Last Updated on August 21, 2020
Digestive enzymes are crucial for proper processing and absorption of food. When levels of digestive enzymes are abnormally low, a number of signs and symptoms can surface. Bloating, gas, GERD, constipation, diarrhea, foul-smelling stools, and fatty stools that float instead of sink are some of the ways digestive enzymes problems can present.
You don’t want stool that floats because that signifies a problem with lipase, a digestive enzyme. It could mean a problem with your gallbladder or a problem with your pancreas.
If your pancreas is not functioning well, you could end up with blood sugar problems. If the pancreas is not excreting enough amylase, your digestion can suffer.
In my mind, the pancreas is one of the organs most vulnerable to the impact of stress. If you eat lunch and notice within thirty to ninety minutes that your energy is dropping, it could very well be a pancreas problem. Craving certain foods is often associated with a stomach or pancreas problem. If you have to eat something every few hours to stave off irritability, it’s likely a blood sugar issue that may be the result of pancreatic dysfunction.
If undigested food is suddenly more noticeable in your stool, something about your digestive tract is probably not working very well.
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Proteases are the digestive enzymes responsible for breaking down protein. If your protease level is low, you’ll likely develop problems with your hair, skin, and nails. A person should have nice, shiny hair. They should have skin that glows. Their eyes should be bright. There should be no yellowing of the eyes, a problem that develops when there are bile, liver, or gallbladder issues. The nails should be glossy and strong.
Strong Body odor is another indication that digestive enzymes levels may be low. Digestive enzymes deficiency is also associated with fatigue and poor immune function. You may end up with recurrent colds and cases of flu.
Mineral and vitamin deficiencies can develop when digestive enzyme levels are too low to allow for normal digestion. Vitamin B12 deficiency can occur when the stomach doesn’t make enough of a molecule called intrinsic factor. Intrinsic factor is necessary for proper absorption of this essential vitamin. Iron deficiency may surface when digestive function is impaired.
Other conditions associated with digestive enzymes deficiency include insomnia, premature aging, gray hair, hair loss, degenerative diseases, heart disease, and diabetes. Clearly, making sure your digestive enzymes are in good working order is a valuable investment in your health.