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Digestive Enzymes

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by 5 · about 18 hours ago

Finally got a test done on my digestive system as I thought I had a parasite for a while. It showed no parasites. However, I have some drastic results in other areas. Intestinal Lysozyme normal levels are less than 6mg. Elevated is... (more)

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by 84 · about 18 hours ago

Hi! Recently i've been having some of stomach cramps and in the last 2 weeks i've been feeling a lump in my throat. It's almost gone in the mornings but gets worse throughout the day. I can swallow food normally, i think, but it feels kinda... (more)

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JenJen 0 · November 03, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Silent acid reflux is a real possibility. Lump in throat is very common symptom. See here for some details on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laryngopharyngeal_reflux Follow usual stuff for fixing GERD to get relief - e.g. fixing the gut,... (more)

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by 0 · about 18 hours ago

Looking for your best recommendations (or ones to stay away from!) for digestive enzymes and/or probiotics. Need effectiveness & cost-effectiveness as well. I've done the Now Super Enzymes in the past and they were good, just wondering if... (more)

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jake3_14 0 · October 18, 2013 at 4:14 PM

@Bethany4, Humans have a limited set of digestive enzymes: Protease (for animal protein) Lipase (for lipids) Lactase (for dairy proteins, like casein) Cellulase (to break down plant structures Amylase (for simpler... (more)

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by 10 · about 18 hours ago

Hey all! I've started taking NOW Super Enzymes; started with one and am now up to 3 before meals. They do seem to be making a difference as far as bloating and cramping goes. My questions are this- 1 How noticeable is this warm sensation that is... (more)

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by 0 · about 18 hours ago

I have been eating Paleo for over four months and all is lovely EXCEPT for (get ready) the hard stools I've been experiencing for 3 of those months! I'm in my early 30s, still breastfeeding a 19 month old, and have 1st degree bladder prolapse... (more)

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greymouser 0 · July 02, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Would you say that when you are "eating paleo" you generally have a metric fuck-ton of vegetables, and little to no starchy foods? I ask the above, because you stated ... "foods like gluten-free pizza, etc on my travels. Whenever I eat these... (more)

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by 53 · about 18 hours ago

I've been taking super papaya enzymes plus tablets as of late cause I was told they were the same as digestive enzymes and would help with low stomach acid. I've been using them for a month(3 a day) and have had no problems. The other day I upped... (more)

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James_3 0 · June 19, 2013 at 3:29 AM

No, they're not the same as what Robb Wolf talks about. The ones he recommends includes Betaine HCL for low stomach acid, so you've pretty much have done nothing for low stomach acid. You need to listen/read more of his work and how he... (more)

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by 11683 · about 18 hours ago

I'm in a new job that involves a lot of all-day meetings with catered lunches. I'm new to the role and it's a corporate environment so I'm trying to 'fit in'. But I am really sensitive to, well, everything, but especially garlic & onion,... (more)

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Marie 0 · June 07, 2013 at 3:32 AM

Pack bacon in a ziplock baggie. Eat a +50gm Protein + LOTS of quality fat so that you are not hungry. (I routinely go 12 hours w/out food.) Explain that you have "food allergies, like 70% of the US population". Hang out, drink water, eat your... (more)

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by 0 · about 19 hours ago

From when I was child I remember I always had bad stool. On Bristol stool scale it has been about 6. Also there are small pieces of undigested foods, probably almonds. I also always had dry itchy skin and low energy. My nutritionist suggested me... (more)

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Lazza 0 · March 08, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Licorice (DGL) before meals is good. As for HCL, I suggest only trying it when you most need the extra acid ... like when eating a heavy meal loaded with fat. Otherwise don't inflame your stomach with unneeded HCL or enzymes. It sounds like you... (more)

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by 10 · about 19 hours ago

I have some gas and gut gurgling issues. Just recently went on a IBS diet and not im wondering Enzyme you suggest I take? I struggle with dairy, eggs, too many veggies, too much fiber. Which enzyme brand and when do you take it?

