Let's talk about digestive troubles.
Whether you’re not digesting fats well, feel like your meals *just sit there*, have symptoms of SIBO or IBS, or any discomfort whether upper or lower GI (even some problems breaking down foods like dairy, for example), I *highly* recommend testing some digestive enzyme options. Especially those with ox bile included if you struggle with fats or don’t have a gall bladder.
I got these last year at Whole Foods and have found them to be quite effective overall. I even ate COW MILK CHEESECAKE and felt fine after while taking these. And, while eating cow milk cheesecake isn’t something I’d normally do all the time, I honestly really wanted it that day. I remember how notable it was bedside after the Beautycounter leadership summit and after our book signing in Minneapolis. I had a bunless burger with two friends and the cheesecake was gf and sounded perfect. I ate it and took these enzymes and couldn’t believe that I didn’t feel (tmi warning) bubble guts/gassy on my flight home, nor did I breakout from it. Both of which are my typical reactions to cow milk products with lactose especially.
Another reason I take these: gallbladder disease is rampant in my family. Many years ago, over the course of a couple of years, I felt 2-3 attacks (extreme nausea while eating fatty foods along with abdominal cramping) and I knew exactly what it was.
If you’re struggling, these may help. I’ve included the ingredients panel so you can find something near you or online. Always take WITH meals, mid-meal, and break in half next time if one feels burn-y after the fact.
(Note that this brand may not be safe for celiacs, so please read labels carefully when selecting an enzyme that's right for you.)
For more information on digestion, check out the following podcast episodes:
- Episode #353: Mindset, Multivitamins, & How to Troubleshoot Digestion
- Episode #266: All About Digestion – Gut Microbiome, Antacids, Probiotics, Constipation & SIBO
- Episode #227: Go with Your Gut with Robyn Youkilis
- Episode #185: (Best of) Chris Kresser – All About Digestion
If you have more questions, please leave a comment below!