The food we eat is made out of large and complex molecules that first have to be broken down into much smaller particles.
This breaking down process is the job of the digestive enzymes. These enzymes are produced at different stages along the digestive tract and if you don’t produce sufficient amounts, you can get indigestion, bloating, flatulence and long term – nutrient deficiencies, allergies and digestive infections such as candidiasis. There are several ways to improve your ability to digest food by following these enzyme-friendly steps:
- Take a digestive enzyme (such as Digestaid) with each main meal
- Avoid over-eating and rather eat smaller portions more often
- Marinate meat in lemon juice or other marinades to make it more digestible
- Eat a variety of raw foods with are rich in natural enzymes
- Choose fermented foods such as yoghurt or sauerkraut- it is full of beneficial bacteria
- Chew properly and eat food slowly
Marinating meat with naturally acidic ingredients, like vinegar or citrus juices, tenderizes the meat, making the protein easier to digest.
- Lemon and olive oil marinade – Mix a little olive oil, lemon juice and dried oregano and/or rosemary.
- Red wine and mustard marinade – Combine tomato sauce, a little red wine vinegar and Dijon mustard. Mix well.
- Asian marinade – Combine soy sauce, oyster sauce and sesame oil. Mix well.
- Spicy tomato marinade – Grate half a large onion, cook with 1 tbsp of oil and 1 tbsp of crushed garlic. Add 1 tsp of dry mustard, 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce, ¼ cup tomato paste and ½ cup water. Simmer for 10 minutes, stir occasionally. Pour over meat.
You’ll need about half a cup of marinade to flavour 500g of meat