If you want to have high levels of digestive enzymes, there are some foods that are better than others. In general, fresh, natural foods that have been minimally processed and only partially cooked are the best for keeping your digestive enzyme levels high. If you eat overly processed food that has been prepared at a high temperature (over 117 degrees Fahrenheit or 48 degrees centigrade), the enzymes in the food are destroyed. As a result, your body has to rely on more of its own digestive enzymes to cover the deficit.
The short story is that you need to eat more healthy food and eat less junk if you want to keep your gut, including your digestive enzyme levels, in good shape. It’s just common sense. The movie Supersize Me is worth watching because it demonstrates how eating fast food can lead to fatty liver.
I can share some examples of the healthy foods I eat that are great for keeping digestive enzymes up and running. Grass-fed rotisserie lamb, roasted aubergines, very lightly cooked green beans, Greek salad with olive oil and lemon dressing, potato salad with homemade mayonnaise, and a salad of big leafy greens are all good choices. Hopefully, you get the idea. Lots of fresh food, minimally processed, and raw when possible, all add up to a healthy gut. In my experience, the hotter the temperature, the more it makes sense to eat raw food.
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I strongly recommend eating more raw foods. Raw foods contain enzymes that contribute to digestion. Also, make sure you chew your food really well. If you want more information on raw food, check out the book by Dr. Edward Howell called Enzyme Nutrition.
Having a comprehensive stool analysis is another good idea. You might find Citrobacter, Klebsiella, Candida, SIBO, or parasites. Any of these problems make digestive enzyme issues even worse and vice versa. If you don’t have enough digestive enzymes, food is only partially digested, and the fermentation necessary for a healthy gut doesn’t occur. Candida doesn’t like a gut that has a high level of enzymatic activity. Digestive enzymes help maintain a low pH (acid) environment in the stomach, which discourages harmful bacteria and yeast from proliferating.
Your stomach is a crucial organ – particularly as you get older. Keeping your digestive system in good working order is one way of staying healthy as you age.