How Do Digestive Enzymes Work?

A great question that’s difficult… Yet this will be easy to understand!

The human body is a complex machine on the inside. I like to use the term “chemical computer” because that’s exactly what it is.

You have a base program and upgrade it through nutrition and supplementation to make up for bad coding, or just refining the code to make it work 5x better.

If you’re asking: how do digestive enzymes work? Let me break it down…

Let’s say you’re supplementing with protein shakes — out of 40g you are only breaking down about 25-30g, excreting the rest.

Our bodies can only assimilate a smaller portion of food than you think!

The above example, though small is harmful to muscle-building, healing and more, in general.

There are many digestive enzymes (22+!), however this 2-part series covers the main base of enzymes. Some are plant-based (proteolytic), others are not.

The Enzyme Team:

Protease-Supports breakdown of all proteins except those of living organisms, it does this through hydrolysis.
Amylase-Breaks down carbohydrates into sugars, both slow and fast dieting sources. (Sweet Potato = Slow, Rice= Fast)
Lipase-Responsible to breaking down all fats within the body including CLA, ALA and Omegas.
Lactase- Assists in the breakdown of lactose sugars from dairy.
Sucrase-Facilitates the breakdown of sugars. Makes fructose and sucrose molecules smaller for the small intestine to absorb.
Papain-Derived from Papaya, papain is a secondary protein enzyme, it works in the same way as Protease, but more specific to tough meat fibers (Beef, Chicken, Fish, etc)
Bromelain-Not just for allergies! Bromelain is derived from Pineapple and contributes to further protein breakdown. Also a great anti-inflammatory when taken between meals.
Pepsin-Another protein enzyme that assists in breaking down amino acids like Papain/Protease
First of all, without this awesome team, your gut health suffers as do your goals and emotional well-being. Science has shown that gut health is linked to mental health, falling in line with Chinese Medicine teachings.
Considering the above enzymes; breaking down proteins, amino acids, fats and carbs becomes more efficient as a result.

Let’s say you’re out at your favorite Italian restaurant and you have their world-famous classic lasagna with a soup, around 1,125 calories…

The macronutrient ratio is most likely going to look a little something like this:

Protein: 55g

Carbs: 80g

Fat: 70g

Sodium: around 2,500mg

That’s actually somewhat difficult for the body to break down on it’s own and nutrients don’t get utilized. As a result, the intestines can only break down so much at once.

Like the internet, your intestines are a series of tubes…

if a packet is too large, it will be ignored/removed from the data sent across the internet.

Similarly, particles too large to breakdown simply exit as normal, at the cost of losing valuable nutrition that powers your life and goals.

Enzymes attack these large particles of proteins, fats, carbs, and sugars to break them down into easily digested particles for your gut to turn into fuel.

By taking digestive enzymes you actually make your body more efficient and reliable, sapping every ounce of nutritious goodness out of every bite you take.

That is only going to lead to higher performance, stable moods and better health. Who says the body wants to work hard 24/7?

By giving it some breathing room to do less work, you come out on top all around.

Can you see why choosing to use digestive enzymes is such an important aid to your dietary and nutrition goals?

Personally, I don’t go without them! I even take some with me if I’m dining out as I know I’ll be having a large meal.

Do you use digestive enzymes? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts, as well as your experience taking them.

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Dieting, Exercise and Supplements

Everybody wants to live a long, healthy life and in today’s day and age it is most certainly possible. People are faced with many difficult decisions when it comes to choosing the best supplements, diets, exercises and training gear – and who could blame them? Every day the list grows for the best way to lose weight, build muscle and get the physique you always dreamed of. Even now, more than ever there are emerging supplements marketed towards those intent on shedding the extra pounds and transforming their bodies into lean, sculpted figures.

With all this industry growth and all the reputable brands releasing new products, how can you really be sure what works and what doesn’t? I have spent a fair amount of time personally at the gym, pumping iron and pressing weights. I have spent countless hours training, exercising, trying new routines and learning many new workouts. During this time, I have also tried a variety of different supplements both for diet and also for training purposes.

When it comes to picking a solid pre-workout there have been many that have definitely held their ground. (Of course, any supplements mentioned are personal preference and may affect individuals differently) I am one who you could say loves caffeine. I drink about 3 cups of coffee a day starting at “double-shot” on the strength level and progressively work downward. When I am looking for a good pre-workout, one of the things I look for is something that has a higher than average amount of caffeine. While not getting into the nitty-gritty too much, I have found the strongest PWOs (I mean actually feeling the boost of energy) to be Bullnox, and the all-new reformulated Superpump 250 w/ DMAA. These 2 supplements definitely pack a bigger scoop and punch, but are also leaning towards the more expensive side. Another way I can personally gauge the strength is by how much of a tingling sensation I feel all over my body – and these 2 really give that sensation.

