How Does Digestion Work? Your Guide to Digestive Delight
Everything you need for a healthy gut
Your digestive system breaks down the foods you eat and turns them into nutrients your body needs. If things are off kilter, your body can run into problems absorbing those essential nutrients, which can lead to occasional indigestion, gas, and bloating.
This intricate system is made up of many organs working in parallel. The journey begins in your mouth and continues all the way to the “other end,” with the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and of course, the gastrointestinal tract, all helping out.
What happens along the way can be influenced by hormones, bacteria, blood, and the foods and beverages you eat. It’s a pretty complex operation!
Certain foods, such as meat, dairy, raw veggies, alcoholic beverages, and fried foods, can make digestion tougher. And age can also put up a potential roadblock in this digestive journey.
When this happens, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the tsunami of so-called digestive solutions out there. Not sure where to start? No worries, we’ve got you!
Below, we’ve created a roadmap to help you find your way to Digestive Delight soon!
Replenish Your Gut
Wondering exactly how your body gets nutrients from your food? As food moves through your gastrointestinal tract, your digestive organs break down food into smaller parts with the help of digestive juices and, yes, proteins called enzymes. The National Institute of Health (NIH)[i] defines enzymes as “a substance that speeds up chemical reactions in your body.”
But when your body doesn’t produce enough targeted digestive enzymes, tummy troubles can follow. And some people have a harder time producing enzymes as they get older. That’s when It may be time to consider a quality supplement to replenish the gut.
Look for supplements formulated with multiple enzymes that target different food groups.
Boost Your Probiotic IQ
Digestive enzymes do a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to good gut health. But they get plenty of support from a hard-working support team including prebiotics and probiotics. After all, there’s more work to be done.
What’s the difference between prebiotics and probiotics?
According to the International Scientific Association of Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP),[ii] prebiotics serve as a ‘food’ for beneficial microbes that already live in your colon. They may help to prime your digestive tract for the processes ahead that will allow bacteria in your large intestine to break down more nutrients so they can be absorbed while the waste can be excreted.
Speaking of bacteria, probiotics are live microorganisms that can enhance your gut health. In a nutshell, probiotics are good bacteria that you add to your gut via food or supplementation.
To be called a probiotic, it should be tested and shown to provide a health benefit.
By adding the right probiotic to your daily routine, you can help manage the occasional upsets that can be triggered by an imbalance in your microbiome, and to know if probiotics work, you may need to give it a little while to see how your body responds. ISAPP[iii] says different probiotic strains have different benefits. Choose a product with evidence showing it can give you the health benefit you want.
There’s lots of discussion regarding the best time of the day to take a probiotic. But regardless, the best probiotic regime is based on consistency. Establishing a pre-meal routine can create a new healthy habit, and now there are lots of options – including on-the-go capsules, to tasty gummy supplements.
Maximize Healthy Digestion
Feel like you need all the tools in the healthy digestion toolbox? Make life a little simpler by finding supplements that cover all the bases.
For instance, some also include key organic botanicals that may further support your digestive system. Others include not only digestive enzymes, but also a prebiotic and multiple probiotics for your daily pre-meal ritual.
Your digestive journey has lots of twists and turns and it’s helpful to have targeted support to keep you on the road to digestive health.
Find a trusted guide
Luckily, our team at Zenwise® can help you navigate the world of healthy digestion like food on its journey. After all, we’ve got a complete line of AVA-Certified vegetarian and vegan options to add to your pre-meal routine. Ask one of our knowledgeable customer service members about your journey to Digestive Delight!
ReplENZYMES® is a great start if you’re looking to digest those tough foods. And it includes 11 Digestive Enzymes in easy-to-swallow Slim ZenCaps®. You can also pair them with our tasty strawberry-flavored Good Gut™ Gummies, a great way to enhance your good gut experience with a daily probiotic!
Our most popular offering, Digestive Enzymes, has over 40,000 rave reviews on Amazon! It offers digestive support to your system with pre and probiotics and are formulated with DE111® a Reliably Alive™ spore-forming probiotic.† And our newly released Digestive Enzymes + Travel Tin offer all the same benefits, but in convenient, portable tins.
Looking for that full toolbox experience? Done! ZenZYMES+™ is created with a complex formula containing digestive enzymes, shelf-stable pre and probiotics, and a proprietary blend of organic botanicals.
You may also want to further enhance and replenish with our other science-backed products.
We’re happy to help you find the best solutions in digestive supplements for you. You can reach our customer service team at email@example.com or M-F from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST at (800) 940-1972.
And as always, all Zenwise® products are backed by our "Eat Freely...or its Free" guarantee!
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†These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.