June is Men’s Health Month so we’re dropping a bunch of vital and useful articles over the next couple weeks regarding men’s health, body, mind, general wellness and self-care.
As the Head of the Men’s Division, I am striving to bring quality content that has an edge and intriguing angle on topics. I’m also working to inform men about topics that might not be covered on their nightly news, or the latest issue of GQ.
That’s why I want to talk to you about pizza. Well not just pizza: wheat and dairy, and yeah pizza too. Damn, I love pizza! Don’t you? There’s not many people that don’t. It’s one of the most popular foods in the world. Something about fresh bread crust and melted cheese. It’s absolutely tasty. It’s also deadly. Well not quite. But let me explain.
One day a couple years ago I was super hungry and needed something to fill me up quickly and keep me full through a long meeting at work. So I popped into Whole Foods and grabbed a giant slice of Hawaiian pizza. (pineapple and Canadian bacon). It’s one of my favorites. After that night pizza just wasn’t the same for me anymore. I had full blown heartburn for two days that turned into gastritis which is basically inflamed stomach lining. I had to go to the doctor. I got medical grade anti-acids and the doctor told me to use Pepcid AC if it comes back with some other chemical/pharmaceutical things. I prefer to take more natural routes to manage my health if possible, so I started doing some research. I found that ginger could help my digestion (anti-inflammatory) as well as probiotics and some other products with a diet change. I started drinking the gingerade Kombucha once a week also. Which helped a bit.
The problem was I had now developed both gluten sensitivity (wheat) and lactose sensitivity (dairy). Sucks for me right? Yeah it was hard to give them up but I did. Mostly. Wasn’t perfect but I moved towards a paleo diet. I was still eating corn and rice minimally but cut out wheat and dairy pretty much completely.
My stomach and digestion was much more happy. I felt pretty good in general as far as energy levels, stamina, mood, libido.
Everyone jokes around about gluten free diets but once it hits you that you might have gluten sensitivity it’s not so funny. Many people say it’s the glyphosate chemical and other toxins used in non-organic (conventional) wheat production. However, many of us are experiencing gluten sensitivity during middle ages. And it’s not fun.
Same goes for dairy and other things. But could there be another way?
It’s hard when you go to someone’s house and they cook you an amazing meal and don’t know that you have gluten sensitivity. Which is why I was recently stoked to find Digest Gold enzymes.
There are other brands too and some great products out there that will help digest these foods whether you’re having issues or not. Most popular are enzymes. Let’s learn a little bit about them without diving in too deep:
Healthline states that without sufficient digestive enzymes, the body is unable to digest food particles properly. Read more here.
Food Enzymes are good for you because they are capable of digesting food before the body’s own digestive process begins.
As many of us enter middle age we don’t process food at the same rate we did when we were younger. Our metabolism isn’t the same. Our gut bacteria is thrown off from years of alcohol and or junk food.
Enter our favorite brand (so far) Enzymedic Digest Gold with ATPro-biotics the most potent digestive enzyme formula. As quoted by the brand, “the specialized blend of enzymes supports optimal digestion by helping the body absorb nutrients and convert food into energy… Digest Gold can help you relieve discomfort and gain control of your digestive health.”
If you have ever had trouble with digestion and/or get constipated from certain foods these things will very likely help you.
In fact, the other night I was walking by one of my favorite upscale restaurants in Venice on Abbot Kinney and a buddy of mine who runs the kitchen happened to be in the front. Before I knew it he was handing me a box of pizza as a hospitable gesture. I didn’t happen to be hungry, but I wasn’t going to pass up this artisan fresh baked pizza. I drove straight to Erewhon and picked up a bottle of the Digest Gold enzymes and took one right after the pizza. Thankfully I didn’t have any gas, heartburn or bloating. The digestion worked great! This doesn’t mean I recommend eating pizza though. It just means in a moderate way we can eat what we crave if we want to. So pass the pizza please, and the enzymes for dessert.
Here are a few other tips I highly recommend to keep your belly right and your bowels movements healthy
- Eat more fruits and veggies. (Use hummus or Bitchin sauce to dip them in)
- Get more cardio. (Runs, jogs, bike rides)
- Take a walk after each meal has settled or first thing in the morning and/or before you settle down for the evening.
- Drink lots of water and coconut water.
I prefer to get my information about food, diet and other personal body products directly from someone I trust, rather than a corporation or someone with a profit motivating them. That’s why I’m so happy to share this information with you. I don’t have a sponsorship with the above mentioned brand, but I love their products so much I’m hoping to build a relationship with them in the near future.
Enjoy your body and health by checking out more of our men’s mind and body here.
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