Chew On This, and Chew Well

Chew On This, and Chew Well

by Dr. Shelese Pratt ND @ Flatirons Naturopathic Clinic

Boulder, Colorado

I am asked regularly about how I feel about digestive enzymes. Most people are surprised when I tell them I don’t like using digestive enzymes for more than a couple months. This is because if you use them for too long, you can cause the pancreas to reduce it’s own production of digestive enzymes.

Let’s talk about digestion for a second. The majority of carbohydrate digestion happens in the mouth. Yes, that means you need to slow down and chew your food. That also means you should not drink while you are chewing your food. You need that amylase to mix with your food to break down your carbohydrates.

Food goes into the stomach for protein digestion. You need stomach acid (pepsinogen and HCL) to break down proteins. If you do not have enough stomach acid because you have a food sensitivity, you take antacids, or you have another reason you do not make enough acid, you will not only neglect to break down your proteins, but you will also feel like your food doesn’t move out of your stomach after eating.

Next, the food enters the small intestine. It must be acidic to trigger the pancreas to release its enzymes. I find that most people haven’t chewed their food enough or they have problems with stomach acid production and that’s why they would need more pancreatic enzymes. If you take pancreatic enzymes you are not treating the real cause of the problem. In fact, you are telling your own pancreas to stop making enzymes because your pill has it covered.  Consider eating more bitter greens and chewing your food and your gas and bloating will go away without having to take a pill. I am always here if your symptoms persist, you can call me and we will find answers.

I treat many different digestive conditions. See more here. 

Dr.Pratt is a great team player and her work complements the other therapies and approaches we follow in conjunction.

- Parent of Autism Spectral Disorder Patient

Apart from BIT, Dr.Pratt's vast knowledge of the biomedical basis of ASD helps support parents as they try to heal the child's body in helping the brain develop.

- Parent of Autism Spectral Disorder Patient

There were such significant changes in my child's behavior after Dr. Pratt’s treatment, that it absolutely changed his life and the whole family.

- Behavioral Issues and Family Naturopathic Care

I have to say, I have never seen anything have such a positive impact on someone's life.

- ADD / Memory Recall Patient

Dr. Pratt's approach was friendly, relaxing, reassuring and non-invasive, and the progress that we saw in our son's writing was immediate and remarkable.

- Specific Learning Disability Patient

I would highly recommend Dr. Pratt’s nurturing, life changing treatments to anyone who desires a better, easier way of living in this world.

- Anxiety / Learning Disability Patient

Dr. Pratt’s treatment made it possible for my daughter to go to school full-time for the first time in two years, and as a matter of fact, she’s now talking about going to college instead of worrying that she’d never graduate high school.


- Patient of Head Injury Patient

Since my first appointment with Dr. Pratt, I have come back to her for every ailment. She has quickly and effectively cured every sickness I have experienced.

- Naturopathic Medicine Patient

I am working 4 days a week and I accomplish more in a day now than I did in a whole week before. I feel productive and useful after BIT.

- Head Injury Patient

It has not all been easy, changing your lifestyle and diet is a challenge but we feel very supported by Dr. Pratt. It's a long road to recovery but the rewards are great along the way. My son has almost recovered from his symptoms and we owe all of this to Dr. Pratt. We are very thankful to have crossed her path at the right time in our journey.

- EI, Rye, NY

Dr. Pratt is compassionate and well-informed about the various challenges and available options for children with special needs. She is always willing to brainstorm options with parents and has a way of getting through to the children.

- Best, Pooja

It is almost impossible to explain the dramatic and positive effect Dr Shelese Pratt has had on my health. It is without exaggeration that I say Dr Pratt has saved my life on numerous occasions. To say her work has dramatically increased the quality of my life is gross understatement. There is not an aspect of my physical, mental, or emotional health that Dr Pratt has not addressed at some point during my years as her patient. I first saw Dr Pratt in 2005, after suffering one infection after another over the course of three months and had exhausted my known medial avenues. She was the only doctor to see the connection to between all of my symptoms and to care long enough and deep enough to get to the bottom of them. I have sent countless loved ones and colleagues to her over the years and know that the level of her care has changed their lives for better without exception. I have had the privilege of seeing Dr Pratt for Brain Integration, naturopathic, and homeopathic treatments and I can say without any reservation that I credit my health and well being to her and her practice.

- Erica A., Naturopathic Medicine Patient