6 Reasons Why You Need Digestive Enzymes for LCHF and High Fat Diets
Post-2000 we have seemed to spend more money on supplements then you could poke a stick at. You could say that this is well and truly the age of ‘the supplement’. With all sorts of silly claims by companies, this now having us all a little skeptical, and rightly so.
As a result I found myself going through dozens of different products in the past ten years trying to get my personal balance just right, but I did find in the end what was best for the human digestion system.
Over the years, I’ve learnt the following about the Human Digestive system, and they form the 6 most easily understood reasons you need Digestive Enzymes for LCHF, Keto, and High Fat Diets:
It is estimated that 80-85% of the immune system lies in the gut.
You are not only what you eat but what you digest, good health starts in the gut.
Fats, (lipids) are harder for the body to break down; therefore the lipase
enzyme is needed.
By taking enzymes I was able to obtain optimum digestion with each and
every meal, getting more out of the food I ate.
All the good nutrition in the world will do you no good unless you are properly digesting
it and supporting digestion with digestive enzymes. Imagine a car that ran on
petrol sure, but the fuel tank was leaking a whole 1/4 of the tank every day – you’re not
getting the most out of your fuel and you could be…!!!
Digestive enzymes greatly help with counter-acting much of the
inflammation and bloating that can be caused by modern diets.
So where are we now. There is an abundance of companies today selling supplements mainly comprised of carbohydrate-laden fillers, ineffective manufacturing substances like magnesium stearate, and plain fake substances which are cheap and don’t have any significant positive effect on the body.
However without the ability to police the massive supplement industry it is what is happening. You have to ask yourself also about the prices of supplements on eBay or Amazon for those that seem too good to be true well…. You only have to ask yourself the question? What do you think!?
You only have to listen to whistle-blower and former FDA agent Gary Collins for a minute (famous for defaming food regulatory authorities) to have you distrusting anything you have ever had to swallow. With fraudulent compiles selling fake supplements being closed down only to relaunch right back into business the very next day, with just a simple change of company name. You get the picture; the cycle begins again.
We then have the countless number of companies claiming miracles. Shakes that claim to just ‘put you in ketosis’ and magic pills promising to ‘drop all that stubborn fat’. Heck why not create a mythical creature to go along with these companies who have already cleverly over-dramatized these stories. It is when these products fail to deliver results time and time again which leaving us consumers with a bad taste in our mouths.
This becomes a shame as there is some great supplements out there, with some far more beneficial than others. Take digestive enzymes for example.
Digestive enzymes are quite often overlooked and don’t play a huge role on the mainstream must have supplement list well at least in my country Australia they don’t. And I ask the question as to why?
The digestive track is one of the most complex organs in the human body so I ask why is it we dismiss its importance I wonder.
It’s not long ago that I read that an estimated 80-85% of the immune system lies in the gut (Campbell McBride, 2010). We are after all looking to improve our well-being and health we should start at the roots of this problem, and that’s the gut.
This is where digestive enzymes come in, and can help us with the digestion of hard to break down fatty acids (lipids). So if you’re on a high fat diet (Keto, Paleo or LCHF) and wanting better results its almost mandatory to be taking a good digestive enzyme. After all, you don’t want to be like the car losing a ¼ of it’s fuel every day..!!
With modern day diets now being the biggest contributor in bad gut health, which leaves many with problems such as autoimmune diseases, leaky gut, celiac disease, gluten intolerance and so many others. So we don’t really have to look really far to know we need to be doing more.
We have already 5000 enzymes in our bodies and these enzymes create 25,000 different reactions and these reactions lead to good health. We need to support that process as it develops along with our individual Ketosis adaption.
As I mentioned before, digestive enzymes can help in reducing and sometimes cure symptoms such as inflammation, bloating, diarrhea and so much more.
There are also many good alternative methods such as avoiding processed foods, conventional cows milk, casein and Gluten and in the words of Dr. Alessio Fasano, 2011, that “there is a protein in gluten that humans just cannot digest.”
Foods such as bone broth, fermented vegetables (sauerkraut), raw goats milk and good probiotics ( soil based where possible) can really help you on your way in gut health.
Just remember that you are what you eat AS WELL AS what you digest.
So if you’re not digesting properly, you can’t really be healthy. So get healthy and get your digestion at A1 condition!
Personally I use the digestive enzymes which I’ve recently helped the KetosisTools team to develop.
Keep up that Keto! BANG!