Digestive Enzymes for Gluten

I asked this of Enzymedica.com

"I have been using Enzymes for awhile. But, now I’m more interested in making sure I’m breaking down gluten. I looked at the different enzymes in the Digest Gold vs. the Gluten formula. I see in Gluten formula, it contains DDP-IV and that the Protease blend has a "G2" after it, and these seem to be missing in the general Digest wide spectrum products. First, can you tell me what the DDP-IV and the Protease G2 are? And, why aren’t they in the broad spectrum Digest blends? Do you have one product to fit those of us who want to ensure digestion of gluten, but also want the other enzymes for a broad spectrum as well (also have other food intolerances in addition to gluten. )?"


DPP-IV and Protease G2 are specific, targeted enzyme blends that assist with the breakdown of gluten. DPP-IV in particular breaks down gluten, while protease breaks down the protein components of gluten substances (It also helps with the proteins in dairy/casein).

These enzymes are for people with food intolerance and sensitivity to gluten. They aren’t included in our general digestive blends, however they are included in "Digest Spectrum", which is a formula for MULTIPLE food intolerances as well as general digestion.

Here’s a link to Digest Spectrum, if you’d like to try it out, we’ve created a one time use code for free shipping: FBFREESHIP


Digest Spectrum™
Food intolerances are caused by enzyme deficiencies and can lead to digestive discomfort in both children and adults. Supplementing the diet with specialized enzymes for gluten, lactose, phenol and casein digestion may assist in lessening discomforts common to intolerance.*


Do you like Thrive Market?

I do! at first I used my sister’s account, but then I decided that it was worth it to buy a membership for myself so that I could have my own Wish List and Shopping Cart. I use the phone app to look at prices when I’m shopping at my local grocery stores. By adding things to my cart, or my Auto-Ship, I’m able to save time. I’ve been checking prices a lot so I can vouch for some of my favorite products.

Here is a reciprocity coupon to try Thrive: http://thrv.me/rachels-FYI

And, I’m posting favorite products within the Telegram app. Telegram is like a message board for small groups. If you install and login to Telegram, let me know! We can get connected.


Rachel’s iPot Enchiladas

This is the filling for enchiladas, and we just use it like Chicken Tinga, which is to say in any kind of soft taco shell or on a bowl of rice.


Mix up the sauce in iPot (Instant Pot Pressure Cooker)

2 Tbsp. avocado oil, or any oil or fat you want

2 Tbsp. dried shallots

Or you can brown some fresh onions or shallots in the oil then add everything else…

15 oz. can of tomato sauce

1 tsp. dried oregano

2 tsp. ground cumin

2 tsp. granulated garlic

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. chili powder (a blend) or Emeril’s Southwest Essence

1 tsp. Salt

1/4 tsp. Chipotle pepper powder

1 dash of cinnamon – about 1/8 tsp., not more

4 oz. can of diced Hatch/roasted green chilies, mild

There is plenty of flavor for me and I cannot have tomato paste. But, if you do find you need any more flavor, or if you want to use fresh tomatoes, add a couple tablespoons of tomato paste.

Toss in 8 raw chicken tenderloins. These can be frozen or not–the Instant Pot starts the timer when the whole batch comes up to temp.  Set the pressure cooker to 15 minutes of high pressure (“Poultry”). Once the thing cools down (you can release the pressure when you want), take out the chicken and shred it using two forks and put it back into the sauce. Keep warm for the rest of the day until everyone gets their dinner!

Taco shell ideas:

  • Organic corn tortillas
  • wheat flour tortillas
  • any wrapper you want
  • a bowl of rice
  • Zenbelly plantain tortillas
  • Cassava flour tortillas

All of your basic taco toppings, including:

  • Fresh cilantro
  • raw onions
  • cheese
  • sour cream
  • avocado

Rachel’s favorite:  chopped jicama, avocado, cilantro and fresh squeeze of lime in an Organic corn tortilla.

