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Q&A: What Everyone Ought to Know About Digestive Enzymes and Bile Supplements

by Michael King April 27, 2017

Why Enzymes, Ox Bile, HCL, Laxatives & Antacids Fall Far Short of Nature's Own Bitter Herbs, Spices and Clay

Plus, One of Nature's Simplest & Most Effective Methods for Losing Weight

Topics in this article (linked):

Q: Why take bitter herbs and spices with my food? Doesn't the body produce its own bile and digestive enzymes?

Q: If I am taking Digestive Bitters, will I also need to take enzymes or ox bile supplements?

The most common causes of digestive impairment are:

The Acid vs Alkaline Effects on Digestion

Q: But I was told that the body produces less digestive enzyme & bile fluids after a certain age, thus the importance of taking enzyme & bile supplements.

Q: Why are digestive enzyme supplements not recommended?

Q: Why are animal bile supplements, like Ox Bile not recommended?

Whole Herbs, Spices & Clay for Optimal Digestion

Q: When is the best time to take Digestive Bitters?

Q: Will the Digestive Bitters still help me to lose weight if I stop taking enzymes, bile and laxatives?

Q: If my gallbladder has been removed is it still OK to take Digestive Bitters?

Q: What is the difference between liquid bitters and dry herbal capsules?

Q: How were the herbal ingredients in Digestive Bitters selected for the formula?

Products Suggested in this Article

 

Q&A: What Everyone Ought to Know About
Digestive Enzymes and Bile Supplements

Q: Why take bitter herbs and spices with my food? Doesn't the body produce its own bile and digestive enzymes?

If you are living off the land, if you are surrounded by forests, drink pure spring water from your own land, grow 100% of your own food, or find your food in the wild, have never consumed antibiotics or allowed mercury fillings in your teeth, and do not have a history of consuming genetically modified (GMO) food or chemically farmed, non-organic food, or chemically-laced city water, then additional herbal nutritional support may not be required (a few years of a high quality lifestyle restores digestive powers, partly because you will be growing or wildcrafting your own herbs and using them instead to activate your digestive juices).

Today's human is subject to numerous environmental influences and dietary habits which have diminished, and in some cases, nearly destroyed the body's ability to digest food properly. Yet, even though this is true, Nature has not left us without an answer.

In ancient human diets bitter herbs, spices and raw foods were consumed with meals as a matter of course. Their herbal knowledge far exceeded that of our own of today. Remnants of these ancient cultures can still be found in indigenous cultures today, whose levels of health also far exceed that of modern man (until, of course, they become westernized).

Antibiotics, mercury amalgam tooth fillings, chemicals in our food, water and environment have caused great havoc in the area of digestive health. The ancestral lifestyle of living close to the earth has been all but lost in modern congested, high-rise style living.

More so than at any other time in human history, herbal restorative digestive nutrition is needed to support and correct the damage done by modern living.

Q: If I am taking Digestive Bitters, will I also need to take enzymes or ox bile supplements?

No, in most cases enzymes and bile supplements can be dispensed with, unless of course, your pancreas and liver are entirely incapable of producing digestive enzymes and bile.

Extreme cases may need to taper off the crutches (since the body shuts down in areas where we endlessly supplement, rather than nourish organs back to health). Tapering is best accomplished while simultaneously building digestive powers through the herb and mineral nutritive approach.

The hepatic (liver) and pancreatic production of digestive juices can be supported with nutrition from herbs & earth-born mineral sources, thus assisting the body to rebuild these organs to the point that they regain full digestive juice production again.

Rebuilding digestive powers may take a short amount of time or longer, depending on the degree of harm done by medical & dental treatments, the supplements taken, and the nature of the diet causing the digestive obstructions in the first place.

The most common causes of digestive impairment are:

  • fungal promoting foods (especially sweets, fruits, breads or starches when combined with oils, fats, meats or nuts)

  • chemicals & heavy metals (antibiotics, radiation, mercury tooth fillings, chemical laden water, household, farm & industrial chemicals)

  • eating food grown with herbicides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers (causes leaky gut and autoimmune conditions)

  • drinking too much liquid with or after a meal

  • mineral depletion or imbalanced mineral ratios in the body due to poor diet or common mineral supplements (isolated calcium, magnesium, antacids, etc.)

