By Dr. Julia Whipkey-Michniewicz, N.D.
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
We can buy all the natural organic foods and use the best cooking techniques with the proper stainless steel cookware. This is all designed to make sure our cells receive the nutrients that are necessary to receive, but are we digesting these nutrients? In the optimal digestion and adequate enzymes, our cells won’t get all the nutrients that our foods can provide.
Poor digestion affects our energy levels. Have you ever eaten a meal, and after you ate that meal, you were more tired than when you ate that particular meal? This tells me as a Naturopathic Doctor that what you just ate you could not break down. The energy of your body had to work so hard to break this meal down, you receive absolutely no energy from the food you just ate. This happens all the time. People keep eating, hoping to receive energy, but the foods that you are eating are draining your energy.
Poor digestion affects our energy level. This then affects our natural ability to be able to heal and repair our well-being. Our cells cannot use nutrients from the foods we eat unless we are able to digest them. For your cells to be able to digest the nutrients, proper enzymes must be used to digest our foods.
Our digestive process
Digestion is the process of converting the foods we eat into a substance that our bodies can absorb and be able to be utilized at the cellular level. Digestive enzymes are the important structures that break down the fats, proteins and carbohydrates we eat so our body can absorb and utilize them. If your body is not breaking down the fats, proteins and carbohydrates, and you have digestive challenges, here are some issues that you can experience:
→ Burping and bloating
The proper enzymes work with your body unlike conventional over-the-counter or prescription drugs. They will address the root of the problem instead of merely masking the problem. Enzymes allow the body to be able to break down foods naturally. There are many enzymes that will address foods and organ support. If your digestion is not working, and you are not able to break down your foods, this will lead to auto-immune problems, for your digestion is involved with your immune system.
How can I improve my digestion?
At Dr. Julia’s Inn, we educate you about digestion. If you are eating foods that your body is not breaking down, then this is causing a food allergy. If you are not breaking down your foods, then this is affecting your blood. High blood cholesterol is a food issue. High blood sugar is a food issue. High blood pressure is a food issue. At Dr. Julia’s Inn, it is all about education. If you are eating food that your body cannot break down, then you will have blood issues. These blood issues, again, are high blood cholesterol, high blood sugar and high blood pressure. These diseases are all food related. Enzymes will help you with the following, and we educate you about the following, which will contribute to overall health:
→ If your body is missing enzymes as a result of diet, aging, health challenges and emotional stress
→ Help you to be able to absorb and assimilate your foods
→ Help you digest foods after a large meal resulting from overeating
→ Help you digest foods that you did not properly chew because of eating too fast
→ Eating foods that you are allergic to or foods that you cannot break down.
Enzymes can mean the difference between what you eat and what you absorb. Each person has a unique set of digestive enzymes. As we age, we lose our natural enzymes. This is caused by years and years of bad food choices. If I can help you with any of your digestion issues, please give my office at call at (815) 962-3326.
Dr. Julia Whipkey-Michniewicz is a Naturopathic Doctor who has been in practice for 28 years. Dr. Julia had breast cancer and did not do either chemical or radiation therapy. She celebrated her 10th anniversary of being cancer free in 2009. If Dr. Julia can help you with your digestion, health care or any auto-immune disease, please call her office at (815) 962-3326.
From the May 5-11, 2010 issue