Enzymes™ (Formerly Enz®)

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$12.99

Manufacturer Kroeger Herb Products
Supply 16 Days
Form 2 Capsules
Potency 600 mg
Size 100

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Enzymes™ (Formerly Enz®)

One of our most unique products designed for sustaining proper digestive enzymes. The key to its success is that it is all herbal. Your body can do the work it was designed for without depending on added aids. More robust than Digestive Enzyme™. Assists with a properly working digestive process.

Directions:

Two capsules 3 times daily before meals.

Ingredients:

Mugwort, White Pine Bark, Myrrh, Chamomile, Catnip, Mullein. Other Ingredients: Vegetarian source capsule.

Additional Dietary Information:

Liver Formula™ or Digestive Enzyme™ herbal combinations.

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15 Tips from Hanna When Candida Albicans Hits

When constant yeast infections have you down, not only is it a nuisance, this is your body’s own signal to do something about it!

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When constant yeast infections have you down, not only is it a nuisance, this is your body’s own signal to do something about it!

Hanna was a spirited believer that the immune system suffers under the influence of chemicals, pesticides, and Candida albicans, the pulling of food over the scanner and radiation of all kinds, and that it operates on an electromagnetic principle. She felt that if we supply it enough specific, and special food supplements we might be able to keep our system efficiently working. Read how you can make every day changes to get rid of Candida and fungus growth.

Tips Straight From Hanna on Diet and Lifestyle  When Candida Albicans Hits

  1. Avoid antibiotics and steroids unless absolutely necessary.
  2. Do not use a birth control pill because it upsets your hormone cycle and interferes with your body’s ability to fight Candida.
  3. Avoid Brewer’s yeast, raw mushrooms, chocolate and others sweets.
  4. Avoid all yeast products.
  5. Reduce your intake of refined sugars, carbohydrates and alcohol.
  6. Take up to 3 tablets/capsules of acidophlus or bifidis every meal.
  7. Consume more garlic. If you cannot eat the whole clove, take an odorless garlic supplement.
  8. Exercise at least 20 minutes each day.
  9. Take about 30,000 IU of vitamin A for the first two weeks of this program. Thereafter, cut down the dosage to 25,000 IU per day.
  10. Pau D’ Arco tincture can help uplift the immunity system (It was discovered in a tree in Brazil by Alec de Montmorency).
  11. Zinc tablets of 15 mg each have been found useful. Take 3 to 6 tablets daily.
  12. Enzymes Herbal Combination. Take one capsule 3 times a day
  13. Moderate sunlight is beneficial to kill Candida overgrowth.
  14. Drink at least 5 ounces of marjoram tea daily.
  15. Candida Formula #1. This can be taken with Candida Formula #2.

It is especially difficult to deal with a chronic fungus, mold or yeast infection from Candida albicans. We encourage you to consider natural herbal remedies as Hanna shared with us rather than relying on over-the-counter medication to address mold or fungus in your system.

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We follow Hanna Kroeger’s powerful principle, “help each other” to provide you with products and information to help you achieve optimum health through traditional and alternative therapies. For over 50 years, Hanna’ s Herb Shop has served our customers by providing a trusted haven to learn and share information. The products we discuss in this blog are special because Hanna’s original recipes use no fillers, binders, flowing agents, or excipients—a rarity in the industry today. Learn more at www.hannasherbshop.com.

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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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Remedies for Constipation

Constipation isn’t exactly on the list of popular topics to discuss with your friends yet it’s a common issue that affects everyone at some point. Finding remedies, recipes, and natural avenues to relieve constipation is easier than you might think. Take a look at these constipation remedies to learn how you can address the discomfort without a prescription or over-the-counter medicine.

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Constipation isn’t exactly on the list of popular topics to discuss with your friends yet it’s a common issue that affects everyone at some point. Finding remedies, recipes, and natural avenues to relieve constipation is easier than you might think. Take a look at these constipation remedies to learn how you can address the discomfort without a prescription or over-the-counter medicine.

