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The link between Digestive enzymes and hormonal imbalance

Updated: Dec 3, 2020




Digestive enzymes are produced by specialised cells and glands throughout the body which, takes the initial step in the mouth by the saliva. Digestive enzymes break down larger molecules into smaller particles to be absorbed and digested easier by the body.

Lack of digestive enzymes can cause malabsorption of nutrients and ultimately cause health problems.

Hormone imbalance can be partially caused by fat malabsorption. Low lipase (digestive enzyme to break down fat) can cause low break down of fats which are the main building blocks for steroid hormones.

Steroid hormones are;

· Pregnenolone

· Progesterone

· Cortisol

· DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone)

· Testosterone

· Estrogens

An example of this can be seen in estrogen dominance individuals. Without production of healthy levels of progesterone, estrogen dominance health issues such as endometriosis cannot be easily resolved.


Some of the associated symptoms with insufficient digestive enzymes are;

· Bloating and gas, especially after eating

· Feeling full after small amount of food

· Indigestion sensation for hours especially after protein and fatty foods

· Occasional heartburn and mild indigestion

· Irregular bowel movement such as occasional diarrhea or constipation

· Undigested food particles in the stool

· Food sensitivities

· Allergies

· Estrogen dominance

· History of gallbladder problems



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