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Bandera Cole Slaw – PRINT THIS ONE


1/2 head green cabbage, sliced in thin strips

1/4 head purple cabbage, sliced in thin strips

1/2 jicama sliced, in thin strips

2 green onions, finely chopped

1/4 cup fresh cilantro or parsley, coarsely chopped (depending on your preference)

1/4 to 1/2 cup roasted peanuts

Mix all above ingredients then add the vinaigrette below


Add the following ingredients to a small food processor (Cuisinart Mini-Prep) and grind it up. Try to let sit in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

1/2 cup oil [I use a
mild olive oil such as (NOT EVOO) or even Avocado oil]*

1/4 cup peanut butter or peanut flour*


Juice of 1/2 lime or 1/4 lemon (Lime is preferred*)

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1/2 teaspoon fresh minced ginger

1 tablespoon sugar

1 green onion

1/4 cup chopped cilantro or parsley, depending on your preference

1/2 teaspoon salt

You can of course vary any of the above ingredients according to personal preference, I also really didn’t measure accurately. My wife said this was as close as you can get without going there.

*I’ve re-written these ingredients

Click here to view: https://www.recipelink.com/msgbrd/board_14/2006/DEC/25247.html

Why and How to care for your Nitric Oxide production

Please start with this 5 minute video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwJCJToQmps

Watch and do. It’s a quick workout with big health benefits!

Now, about that Nitric Oxide:

"Primary functions of the NOS3 gene: The NOS3 gene influences the production of nitric oxide, which is a major factor in heart health, affecting such processes as blood flow and blood vessel formation." -Dr. Ben Lynch

Nitric Oxide is also one of the chemicals that contributes to a healthy gut lining/surface (as in preventing leaky gut). We could also say it helps keep those tight junctions in the epithelial cells of your gut.

Ways to increase Nitric Oxide or help your NOS3 gene work better:

1. Breathe Better – practice breathing exercises
DO Correct these problems, when applicable: sinus troubles, mouth breathing, sleep apnea, snoring, deviated septum (NeuroCranial Restructuring), tongue-tie, smoking (stop), pollution, and stress, depression, mood disorders, estrogen imbalance (as estrogen lowers after menopause, your nitric oxide will go down), slouching

2. Move

2. DO NOT take or eat anything with Folic Acid in it. This is a synthetic form of folate. It "clogs" your genes. Instead, eat lots of green leafy vegetables. Watch out for flour, cereals, and sports drinks that folic acid.

3. Keep your blood sugar steady. First, don’t eat sugars or refined carbs. You probably know a lot of things you could do to keep your blood sugar steady.
DO: do them. Learn more.

4. What to eat:

Get plenty of folate, magnesium and zinc. Know the foods that contain them. Do searches at whfoods.com. Take supplements for these as necessary.

Rotate through the following foods and nutrients.

Arginine, a nutrient needed to make Nitric Oxide:

  • watermelon
  • brown rice (soak that rice. I use rice that indicates it was grown in the Himalayas)
  • turkey breast
  • pork loin
  • chicken
  • pumpkin seeds
  • spirulina (I’ve added this as an almost daily supplement)
  • dairy products like goat’s or sheep’s milk
  • chickpeas/garbanzo beans (hummus)
  • lentils

Naturally occurring Nitrates:

  • arugula
  • bacon
  • beets (a super food!)
  • celery
  • spinach

Riboflavin/ Vitamin B2

Okay, now, breathing and moving are necessary for life. Go back to the beginning of this post. Wash-Rinse-Repeat.

Please start with this 5 minute video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwJCJToQmps

Looking at Leaky Gut

I tried to learn the helpful actions to be gained from this article about what makes the gut become "leaky."

What I saw were repetition of advice I’ve heard from other trusted sources. We need to take these things to heart, people, and really do them!

