Because of our hectic lifestyles and frequent consumption of overcooked food, digestion can often be less than optimal. Poor digestion can produce bloating and gas, cramping, diarrhea or constipation, and even food intolerances. Incomplete digestion of food proteins may also be linked to food allergies, and improper digestion can cause foods to be fermented in the gut, and can lead to the proliferation of “bad” bacteria and yeast at the expense of “good” intestinal bacteria. More complete digestion removes a potential food source for these bad bacteria, allowing for the complete breakdown of food proteins to help support regular bowel movements. The pancreas secretes a substance called pancreatin, which contains protease, amylase, and lipase, allowing for improved macronutrient breakdown. In cases where there is an increase of fat in the stool, pancreatin allows for normalization of fecal fat levels.