Could a Food Intolerance Be the Culprit for Your Patients?
Bloating after eating certain foods. Occasional gas when dining out. The familiar burn of occasional heartburn from seemingly healthy meals. When clients and patients come to you with digestive complains (and for help putting favorite foods back on their plate), digestive enzyme supplements can help.
Up to one in five Americans live with food intolerances, which commonly include complex carbohydrates, milk sugar (lactose), milk protein (casein), gluten, phenols and FODMAPS (fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols). The severity of food intolerances ranges from interrupting everyday life to limiting foods to special occasions. While food allergies are an immune response, a food intolerance is a gastrointestinal response to food.
Food intolerances interfere with the body’s ability to digest or break down certain foods or nutrients. They can be caused by:
- enzyme deficiencies
- issues with the physical side of digestion
- pharmacological components of a food
- problems with gastrointestinal transit
Symptoms may appear within hours of eating and can include:
- occasional gas
- occasional heartburn
- other digestive issues
The body requires adequate supplies of digestive enzymes to completely digest food and absorb essential nutrients. Thankfully, digestive enzyme supplements can help bridge the gap and offer support when the body’s supplies fall short. Supplementing with digestive enzymes helps counteract incomplete digestion — and prevent the symptoms associated with enzyme insufficiency.
Whether your clients have one food intolerance or many, our digestive enzyme supplements are formulated for food intolerances, even when they aren’t sure yet which foods are to blame. As the enzyme experts, we’re in a unique position to help you help them!