Looking at gut health, starting with a query about leaky gut, I discovered that there are very real connections on the molecular level where our gut health is linked with our heart and vascular system. (But, of course, we are starting to hear that almost every branch of medicine is starting to become concerned with the gut.)

more saliva – Could chewing your food more give more epidermal growth factor (EGF) to help stimulate epithelial cell proliferation?

support Nitric Oxide (NO). There are lots of suggestions in Dirty Genes by Dr. Ben Lynch. This will also affect heart health in a big way!
Arginine in the diet
natural nitrates
Support your methylation cycle
avoid pollution and smoking
lower your stress

Breathe–it supports NO production. Dr. Ben Lynch says it is probably the most important way to support NO production and your cardiovascular system. And, correct breathing problems.* Our gut epithelial cells all need oxygen and blood flow….

Address the problems of sleep apnea, mouth breathing, deviated septum [NeuroCranial Restructuring]], sinus congestion, snoring, tongue-tie, shallow breathing (incl slouched posture)–breathing supports NO which supports your gut lining!

Do not take NSAIDs or asprin. If you do, support NO production more actively.

Don’t drink alcohol. If you do, support NO production more actively.

Therefore, exercise and pumping blood around the body. (Relatedly, I’ve seen other articles about the measurement of how exercise impacts the gut flora. Exercise alone improves your microbiome!)

The cells need to be exposed to the types of bacteria that they need to repel, in order to maintain their immune function against those same "bad" bacteria/microbes! Don’t try for a sterile environment!

Don’t take antibiotics unless truly needed. If you do, learn about rebuilding your gut microbiome. (Take sac boulardii during treatment and follow with pre- and pro-biotics. Become a gardener of your gut biome.)

Reduce stress because it tends to restrict blood flow (thereby limited oxygen and nutrients to your cells). Stress associated with impaired gut cell repair.

Address diabetes and obesity
"Prolonged hyperglycemia [high blood sugar] associated with these disorders may be the primary mechanism for such disruption."

"Another group of molecules involved in restitution is the polyamines such as spermine, spermidine and putrescine. These molecules are present in many diets and also synthesized by the gastrointestinal mucosa. Enteral administration of polyamines has been shown in experimental models to accelerate restitution and healing of mucosal lesions."


The FAILSAFE diet is aimed at limiting amines in foods (I learned about this because I have to limit histamine, one of the amines). However, these are the very nutrients that we could need in order to help keep our gut lining from getting leaky! This supports what some have said that we should not be aiming to eliminate them completely–eat them to the degree that we can tolerate them. It may be the key to healing. So, you could look at a failsafe diet and try to eat MORE of those foods, so long as you are not one of the people who is hyper-reacting to those very same foods. In general, we could say, eating a varied diet of whole foods will support the gut lining–really go after true VARIETY.

coconut milk

Here’s my favorite coconut milk.

I just reordered (again) and noticed that prices have fluctuated on Amazon, and it depends on the retailer. So, make sure you check your prices!


RECIPE: Our Favorite Smoothie (Berries)

The trick to making a rich, creamy smoothie that a kid will love, is to use the fresh ingredients that comprise ice cream:  egg yolk, vanilla, salt and something creamy.  If you eat dairy, I’d add heavy cream.  You can also use yogurt of whatever type you want, but vanilla yogurt makes it good.


by Rachel Ernst

YIELD:  One (1) serving in 20 oz. Vitamix container.

If doubling, use the large blender container.

  • 1/4 cup (65g) coconut milk (full fat canned) or (2 Tbsp hemp hearts + 2 Tbsp water)
  • 3 oz unsweetened almond milk beverage or water
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Little drizzle of vanilla extract (1/4 tsp) or some vanilla bean powder
  • Vitamin C powder
  • 1 KAL stevia
  • Chlorella/ spirulina
  • 1 cup  (115 – 123 grams) FROZEN Blend of dark berries: black, blue, and raspberries

If your berries are frozen, blend everything EXCEPT the berries.  After that’s smooth, then add the berries and blend it smooth again.

Then blend in:

  • 2 ice cubes, if desired to thicken it up and cut the density

Hunting nutrients

Which foods are high in B12? Click here.


whfoods.com is one of my favorite sources to find which foods contain which micronutrients. It’s a great source for those seeking a nutrient dense diet, no matter whose "diet" theosophy you follow.