Digestive enzymes play a key role in breaking down the food you eat. These proteins speed up chemical reactions that convert nutrients into substances your digestive tract can absorb.
Your saliva contains digestive enzymes. Some of your organs, including your pancreas, gallbladder and liver, also release them. The cells on the surface of your intestines also store them.
Different types of enzymes target different nutrients. Fruits, vegetables, and other foods contain natural digestive enzymes. Eating them can improve your digestion.
If your body doesn’t make enough digestive enzymes, it can’t digest food well.
Foods that contain natural digestive enzymes can help digestion and improve intestinal health.
Four natural digestive enzymes to get rid of that stuffed belly!
Did you know that the enzymes found in fruits help your digestion?
Do you often have poor digestion? Do you feel bloated after a meal?
Or do you have symptoms like belching, heartburn, or feel like your stomach takes a while to digest?
If that’s the case for you, stay tuned for today’s video and tell me: which food usually causes you to feel bloated?
Surely you suffered from this before or know someone who has digestive issues, right?
Some of the most common causes of indigestion include:
- Eating too fast;
- Drinking too much liquid during meals;
- Excessive consumption of sweets and refined carbohydrates;
- Excessive consumption of spices;
- Excessive fat in meal preparation;
- Intolerance to certain foods.
What if I tell you that there’s a solution to this problem?
It can be solved by taking natural digestive enzymes. In this way, we speed up the chemical reactions of the body that facilitate digestion and absorption of nutrients through the intestines.
We selected four digestive enzymes that you can find in food and that will help you to have good digestion. The first is bromelain, which is found in pineapple.
It’s a natural digestive enzyme that serves three functions in the body:
- It aids in digestion by helping to break down food proteins;
- Anti-inflammatory, preventing inflammatory diseases in the intestines;
- and it’s also a powerful diuretic that helps to eliminate fluid and toxins from the body.
A Chinese study from Dalian Medical University has demonstrated the effectiveness of bromelain in treating flatulence and colon inflammation.
So take this opportunity to include the fruit in your diet!
The second enzyme is papain, which is found in papaya. It promotes digestion, helps digest proteins and prevents constipation.
According to an Austrian study by the International Scientific Group for Preventive Medicine, papaya improves the physiology of the digestive system, contributing to causes of IBS.
It’s recommended to eat papaya in the morning to help your body work better.
However, in cases of diarrhea, the fruit should be avoided, as it can aggravate the situation.
The third enzyme is actinidin, which is found in kiwi. It helps digest proteins from meat and dairy products and normalizes intestinal transit, which also reduces the feeling of bloating and heaviness in the abdomen after meals. It’s recommended to consume this fruit daily, either for breakfast, as an afternoon snack or as a dessert.
The fourth enzyme, but no less important, is gingerol, which is found in ginger. It improves digestion and relieves other gastrointestinal complaints.
This is because it stimulates the pancreas to function better and produce enzymes that promote the absorption of nutrients.
According to a study from Chang Gung University, in Taiwan, ginger can help speed up gastric emptying by 50%. Amazing, isn’t it?
You can take it as a spice in food (powdered or grated), canned, or as ginger water. We made a video about the benefits of ginger water.
If you haven’t seen it yet, click on the link at the top of the video.
So, tell me: did you learn something new today? I hope you enjoyed the tips! I wish you good health!
Source(s) / Reference(s):
Anti-inflammatory properties of a proprietary bromelain extract
Does bromelain have any health benefits?
The nutritional and health attributes of kiwifruit: a review
Papaya in digestive disorders
Proven benefits of ginger
How Ginger Helps In Bloating And Digestion