I avoided the usual “food coma” and digestive discomfort again this year despite eating (over-eating actually) all of the traditional Thanksgiving Day favorites. I’m usually very picky about what I eat, and I rarely eat meat or “comfort foods” such as dressing, creamed corn, potato salad, candied sweet potatoes, etc….., because I know those foods are not the best for my body and don’t agree with me because I don’t easily digest them. But on Thanksgiving Day, I set aside my “cleaner” eating habits and indulge in all of my favorites, because I have two secret weapons - doTERRA’s DigestZen TerraZyme Digestive Enzyme Complex and doTERRA’s DigestZen Softgels.
Let me first share a little about how food is digested and why healthy digestion is so important to the body. Food is first broken down into smaller pieces in the mouth when you chew and then in the stomach. As food moves lower into the digestive tract, it is completely broken down into its simplest components, namely glucose, amino acids, fatty acids and vitamins and minerals. Each of these - nutrients, glucose, amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals - all play a significant role in every bodily function. In fact, as soon as cells lose any of their capacity to produce energy for the body, the result is a decline in health. Therefore, a healthy GI system is imperative to the body’s overall internal performance as well as energetic performance.
Occasional digestive upset can stem from many causes, including exposing our gastrointestinal tract to toxins, or by consuming the wrong foods, or consuming too much food (especially the wrong food!). Thanksgiving Day dinner just invites digestive upset! Ensuring that your body is functioning well with digestive enzymes makes all the difference.
Enzymes are specialized proteins that function as catalysts in almost all cellular functions throughout the body. Enzymes are also necessary for digesting food nutrients and converting those nutrients into cellular energy. Raw, unprocessed foods contain enzymes, called food enzymes, that help break down nutrients during digestion. However, when food is cooked and processed, these naturally occurring food enzymes can be destroyed. The pasteurization, sterilization, radiation, preservation, freezing, and microwaving of our modern food supply can render food enzymes inactive or alter their structure so much that they become useless to the body. Food processing can also remove important vitamin and mineral cofactors of enzymatic chemistry in the body.
doTERRA’s DigestZen TerraZyme Digestive Enzyme Complex is a blend of 10 active whole-food enzymes that are often deficient in cooked, processed, and preservative laden foods. These whole-food enzymes that help with digestion of proteins, fats, complex carbohydrates, sugars, fiber, and other food nutrients.* This combination of whole-food enzymes supports optimal health by promoting more efficient digestion of food nutrients and also provides targeted support for specific food intolerances of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, such as lactose - even assists in healthier digestion of gluten.* The directions on the bottle suggest 1-3 capsules per meal.
Because my meals usually consist of raw vegetables, I take 1 TerraZyme with each meal every day, but when I have a heavy meal like Thanksgiving Day dinner, I take 3 TerraZyme to help my body avoid the typical discomfort I would experience with these heavy foods.
Even using TerraZyme to assist my body in digesting my dinner, a heavy meal can still cause indigestion, stomach upset, and gas or bloating, so my second secret weapon is to take 1 of doTERRA’s DigestZen softgels which is formulated specifically to support digestion, sooth stomach upset and maintain overall digestive health.* This “tummy tamer” blend contains Ginger, Fennel, and Coriander oils to help ease occasional stomach discomfort, including occasional indigestion, with Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise, and Caraway oils to aid digestion and to help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.*
Just taking the TerraZyme and DigestZen softgels did the trick for me and I feel great and comfortable despite the large plate of food I ate. But if you experience the additional nuisance of heartburn following a large meal, then you’ll also want to know about doTERRA’s DigestTabs. The chewable DigestTab is a calcium carbonate tablet infused with DigestZen Digestive oil blend (the same oils in the DigestZen softgels) which delivers the benefits of digestion-supportive essential oils as well as the acid-neutralizing benefits of calcium carbonate.* Calcium carbonate, which comes from natural mineral sources, helps maintain stomach acid balance by neutralizing excess acid in the stomach.* This helps relieve the discomfort caused by occasional acidity such as heartburn, indigestion, and flatulence.* The specially designed calcium carbonate in DigestTabs is less chalky than many similar products on the market and much easier to chew and swallow. You can take DigestTabs with or between meals as needed for relief from occasional stomach upset, indigestion, and heartburn.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Holly Mays has been on a journey to share natural ways of supporting health and wellness since 2010 when she graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Health Coach. She is a recognized as a Holistic Health Practitioner by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She and her husband, David Mays, became dōTERRA Wellness Advocates in February 2012 and found their passion in empowering people through education to use dōTERRA essential oils, supplements and non-toxic products as a foundation for health and wellness and to create a life of purpose.
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