Last Updated on September 10, 2020
“Can enzyme deficiency cause weight gain?”
Experts have discovered that your level of digestive enzymes goes down as you get older. Your pancreas and stomach simply don’t make as much.
I read a fascinating 2003 study out of Sweden that demonstrated the decline in pancreatic protease that happens as we get older. What that means is that it is harder to break down protein properly as you get older. The solutions are to eat less meat as you get old and to take digestive enzymes. In my experience, digestive enzyme supplements make a world of difference. The enzymes can address the fatigue, slower metabolic rate, and weight gain that occurs with age.
Enzymes are like sparks. You need that spark to get the combustion engine (your metabolism) going. If you don’t have a spark, your body isn’t going to perform optimally.
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No matter how good your diet is, if you have low levels of digestive enzymes, you can’t access the nutrients in the food you’re eating. Instead, the food in your gut is left only partially digested, leading to gas, bloating, and constipation. You could end up with undigested food stuck in your colon.
How can you tell if your digestive enzymes are in working order? Well, are you moving your bowels every day? If you have a healthy appetite, if you’re maintaining an appropriate weight, and if you have a good, solid bowel motion every day, chances are your digestive enzymes are in working order.
If you are feeling sluggish, gaining weight, and experiencing GI symptoms like gas and bloating, a trial of digestive enzymes might make sense. Check with your doctor first to make sure there isn’t anything serious going on. But once you get the green light, digestive enzymes can increase your vitality by improving your absorption of nutrients from the foods you eat.
If your enzyme output drops off as you get old, you also are sitting duck for cancer, particularly colon cancer. Lack of proteases means you’ve got putrefied protein sitting in the gut and that can turn into a big issue for you.
As you get older, I recommend eating less meat and switching to lighter proteins like fish. If you have low levels of digestive enzymes and eat a substantial amount of meat, you’ll not only gain weight but increase your risk of colon cancer.
CanXida Restore is a probiotic and digestive enzymes formula that I created. It can help address the digestive enzyme deficiencies that come with age. Check it out.