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Gardening

   GUT HEALTH CENTER

BETAINE HCL
DIGESTIVE ENZYMES
BILE ACIDS

basket of garden vegetables

BETAINE HCL, DIGESTIVE ENZYMES, BILE ACIDS

The gut garden tools

These tools help to ensure that the gut garden is healthy and well maintained.

handful of cacao beans
stomach

WHAT IS HCL?

HCL, also known as betaine HCL, is hydrcholoric acid. It is found in the stomach and is secreted by parietal cells.

 

It helps the body to break down, digest, and absorb nutrients, especially protein. It also helps to protect your body from infections and pathogens in food. 

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WHAT ARE DIGESTIVE ENZYMES?

Digestive enzymes are proteins that help to break down the fats, proteins, and carbohydrates you eat into smaller size molecules that are easier to absorb.

They are produced in the salivary glands, stomach, pancreas, and small intestines. 

There are three main types of digestive enzymes.

Amylases break down starches and carbohydrates into sugarrs.

Proteases break down proteins into amino acids.

Lipases break down fats into glycerol and fatty acids.

liver

WHAT ARE BILE ACIDS?

Bile acids help to support the digestion and absorption of fats in the small intestine as well as support cholesterol balance. They also function as hormones and help to regulate various processes.

Bile acids are produced by the liver

and stored in the gallbladder until it is needed by the body.

Secondary bile salts are produced in small amounts as a result of some intestinal bacterial actions.

root vegetables

CHEW YOUR FOOD

One of the most important tools for your gut garden is properly chewing your food. 

Digestion begins in the mouth when your salivary glands produce amalyases to digest carbohydrates. This process also starts to stimulate the release of various digestive secretions.

If you do not chew your food well, you will not digest your food well.

Eat while sitting down and chew your food slowly and thoroughly.

Tropical fruit slices

FOODS RICH IN GUT GARDEN TOOLS

There are many foods rich in gut garden tools.

 

These foods are best eaten with meals, starting with the first bite of food.

Sliced Pineapple

PINEAPPLE

Pineapple is rich in a group of enzymes called bromelain. The stem  and core are especially rich.

You want fresh pineapple, canned pineapple and bottled pineapple juice are going to have little to none of the enzyme. 

Bromelain helps to digest proteins, especially the collagens in meat, which is why it is popular as a meat tenderizer.

half papaya

PAPAYA

Papaya is rich in the enzymes papain and chymopapain. These enzymes help to break down proteins and are also popular as a meat tenderizer.

These enzymes are only present in the unripe fruit, as the fruit ripens the amount of the enzymes decrease greatly.

Canned papaya and bottled papaya juices will not have these enzymes.

cut avocado

AVOCADO

Avocados are rich in lipases, which help to break down fats.

If you have trouble eating fat rich foods, try having some avocado with them. 

bananas

BANANA

Bananas are rich in amylase and maltase. Amylase helps to break down starches and carbohydrates while maltase helps to break down the malt sugars found in starchy foods. 

mangos

MANGO

Mangos are rich in amylase which helps to break down starches and carbohydrates.

Maple Hill Kefir

GRASS-FED KEFIR

Kefir rich in probiotics, enzymes and compounds that help to support healthy food digestion.

A true multitasking gut garden tool!

ginger

GINGER

Ginger is rich in the enzyme zingibain which helps to digest proteins.

It also is thought to help increase the bodies own production of digestive enzymes. 

lacto-fermented vegetables

LACTO-FERMENTED SAUERKRAUT

In addition to being a great source of prebiotics, sauerkraut is rich in a variety of digestive enzymes.

A couple of tablespoons eaten with a meal is a great way to improve the digestive process.

grass-fed pancreas

GRASS-FED PANCREAS

Pancreas is the most potent enzyme rich food. 

It is often served as a sweetbread and has a rich creamy taste.

It contains very high amounts of proteases, amylases, and lipases.

This food can be hard to find, but here is a great source.

betaine capsules

HCL SUPPLEMENTS

Betaine HCL is a supplement that is often used as a source of supplemental hydrochloric acid. 

Be very careful with the use of this as it can cause stomach pain and acid reflux. 

It is best to get tested by your doctor to see if you have low stomach acid, hypochlorhydria, and discussing with them to see if HCL would be a good idea for you.

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CONTAMINATION OF HCL SUPPLEMENTS

Due to recent shortages in the betaine HCL supply chain, there are lots of contaminated products on the market because most companies do not perform proper quality control.

One such material (there are many others) is a blue crystalline substance that is difficult to identify, but may be pieces from the reactor the HCL is produced in.

 

Many companies are simply grinding up this contaminant and selling the product.

Our betaine supplement is properly screened for this adulterant and is free of the common plasticizers that are used as carriers, instead ours uses cellulose.

Questions and about betaine and pepsin

TO PEPSIN OR NOT TO PEPSIN?

