Hack Your Digestive System – Ep. 194

Learn all about probiotics, enzymes, hydrochloric acid (HCl) and why they’re important for our digestive system. – Naturally through foods or with supplementation.

On this week’s episode, we are giving our full attention to the digestive system and teaching you all that you need to know about it and how to take care of it. By the end of this episode, you will be fully equipped with the knowledge of how different foods can negatively affect your gut and what you can do to both heal and support your gut back to good health.

By taking a close look at probiotics, enzymes, and hydrochloric acid (HCl), we will cover the following areas:

  • Finding the root cause of your gut problem
  • Your diet – nutritious foods that will support your natural gut microbiome
  • Supplements that will help your body heal



Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Gut

If you believe you’re experiencing gut health issues, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is your body absorbing the food?
  • How is your body breaking down the food?
  • What changes are you noticing after starting to follow a healthier diet?

Many gut problems occur simply because of high stress. However, if you’re experiencing the following health issues, you should seek a doctor for further assistance:

  • Gut infections (parasites, bacterial infections, SIBO),
  • Gut dysbiosis
  • Hormone dysfunction
  • Thyroid problems
  • Autoimmune disease

If you think you may have a gut infection or dysbiosis, you should go see a doctor and have a stool test done.

Signs of Digestion Problems

Even if you’ve been eating super healthy or are following a specific way of eating such as a Paleo, Keto, or Whole Foods Diet, for example, signs that you have digestion problems include:

  • Heartburn
  • Acid reflux
  • A sour stomach
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Ulcers
  • Undigested food in your stool
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea



Probiotics, Enzymes, and Hydrochloric Acid

Probiotics and Prebiotics Sources

Probiotics are the healthy bacteria and good gut flora that help you break down and absorb your food. Plus, they help your immune system become and stay strong.

Prebiotics feed on the food and help break it down even more so that it’s easier for you to digest.

Foods that are high in probiotics include onions, artichokes, asparagus, or fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kombucha, and kefir.


“Buy the probiotics that have to be stored in the refrigerator; not the ones stored on the shelves. Otherwise, you could be buying a dead probiotic supplement.” – Devon Dionne


Enzyme Sources

Natural enzymes are created in the pancreas and they help to break down the food in your stomach.

Eating raw vegetables or partially cooked vegetables are good because they naturally have all these great enzymes for your body. You don’t have to eat all raw foods, but a good combination of both raw and cooked vegetables on a consistent basis is a good mix.

Raw broccoli can be hard on the stomach if you have gut problems so it’s actually better if you eat them cooked and add supplements if necessary.

Foods that are enzyme inhibitors and stop the enzymes from being able to break down food in the body include grains, soybean, and beans.


Hydrochloric Acid Sources

Hydrochloric acid (HCl) is the acid in your gut that helps to regulate the pH levels in the digestive system. Without the proper amount of stomach acid, your body wouldn’t be able to digest your food as well.


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What You’ll Hear on This Episode

00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction

1:15  Opening comments with Rob and Devon

1:30 Check out last week’s show: OSF 193 with Sue Hitzmann: Uncovering the Origin of Our Pain

3:30 About our topic on this week’s show!

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8:00 Signs that you’re not digesting properly.

9:00 Possible deficiencies in how you’re digesting your food and how to heal them.

12:30  The difference between a probiotic, enzyme, and HCl.

13:00 All about Probiotics and Prebiotics

13:40 Natural enzymes in the body- All about them and their benefits.

15:15 Hydrochloric acid (HCl) and how it regulates your pH levels.

15:50 Diving deeper into probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes, and HCl.

16:30  What happens to our body if we have a lack of probiotics? What are some other great sources?

18:40 Benefits of probiotics and supplements; especially if you have Crohn’s Disease, diabetes, or are obese.

23:00 Why not all probiotics are created equal – breaking them down into 3 parts: genius, species, and strain.

24:00 How to choose the best probiotic supplement for your needs.

27:00 The best nutrition fully packed with probiotics.

31:00 The best source of milk including raw milk for our digestion.

34:40 Apple cider probiotics – easy add to any dish.

35:30 What probiotic supplements to buy and how to store them so they stay fresh and alive.

37:30 Devon’s experience with Lyme Disease and how she naturally healed from it.

42:00 Signs your body can benefit from enzyme supplements to help break down your food.

45:00 What happens to the body when we’re in fight or flight mode, as we age, or deal with immense stress.

46:30 The natural digestive enzymes that the body provides us.

47:30 Our stool’s health and what they’re telling us about our gut’s health.

49:30  Different types of digestive enzymes that can be found naturally in food and great supplements to try.

51:30 The best types of enzyme supplements to look out for.

54:00 How many servings and when should you start to take a digestive enzyme supplement?

54:40 Foods that are enzyme inhibitors and keep you from properly breaking down foods.

59:30 Hydrochloric acid (HCl) and why it’s so beneficial to control stomach acid and pH levels.

1:01:30 What antacids like TUMs actually do and why you should avoid them.

1:03:30 Which foods HCl helps the body to break down and absorb.

1:05:30 Why you should be careful with taking an HCl supplement since it is acid.

1:05:50 Why anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen mixed with HCl is a horrible combination.

1:06:10 What to do if you have a history of stomach ulcers or gastritis.

1:06:50 How to take an HCl supplement and what to take with it.

1:07:30 Natural supplements to help heal your stomach.

1:08:20 The benefits of zinc and how the increase it in your diet or with supplements.

1:11:00 Closing comments with Rob and Devon

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1:12:00 Sign up for our next Sky Fit Challenge 

1:13:00 Open Sky Fitness Closing



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