Hello readers! Today we have Gastroenterologist Dr. Liz Cruz. She was kind enough to give an interview to Sifa’s Corner to share her insights on Enzyme Gap, Supplement, Healthy Diet. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us, Dr. Cruz!
Let’s read what she has to say about supplements and a healthy diet.
Enzyme Gap: The Truth About Supplements and Healthy Diet
What is considered as a healthy diet and what is the role of supplements there?
I am not a big fan of taking lots of supplements. Your body wants to get vitamins and minerals from real food, not synthetic capsules. This is why eating “real” food is so important. Most people that are eating the Standard American Diet (SAD diet) are eating a lot of processed foods, fast foods, microwavable foods, etc. These foods are loaded with chemicals, preservatives, and sugars and have little if any real nutrients. We must eat a whole food diet filled with lots of fresh vegetables, whole grains and plant-based proteins. Taking enzymes (like our Everyday Enzymes) with this healthy diet is also very important to make sure you are breaking down the foods properly to fully benefit from them. If you want to take a multi-vitamin try to avoid the store bought one a days. Consider taking a green supplement each day made from real food (like our Gastro Greens).
What is an Enzyme gap? How do we know if we have it?
Enzyme gap is when you’re not making enough enzymes to break down your food well enough to benefit from it. Symptoms of enzyme gap include being tired, low energy, low metabolism (weight gain), acid reflux, bloating, gas, abdominal pain which could also result in diarrhea or constipation. Every decade our enzyme production depletes by 13% so if you are in your mid 40’s or 50’s the enzyme gap is probably in full swing.
How can an enzyme supplement help us?
An enzyme supplement can help replace what the body isn’t making on its own anymore. By taking 2 or 3 enzymes with every meal you are giving your body what it needs to break down food properly so you can benefit from the nutrients and eliminate common digestive issues safely and naturally.
Can anyone take the enzyme supplement? What are the benefits and side effects?
Yes anyone can take an enzyme supplement, even children, and pets. The benefits are better digestion and the ability to resolve common digestive problems naturally. There are no side effects when you take a clean enzyme that has no fillers like Dr. Cruz’s. We have had patients tell us about other enzymes they’ve taken in the past. Ones that are less expensive, have a lot of fillers and don’t have as many enzymes packed in them. Sometimes those can cause gas, bloating and heartburn because the fillers tend to cause digestive issues instead of resolving them. Dr. Cruz’s enzymes are very clean with no fillers and it has several enzymes and a lot of each so they have zero side effects.
Thanks for the interview! If you have one advice for “Sifa’s Corner” readers about healthy lifestyle, what will that be?
Whenever you are making a change in your diet start slow (change one thing at a time) and make a plan for yourself. If you do it in baby steps you are more likely to be successful. Don’t go on diets – consider your changes with better eating a lifestyle modification.
ABOUT DR. LIZ CRUZ:
Dr. Liz Cruz is a gastroenterologist, an author, and (most importantly) a parent of 4 children. She is the creator of Everyday Enzymes ™, as well as a variety of other wellness products designed to promote all-natural, holistic wellness. Cruz’s products have received critical acclaim and are widely praised for effectively reducing the need for prescription medicine. Cruz is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. For More Information Visit her website.
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