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Top Troubleshooting TipsUpdated 2 months ago

Top Tips for getting the most out of FODZYME

Take FODZYME with your first bite or mixed well into food.

FODZYME must be mixed with/sprinkled onto your food prior to eating or chewed with the first bite. If you wait to take FODZYME until after the meal, the digestive enzymes won’t have the proper conditions to homogenize with the food. The window of opportunity for FODZYME to make a significant digestive impact is within the timeframe of a meal. If you forget to take FODZYME with problematic trigger foods, take it as soon as you remember if you are still eating.

Figure out the right dose for your trigger foods

We recommend starting small: in both trigger food serving size and the dose of FODZYME. 1/4th of a teaspoon of FODZYME or one stick pack mixed with a small serving of a trigger food is a great place to start. For many, this dose is sufficient and the serving size of the food can increase. For some, more powder may need to be mixed with the trigger foods for adequate FODMAP breakdown and symptom reduction. It might take some trial and error to find the right amount of FODZYME for the ideal meal size. We are always available via email, phone, or web chat to help you troubleshoot the process of finding how FODZYME can work for you. Find out how to ramp up FODZYME when you start.

Keep your initial tests simple 

Your symptoms might be triggered by sources other than FODMAP or Polyols (which FODZYME can't yet help with). Additives like guar gum, carrageen, xanthan gum, trans fats, and artificial sweeteners are common culprits in processed foods that trigger GI symptoms without any FODMAPs. The digestive enzymes in FODZYME will not address these processed additives, so please ensure that you experiment with FODZYME dosing and application on foods with minimal additives. For example, a customer reached out for advice as to why FODZYME might not be working for her. It turns out she was only trying it on Halo Top ice cream, which was full of other gut-triggering additives. We guided her towards a cleaner FODZYME experiment that involved only whole foods like a small serving of chopped onions mixed sufficiently with a dose of FODZYME.

Currently, FODZYME does not break down the "P" group in FODMAPS, so any foods containing mannitol or sorbitol could still be problematic if your symptoms are triggered by polyols.

Test FODZYME while relaxed

Stress is a major trigger of GI symptoms. The heavily-restrictive FODMAP diet can unfortunately throw off a healthy relationship with food trials. Food can become scary to many people on the FODMAP diet due to past experiences with extremely painful symptoms. One of our team members had to work with a cognitive behavioral therapist (CBT) in order to get their relationship with food trials back on track.

  • Do your best to test FODZYME while relaxed, perhaps at home where you feel most comfortable.

Re-apply FODZYME if eating for longer than 30 minutes

FODZYME has a window of opportunity to break down FODMAPs in foods before the offending carbohydrates begin passing through your digestive system. Beyond this window, FODZYME itself is broken down by protease enzymes and stomach acid.

  • If still eating a high FODMAP meal after 30 minutes, apply another serving of FODZYME directly to the food.

Administer FODZYME correctly

FODZYME must be applied directly to your meal, or taken with your first bite, as this will ensure proper homogenization (mixing) of the enzymes with the high-FODMAP foods. Also, adding FODZYME to a meal that is warm, but not scalding hot, is ideal for these FODMAP digestive enzymes to work. If the food is too hot to comfortably eat, it's still too hot for FODZYME. Once the meal is at a comfortable eating temperature, you can add the magic powder.

We don't recommend:

  • Mixing FODZYME into water and drinking (the enzymes won't be able to break down the FODMAPs).

  • Cooking with FODZYME.

Still unsure?

Schedule a call with us through this link so we can assist you in troubleshooting your experience. 

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