Impaired digestion produces a wide range of symptoms. Gas, bloating, cramps, constipation and diarrhea are common symptoms indicating impaired digestion.
The initial digestive process begins in the mouth as we chew our food. Chewing triggers saliva, releasing salivary amylase (also know as ptyalin, a starch digesting enzyme). Chewing is the beginning of a intricate process that goes on for hours, with lots of help along the way from other important digestive organs like the stomach, pancreas, liver and intestines.
Digestive enzymes that assist in the digestion of fats, proteins and starches are produced by our bodies in limited amounts (endogenous enzymes). Raw foods contain active enzymes, in just the right proportions, to assist with their digestion; however, raw food enzymes are deranged and destroyed through the cooking process, leaving the brunt of the digestive work to internal (endogenous) factors. When cooked and processed foods are consumed on a routine basis, the limited number of enzymes produced from within our body can become insufficient for the high digestive demands of enzyme-less foods.
Inadequate fat digestion can be especially problematic, and over time can cause a chain reaction of events leading to not only digestive and bowel symptoms, but irregularities of the skin, accumulation of fat in the arteries, abnormal cholesterol, heart, liver and kidney disease, and diabetes, to name a few.
Undigested carbohydrates and proteins ferment and putrefy (rot) in the gut, resulting in obnoxious gas and bloating, among other symptoms. Both fermentation and putrefaction from improperly digested foodstuff contribute to microbial imbalance in the gut, and the many conditions and diseases that spawn from that imbalance.
Wild Turkish Oregano Oil (Origanum minutiflorum) was studied on broiler chickens in 2016 and was shown to naturally increase the body's endogenous digestive enzyme production of: lipase (fat enzyme), Chymotrypsin (protein enzyme) and amylase (starch enzyme), contributing to an overall improvement in the intestinal health of the birds. 1)
Wild oregano oil is not a digestive enzyme supplement. Oregano oil works to stimulate the body's natural digestive faculties, while digestive enzymes are an actual supplementation of the known enzymes that assist in the digestion process. Adding in a plant based digestive enzyme supplement and a probiotic, to further minimize the harmful effects of improperly digested cooked foods, may benefit some individuals. Those with severe digestive impairments should always consult with a Practitioner prior to using supplements.