Have you ever had an upset stomach from something you’d eaten? Did you have mild gas and bloating, or something more serious like cramping and diarrhea? Do you know what caused it? Regardless of your answers, if you suffer indigestion, or if you think you have food sensitivities or intolerances, today’s article is for you.

Millions of Americans are affected by food sensitivities and have difficulty digesting foods in general. Often this is due to a deficiency of the right type of digestive enzymes. Like tiny shears, digestive enzymes are produced by the body to help break down the foods we eat, leaving particles small enough to provide nutrition to the cells after they enter the bloodstream.

However, if an individual is deficient in the enzyme necessary to break down a certain food, an adverse reaction, sometimes delayed, occurs. This can range from mild symptoms like gas and bloating to more severe, like the nausea, diarrhea, skin rash, or hives associated with food intolerance or sensitivity.

While some of the most common culprits are gluten (found in wheat and other foods), phenols (found in artificial colors as well as many fruits), lactose, and casein (found in milk and dairy products), sometimes something as simple as an overload of fat or carbs can cause digestive upset.

While avoiding trigger foods can be very helpful, there are times when this proves to be difficult.

What if you don’t know your trigger foods? What if you’re dining out and aren’t sure about what’s in your food?

This can be especially tough when children are involved. For many, the answer is Digest Spectrum™ or Digest Gold™ from Enzymedica. Both formulas offer comprehensive digestive support with Enzymedica’s patented Thera-blend™ enzymes. (In addition to these formulas, Enzymedica offers a variety of condition specific blends geared towards concerns like gluten-intolerance, lactose intolerance and more.)

Another popular option is Superzymes. Superzymes combines digestive enzymes, pepsin and bromelain with betaine hydrochloride (supplemental hydrochloric acid) to offer full spectrum digestive support. (Read related - Why you need more acid, not less for more information on betaine HCL.)

If you suffer from indigestion, I recommend you consider one of these options or better yet, if you can stop in and let one of our certified experts help you find the right option.

Mike Ventresca is the owner of Vital Choice Healthstore located at 9243 Sprague Road in North Royalton’s Timber Ridge Plaza. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have concerns about your own health, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.