Ways Your Body Tells You What It Needs



In a recent training offered through the Loomis Enzyme Institute in Madison, WI, I learned to evaluate enzyme deficiencies. The first step in an evaluation is to ascertain if there is a deficiency in protein, carbohydrate, or fat.  A deficiency could develop if someone is not eating enough of the food, or if they have an inability to digest it. In some cases, a deficiency could arise if you are eating too much of a food and not digesting it well. Sometimes the diet is not the original stress that brought about a deficiency, a structural problem or a traumatic or stressful event could be the driver behind the dietary deficiency.


Some general signs that indicate a need for a dietary change or enzyme supplementation include:

stiff, achey joints

bloating and gas pain

restlessness or irritability

digestive distress, and many others...


Signs of protein issues include:

muscle or mentrual cramps

cold hands and feet

irritated or bleeding gums

loss of appetite for meat

sour taste in mouth

issues with Calcium

and many others


Signs of carbohydrate issues include:

fatigue (most commonly from too much sugar)

potassium deficiency (generally from too much sugar)

easily startled

inability to focus

and many others


Signs of fat issues include:

problems with fertility, pregnancy or labor

tightness in the shoulders

slow to start in the morning

circulatory and heart issues

lightheadedness when changing positions


In many cases, we at Human Nature, can identify and/or quantify a deficiency in an office visit, and then help guide you towards food choice and preparation techniques that will bring greater balance to your life.