Commonly, we produce less digestive enzymes as we age, especially hydrochloric acid and pepsin in the stomach. This is associated with a vast array of symptoms and conditions, including mineral deficiencies, chronic intestinal infections, asthma, chronic auto-immune disorders, eczema, pernicious anaemia1 and the full range of digestive issues.
There are many ways to improve digestion, even while we reduce or avoid foods that are difficult to deal with. Herbal remedies support the body’s production of enzymes by stimulating the vagus nerve and enteric nervous system to secrete digestive juices. Usually there is a bitter involved here..
It may also be prudent to take digestive enzymes, especially if stomach acid has been compromised. These can make up the shortfall where the body is not able to produce enough enzymes itself. Personally, I will recommend these in the short term, while the other diet and lifestyle factors are brought into balance, although sometimes we need to use them for longer periods of time.
Probiotics and prebiotics help to repair the intestinal landscape so commensal bacteria can assist digestion while also crowding out pathogenic microbiota.
Herbal remedies also work to repair the mucosal layer in the digestive tract, reducing inflammation, infection and hyper-immune responses.