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9 Foods to Help Boost Digestion

You may have heard about digestive enzymes, These aid in the digestive process and can be found naturally in food or taken as a supplement. A healthy gut can easily break down food and absorb nutrients, but an unhealthy gut has difficulty doing this.

To improve your digestive health, you’ll want to incorporate these foods into your diet, which have natural digestive enzymes in them.

9 Foods that Provide Digestive Enzymes

Pineapples: A compound in pineapples not only helps to improve digestion, but it’s a natural anti-inflammatory too. Pineapples are known to help break down food and absorb nutrients.

Kefir: Kefir is fermented, which makes it a great source of probiotics. It also contains fermented enzymes and yeast to help the digestive process.

Avocados: Avocados contain lipase, which is a digestive enzyme that helps break down fat.
Soy sauce: Soy sauce can help you break down carbs and proteins because it’s made from fermented soybeans. Soy sauce does add salt to dishes, so you want to monitor your intake.

Honey: Bee pollen contains over 5,000 different enzymes. Honey is known to support healthy immune function along with providing the body with antioxidants.

Sauerkraut: Another fermented food, sauerkraut in its raw form is great to improve your digestion.

Kiwi: An enzyme in kiwi helps break down protein-rich foods like eggs, fish, and other meats.

Bananas: Two enzymes found in bananas are the same ones found in your body’s saliva, which are necessary for proper digestion. These enzymes help break down and process food.

Papayas: The enzymes in papaya help the proper function of the digestive tract. They are effective at digesting meat and other proteins. Papayas also have anti-inflammatory properties.

Also read: 10 Natural Antacids to Help With Heartburn & Better Digestion


Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.

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