The pancreas is a very important gland that participates in the digestion of foods. A healthy pancreas secretes digestive enzymes that have the ability to break down food into basic ingredients that are easily digested by the body.
Digestive enzymes and bile are transferred to the small intestine, where they begin their activity in digesting food.
Problems may arise when the pancreas has a defect consisting in the inability to produce specific enzymes or the body’s need for enzymes exceeds the capacity of the pancreas. Pancreatic dysfunction may be a consequence of many factors, including but not limited to: genetic predisposition, disease, trauma, excessive physical exertion, aging, exposure to toxins.
Problems resulting from improper functioning of the pancreas may cause abdominal cramps and improper digestion as well as gases. Fatty feces and uncontrolled weight loss may also occur due to poor absorption of nutrients.
Causes of food intolerance.
A frequent cause of food intolerance is pancreatitis, which disturbs the production of digestive enzymes. At least 70% of cases of chronic pancreatitis are due to alcoholism. It is a disease that is very often seen in alcoholics. People with cysts and diabetes are other groups where the risk of pancreatic dysfunction is increased. Cystic fibrosis affects the lungs, causing excessive production of mucus, which enters the stomach and blocks the secretion of digestive enzymes in the pancreas.
How to overcome lactose intolerance and digestive problems?
DIGESTIVE+++ contains a full range of digestive enzymes, also the lactase enzyme needed to digest milk sugar (lactose). The enzymes provided in the form of a dietary supplement perform the same function as those which the pancreas produces naturally. In this way, people suffering from food intolerance can help the body digest the carbohydrates, fats and proteins consumed during meals.
Milk sugar is found not only in milk products, which everyone can easily recognize. Lactose is also a popular ingredient in processed foods, where it is not so obvious.
Ways to improve digestion.
- Prepare small pieces of food. Eat slowly and more accurately chew.
- Consume all meals while sitting at the table. Enjoy the smell, taste and texture of the dish.
- While eating, think about a meal and do not do other things.
- Prepare the meal yourself. Then it will be easier to eat consciously and enjoy eating.
- Do not drink during a meal. It dilutes enzymes and stomach acids, hindering the chemical breakdown of food particles.
- Eat meals at constant times of the day.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
Improperly digested food stays longer in the digestive tract, causing digestive problems, absorption problems and allergy problems.