Every year the American public spends billions of dollars on food and beverages that are toxic to the body and devoid of natural enzymes. These may include processed, microwaved or cooked food, meat, cereal grains, milk, gluten, soy, refined sugar, and more. But are they really getting their money's worth? Not without a little extra help, says Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, a world-renowned authority on natural medicine and digestive health.
"As we age, the enzymes produced by our body and digestive system are reduced, hampering our ability to break down the foods we eat, prevent oxidation and inflammation in the body, and extract the vital nutrients we need." Dr. Group explains
Enzyme deficiencies have been linked to many digestive problems such as gas, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, heartburn and bloating. When digestive issues arise, it is common for consumers to reach for antacids, laxatives or other medications. This may provide temporarily relief, but is not a solution to the root cause of the problem.
Scientists have long known that bioavailability – the ease and efficiency with which nutrients are broken down and absorbed by the digestive system – is the weakest link in the chain that connects a healthy diet to a healthy body. "We're not just missing out on essential vitamins and minerals—we're putting a tremendous toxic burden on our bodies," says Group.