When you eat, your pancreas and small intestine produce digestive enzymes that help in breaking down the foods. However, at times excess accumulation of digestive wastes, by increasing the toxin load in the body, impairs production of digestive enzymes. Insufficient secretion of digestive enzymes causes indigestion, bloating and gas and prevents your body from utilizing the nutrients present in the foods you eat. The simplest way to prevent digestive disorders and eliminate the digestive wastes from the body simultaneously is to drink a detox smoothie enriched with natural digestive enzymes.
The best natural sources of digestive enzymes are papaya, pineapple, mango and honey. Papaya contains papain and pineapple contains bromelain. Both these enzymes help in breaking down proteins. Mango contains the enzyme amylase that helps in breaking down starch. Honey provides the enzymes amylase, sucrase for breaking down sucrose and the enzyme protease for digesting protein. To boost your digestive system and to help colon cleansing, drink a glass of smoothie containing these digestive enzyme rich foods.
How to Make Digestive Enzyme Rich Detox Smoothie
Pineapple and Papaya Detox Smoothie
To prepare the smoothie, you will need half a papaya, two slices of pineapple and two tablespoons of unflavored yogurt. Yogurt contains the good bacteria that help in digestion and maintaining the optimal health of the digestive system. For additional benefit and better taste, you can add a teaspoon of lemon juice and four to five fresh mint leaves to the recipe.
In a blender, put all the ingredients. If desired, add a small amount of water. Blend until you get the desired smooth consistency. Drink a glass of the smoothie after a meal to improve digestion and detoxification.
Mango and Honey Smoothie
To reap the benefits of mango and honey, combine these digestive enzyme rich foods and make a detox smoothie. For this smoothie recipe, you will need two cups of mango cubes, one tablespoon of honey, a cup of plain yogurt, a teaspoon of lime juice and ¼-teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Lime juice and cinnamon, apart from enhancing the taste of the smoothie, are good for digestion.
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. This smoothie will keep you full for a long time. In addition to improving your digestion, it will also help in boosting your energy level.