I suspect that I may be lacking in natural digestive enzymes. Years of alcoholism might have had something to do with this. Most people with IBS who suspect they might have this condition buy enzyme supplements. This might actually work against them as the body starts depending on the supplements and stops producing its own natural enzymes. This is the last thing we want.
Beano, for example, is a supplement that breaks down the complex sugars (oligosaccharides) in legumes and certain FODMAP vegetables. The problem is, it might not just be an enzyme deficiency causing our IBS. Legumes contain harmful antinutrients, lectins, that can damage the intestinal lining. These lectins are virtually indestructible, so enzymes won’t have any effect on them.
A natural cure is always the best.
Hippocrates – “All Disease Begins In The Gut”. I believe in this wholeheartedly.
If you suspect you have an enzyme deficiency, then the best foods are low FODMAP salad vegetables, if your gut can tolerate them – carrots, cucumber, olives, lettuce, tomato (a nightshade – be aware of this), celery. If you’re not used to these, introduce them very gradually but make sure you’re not eating inflammatory foods (wheat, legumes, nuts, dairy) at the same time, as this might make symptoms worse not better.
There isn’t a lot of verifiable science in this area. Over the coming months I’ll try to find some reputable links and post these.