What goes into a great Digestion promoting blend?
- Foods that are high in proteolytic enzymes that digest (break down into smaller units) protein. These enzymes (among others) include bromelain (pineapple enzyme) and papain (papaya enzyme).
- Foods that promote the proliferation of healthy gut flora.
- Foods that soothe / repair the intestinal lining.
- Foods that promote fiber to assist in the removal of waste out of the digestive system.
The following recipe is simply a guide to help those of you interested in creating your own Digest Blend.
Your idea of a Digest Blend, may be completely different, otherwise add and subtract from the below to come up with your very own custom-made version!
Papaya (Paw Paw) Powder 20-30% – Papaya is a rich source of proteolytic enzymes such as papain, which can aid in the digestive process. As a large percentage of the population have less than optimal digestive strength, papaya can assist in the break down of heavy protein such as red meat, breaking them down to their individual amino acids so they can be readily used for growth and repair of the body.
Pineapple Powder – 20-30% – rich in the enzyme Bromelain which specifically digests proteins, bromelain has been found to help the body digest food and absorb nutrients more efficiently, as well as being extremely effective at healing issues in the gastrointestinal tract.
Chia Seeds – 20-30% – High in omega-3, protein and calcium, these tiny seeds contain twice as much fiber as oats. Their fiber content improves digestion by speeding up the movement and elimination of waste through your body and should be a part of your daily diet. Chia seeds also have a soothing effect throughout the digestive tract, as their fatty acids nourish the intestinal walls.
Inulin Powder – 10-20% – is a water soluble, prebiotic fiber which helps nourish beneficial bacteria in your gut. These beneficial bacteria in turn assist with digestion and absorption of food. Inulin also assists in the health of the intestinal walls as it is converted into short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that are then converted to healthy ketones that feed the tissues of the intestinal walls.
Green Banana (Resistant Starch) Powder – 10-20% – similar to Inulin powder. Green Banana RS powder is an excellent prebiotic source, on top of being highly nutritious in it’s own right.
Aloe Vera Powder – 1-2% – aloe vera leaf is greatly renowned for it’s gut soothing and healing properties. It is also believed to help normalize acid/alkaline and pH balance, lessens yeast formation and encourage proliferation of healthy gut flora. Finally aloe vera can have a mild laxative effect, thereby assisting in the maintenance of healthy waste removal.
Chlorella / Kales / Greens – 2-5% – Broadly greens provide blood cleaning chlorophyll and are an excellent source of prebiotic fiber.
Chlorella is renowned for it’s detoxing properties, thereby cleaning out toxins from the digestive tract. Chlorella due to the phenomenon known as “Chlorella Growth Factor” (CGF) greatly assists in the proliferation of healthy gut flora (which as noted above assists in digestion).
Kale and other bitters greens such as endives, stimulate the secretion of certain digestive fluids and enzymes, thus adding fuel to the digestive process.
Biohawk “Relief” Ginger Enzyme powder – 2.5% – made from three gingers, this dry powder is extremely high in digestion promoting enzymes.
Other digestion assisting food powders may include; fennel, lemon, mango.
For more details please refer to our How it Works page.