Our organs produce digestive enzymes and different digestive enzymes work on different foods. There are specific enzymes for starches and carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
We can also access enzymes from external sources like raw fruits, vegetables, cold pressed oils and raw dairy. Yet when these foods are heated, the enzymes quickly denature and our organs are forced to carry the whole load.
This is stressful to our bodies, and a lot of work. Mostly humans have had access to a certain percentage of raw foods but in the last 50 years we’ve transitioned into a highly processed diet lacking in these vital enzymes.
By incorporating digestive enzyme supplements and eating more raw foods, I quickly went from bloated and uncomfortable most of the time to energized and light.
Giving my body exactly what it needed to break down and easily assimilate the food I was taking in made all the difference. Because when your body has to pour all it’s resources into breaking down the food you’re eating, there isn’t much space left for anything else.
Digestive enzymes were a simple addition that helped me so much in the early repair stages. Now that I’ve got my diet figured out I don’t supplement with them anymore but I think they’re a great short term solution to digestive issues.
Check out my favourite digestive enzymes by Now Foods.
Natural Ways to Boost Your Digestion
- Raw, apple cider vinegar – add 1-2 teaspoons of raw, apple cider vinegar to a shot glass size of water and drink 15 minutes before each meal.
- Ginger – add fresh, grated ginger to your meals or drink a shot of ginger juice before meals. Or add picked sushi ginger to your meals. You could also drink fresh ginger tea between meals.
- Bitters – digestive bitters have been used for centuries to aid digestion, improve appetite and help settle the stomach. Take 5ml in a little water, 15 minutes before a meal to encourage production and secretion of digestive enzymes, bile and hydrochloric acid. I like Napiers the Herbalists Best British Bitters.
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