Why Do I Feel Bloated After Eating? Do I Need Enzymes?
Why do I feel bloated after eating? Do I need enzymes?
Do you feel that no matter what you eat, you tend to feel bloated? Or do you feel bloated after eating pizza. How about lots of burping or gas after meals?
What are digestive enzymes?
They are proteins that help break down food into smaller particles so they can be easily absorbed in small intestine.
Signs you need them:
o Flatulence, gas, farting
o Feels like food is sitting in your belly and just rotting
o Undigested food in stool
o Poop floating, oily
o Oily water
o Poop streak on toilet rim
Most common in people who:
o Type A personality (stressed)
o Low stomach acid (see previous video)
o Burp up a lot
o Have food sensitivities
o GI issues (leaky gut, candida overgrowth, bacterial, or parasitic infections)
o Changing eating habits from Standard American Diet to Paleo or Keto template
Types of enzymes:
Protease – enzymes that break down protein into amino acids and smaller peptides
Lipase – enzymes that break down fat into fatty acids
Amylase – enzymes that break down starchy carbs in to simple sugars
Lactase – enzymes that break down dairy
Cellulase – enzymes that break down fibre
Enzyme production is dependent on healthy stomach acid, so first check for healthy stomach acid production. See previous blog post and video.
How to take them:
Take 1 capsule at the beginning of your meal and increase to 2 per meal, with the 2nd one at the end of the meal. Proceed with caution if you have ulcers. However, it may be beneficial to begin with healing nutrients like deglycyrrhizinated licorice, aloe vera or l-glutamine before incorporating enzymes.
Only take with large meals not including soups, salads, or smoothies and adjust dosage as digestion improves.