Once you begin taking Vitalzym you will be entering into what is referred to as the Initial Cleansing Phase. During this initial phase the enzymes work first on priority organs and tissues. As the enzymes move throughout your system, Vitalzym is formulated to clear the blood, intestines and major organs of excess fibrin, promote a healthy inflammation response, and support the removal of toxins.† The release of toxins and debris may cause flu-like symptoms for a short period of time. Gradually increasing your dose will help minimize cleansing reactions.
During the Activation Phase, gradually increase the amount of Vitalzym to an Activation dose. This is either the Suggested Use dose for your specific health goals, or the dose you and/or your healthcare practitioner determined as the most beneficial for your health needs. Taking the correct Activation Dose per Suggested Use is critical to the success of using the product.
After achieving the results desired during the Activation phase, you may reduce the dose to a Maintenance Level. The last phase you enter is the Maintenance Phase.
Depending on your condition and state of health, begin with 1 to 3 capsules per day of Vitalzym Extra Strength or Original Vitalzym (1 to 2 of VitalzymXe), and gradually work up to your Activation Dose. Ideally, you should reach your Activation Dose within one to two weeks. You and your health care practitioner will determine your Activation Phase dosage (see chart below).
Cleansing can last several months. You may feel detoxification/cleansing reactions for a few days to a week or more, which is why we suggest a gradual increase during the cleansing phase until you get to your activation dose.
Vitalzym continues to cleanse your body for several months, through both the Activation and Maintenance phases.
A cleansing diet can be very beneficial. Cleansing foods will create less congestion and promote elimination. This includes cooked whole grains, steamed vegetables, vegetable salads, fruit, and juices (preferably freshly made). This is also a good time to avoid sugar, dairy, and products made with refined flours (white or processed). In addition to any cleansing program, diet and exercise should be emphasized in order to ensure optimal results. And remember, drink lots of pure, filtered water - at least 8 glasses a day!
One of our body's most vital functions is to convert metabolic products and toxins into safe, soluble substances which can be eliminated via the kidney or the gallbladder into the large intestine where it can then be processed as waste and eliminated.
The liver plays an all-important role in this process - known as detoxification. However, if the liver has a toxic overload it is unable to effectively remove waste, the toxins remain circulating in the body and create a myriad of symptoms and health problems. Recent research suggests that this is more likely among those with chronic illnesses.†
An effective cleansing program targets two important organ systems — the liver (for detoxification), and the colon (for elimination). Considering the toxic burden carried by the average American adult, it makes sense that increasing the body's ability to purge poisons may help in recovering from the environmental assaults often leading to a compromised immune system, erosion of the delicate DNA, and changes to cellular functions.
Scientific studies have shown that cultures of living tissue kept in a fresh nutrient solution and changed daily to eliminate toxin buildup will show signs of healthy aging. This example demonstrates why it is vital to eat foods that promote cleansing and detoxification while also keeping garbage out of your diet. Anything that supports elimination can be said to help detoxify. Doing nothing more than drinking an extra quart of water a day is a first step to eliminate more toxins.
REMEMBER, enzymes speed up the body's ability to clean up and eliminate waste products.
The suggested Activation Phase doses listed below are generalizations of what has been beneficial for most consumers of Vitalzym with those conditions. Your final activation dose may vary. The suggested dose as shown on the Vitalzym label is for general supplementation of enzymes.
Consult your healthcare practitioner regarding your dose choice.
*Use after off any blood thinners. Choose dosage with doctor advice.
Please note that these suggested doses are for the Vitalzym Extra Strength formula. If you are using the Original Vitalzym formula, double the above dose.
Example dosing (skip mid-day dose if not taking the higher dosage):
1) Morning dose at 7:00am (do not eat until 7:30am)
2) Mid-day dose at 1pm (1 hour after lunch at 12noon)
3) Evening dose at 5:30pm (do not eat from 4:30pm-6pm)
Taking Vitalzym between meals or on an empty stomach is just as important as how many you take. The proprietary formula of Vitalzym is made in such way as to protect the enzymes from the acids in the stomach. On an empty stomach, the enzymes will pass through to be absorbed directly into the intestine and enter the bloodstream. If taken with food, the majority of the enzymes will be used up for digestive activity with very little remaining for systemic activity.
Remember: "empty stomach for better absorption."
Note: Systemic enzymes such as Vitalzym are non-toxic. There is no known LD-50 (lethal dose).
You will very likely notice a cleansing effect when you first begin using Vitalzym. Look for signs of detoxification. Some may not have any cleansing reactions, and others may have a headache or other reactions for several days.
Individual experiences will vary. The point at which Vitalzym has a noticeable effect on your condition during the Activation Phase depends on many factors:
You may or may not notice when Vitalzym first has an affect on your condition. Over time, you will notice an improvement in your condition by a reduction in your symptoms. It can take anywhere from weeks to months to notice significant changes. Just as some health problems may develop without notice until they become severe, the repair and maintenance process may not present obvious results right away. By keeping a symptom journal, you will more easily recognize the subtle, yet significant benefits of supplementing with systemic enzymes.† Keep track of everything from quality of sleep and mood changes to your recovery after exercise or response to daily stress.
Rest assured an increase in enzymes in your bloodstream WILL have a positive effect on your health. The enzymes in Vitalzym are working to cleanse your body and address the conditions it encounters that enzymes act upon.
Continue with the Activation Phase dose until you are satisfied with the improvement in your condition.
Once you have achieved the desired results with Vitalzym during the Activation Phase, switch to a Maintenance Dose. See the dosage chart in the Activation Phase section for the maintenance dose based on your individual needs and doctor recommendations.
Maintaining a positive balance of enzymes that supports continued good health is your goal in this phase. This could also be called the "My personal dose to maintain health" phase. Staying on a maintenance dose of Vitalzym maintains the benefits achieved during the Activation Phase. It is your protection against new assaults at the cellular level.