It seems to be magic. You chew food, swallow it, absorb vitamins and nutrients from it.
Well, not exactly. Behind the scenes, there’s a lot going on in your body. In fact, it’s an entire world of enzymes working around the clock to make sure that you get what you need from what you eat.
Just another reminder that your body is awesome.
What Are Digestive Enzymes Exactly?
Digestive enzymes are truly the heroes of your digestive system.
They’re microscopic chains of proteins held together by amino acids and found all over your mouth, stomach, pancreas, and small intestine.
Simply put, they do the hard work so everything can get absorbed into your bloodstream. Think of them as your tiny, tiny food friends.
So, What Exactly Do They Do?
The cool thing about digestive enzymes is that each one is specifically designed to break down one type of food.
Plus, where they’re found in your body is also specific to what they do. Smart little buggers!
Let's dive into how the whole digestion process works. We'll break it down for you (pun intended.)
1. It Starts in Your Mouth
Before you even take a bite, just thinking about, seeing, or smelling food can cause your saliva glands to start producing salivary amylase. 
This, in conjunction with your chompers, begins the initial break down of the larger pieces of food into smaller bits.