Why You Need Digestive Enzymes

Scroll through above for a list of digestive enzymes. 

From Carla Oates, The Beauty Chef

If you want more radiant and glowing skin, you might be surprised to know that the answer lies more in your digestive tract rather than on how much you’re spending on creams and cleansers. The first step to healthy, radiant skin is balancing digestive health. If you think about a garden, the soil is like our gut. The soil needs the right nutrient levels and bacterial balance to support the plants and for them to be strong, their leaves robust and their flowers to blossom. For our skin to be strong and lustrous and radiant, we also need the right bacterial and nutrient balance in our gut. 

Our gut is where 70% of the immune system lies, where we metabolize hormones, where we make detoxifying enzymes and where we digest and make skin loving nutrients, meaning that so much of what goes on in our digestive system can impact our skin. Digestive enzymes help break down the food that we eat, so our body and skin can utilize the nutrients, support the digestive system and the body’s natural detoxification processes. But what are digestive enzymes and why are they important?

Before we tackle the big questions, let’s go back to the basics. When we eat food, our body has to break it down into nutrient components. So everything we eat, whether it’s meat, fish, eggs, bread, vegetables, nuts, dairy… all has to be broken down into nutrient components: sugars from carbohydrates, fatty acids and cholesterol from fats and amino acids from proteins, plus vitamins and minerals. Digestive enzymes, which are produced in the pancreas, small intestine, stomach and saliva glands, are the key to breaking down our food into nutrients so our body can absorb the food’s goodness. Without them, our body would literally be starved of nutrients!

There are lots of things that can lower the efficiency of our digestive enzymes, including illness, stress, celiac disease, food allergies, candida, parasites, low stomach acid, leaky gut, a poor diet, hurried eating and more. One way to help build up these enzymes and restore good gut function and flora is to choose whole food diets that eliminate processed foods and sugars. Raw vegetables and fruit, sprouted seeds, grains, and legumes are rich sources of enzymes. Another is to eat lacto fermented food (think Beauty Chef powders and Boosts, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir), which are naturally rich in enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics and helps good gut bacteria to flourish. Alternatively, you can supplement with digestive enzymes.

Have you read Carla’s post on how to get glowing skin with food? Also, are you getting enough probiotics