food and contain enough enzymes to break down that food only.  Foods that are cooked or processed do not have enzymes and require enzymes from another source to be digested.

Important digestive enzymes:

Amylase-digests sugars/carbohydrates and starches.  Is therapeutically used for heartburn, indigestion and pancreatitis.

Bromelain-from pineapple, digests fats.  Is also anti-inflamatory.  Used for immune, heart and circulatory health, as well as breathing conditions.

Catalase-works with SOD and has powerful anti-oxidant properties.

Cellulase– digests cellulose (fruits & veggies).  Has been linked with balancing blood sugar levels.

Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10)– found in all live foods and is an enzyme activator important in cellular energy.  Used therapeutically for immunity, cardiovascular health including high blood pressure and weight loss.

Lactase– digests milk sugars, commonly deficient in adults.

Lipase-digests fats and oils and has been used therapeutically for celiac disease and cystic fibrosis.

Pancreatin– secreted by the pancreas, essential in the digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates.

Papain-from papaya, digests tough proteins and is anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant.

Pepsin-breaks down proteins, stimulates bile production and helps absorb vitamin B12.  Used for a wide variety of health issues.

Protease– breaks down proteins into amino acids.  Has been linked to assisting with osteo-arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and ulcers.

SOD (Superoxide Dismutase)- master enzyme manufactured in the liver. Considered “anti-aging” (see blog Cell Fit: Cellular Antioxidant from Hanna Kroeger for more information) and is an extremely important antioxidant as well.

Trypsin and Chymotrypsin- comes from the pancreas (or intestines) of pigs and ox.  Is used for assisting the pancreas and small intestine.  Is usually coated to be able to make it to the small intestine so the body can use it.

Adding enzymes to your daily diet can have numerous and long-term benefits.  Taking enzymes with food will help your body to utilize all the good nutrients each meal has to offer.  This is especially important if you have digestive issues including feeling heavy after meals, bloating, constipation, gas or even food allergies have been diminished.  Taking enzymes in between meals will give your body the chance to “clean the rest of the house”, helping alleviate inflammation!  Check out our Digestive Section  to find the best one for you!

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