Updated: Mar 26, 2019
Aging causes many people to experience problems with digestion. According to Life Extension, “It is estimated that after age 40 there is an approximate decrease of 20%-30% in the body’s ability to produce enzymes. The use of specific enzymes can help improve the efficiency of digestion. Enzymes can be used to enhance the proper breakdown of foods in order to more properly digest, absorb, and utilize nutrients.
Wouldn’t it be wise to make changes to our diets that accommodate this slowing in digestion at that age? There are healthy diets that I recommend in my book “The Stressed Vegan” for people 40 years or older that are beneficial to any age. In addition, I recommend a good quality multivitamin that contains probiotics, but I also encourage you to take additional probiotics separately. As we get older, we should take more probiotics, especially women over the age of 40.
A good quality multivitamin formula should also contain digestive enzymes to support the digestive system. Digestive enzymes help the body absorb more nutrients and improve gut health. Depending on the quality of your digestion and your age, it may even be a good idea to supplement with additional digestive enzymes, especially if you eat a lot of cooked food that contains small amounts of enzymes. It is recommended to take both probiotics and digestive enzymes on an empty stomach prior to a meal.
So in summary in order to improve digestion, I recommend a good quality Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes. As a result of better digestion, the nutrients of the food that you eat will be better absorbed and you will feel better and gain more energy.