In some parts of the country it may seem that winter is never ending. But, believe it or not summer is just around the corner, which means that it is almost swim suit season. Nobody wants to feel bloated or gassy at the beach, but 1 in 10 people experience regular digestive issues that can leave them feeling less than bikini-ready.
Registered dietitian and culinary nutritionist, Katie Cavuto offers some advice for anyone wishing to beat the bloat this summer.
“Sack the Sugar. We all know sugar is bad for us, but did you know that gas causing bad bacteria and yeast feed on refined sugars which can exacerbate bloating? It’s time to ditch the sweet stuff!
Feed your bacteria. Just like us, probiotics need food to thrive. That’s where prebiotics come in – they are non-digestible carbohydrates that act as food for probiotics and are found in plant-based foods like bananas, onions, garlic, asparagus and artichokes. Definitely add these to your diet, but considering they are high in fiber do it gradually and drink a lot of water to avoid digestive upset.”
Background on Katie Cavuto
Katie Cavuto MS, RD
Registered Dietitian, Culinary Nutritionist, Writer, Spokesperson, Media Personality
Katie’s mission is to use her unique background as a chef and dietitian to teach others how easy it can be to live a healthy lifestyle. Her goal is to inspire people to fall in love with food. She promotes a food philosophy that celebrates quality ingredients and mindful, balanced meals, which are the keys to nourishing your body and soul. As a chef, she advocates getting in the kitchen to build your own healthy lifestyle, and to look forward to cooking as a grounding and meaningful part of your day. Through her love and appreciation of all food, she excites her clients to expand their cooking knowledge while providing them with the tools they need to make lasting lifestyle changes. Her joyful enthusiasm and ability to translate nutrition into practical, everyday messages often finds Katie on local and national TV and in print as an expert in her field.
Katie also recommends taking probiotics and digestive enzymes to help you digest your food more easily and beat bloat and gas caused by everyday foods. If you have food intolerance it is often a result of your body’s inability to digest food efficiently. You can give it a little help with a digestive enzyme like Enzymedica’s Digest Gold which helps you to digest macronutrients like carbohydrates, proteins and fats more easily and ay soothe abdominal discomfort and promote GI regularity ad nutrient absorbtion.*
I have had digestive issues for most of my adult life. While in college I had stress related ulcers. After having my first child I developed gallstones and had to have my gall bladder out. Once I had a few more babies I started to experience IBS symptoms and in 2012 I was hospitalized with a virus that caused severe pain and elevated liver enzymes. Today I experience gas, bloat, heartburn and stomach cramps nearly every day. Sometimes it is related to the food I eat and sometimes my stomach aches are brought on by anxiety.
When I heard about Enzymedica and their Digest Gold digestive enzyme formula I knew I had to try it. The product information states: “Enzyme deficiencies may result from a combination of age, diet and lifestyle. These deficiencies can lead to a variety of digestive discomforts, including occasional gas, bloating, indigestion and irregularity.
Digest Gold™ is an advanced formula that breaks down carbohydrates, fats, fiber and protein.* The enzymes in Digest Gold support optimal digestion by helping the body absorb nutrients and convert food into energy.* Digestive well-being improves concentration and increases vitality.* Digest Gold is an excellent choice for individuals seeking a high-potency enzyme formula.
Recommended Use: 1 capsule with each meal. More may be taken as needed.
Thera-blend™ is an exclusive process that combines multiple strains of enzymes that work in various pH levels. Thera-blend enzymes have been shown to be three times stronger and work more than six times faster than leading digestive supplements.* For more information, visit www.enzymedica.com.
I have been taking it just before each meal for about a week. Now that I am taking Digest Gold I haven’t had as much gas and bloat as usual and my stomach aches are gone.
How does it work?
According to enzymedica.com, “Digest Gold is the most potent formula on the market. The broad range of enzymes included in Digest Gold supports optimal digestion by helping the body absorb nutrients and convert food into energy.* Digest Gold contains amylase, lipase, cellulase and protease Thera-blend™ enzymes, for breaking down carbohydrates, fats, fiber and protein, respectively. Thera-blend is an exclusive process that combines multiple strains of enzymes that work in various pH levels.
ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) is produced in every cell and is found in all raw foods. Without ATP, nutrients would not be able to pass through the cell membrane, so it allows cells to benefit from the nutrition in food. A combination of natural aging, lack of exercise and eating cooked and processed foods can significantly increase the demand to produce large amounts of ATP, making it difficult for the body to keep up. Even those living a healthy lifestyle may be challenged with a constant state of energy deficiency. A digestive supplement that provides ATP and enhances ATP production may help offset such a deficiency.*
The ATPro™ Blend in Digest Gold is a combination of ATP, Magnesium Citrate, Alpha Lipoic Acid and CoQ10. Research has shown that ATP is present in the digestive tract by oral intake (unprocessed foods carry ATP) and it is used as a signaling molecule for many important processes. This signal is vital for timely, proper and complete digestion of food.”
For minor stomach issues or daily stomach pains like what I suffer with, Digest Gold really helps. I have also been taking Enymedica’s AcidSoothe for my heartburn and acid indigestion. For more information about Enzymeidca, learn about their complete product line and to order Digest Gold, visit enzymedica.com.
*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.
*Disclosure: I received a bottle of Digest Gold and Acid Soothe from Enzymedica in exchange for this review. All opinions are accurate and 100% mine.
*Images courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net and enzymedica.com.