by Will Grumke April 28, 2021 3 min read
Our body is a complex system with a lot of moving parts.
Properly fueling our bodies with the right food and overall nutrition is very important in getting the results we want.
Being able to properly break down and absorb the foods we take in can be a key to our success, especially when it comes to our health & fitness.
If you are like me when I started eating more nutrient-dense or “cleaner” foods, you've realized it can end up being a decent amount of food.
So, to help break down the food we are taking in, and make it more easily digestible, we can look to digestive enzymes for help.
What Are Digestive Enzymes?
There are many enzymes that can benefit your body, but the three main enzymes that can help with digestion are protease enzymes, lipase enzymes, and amylase enzymes.
"Where do I get them?"
These digestive enzymes can also be found in many everyday foods, in addition to supplements.
"What do they do?"
Protease enzymes are enzymes that take your protein, and break it down into amino acids and small peptides.
Ideally, Lipase enzymes take the fat you consume, and turn it into triglycerides (three fatty acids and one glycerol molecule) to be used. Lastly, amylase enzymes take the carbs and break those down into simple sugars your body can use.
Check out this article for more information about digestive enzymes.
Here are a few different foods that you can consume to get these digestive enzymes:
Honey is one of those things that can go with just about anything. You can drizzle it on your oatmeal, spread it on your toast, take it by the spoonful, or whatever else you can think of.
Honey contains both proteases and amylases, in addition to a few other minor digestive enzymes.
With honey though, it's important to make sure you buy raw honey rather than processed. By doing so, you can give your body extra enzymes that wouldn't otherwise be available if you got the processed option.
Rich in protease enzymes, pineapples are full of enzymes that help your body to digest and absorb protein after breaking nutrients down to their building blocks.
You can find pineapples at the grocery store, a farmer’s market, or heck … just go to Hawaii! You don’t have to eat them plain either. Pineapples taste great in smoothies, barbecued, or sliced up in a fruit salad.
One of the best places to get lipase enzymes is avocados. Avocados are one of those unique foods that are low in sugar and high in healthy fats. Eating avocados in your day can help ease your body’s digestion efforts.
This is best to do after eating a meal with high-fat content. Avocados are not only rich in lipase enzymes, but they also have polyphenol oxidase enzymes, which help your body continue its natural processes with more ease.
Ginger is known to move quickly through the body and help with a myriad of digestive issues.
It is rich in proteases, helps with indigestion, and also helps the body to naturally increase its own production of protease and amylase enzymes.
Ginger is also able to help settle the stomach.
You may not even know what kimchi is. Kimchi is a Korean dish made of salted and fermented vegetables.
While it may sound a little out of the ordinary, it’s actually a very popular and delicious side dish that can do wonders for the body. Kimchi is rich in proteases, lipases, and amylases.
I know ... it would be difficult to eat 3 pineapples covered in honey each day, just to get the digestive enzymes you want from them.
Because of this, supplementing with 1st Phorm Digestive Enzymes can be a great option to get those digestive enzymes you're looking for, without all of the added calories and volume that comes with multiple pineapples and servings of honey.
Just one capsule has a 500mg blend of digestive enzymes that are specifically made to help your body break down and absorb nutrients from the food you eat.
What many people don't realize, is that digestive enzyme deficiency is more common now than ever before.
This means it can be very beneficial to help our bodies get the most out of our food and supplements, by improving our digestion through the digestive enzyme supplements.
That way, we can work to reduce gut or stomach pain, while improving our immune system, nutrient digestion, and nutrient absorption ... simply by supplementing natural digestive enzymes today!
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