Pepsin is an enzyme produced in the stomach that helps to digest proteins in food.

 

Many companies produce supplements that contain both betaine and pepsin.

This is actually not a good idea. Encapsulating the two together in the same capsule will cause the pepsin to become degraded over time. 

So if you need to use both, it is best to take them in separate capsules,

bile acid capsules

BILE ACID SUPPLEMENTS

Bile acid supplements contain bile acids which help to support the digestion and absorption of fats.

Many people have trouble digesting fats and these can certainly help with that, especially for those who have had their gallbladder removed.

They are also useful for supporting healthy cholesterol levels.

highland cow

SOURCING

Bile acid supplements are sourced from the gallbladder of various animals such as beef or oxen.

It is very important to ensure that these come from grass-fed sources and are low-temperature processed.

Our gallbladder with ox bile supplement is sourced from small family farms that raise grass-fed cattle in Australia.

They are freeze-dried to preserve their full nutritional value.

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HOW TO TAKE

Bile acid supplements are best taken with the first bite of a meal or snack. It is especially beneficial for higher fat meals.

Eating foods rich taurine can help these supplements work better.

Foods rich in taurine include red meat, shellfish, beef liver, and eggs.

digestive enzyme capsules

DIGESTIVE ENZYME SUPPLEMENTS

Digesive enzyme supplements contain a variety of enzymes that help to digest and break down different foods.

They range from the broad spectrum to single enzyme products geared towards digesting specific foods such as lactase for dairy or Alpha-galactosidase for gassy foods like beans..

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WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT DIGESTIVE ENZYMES?

Amylase - Starch digestion

Glucoamylase - Starch digestion

Alpha-Galactosidase - Digests the special starches in beans that cause gassiness.

Beta Glucanase - Beta glucan digestion

Bromelain - Protein digestion

Cellulase - Cellulose digestion

Hemmicellulase -  Hemicellulose digestion.

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WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT DIGESTIVE ENZYMES?

Invertase - Sucrose digestion

 

Lactase - Lactose digestion

 

Lipase - Fat digestion

Maltase - Maltose digestion

Papain - Protein digestion

Pectinase - Pectin digestion

Phytase - Phytic Acid digestion

Protease - Protein digestion

Xylanase  - Xylan digestion

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HOW ARE ENZYME POTENTCIES MEASURED?

Protease - HUT (Hemoglobin Unit Tyrosine base), USP

 

Amylase - DU (Alpha-amylase

Dextrinizing units)

Lipase - FIP, LU, FCCLU

 

Cellulase - CU (Cellulase unit)

 

Invertase - IAU (Invertase Activity unit)

 

Lactase - LacU (Lactase unit)

 

Maltase - DP (degrees Diastatic power)

Papain - PU (Papain unit)

pancreatic enzymes

PANCREATIC ENZYMES

Pancreatic enzymes are potent blends of amylases, proteases, and lipases. They are the most well known enzymes and usually  derived from porcine or bovine materials.

When using these types of items make sure they are from a pastured or grass-fed source.

These are our favorite digestive enzymes. 

Pancreatic enzymes and bile acids make a great combination.

Pineapple and strawberries

PROTEOLYTIC AND SYSTEMIC ENZYMES

Proteolytic or systemic enzymes are enzymes that are used to break down proteins and are used for other things besides digestion. Here are a few examples:

Bromelain

Papain

Chymotrypsin

Trypsin

Often these are used for joint health, muscle function, and pain relief.

These are best taken on an empty stomach if they are being used for something other than digestion.

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JUST SAY NO TO ENTERIC COATING

Enteric coated capsules are often used to protect enzymes from stomach acid. While it may succeed at that, it comes at a cost.

Often these coatings contain plasticizers, parabens, and other harmful compounds.

Many companies do not even list the full ingredients of their enteric coating, so you have no idea what actually may be in it.

It is much better to use DR capsule, or other slow release capsules, so the benefits of delayed release are obtained without the harmful ingredients.

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HOW TO TAKE

Digestive enzymes should be taken with the first bite of a meal or snack. 

the happy gut equation

HAPPY GUT EQUATION

Getting the happy gut equation right will help you to live a happier, healthier life.

IGY's + prebiotics + probiotics + healthy diet + stress relief = A happy gut!

Great prebiotic foods include citrus fruits, berries,  garlic, onions, root vegetables, and raw cacao, 

 

Great probiotic foods include yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi.

Digestive enzymes, HCL, and bile acids can play a role in helping you complete the happy gut equation.

field of grass by a lake

Having good tools is essential for keeping your gut garden healthy. Without the right tools it can be hard to have a lush, thriving garden. Digestive enzymes, HCL, and bile acids could be just what your gut garden toolkit is missing.

DIGESTIVE ENZYMES, HCL, and BILE ACIDS SHOP

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