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You Are What You Eat: Food, Digestive Enzymes, and Your Health

You Are What You Eat: Food, Digestive Enzymes, and Your Health

They say that cliches become cliches because they’re true. Nowhere is that more evident than in the old adage, “You are what you eat.” In fact, science is increasingly bearing out what naturalists, nutritionists, and probably your own mom and grandmom have long known: That if you want to be healthy, the best place to start is with the belly.

Good nutrition, for instance, is well known to contribute to the development of healthy skin, teeth, muscles, and bones. A healthy diet also supports proper immune system function, facilitates healthy fetal development and, in general, enables you to live longer and stronger, delaying or entirely avoiding many of the complications associated with aging, from osteoporosis to osteoarthritis to frailty in general. On the other hand, a poor diet laden with sugar, and unhealthy fats and carbohydrates is strongly correlated with the development of severe, often life-threatening chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type II diabetes, and some forms of cancer.

We’ve also long known that poor nutrition is strongly related to poor digestive functioning and the ill health that often accompanies it, but we’re only just beginning to understand the nature of that correlation. And what we’re learning, above all, is the profound connection between unhealthy foods and the loss of essential digestive enzymes. Specifically, unhealthy foods, particularly those that are highly processed, do not provide the essential digestive enzymes the body needs to break down essential nutrients.

Without these enzymes, you’re unable to efficiently absorb the carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and nutrients from the food you eat. That can leave you malnourished, weak, and sick.

The good news, though, is that you can help to replenish those lost enzymes through a simple change in diet, one that includes lots of fruits as well as highly fermented foods, such as kefir, miso, kimchi, and sauerkraut.

However, if you find that changing your diet doesn’t seem to be providing your ailing digestive system with the help it needs, that could indicate you need supplementation. At Prime Wellness, we offer an array of nutritional support options, including probiotics, IV infusions, and vitamin shots to help replenish those crucial digestive enzymes.

Once your gut’s enzymatic balance has been restored, you’re going to feel the difference throughout your body. Not only will your GI system function better, but your immune system will function better and your stamina and mood may improve. You might even lose weight!

Contact us to discuss how our team of physicians, nutritionists, and functional medicine specialists can support your overall digestive health and help you enjoy the quality of life and wellbeing you deserve!

Vitamin Injections

Vitamin injections are administered anywhere from weekly to monthly to help with anything from immunity, energy, recovery, to adrenal stress reduction. We offer injections with B vitamins, vitamin C, glutathione, and more.

Injections are done at our office as well as several satellite clinics all through San Diego. No appointment is required, all places are walk-in basis for patients as well as the public.

Click here to view our B12 injection schedule.


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Prime Wellness will work with you to uncover the root causes of your health concerns and customize a treatment program to get you back to feeling your best – inside and out. Our team of naturopathic doctors and experts use advanced functional lab testing to uncover exactly what is causing your health concerns. This proven method takes the guesswork out of the equation so you get the right treatment program for you specifically, ensuring fast and effective results.


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