Food as a Constipation Remedy

Apples

Constipation Remedy: Your Food!

  • Figs and Prunes: soak in warm water overnight. In the morning drink the juice and mix the fruit into oatmeal or eat alone.
  • Pears and Apples: from toddlers to adults, these fruits are effective in relieving constipation issues. Hanna recommended eating two pears or one apple at bedtime. Applesauce is also a helpful food for constipation.
  • Flax Seed: flax is not only a great source of Omegas for the body but is also beneficial to our digestive systems by
    assisting in clearing constipation as well as helping to clean and heal the colon. (Learn more about the importance of Omegas and how flax seed plays an important role in your health in a recent blog here).
  • Roughage and Fiber: normal bowel function can be promoted by focusing on increasing your intake of leafy green vegetables and high fiber foods. If constipation is a chronic issue for you, consider incorporating greens like kale, spinach, celery, broccoli and lettuce into each meal. High fiber foods like wheat and oat bran (either in breads or cereals) and most beans will assist in keeping you regular as well.

General Rules to Avoid Constipation

  • Drink Up: getting plenty of fluids throughout the day is beneficial for the overall healthy function of your body, especially your digestive tract. If constipation is an issue for you, note the amount of fluids you’re drinking. Try to avoid sodas or fruit juices that contain too much sugar and instead focus on water. Our bodies desperately need water to function, be sure you’re giving your system enough; keep a water bottle with you throughout the day to ensure you’re hydrated.
  • Eat Slowly: taking time with your meals allows you to enjoy them and can prevent problems in the lower digestive
    Water is key to avoid constipation.

    Water is integral to avoiding constipation.

    tract. As you eat, try to be mindful of chewing your food thoroughly so your body is able to break down your meals effectively.

  • Get on Schedule: whether you eat several small meals a day or stick to 3 squares, our systems appreciate a schedule. A midnight snack every now and then is fine but if your body is constantly guessing when or what your next “meal” will be, it puts a kink in the system.

Herbal Remedies for Constipation

  • Hanna blended Yellow Dock, Onion, Sage, Wahoo bark, and Rhubarb root to make her Herbal Combination Mover. This product is designed to gently assist with temporary constipation easily; by taking one capsule at bedtime you should experience relief by morning. When combined with a proper diet and hydration, Mover keeps your system functioning so you can avoid the discomfort of constipation. (Please note that Mover is not intended for long-term use.)
  • Enzymes and Digestive Enzyme are two additional Herbal Combinations that address your digestive process. These all-natural supplements help keep your system moving without depending on over-or-behind-the-counter aids and encourage your body to produce its own enzymes.

Homeopathic Remedies for Constipation

  • For straining during constipation, Alumina
  • Constipation during menstrual periods, Graphites
  • For the urge to move but being unable to, Nux Vomica
    Nux Vomica

    Nux Vomica is a homeopathic remedy for constipation.

While laxatives may promise a quick fix to your constipation issues, keep in mind that there are dangers associated with using them habitually. Laxatives irritate intestinal mucous, particularly those made with phenolphtaleine, and could potentially pose a dependency issue making it nearly impossible to have a movement without them.

Check here to see several products that gently address constipation, including our Bowel Cleanse Kit!

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The GI Tract, Mood, and Gut Health

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.

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With the holiday season just around the corner, many of us are planning parties and get-togethers that will include a wide spread of food and drink. This time of year is festive for the spirit (if you remember to keep it balanced) but terribly hard on our stomachs and GI systems. An extra piece of pie, a few more bites of cheese, a nibble here, an extra drink there—our bodies don’t always know what to do with such a sudden and drastic switch in diet or the introduction of added stress to our days. For some, the holidays are a busy time where “getting sick is not an option” or “I’m just tired because I’m working so hard”. What if the fatigue and the oncoming illness are being triggered from within your gastrointestinal tract?

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.

Digestive system diagram

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.

Glass of water3. 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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