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The Enzyme’s Travel Guide - How to ensure your food settles safe
People go to great lengths to eat delicious foods - like board a 32 hour flight or cross the Atlantic Ocean. But have you ever thought about the other kind of journey? You know, that daunting trip our food takes from the moment it enters our mouth, to the second it lands in the you know where...
If you have don’t have digestive problems, you’ll know it’s a pretty smooth trip. But if you do i.e you have intolerances or inflammatory digestive conditions like celiac, or Crohn's, it can be quite a wild ride. That’s why we whipped up a travel guide for your food - essentially a top list of enzymes to help your food travel and settle safe.
But first, let’s talk about what enzymes are and why they can be trusted with this honorary title. Essentially, enzymes are like knowledgeable tour guides that break down food and send them to all the different parts of your body - tissues, organs, skin etc… Without them, your body could end up with chronic illnesses like arthritis, diabetes, skin disease, cancer and other immune deficiencies.
So which ones are best? Well, every body is different, so we picked the top 5 across the main food groups that help boost overall health.
Most people know that fat is not water soluble. If you didn’t, then you’ve probably never tried scrubbing cheesy pasta bake grease off dinner pans (or your work shirt . And pants. And bag - depending on the day). Either way, fat and water simply don’t go well together, which is why when we consume them, we need enzymes to break them down. The most common one we love is Lipase, an enzyme which teams up with bile from the liver to process fats, oils and triglycerides and boost our metabolism. It also helps with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and nutrients like vitamins A, D, E, and K.
You can get your hands on Lipase by eating more high-fat foods. Unfortunately, we’re not referring to melted cheese, but rather good fats like avocado.
1. They mightn’t have enough proteolytic enzymes - the ones famous for breaking down proteins along with starches and sugars.
2. The smell of fried chicken is often so irresistible, it’s hard to consume 10 drumsticks while also remembering to chew.
Whatever the reason, if your digestive system has trouble with breaking down proteins, it’s important to incorporate Protease into your diet. This enzyme not only replenishes your intestines with amino acids, but they also help with blood clotting and warding off bacteria.
You can get Protease from a couple of foods like honey - but be wary of brands that are highly processed as enzymes can die off when they’re overheated. Or products like Kefir - fermented milk that has a heap of yeast cultures and good bacteria.
To get the sweet effects of Bromelain, we don’t recommend booking a tropical island getaway just to eat pineapples - mainly because there’s not enough Bromelain in the fruit alone and we wouldn’t want you boarding any long haul flights with an unpredictable bowel. Instead, we suggest checking out any of your health food stores, or grabbing Bromelain Forte online.
You can get your hands on glutamine from foods high in protein like eggs, beef, skim milk, tofu or white rice. Or you can source glutamine here.
Now, if you’re naturally a pretty lazy traveller, you can get these benefits from one singular digestive capsule online. Or if you’re after a more holistic guide to aid digestion, why not check out more ways to Love Your Gut.