Boosting Immunity with Enzymes- Dr. Oz Show Recap


Digestive Enzymes Keep You Healthy

Do you feel like no matter what you do you cannot seem to stay healthy? Do you eat well, exercise, and get plenty of rest, but still seem to get sick all the time? The reason could be something you would have never thought of. On the January 25 episode of “The Dr. Oz Show,” Dr. Oz discussed the relationship between enzymes and our immune system.With more of the health industry focusing on the gut as the center for overall wellness, you may have already heard of enzymes. They help your body get the most from the food you eat, but how?

Enzymes Boost Your Immune System

Dr. Oz is talking about the health of your gut and the role it plays in your health. There could be something missing that is causing you to get sick all the time and Dr. Oz has the answer that might surprise you. Our entire body is filled with enzymes and the ones found in our gut could be the most important in keeping us healthy. Factors like lifestyle, stress and aging can lower your enzyme production which could be making you sick. Dr. Robynne Chutkan explained that enzymes are crucial to your immune system because they are responsible for breaking down food into nutrients that your body needs in order to stay healthy. Did you know that 80% of your immune system is located in your digestive tract?

Lactose Intolerance & Enzyme Deficiency

When you are enzyme deficient the food you eat is not being digested properly because the enzymes are not there to break down the food. This causes bacteria to build up and inflammation to occur. A good example of this is in those who are lactose intolerant. Dr. Oz explained that we are born with plenty of enzymes, but as we age we produce less and less.

Fatty Foods Lower Enzyme Production

Dr. Robynne Chutkan explained that one of the causes of lower enzyme production is from eating fatty, sugary, processed foods. They are considered bad foods for the body for many reasons, but especially in the case of our enzyme production because they are difficult for the body to break down and digest. These foods also contain additives and preservatives that actually destroy the enzymes in our body, making them a real problem.

Dr. Oz said that digestive enzymes are crucial to keeping your immune system and preventing you from getting sick.

Stress Causes Lower Enzyme Production

Another factor in lower enzyme production in our bodies is stress. Many of us experience stress in our lives, so this could be affecting many people. Dr. Chutkan explained that stress affects our gut the same way that getting nervous affects our mouth. Do you ever notice that when you get nervous, your mouth gets dry? She explained that something similar happens in your gut when you are stressed. In a way, stress is literally drying out the inside of your body.

Medications Slow Down Digestion

Dr. Oz said another cause of lower enzymes in the body is medications. Dr. Chutkan explained that medications actually cause digestive enzymes to be less active by changing to pH in your gut. This is definitely a problem because you need those enzymes to break down the food you eat and provide nutrition to your body.

Aging Lowers Enzyme Production By 50%

The last cause of lower enzyme levels is one that we really have no control over because it is aging. The difference is actually quite startling with an older person producing about 50% less the digestive enzymes than that of a younger person, according to Dr. Robynne Chutkan.

Visit our Enzyme Nutrition Therapy page to learn more about enzymes and how Dr. Newman uses them to successfully treat his patients.

Dr. Oz article: Boosting Your Immunity with Enzymes

Here is a link to the video: Boost Your Immunity With Enzymes Video

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