Enzymes: Augment or Abstain?

How much, how long, what’s right? Digestive enzymes, Betaine Hydrochloride (HCL), Pepsin and the like are therapeutic nutrients that holistic health professionals use that can have amazing benefits, when used mindfully. Whether to “augment or abstain” will have to do what is right for the individual, while doing no harm. Following are some things to consider about enzyme supplementation, it’s use and if it is right for you –too much, too little or just right? Digestive Enzymes: Who Does and Doesn’t Need Them? Augmenting: If a person has weak digestive stomach cells, such as exhausted parietal cells (HCL and Intrinsic factor), exhausted chief cells (pepsinogen and chymosin (protease enzymes), weak pancreatic enzyme output, irregular or poorly formed stools (diarrhea, constipation), gas, collywobbles, bloating, heartburn, or other gastro-intestinal (GI) complaints, then augmenting with digestive enzymes could very well be helpful. From one time or another we all can benefit from enzyme augmentation to improve our digestion. Maybe we need them for gluten and dairy digestion or hydrolytic enzymes to keep pathogen biofilms at bay, proteolytic enzymes to help with specific kinds of inflammation, HCL/pepsin to give the parietal cells a rest, or a well rounded digestive enzyme to replace what is missing from our cooked foods. Abstaining: If you’re one of those rare lucky individuals who state they have a “bulletproof stomach” and can eat even the strangest substances without any digestive distress, then you’ll never think about augmenting your diet with betaine hydrochloric acid (HCL) and/or digestive enzymes for digestion. Additionally these people will tend to have perfectly formed stools and eliminate with ease like clockwork, as such why...