Monthly Archives: April 2017

Let’s Talk Digestive Enzymes

I have been plagued with stomach problems for years. I have had many tests and talked to many doctors. The stomach cramping and pain has even landed me in the emergency room. I always leave with no definitive answer.

I have struggled with gas, bloating, pain, acid reflux, throwing up, and constipation. The latest diagnosis was IBS-C. I was put on one of the latest medications and a daily dose of Miralax. This did give me some relief, but I am not one that likes taking medicine from big pharmaceuticals. It’s bad enough that I have to take medicine for my heart, but I gladly do that because it keeps me alive.

No offense to anyone that has a legitimate diagnosis of IBS, but I think that the diagnosis is used far too often. It’s like the doctor doesn’t have an answer, so they tell you that you have IBS. But, why do you think I have IBS?

I often turn to my locally owned health food store when I am looking for a better alternative. They have a wonderful lady that has helped me find a natural option on more than one occasion. When I talked it over with her, she suggested a product called Candex from Pure Essence Labs. Candex is recommended for those with an overgrowth of candida, but it doesn’t contain the same ingredients that the other candida cleanses do. This one is just vegetarian digestive enzymes.

Where has this been when I was looking for help? I began taking this product as recommended and I couldn’t believe how well it worked for me. I struggled with the two capsules twice daily dose and only did that until I finished the first bottle. It made me feel like I had the flu. Now I take one capsule twice a day. I have noticed that the bloating was almost nonexistent. My stomach is much flatter now, the regularity has been restored. and I haven’t thrown up since I started this.

i have stopped taking the medication from big pharma for IBS-C and I haven’t had a dose of Miralax again. Who knew that digestive enzymes can have such a big impact? I’m a believer!

Have you had any experience with digestive enzymes?


Diet? Why I hate the word “diet”

I have never liked the word, “diet”. When you say it, it sounds like you are depriving yourself of something. I don’t like to think that I am depriving myself. I want to think of it as enjoying a healthier assortment of food.

I love food! I have always been one that enjoys a wide variety of foods and I am not afraid to try something new. I grew up eating Vietnamese food with family friends and babysitters. Later, I enjoyed learning to cook all sort of interesting foods. I love pasta, salad, vegetables, Mexican, Chinese, and more. All of those and more.

About 12 years ago, I began the South Beach Diet. I went all in and followed all the rules. It’s not an easy thing to do when you have young kids, but I managed healthy eating and was even able to modify the family cooking to be healthier. Kids don’t notice when you substitute turkey for beef or switch out the pasta for a whole wheat version. I managed to lose about 75 pounds and go from a size 16 to a comfortable size 8. I got to the point that I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything and just learned healthy eating habits.

Fast forward to 2010, and an aortic root replacement later. The weight started creeping on until I was almost back to where I started. The combination of blood pressure meds and not being able to exercise the way I used to has taken a toll. I’m still trying to figure out what works in terms of exercise and food. I seems that every time I start a new exercise regimen, I have another health scare.

Back to why I hate the word “diet”. A diet is just about changing your eating habits. Not necessarily depriving yourself, but finding a healthier alternative. Everybody has different reasons to be on a “diet”. Some may overeat, some may eat a wide assortment of junk, and some may need to change multiple things, like me. One of the things I enjoyed about the South Beach Diet was the fact that it didn’t really limit how much you ate unless they were treats. You could have pretty much all the lean protein and vegetables you wanted. It also encouraged the snacks between meals to help with cravings and the urge to eat unhealthy options. Even though it is called South Beach Diet, I never felt like I was on a “diet” and I learned a lot about healthy alternatives.

I don’t feel that this route is going to help me this time around, but I have begun using some of its principles again. For me, I guess it’s going to be all about balance. I can’t do this with eating habits alone. I have to figure out a simple Doctor approved exercise plan to go along with my healthier eating habits. Lately, I have cut┬áback on wheat, processed sugars, and dairy. I’ve managed to lose a few pounds and have more energy. We’ll see where this road leads, but it won’t be the deprivation “diet”.

How do you feel about the words “diet”?