What are digestive complexes?
Digestive complexes are complexes especially designed to support your digestive health. They often contain nutrients, herbs and enzymes which are known to be of benefit. Digestion starts in the mouth and continues all the way down the gastrointestinal tract until excretion. The liver and gall bladder are also involved in ...Read more digestion. The liver produces bile and it is stored in the gall bladder ready for excretion into the small intestines where it can assimilate fats.
What do digestive complexes do in the body?
Digestive complexes usually contain ingredient such as:
Digestive enzymes- these are enzymes that are naturally produced by body. Enzymes are required for breaking down foods so that they can be absorbed by the body and their nutrition can be utilised. They are usually broad spectrum and include enzymes for carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Some people are lacking certain enzymes such as Lactase enzymes. Lactase enzymes can improve digestion in people who have difficulty digesting lactose.
Hydrochloride and Pepsin- Naturally present in our stomach, it ensures that pathogens are killed and food is properly broken down. Some people have lower levels, especially the elderly and my need some support to maintain the correct acidity.
Live cultures- Naturally present in our guts, live cultures help us to digest substances such as lactose.
Bitter Herbs- such as Triphala, dandelion, nettle and burdock are often included in digestive complexes.
Carminative herbs- such as Fennel which helps to support digestion and Aloe which helps to maintain regular bowel function.
Charcoal- Activated charcoal contributes to reducing excessive flatulence after eating.
Peppermint- may help with flatulence and indigestion after a meal.
Why do I need digestive complexes?
A healthy digestive system is important to make sure that we utilise the energy and nutrients in our food. If we are not absorbing our nutrients, then our bodies are not able to use them for proper function. Many people have digestive issues which include but are not limited to; lack of acidity, lack of digestive enzymes, lack of bowel motion, unbalanced micro-organisms, excess gas and bloating. Often people could do with some digestive support.
How do I take digestive complexes?
Digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid and pepsin are to be taken with foods. Herbal preparations are usually to be taken before foods and peppermint and charcoal to be taken after. As well as capsules, herbal digestive aids can be consumed via tea. There is a wide range of teas on the market designed for digestion. Live cultures are to be taken with on an empty stomach or with a meal depending on the manufactures instructions.