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food and nutrition and digestive enzymes; Does the body

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food and nutrition and digestive enzymes; Does the body get lazy by using digestive enzymes and how long does it take for the body to get strong enough to stop the enzymes after using them for a while to help with constipation and hopefully make bowel habits more regular?

Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. David replied 10 months ago.

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the body digestive system doesn't get lazy when you use digestive enzymes.

constipation can be caused by many issues.

papaya can cause diarrhea in some patients who use it.

the papaya could have been helping with your constipation before.

if you stop the papaya, you could go back to having constipation.

you might need to use laxatives, or fiber supplements or eating regular prunes or use colace stool softeners to fix your constipation problems.

this may not be an issue with digestive enzymes.

have you seen a GI doctor before about your constipation issues?

let me know if you have other questions.

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Does the body makes its own enzymes doesn't it?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 10 months ago.

yes, the body does make its own digestion enzymes

the pancreas makes pancreatic enzymes.

the stomach makes stomach acid.

you have amylase enzyme in your saliva which helps break down starches in your mouth.

you have bile from your gall bladder which helps break down proteins and fats.

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.

SO why do we need enzymes if our bodies make them. One MD said NOT to use Magnesium too often because he wanted my mothers body to not lose its ability to extract it from the food. So you are saying enzymes don't stop being produced if we orally introduce extra enzymes? Doesn't the body produce more of it as the stomach needs it?

Expert:  Dr. David replied 10 months ago.

there are many different types of digestive enzymes.

enzymes in papaya don't replace all of the different enzymes in your body.

your body still produces then even if you take papaya enzymes.

papaya enzymes can't digest all of the food for you in your body.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.

So I want to be very very certain that if I begin to give my mother enzymes with each meal to prevent constipation by ensuring a more complete breakdown of food or faster transit time through the small and large intestines,, that I won;t be starting a cycle where her own body system begins to produce less and less of specific enzymes that the body makes on its own because I happen to add supplemental enzymes. But perhaps she makes little of the enzymes.

Do you have a link that describes all this and clues on how to know if the body does not produce certain enzymes. Does a GI doctor prescribe enzymes and dietary changes and can tell how well or how adequately a person secretes the appropriate enzymes and what is causing constipation?

Expert:  Dr. David replied 10 months ago.

giving her enzymes with meals will not prevent constipation.

if she has constipation, she needs to eat more fiber, or eat prunes daily or prune juice or use a pill stool softener like colace daily

or take metamucil fiber supplements daily.

if these don't work, she might need stronger laxatives.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.

giving her enzymes with meals will not prevent constipation.

Then what are the enzymes for?

Expert:  Dr. David replied 10 months ago.

I am not sure what good those papaya enzymes are good for.

they may not help some patients

for others, they can cause diarrhea.

some some patients, a food which can cause diarrhea like papaya or eating prunes can help constipation.

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