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Krispv 0 · March 17, 2013 at 1:58 AM

I highly recommend Renew Life Digestmore.I went through so many products trying to find one that would work for multiple issues. I think it's one of the best ones out there. Amazon has the best prices. I use the regular most of the time because I... (more)

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by 1013 · about 19 hours ago

Woke up this morning to emails from Robb Wolf and Chris Kresser advertising their new "Paleologix" product line. $169.95 buys you what looks like 30-45 days of 4 products. AdaptaClear detoxification support containing: B6, Folate, B12,... (more)

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Eugenia 0 · December 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM

This is a copy of my comment on Reddit about it: Cavemen didn't have most of the kinds of fruits and vegetables we have today (or modern cows, which are highly selected and different in composition and milk from ancient cows). Most of the veg.... (more)

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by 303 · about 19 hours ago

Hey all, because I know everyone likes talking about poop... I've been restricting my processed foods/sugar/carbs over the past month, incorporating more vegetables and protein into my diet before going paleo. 7 days ago I took the plunge and... (more)

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rht 0 · July 02, 2012 at 1:48 PM

On the other hand, you just went gluten free. And what you're describing sounds like a person with celiac or non celiac gluten sensitivity who is healing. You might like to poke around over at celiac.com

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by 734 · about 19 hours ago

I've heard that digestive enzymes are often destroyed by stomach acid (and therefore a capsule is needed to protect the enzymes from the stomach acid), but there's nothing protecting raw food, and yet it is often praised for the digestive enzymes... (more)

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James_3 0 · June 12, 2012 at 11:19 AM

It's a bit more complicated than you think. 1) What specific enzyme are you thinking that you need? There's multiple ones out there, with affects in various spots in the digestive tract. 2) Where do you want it to work? In the stomach? In the... (more)

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by 1307 · about 19 hours ago

Can anybody recommend some digestive enzyme brands? Has anybody had any luck with what The Wolf recommends? Do you take them before or after? ACV anyone?

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raydawg 0 · July 06, 2012 at 2:17 PM

As I stupidly allowed a doctor to remove my gall bladder, I have to use these things every day at every meal. I've had very good luck with Now Super Enzymes. I tried some from VRP, but the capsules are very small, and I had to use something like... (more)

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by 30 · about 19 hours ago

I'm still pretty new to paleo, but I think I've figured out where my stomach pains come from. I have a long history of GERD, with enough heartburn to knock out an elephant. I've taken PPI's for the last few years, though I've attempted to wean off... (more)

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Crowlover_ 0 · June 06, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Its just a likely you have low stomach acid as too much stomach acid. I hope you can get off the PPIs as soon as possible as they can cause very bad problems long term. Is your esophagus healthy? I hope you can consult with an ND and do a trial of... (more)

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by 10653 · about 19 hours ago

Has anyone noticed a difference when taking digestive enzymes after a cheat meal? Do they help blunt the nasty effects of a gluten/vegetable oil laden meal? I have no personal experience with them and am just wondering out of curiosity. I rarely... (more)

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Jill_3 0 · April 22, 2012 at 5:54 PM

A Digestive Enzyme may help because even if you are eating well, it doesn't mean that your body is getting the nutrients it needs. Our bodies produce digestive enzymes that break down food into nutrients. These nutrients are then absorbed into... (more)

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by 175 · about 19 hours ago

One quick question: Did anyone try to use digestive enzymes for constipation? Any success? And if so, which enzymes would you recommend? I had many issues with gut ( symptomps pointing towards either IBS or leaky-gut ), but most of it I healed.... (more)

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Kate_1 0 · December 02, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Garden of Life Raw Enzymes helped someone I know with constipation, when none of the other above mentioned strategies did.