  • an over-acid body constitution

The Acid vs Alkaline Effects on Digestion

Both bile and enzyme production are more effectively delivered to the right places when the body is already in an alkaline state. Body acidity can cause bile to get thick, move slowly, block enzyme delivery, and form gall or kidney stones.

An alkaline state is essential for optimal production of the body's natural digestive juices. An alkaline body is also capable of providing acid electrolytes to the stomach and other places in the body when needed, but an acidic body is limited in its ability to send alkaline electrolytes to the pancreas and other places in the body when needed.

Earth & Sea Greens and Vital Cleanse & Nutrify are our most effective ways of moving the body quickly toward a perfect alkaline state (7.35pH).

 

Q: But I was told that the body produces less digestive enzyme & bile fluids after a certain age, thus the importance of taking enzyme & bile supplements.

The human body is recorded to have lived at one point, for several hundred years. For example, Li Ching of China lived between 197 and 256 years (birth records back then were not common, so other public records were relied upon to confirm this). Li Ching lived an exceptionally healthy life without digestive enzyme or bile supplements.

What makes the difference between Li Ching's life and ours? His diet and lifestyle were radically different from our modern lifestyles, thus assisting him to maintain his health longer than is traditional for us today: Li Ching Yuen

Our lifestyle habits, diets, toxicity and medical treatments are the cause of the diminishment of our body functions, not aging.

Herbal support is merely applying ancient wisdom to the modern lifestyle in an effort to help correct the harm we have done to ourselves with our modern ways of living.

Q: Why are digestive enzyme supplements not recommended?

Digestive enzymes are extracts of plants and other sources, meaning they are not the whole plant. Thus the numerous supportive compounds (in some cases, hundreds of phytonutrients) that Nature builds into a plant for optimal digestion are not included in the digestive enzyme supplement.

To take Nature's plants and mineral sources apart, then isolate specific compounds from them to turn into supplements, is revealing an inherent distrust of the Original Natural Order of Life. It is saying that Nature's original provisions are not sufficient on their own merit, in their complete forms; that 5 billion years of product development by Nature cannot do as much as the measly 250 years of medical intervention and "natural" extract-based supplements.

The more concentrated and isolated a substance becomes, the more likely it is to cause disturbances in the body's biological terrain. Disturbances in the body eventually show up as deficiencies & excesses similar to the incompleteness of the extracted compound.

Isolated compounds extracted from herbs and mineral sources can in some cases, result in the weakening of body organs to such an extent that they atrophy, much like what happens to your leg muscles when placed in a cast.

Try getting off of hormone replacement therapy after a year or more and you will understand just how disruptive isolated supplementation can be to the human body.

Digestive enzyme supplements, while less impacting, still weaken the body's enzyme producing organs (salivary glands, stomach, pancreas, intestines, and liver). Extract supplements give the body the signal that it does not need to work at producing those metabolic compounds, causing the atrophy of the organs and glands.

It is far wiser to simply give the body the building blocks needed by the body to construct the metabolic compounds in ways that only Nature understands how to do.

Herbs, clays, sea vegetables and other wild foods are complete forms of nutrition built by Nature for the human being to nourish specific areas of human physiology (also built by Nature). The body uses these little known compounds in natural resources to regenerate itself according to Nature's wisdom.

Which would you trust more, 5 billion years of earth's product development wisdom, or 250 years of human scientific/medical infancy?

Q: Why are animal bile supplements, like Ox Bile not recommended?

The observed loss of digestive powers of the body as we age is not caused by “natural and expected aging processes”, as many would have you believe. It is caused by poor diet, medical and dental treatment, and environmental toxicities.

The fact that older people experience this more often is simply due to the fact that they have had more years to ingest toxins and disrupt their body's digestive powers with the above factors.

Young people today are experiencing the same digestive problems for the same reasons due to the degradation of diets over the last several decades.

Your own body already knows how to regulate the precise quantity of bile, HCL and other digestive juices you need in a given moment to digest the unique set of foods you are consuming.

Trying to micromanage the regulation of these more refined digest juices with animal extracts is throwing the body out of balance in two basic ways:

  • animal juices are designed uniquely for that animal, not for humans. Animal juices may be too much or too little for your body, being designed for their diet and body type rather than yours.
  • digestive juice supplementation can never accurately approximate the precise digestive requirements of your body at any given moment throughout the day and night.

