Say Goodbye to Occasional Food Bloat*
Occasional digestive issues are a pain—literally.
Take it from me. I’m no stranger to digestive issues, especially during the holiday season when my diet is all over the place and indulgences are a common occurrence as I meet with good friends (safely). Sometimes, I know even before I partake in a meal that I’ll probably feel some discomfort later one. I know it’s not the best choice, but I keep doing it (#HappyHolidays #NoRegrets).
Chances are, you’re willing to court a bellyache to appease your tastebuds this holiday season. So whatever your cravings, there’s something you can do to help nullify the pain and bust your belly bloat.
Say Hello to Digestive Enzymes
Your body produces enzymes to break down the foods you eat by way of your saliva, pancreas, and liver. As food travels through your digestive system, carbs, fats, and proteins are converted into compounds your body can absorb by these enzymes:
- Amylase—for starches
- Lactase—for lactose, found in dairy
- Cellulase—for cellulose in plants, like fruits and veggies
- Lipase—for fat
- Papain, protease, and bromelain—for proteins
With age, enzyme production may slow down, leading to occasional pain and discomfort from gas and bloating.
Normal, healthy enzyme production helps your body process your meals more efficiently. But as we approach the holidays, filled with large tables of food and belly-bursting meals, a plant-based digestive support supplement may be a welcome guest.*
Say Goodbye to Occasional Food Bloat
It’s recommended you take a digestive support supplement before you eat a large meal or if you make a dietary change that may require some extra help for your digestive tract.*
For a deeper look into how these enzymes work, check out the science behind this natural process.
The Oatmeal Test
If you’re still not convinced, or you’re curious to see these enzymes in action, a simple science experiment can show digestion at work—the oatmeal test.
Cook a bowl of oatmeal using as little liquid as possible. Then, add a digestive enzyme (preferably in powder form), mix it up, and let it sit for about 10 minutes. You’ll see the oatmeal begin to break down before your eyes.
Digestion for Health
Keeping your gut healthy should be at that top of your list for regular upkeep. A body in prime working order supports your immune system to help you live a full, happy life. Don’t let the holiday season slow you down this year. Give your digestive system a boost and sail through those delicious comfort-food favorites with ease—#NoRegrets.* Happy holidays!
Sarah Limardo is an editor from Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s an avid reader of young adult fiction—follow her on Instagram @SarahLimardo.