Digestive Enzymes - Safely Digest Nutrient Dense Foods
Stomach irregularity is usually a product of poor diet or sensitivities
within the intestines such as mild food allergies or irritated bowl.
Some of us have a hard time with internal gas build up and find
cabbage, broccoli and other deep green veggies a problem to digest.
I always encourage that a proper diet include deep dark fibrous
and leafy greens but not everyone can tolerate them. Raw is the
best way to consume them yet that seems to be when irritation can
be at its worst. Some individuals are so sensitive they cannot even
consume these foods cooked. Then there are those with acid issues
unable to consume citrus or sour foods which happen to be digestive
Dairy (usually lactose intolerance) can also be a huge hindrance.
Legumes can lead to gas issue and pain during digestion. For all
these problems you can find items such as beano, acidopholis, bifidus,
probiotics, and digestive enzymes at your local nutrition store
but many people do not realize these items can be found in our grocery
store as well.
A higher number of dairy products now come for those who are lactose
intolerant. Yogurts and milks have choices enriched with acidopholis
and bifidus or active cultures to aid in smoothing out the pain
of digestion and aid in buffering.
For beans you may want to try out the sprouted alternative. Sprouted
beans are their highest in enzymes during that phase and a host
of other nutrients are also enhanced.
Papaya, pineapple and bananas have excellent digestive enzymes
which can aid in your dining experience so that you do not have
to spend nights in pain or avoid foods you like.
Raw foods seem to have the highest quality of digestive enzymes
so do eat the ones you can tolerate, raw as often as possible.
Fiber is great by try to get most of it from foods versus
starches such as cereals. Grains are encouraged but as the smaller
amount compared to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Many of the items listed in the Metabolism Boosters article I wrote,
also fall into the list of digestive helper foods.
Apple cider vinegar has been known to be used in salads,
foods or taken orally by the spoonful. I heard an old wives tale
of a remedy for arthritis by taking Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey
daily of course I have no idea if this is true although the individuals
I heard this from firmly believed it! It is one of the more pleasant
types of vinegar believed to have several healing powers.
The onion family can aid in digestion but it's a toss up
since it is also one which can be an irritant to some people. If
you are not onion tolerant you may be okay with chives, they are
related but easier on the system for those of you who are sensitive.
Root vegetables are filled with minerals which can help
you digest the meal it is eaten with. Potatoes and yams are great
but carrots, radishes, turnips and rutabaga also make up the root
veggie family and fare for lighter starch choices.
Chewing your food well and making sure to properly hydrate after
the meal is helpful. Some people like to chew on some fennel or
anises seeds post meal. Other more controversial ethnic traditions
consist of certain liquors post meal to help digest, some examples
being Cinzano, Oozo, fruit liquors, and Moonshine.