Fed properly, your own body's natural digestive mechanisms are perfectly capable of meeting your unique digestive needs in the moment.

Instead of supplementation, consider nourishing your organs and glands back to health. Then normal, ideal production of digestive juices, at any moment, day or night, becomes available to you on demand.


Whole Herbs, Spices & Clay for Optimal Digestion

Digestive Bitters provides whole plant herbs and digestive spices which nourish the body back to digestive health in accordance with the wisdom of Nature.

The body reacts to bitter herbs by producing bile in the liver. Digestive spices provide nutrient building blocks with which the body manufactures its own digestive enzymes in the pancreas, salivary glands, stomach, liver and intestines.

Friendly Flora provides the body with probiotics, humic/fulvic earth (also supportive of improved digestion) and prebiotics (which feed the friendly bacteria essential for complete digestion in the intestines).

Clay Water provides missing minerals, electrolytes and hydration essential for proper digestion. Even a small amount of clay water (Sacred Clay, Ancient Mineral Blend, AquiTerra Clay, or most any other clay in 2-8 ounces of water), helps to prepare the stomach to produce digestive juices.

The Digestive Power Kit contains Digestive Bitters, Friendly Flora & Combined Clay Water Minerals(a blend of Ancient Plant Minerals (a non-clay calcium-magnesium source with its trace minerals), Sacred Clay & AquiTerra Clay).

Either of these, or all together taken prior to a meal, will provide essential nutrients for the body's digestive processes.

Q: When is the best time to take Digestive Bitters?

20 minutes prior to, or with a meal. An ideal time is when consuming the Clay Water and Friendly Flora. Otherwise it can be taken with the meal, or even after a meal (minimizing liquid intake, of course, so as not to dilute digestive juices in the stomach).

Digestive Bitters can also be taken between meals if the prior meal has failed to digest sufficiently (often due to food combining, or hard to digest food like meat or nuts).

Taking a small amount of Digestive Bitters between meals also assists in the cleanup of the bloodstream of toxins and the reduction of fat cells & cholesterol.

Regardless of one's age, when fed properly and nourished sufficiently with earth-born nutrition the body will produce all of the digestive enzymes, bile juices, hormones, and soil based organisms required for perfect digestion. Thus, store bought enzymes and ox bile-type supplements are no longer needed.

Q: Will the Digestive Bitters still help me to lose weight if I stop taking enzymes, bile and laxatives?

Absolutely. The simplest and most effective approach for dropping some kinds of weight is to take Digestive Bitters with each meal and again before bed. A small amount between meals also speeds this reduction program along.

Liver Bile is responsible for recycling fat & cholesterol. Bile production places a demand on the body's cholesterol levels, it has to draw lipids from all places in the body to fill this bile production need. Your body, when healthy, produces close to a quart of bile fluids everyday. Bile is composed of 97% water, 0.7% bile salts, 0.2% bilirubin, 0.51% fats (cholesterol, fatty acids and lecithin), and 200 meq/l inorganic salts.

While the fats portion of it does not appear to be a great amount, that steady drain of fats has the influence of reducing fat buildup and breaking down existing fat cells for recycling.

The bile is also a transporter of toxins from the body, thus reducing one avenue of fat accumulation. Bile salts also reduce pathogens in the food, thus reducing bloat and potential illness.

The net observed result is all who take the Digestive Bitters as suggested experience a slimming down.

Q: If my gallbladder has been removed is it still OK to take Digestive Bitters?

Consuming bitter herbs with a meal supports the body's natural bile production.

The liver produces the bile (with some help from the spleen) and would normally store the bile in the gallbladder to concentrate it 5-18 times before delivering it to the small intestines once oils or fats exit the stomach. (For those without a spleen, the liver & lymph systems take over some of the splenic functions).

Without the concentration process performed by the gallbladder, the bile from the liver is simply dumped into the intestines when stimulated by oils, fats or bitter herbs.

This means the bile is not as strong as is desirable, but still effective to a degree. So, yes, someone without a gallbladder can take the Digestive Bitters since bitter foods provide nutrients (an herb is simply food; parsley, coriander, cumin, dandelion leaf, and fennel are common herbal foods), to which the body reacts to by increasing the quantity of bile manufactured by the liver. In this way one might overcome the lack of concentration with abundance.

