Goodbye, gallbladder; hello, enzymes
I recently had my gallbladder removed, an experience shared by a great many people. My only symptoms had been two episodes of pain after eating a meal fairly high in fats.
Testing indicated I had no gallstones, but bile from the liver was not being re-directed into the gallbladder appropriately. Subsequent pathology of the non-functional organ indicated the presence of small gallstones and chronic inflammation.
The recovery period for me was fairly quick, but I did need to re-evaluate my diet. Without a gallbladder, bile was now continuously pouring into my small intestine, which caused changes in bowel movements. Bile can produce diarrhea and loose stools. Fats may not be adequately emulsified, which can cause problems in the gut as well.
This is a perfect example of knowing what changes are occurring in our bodies and determining how to adjust to the diet. In my case, increasing my intake of Lypazyme, our high-lipase formula, helped in firming the stools.
I try to limit my fat intake, but must admit I am weak in resisting my favorite high-fat foods. More veggies and salads are in order, so I make sure I take some No-Fenol (not too much as it softens stools) along with Zyme Prime to help break down the starches.
I am happy to report that the small changes in my supplement intake now have me back to my old self. Things happen as we age, so be prepared to adjust your enzyme intake accordingly.
Q and A with Dr. Houston
Q: Do you have anything that should help with psoriasis of the skin?
A: If the skin problem is related to diet, then enzymes may help. I would suggest a high-protease formulation like our AFP-Peptizyde. The proteases break down potential allergenic food proteins into smaller bits that do not elicit an immune response.
Q: Dear Dr Houston, I suspect my 5-year-old son is allergic to wheat. He has chronic cough/post nasal drip since young and I've tried many remedies which didn't work for him. Finally I started a gluten-free diet for him 2 weeks ago and surprisingly, he stopped coughing within 3 days. However, sticking to a gluten-free diet is not easy and there may be times in school where he is offered food that contains wheat and I can't control that. My question is, will TriEnza Powder (I just ordered it) be able to help him combat the occasional intake of wheat?
A: TriEnza will help, but contains more enzymes than you need just for wheat infractions. I would recommend using AFP-Peptizyde if that is the only concern you have. AFP-Peptizyde will give in 1 capsule the same wheat protection found in 2 capsules of TriEnza.
Q: I have a 15-month-old who I switched to regular milk, then to Lactaid and is now on soy, but is still having bad diarrhea. Do you have an enzyme that you would recommend? This was suggested to me, but I didn't know if you had one that a baby could take.
A: Yes, if babies are eating solid foods they can take enzymes. I would suggest trying the Zyme Prime. It has lactase plus other enzymes and is quite good at firming up loose stools.
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