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by 396 · September 29, 2014 at 3:22 AM

UGH! I took a vacation a few weeks ago and indulged for 4 days on grains, sugars, all the nasty crap I've been avoiding for 6 months and now I'M MISERABLE! My gut is rumblie, my stools are funky, my breath is blech, and I am bloated to the... (more)

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Jules_1 0 · November 22, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Do get the digestive enzymes- when I decide to cheat, I take a couple as I begin to eat and it often prevents me from having any symptoms. I find that since I've been paleo for a little while, I recover more quickly; when I was starting out, a... (more)

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by 11683 · about 19 hours ago

I'm new to Paleo and in a steep learning curve right now so apologies for my incessant questions. Here's what I'm wondering about now: The 30-day challenge says that once we eliminate all the potential problem foods for 30 days, it'll then be... (more)

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April_3 0 · November 13, 2011 at 4:58 AM

I ended nearly three years of a vegetarian diet with a gyro. The only effect I suffered was not pooping the next day. I felt like myself the day after that. I intentionally ate some cookies the other day, after avoiding gluten for nearly three... (more)

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by 115 · about 19 hours ago

My doctor prescribed me Pancrelipase since it looks like my pancreas might be a bit inflamed or irritated. I already do take digestive enzymes which helps but wondering if these would help. Any thoughts or suggestions? I'm willing to give them a... (more)

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by 61 · about 19 hours ago

What types should I use and what brands are best? The entire act of digestion is hard on me, especially with meats. Anyway, what would you all recommend?

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Happy_Now 0 · September 18, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Just before I figured out the paleo thing, I turned my messed up body over to a good nutritionist for help who hooked me up with a successful, albeit pricey protocol using prescription grade digestive enzymes, probiotics, and natural soil... (more)

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by 75 · about 19 hours ago

Hi All, The Wife and I have started Paleo about a month ago, cheating on Saturdays if we've done well. Last week she started having diarreah and she had a whole tin of black beans with her Dinner. This solved the problem temporarily but its since... (more)

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thevansleaving 0 · August 02, 2011 at 12:25 PM

First some questions: What did you guys cheat with? If you don't mind me asking of course. Are you sure the black beans didn't mask the problem for just a bit? What did she eat along with the beans, anything? I agree with FamilyGrok though, Are... (more)

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by 1515 · about 19 hours ago

Betaine-HCl is often recommended to increase stomach acid and thus digestion. However, I found this comment by Art Ayers in which he refutes that it would work. Could it actually be counter-productive? What about a supplement that not only... (more)

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Happy_Now 0 · July 08, 2011 at 10:26 PM

I don't have any science to back up my answer here, just personal experience. At times in my life when I've had heartburn, betaine supplements with meals for a few days has stopped it completely. I always attributed it to improving my stomach... (more)

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by 589 · about 19 hours ago

I've been pretty low carb (less than 30 net carbs per day) for the past week or so after being paleo for over 1.5 years. The past few days, I've had issues with a heavy feeling in the gut, almost like having a rock in it. Tonight, after I ate... (more)

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EF 0 · May 22, 2011 at 11:38 PM

In my opinion, you should stick it out for a week or two more and see how feel then. It will take your body some time to adjust to the higher fat intake. It is likely that you'll need more that one week to adjust. You could try digestive... (more)

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by 5132 · September 30, 2014 at 3:11 AM

Dr. Bernstein recommended using "Phloe" for constipation during his Webinar for diabetics last week. Has anyone used Phloe? It's supposedly a product made of prebiotics, fiber and enzymes extracted from New Zealand kiwi... (more)

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hemanvt 0 · May 31, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Chris kresser, who I feel is one of the leading guys in proper gut health, touched on this on constipation on a podcast with Sean croxton of underground wellness. He suggested taking a highly absorbable magnesium supplement like natural calm. I... (more)

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by 35 · about 19 hours ago

I had blood work back in early January and my ALT was slightly elevated at 58. Fast forward six weeks and a new set of labs has my ALT at 79. A few sidenotes...I am pregnant and I was taking digestive enzymes at the time of both sets of labs.... (more)

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Dana_1 0 · March 08, 2011 at 4:43 AM

Is your doctor saying anything about this? There are several conditions acquired during pregnancy that will cause elevated liver enzymes. Your doc should be monitoring you for any other weird symptoms and checking other things on your labs to... (more)