You’ve finally taken up the cause, namely, eating a healthier diet. You’re piling on the cruciferous vegetables for their cancer-fighting antioxidants; eating more plant-based proteins for the fiber; even munching on dried fruits and nuts for their high vitamin and mineral content. Then why do you feel so bloated, gassy and uncomfortable? The answer may be as simple as not chewing your food enough or eating too fast. On the other hand, you may need extra digestive enzyme support, such as papaya enzyme, to handle all that fiber or any other food that you may not be digesting properly. Additionally, a potent probiotic formula could enhance your digestive capabilities, too.
Mind you, fiber is good for you. Unfortunately, we humans aren’t able to digest fiber on our own. Instead, friendly digestive bacteria in the large intestine break down fiber from food. That extra blast of gas happens when carbon dioxide by-products build up. And then you feel the effects of indigestion, perhaps even heartburn. Who wants to feel bloated and gassy?
The good news is that not all fiber-laden foods produce excessive amounts of gas. Foods that have soluble fiber are more likely to produce excessive gas than foods that contain insoluble fiber. Here’s a short list of foods that contain both types of fiber:
Soluble Fiber (Gassy) Insoluble Fiber (Not Gassy)
Oat bran Wheat bran
Dried fruit Vegetables
Nuts and seeds Whole grains
Beans, lentils, peas Potatoes
Fiber isn’t the only gas-producing culprit. Large natural sugar molecules found in whole grains, beans and vegetables enter the large intestine before they’re completely broken down. This can produce excess gas. Moreover, lactose in dairy products can create gas in people who are lactose intolerant.
Additionally, if you feel bloated and gassy after eating proteins or fats, your symptoms may be due to incomplete digestion. If this list of foods includes too many foods you like to eat, you may not be willing to give them up so readily. So what do you do?
Say “Yes” to Digest
If you have indigestion or other digestive issues, it’s best to take positive steps to ease your discomfort, but still enjoy a healthy diet. Say a resounding yes to these healthy ideas.
Say “yes” to:
- Chewing foods more thoroughly. Most of us chew our food only five to seven times. That’s not enough. Digestion starts in the mouth before you swallow your food. Digestive enzymes in saliva start to break down starches and fats. Chew your food thoroughly – at least 10-15 times or more, depending on the food – to get the digestive process off to a good start.
- Eating more slowly. Before you sit down to eat, take a few deep breaths, turn off the telly and take your time. Excessive gas can build up when you swallow air when you eat too quickly. Eat more slowly and savor every bite of your food.
- Introducing fiber-rich foods slowly. Rather than loading up on high-fiber foods all at once, consider introducing fiber foods gradually.
- Moving after you eat. Take a walk after you eat, even if it’s a short stroll.
- Taking a natural digestive enzyme. Natural digestive enzymes can relieve your discomfort, especially if you don’t want to give up those healthy foods you like.
Digestive Enzymes for All Your Needs
Digestive enzymes are protein catalysts that enable you to break down foods into molecules so your body can absorb nutrients. They’re vital, not only for digestion, but for your overall health. The three main types of digestive enzymes are:
- Proteolytic enzymes: break down protein into amino acids.
- Lipase: break fat into fatty acids.
- Amylase: break carbohydrates into simple sugars.
Whether you need mild digestive support after meals or more serious support for heavyweight digestive concerns, digestive enzymes in varying strengths can give you the support you need.
Papaya Enzyme Formulas
Papaya enzymes are a great place to start for less serious digestive needs. Papain, the natural enzyme in papaya, can soothe mild heartburn and indigestion. This natural meat tenderizer is also excellent for breaking down the protein you eat. Enjoy papaya after breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Chewable Original Papaya Enzyme and Super Papaya Enzyme Plus are not only rich in natural digestive enzymes, they taste delicious! The Original Papaya Enzyme contains just the right amount of papain, amylase, protease and papaya fruit for mild digestive support.
Super Papaya Enzyme adds bromelain, cellulase and chlorophyll for a higher level of digestive support. This blend of enzymes helps to break down protein, carbohydrates and fats, and supports nutrient absorption. The hint of peppermint and chlorophyll make this formula a soothing after-dinner supplement.
Intensive Strength Enzyme Formula
Digest HPE™ is a heavyweight digestive enzyme complex formulated to address more serious digestive needs. With 13 distinct, naturally-derived protein-, carbohydrate- and fat-digesting enzymes, this hard-working formula works to break down foods into nutrient molecules your body can absorb.
What’s more, the enzymes in Digest HPE reflect the highest activity levels using standards from the Food Chemical Codex (FCC), the accepted standard of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
If you are pregnant, nursing or taking medications, consult your physician before use. Medications that may deplete the nutrients in Digest HPE include antibiotics, antimicrobial agents and anticoagulants.
Non-GMO. Suitable for vegans.
Probiotics for a Healthy Microbiome
A growing body of evidence supports the use of probiotics to not only regulate digestion and relieve constipation, but to also support immunity and help keep you physically – and emotionally – healthy.
Probiotic supplements work best when they are time released in your intestines – not your stomach. Exposing supplements to stomach gastric acids may destroy active bacteria before they reach the gastrointestinal tract where they are most effective. Take action if you’re bloated and gassy!
American Health’s Probiotic CD™ with 12 billion active bacteria organisms uses an award-winning, patented gel matrix (BIO-tract®), that creates a protective layer around each tablet. This gel matrix acts as a controlled delivery system to protect active bacteria from stomach gastric acids. The result? Living probiotic bacteria are gradually time released throughout the intestinal tract where they provide the most benefit.
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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.