The pump that these PWOs bring is pretty substantial. I can see the difference in weeks I cycle off the PWO that my workout intensity not only lessens but the amount of time before I fatigue is also noticeably shorter. Not to discredit any other PWO as they all do the job to different degrees but I find that these give me the most focus and keep my drive higher in the gym – meaning focused intensity. After finishing a great workout it’s essential to get in some protein and possibly a meal to replenish and help rebuild muscle and refuel your body with all the nutrients it needs post-exercise.

One of the leading brands of protein for many years has been Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard (100% Whey) This has been my go-to protein powder for many years. Although also a bit more expensive than other protein supplements, I feel the quality is outstanding and worthwhile. The many flavors they have are delicious and the scoops are nicely sized. The powder dissolves very even and easy and it absorbs into your body fairly quickly. This means faster protein-synthesis or your body building muscle quicker. There are many forms of protein with certain trade-offs, some which take longer to digest than others and some that break down much slower. In order to really understand what works best it is always a great idea to experiment and see which fits your goals and body best. If you are still unsure, Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard (100% Whey) Protein is a solid recommendation. Even after taking your pre-workout and your post-workout supplements, sometimes you may just not have the drive or energy to keep pushing through the workout… this is where intra-workout supplements shine.

I have not been too keen on intra-workouts as I feel the PWO does the job at least to the level that I need. When I did decide to take one though I went with Xtend by Sci-Vation. This stuff is pretty powerful and comes in this greenish/blue powder, we like to call it the “Hulk Juice” nicknamed after it’s color. This gives you more of that power/energy boost during your exercises which helps with explosive pumps and harder, more intense workouts. For me, I could surely feel a positive change while I was on this stuff, but my wallet felt the opposite. This stuff isn’t necessarily cheap, especially when you combine it with all the other supplements.

What Are the Exogenous Ketones? How To Get Ketones Supplements

You cannot deny it. The exogenous ketones are the hottest item in the market at present, particularly for people who are interested in the ketosis and ketogenic diets. They generally come in various forms and very importantly are used for many different applications. For example, reducing ketosis symptoms, fat burning, improving physical performance or mental performance are certain ways that the ketones are used.

What Are the Exogenous Ketone Supplements?

The Ketone supplements often are referred to as the exogenous ketones, it means they are made externally-outside your body. It is opposed to ketones that your body makes when carbs are limited and you are in the state of ketosis. Generally, they are made in the lab and then made in supplement form to ingest. There’re 3 ketones that your body makes when on the ketogenic diet: acetoacetate, acetone, and beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB).

Ketone found in the exogenous ketone is BHB. That is because your body will use this very efficiently.
They are called fuel for energy forming mitochondria in your body cells. They’re the alternative source of fuel to glucose.
They are the simple compounds due to their weight and small molecular structure.
Why take Exogenous Ketones Supplements?
There are the times when eating a fully ketogenic supplement isn’t realistic and desired. It is very difficult and restrictive for many people to follow. There are people who will feel lower in energy with the complete ketogenic diet, thus they will use the exogenous ketone supplement as the targeted way of getting benefits of the ketosis in their meals. Suppose you’re an athlete who wants to have carbohydrates for the performance, then you will not get complete benefits from the ketosis as you will not be full in it. So, you will require carbs over the workout, but, you might want the ketones to power your longer workout. It is where the exogenous ketone supplement is beneficial.

Benefits of the Exogenous Ketone Supplements

The supplements are the huge help while transitioning in the state of ketosis and entering a fasted state. It is where they generally come in very handy. They will help you to get back in ketosis any time, than waiting for some days. They are taken in between the meals to give a quick ketones punch or before the workout for extra energy. Taking the ketone supplements or following keto diet means to reap several benefits in your life, including:

Enhancing the cognitive performance
Quick weight loss & reduced hunger
High mental focus
Regulated blood glucose
Less inflammation
Decreasing risk of any disease
The ketone supplements are divided into 3 categories commonly accessible for the consumption:
Ketone Salt
Ketone Ester
Ketone Oil
Buyer Beware: You will find some of the products that might have ” exogenous ketones ” in the name and may also suggest helping to maintain the ketosis, but are not what they sound to be. It is very important that you buy from the authentic ketone supplements store and get all the benefits of a Ketone Supplements.