Signs and Symptoms of Enzyme Deficiency
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Hi. Eric Bakker. We're coming back, we're talking about enzymes. Digestive enzymes. We're going to talk about the signs and symptoms of enzyme deficiency.
And how do you know you've got an enzyme problem? How do you know you haven't got an allergy problem? People get so confused, so easily. I don't know why. To me it's quite straight forward, but I suppose I like this learning this kind of stuff.
Enzyme deficiency is leading towards food intolerance, okay? Food allergies are immune mediated and have nothing to do with your ability in terms of the enzyme issue. So we'll talk about that a bit later on, but the key things I see, signs and symptoms, are typically digestive discomfort. Bloating, gas, pregnant belly, eating food and in any way between half-an-hour to two hours later walking around like you've got a watermelon under your clothing. Lots of gas. Pain. Some people can actually have a lot of colicky kind of pain because of what we call incarcerated flatulence. So that means gas trapped in maximum security. It can't get out, so it's gonna to hurt.
If you keep swallowing large amounts of gas, for example, gulping it down, you're gonna, boo, come out that way, but if you've got stuff down there, partially digested food, and creating this poor fermentation in the small bowel, you're gonna get problems.
So, remember, enzymes are basically like spark plugs. They initiate ... I got water. Enzymes are basically things we call catalysts. They initiate a reaction. No different ... I forgot to bring my match box upstairs when I got my water. I was going to show you guys, when you get a box of matches and you get a match and you strike it, what happens? Shhhh. The match magically lights up.
You've got literally a reaction like that occurs between food and an enzyme. If you put the matches in the box, they're not gonna do anything. We have to strike them on the side of the box to get the reaction.
Foods break down and react under the dominion of the enzyme very similar. We call that a catalyst. It accelerates the reaction. Right? So if you're lacking that, and you don't really produce quite sufficient enzymes, like if part of the match stick is wet when you strike it, part will light and it'll fizzle. Have you seen that before, when you light a match, or part of it. Have you ever lit fireworks and it half went off? It's not fun. I used to have a lot of fun with fireworks when I was a kid.
Of course, if you got partial digestion because of not enough enzymes, a whole lot of problems happen. The food doesn't get properly broken down. Now, the degree of the symptom which is expressed depends on how much enzyme deficiency you've got. Enzymes are produced in the stomach, in the small intestine and in different parts of the digestive tract. In the mouth, as we said, but the key areas would be mouth, stomach and small bowel. And pancreas, of course, around that area.
So depending on which area is compromised and how much enzyme you're producing or not producing, will dictate the degree and nature of the symptom. So some men I see my age have got major issue with pepsin. They're not producing enough stomach enzyme and that can cause a lot of problem. They can cause heartburn and gurd and reflux and ... Of course the doctor says, "Don't go to these guys. These guys are quacks. You need a PPI. We got to block that acid."
So they actually, for a long time, believed that people with gurd or heartburn actually have got too much acid, when in fact they haven't got enough. Go to Google. It's all there.
It does exist. So if you've got a GI symptom, it may be an enzyme deficiency. Keep on watching. There's more to come in the series.