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I love the benefits of enzymes.  I used to be so uncomfortable after eating.  I really couldn't figure out if it was a particular food that I was reacting to or what, but I was miserable.

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I would have gas, pain and churning that would take hours to go away.

Then I went to hear a talk on natural health.  The speaker mentioned the benefits of enzymes on the body and how it aided digestion.

He explained that most Americans are eating a highly processed diet.  We eat mainly cooked food and very little raw food anymore. 

He said that, if this was how we were eating, we might very well be helped by taking digestive enzymes. Digest by Enzymedica is the one I started with and it's easy to find.

Taking digestive enzymes help break your food down and assists your body in the digestion process.  If your food isn't digesting, your body can't assimilate the nutrients from the food.

So the next day I headed out to the health food store and gave them a list of the types of enzymes I needed, based on the speaker's recommendations.

As I stated above, Digest by Enzymedica is the one that was recommended at my health food store.

I took them with my very next meal.  The results were immediate, I was so amazed! When I finished eating I felt comfortable with no churning, bloating or gas.  At last, I could relax and enjoy a wonderful meal. 

Do you have, indigestion, gas, bloating, or churning after you eat?  

If you answered yes, or you aren't sure, consider taking this short questionnaire that was developed by Herbalist and Natural Health teacher, Steven Horne.

To find out if your body could use the benefits of enzymes, check the answer that best applies to you for each of the following questions.

Then, score the total number of points for each answer at the bottom of the page.

What percentage of your diet is raw food?

  • 60% or more (20 points)
  • 40-60% (15 points)
  • 20-40% (10 points)
  • 20% or less (5 points)
  • I rarely eat raw food of any kind (0 points)

Do you suffer from food or respiratory allergies?

  • No (10 points)
  • Yes (0 points)

How often do you experience digestive upset? (acid indigestion, severe belching or intestinal gas, bloating, heartburn or acid reflux)

  • Rarely (one or two times a month or less) (15 points)
  • Occasionally (3-4 times per month) (10 points)
  • Frequently (more than once a week) (5 points)
  • Constantly (almost every day) (0 points)

Do you take antacids or acid blockers?

  • No (10 points)
  • Occasionally (5 points)
  • Frequently (0 points)

Do you eat naturally fermented foods like raw sauerkraut, raw pickles, raw kimchi, etc. regularly with meats and other cooked foods?

  • Never (0 points)
  • Sometimes (5 points)
  • Usually (10 points)

Total Your Points Here _____

Do You Need the Benefits of Enzymes?

Interpreting Your Results:

If you scored 45 or more, you’re doing great!

  • If you scored less than 45, then supplemental digestive enzymes are a healthy choice for you.
  • If you scored less than 25, you definitely need digestive enzymes.

If your score indicates that you would might need the benefits of enzymes, I would encourage you to give them a try. 

However, if you're taking medications for GERD or acid reflux, your digestive issues have progressed so don't discontinue your medication without the advice of your healthcare provider.

If you're on medication for GERD or acid reflux, you might find this article on natural therapies to resolve GERD more appropriate until you have healed your esophagus. 

As I stated above, I started out with a bottle of Digest for my digestive problems and I couldn't believe the difference in how I felt.  If you're 40 years old or above, your enzyme production is already on the decline.  That's about the age I noticed my digestive issues.

If you want to see if enzymes will relieve your discomfort, I would encourage you to click the image to right and order a bottle.  You will know immediately if this is what you need.  As always, please consult your healthcare provider prior to making any changes in your medical care.

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