What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Low Digestive Enzyme Levels?

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Some of the most common symptoms of low digestive enzyme levels are of course going to be in your digestive track, things like bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, fatty, oily stool. These are all signs and symptoms that something might be wrong with your digestive enzymes. So, for example if you look at fatty, oily stools, if the fat in your food isn't being broken down properly the fat can't get absorbed through your gut into your bloodstream and transported to the cells, so what happens instead is the fat ends up in the stool and you still have an oily sheen to them.

So, that's a direct example of insufficient enzyme activity, leading to fatty stool. Low digestive enzymes can also cause physical symptoms. They can cause things like thinning hair, brittle nails, dull skin, and these are usually a sign of protein deficiency. Protein is very important to build new tissues, so things that are turning over a lot like your nails and your skin and your hair, if you are low in protein these will be affected.

Low digestive enzyme can also cause mood symptoms, they can cause things like headache, insomnia, fatigue and mood swings. If you don't have sufficient amylase, you may not be breaking carbohydrate down properly and you really need carbohydrate for energy, so if your carbohydrate metabolism is affected because amylase is low, you can have unstable blood sugar, and these can lead to mood swings and fatigue and alot of these sorts of sypmtoms.