(Keep in mind that bile is the body's laxative agent, so vary any amount of bitter herbs with observed and desirable effects.)

Secondarily, bile performs the function of encapsulating toxins (chemicals, heavy metals, bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites, etc.) filtered out of the blood by the liver. Thus, the detoxification benefits of bile-stimulating bitter herbs will still be as powerful as before.

Thirdly, bile is also used by the body to help reduce stomach acids in food exiting the stomach, so this benefit remains as well.

Q: What is the difference between liquid bitters and dry herbal capsules?

Liquid bitter herbal formulas are also helpful for the human digestive tract in a similar way that a dry herbal encapsulated formula works. The difference between the two are:

1) The bitter taste of an encapsulated formula is noticed less than with a liquid formula, so this makes it easier for some to take.

2) It is also true that the taste of the herbs help to prepare the digestive tract to produce certain kinds of digestive juices, so there is an advantage there in favor of the liquid. For this reason, some of our clients will open one capsule, to get the taste advantage, then take the rest in the capsule form.

3) An herbal extract is not a whole plant, thus the liquid forms are missing part of what Nature intended for the human body to be most effective. It is impossible to extract 100% of the medicinal value from a plant using the various liquid extraction methods.

4) The fibers of a plant alone contribute significantly to the effectiveness of a plant's action in the human body. Among their many benefits are the fact that fibers are a food source for friendly bacteria & archaea in the intestinal tract. Friendly bacteria & archaea are intimately involved in completing the breakdown of foods into nutrients for the body.

Q: How were the herbal ingredients in Digestive Bitters selected for the formula?

Complete digestion of food involves much more than just the stomach & intestines. The ingredients in Digestive Bitters were selected due to their historical and scientific value for assisting the body to improve the digestive powers of the entire human digestive tract.

Each herb selected has its unique nourishing effect on various organs and glands of the body involved in the numerous digestive actions applied to foods consumed. The complete picture of food digestion and assimilation involves the stomach, pancreas, liver, gall bladder, small and large intestines, spleen, kidneys, bladder, adrenals, blood, capillaries, probiotics, enzymes, hormones, and numerous biological transformations.

Digestive enzymes, Ox Bile, HCL, antacids, laxatives (the most common supplements reached for when the digestion is off),are incapable of providing the hundreds of plant-based nutritional compounds that Nature designed into various herbs and spices to support the true needs of the human body for total digestive efficiency.

Products Suggested in this Article:

The Digestive Power Kit (includes Digestive Bitters, Friendly Flora & Combined Clay Water Minerals)

  • Digestive Bitters (Naturally laxative. Supportive of both bile production & digestive enzyme production within the body.)

  • Friendly Flora (a probiotic & prebiotic blend in a base of Humic/Fulvic Earth)

  • Mineral Manna (a blend of Ancient Plant Minerals (a non-clay calcium-magnesium source with its trace minerals), Sacred Clay, Himalayan Salt, Humic/Fulvic Earth, Ormalite Clay)

Sacred Clay (a balanced mineral smectite clay with effective detoxification powers)

Ancient Mineral Blend (composed of Ancient Plant Minerals for natural laxative effects, and Humic/Fulvic Earth)

AquiTerra Clay (can be slowing to the bowels unless taken with Digestive Bitters & Ancient Plant Minerals)

Earth & Sea Greens or Vital Cleanse & Nutrify (contains Earth & Sea Greens, Fiber Blend, Herbal C, Friendly Flora & Deep Earthen Cleanse blended together in one tasty formula), and/or Sea Vegetable Blend are our most effective ways of moving the body quickly toward a perfect alkaline state (7.35pH) while providing maximum nourishment to the body.

Many blessings of health and success,
Enjoy the simple gifts of Nature!

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Michael King

Michael King is a Life Enrichment Consultant, a natural intuitive, a researcher of Nature's most powerful healing resources the world over, the author of "Detoxify, Nourish & Build - Three Essentials for Vibrant Health" and the Vital Health News Updates - a periodic newsletter documenting the most life-building natural resources on the planet. Michael is also an advocate of sustainable gardening, environmental responsibility, and an architect of ways to increase global food production.



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