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Let’s Break it Down…
This week’s lesson is easily digestible, we’ll guide you through the basics on digestive enzymes & amino acids. Here at Global Glow we believe that achieving incredible health, all begins with incredible information! Knowledge is power, let us teach you the building blocks so you can truly understand what your body needs & how to ultimately care for it! Pop quiz: What’s the difference between digestive enzymes & amino acids?
Let’s find out!
What are digestive enzymes? Anyone? This is not the most commonly known term, yet digestive enzymes are crucial nutrients that aid your digestive system! We’re all about loving your gut! The organs in your digestive system take all the food and liquids you eat and break them down into much simpler and easily digestible forms aka: proteins, carbs, fats and vitamins. These nutrients then move through your body and bloodstream where they give you energy for growth and repair within your body! This is where digestive enzymes come into play: they literally break down all the protein, carb, fat and vitamin molecules into even smaller molecules so your body can properly absorb them, leaving your gut happy, healthy & free of bloating!
3 Types of Digestive Enzymes:
- Proteases: Break down protein into small peptides and amino acids
- Lipases: Break down fat into three fatty acids plus a glycerol molecule
- Amylases: Break down carbs like starch into simple sugars
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DIGESTION AID 101
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Feed Your Body Right
Digestive enzymes are the key to fighting stubborn bloating, helping us feel lean & light! But what if your body can’t make enough digestive enzymes on its own? Then your food molecules can’t be properly digested which leads to digestive disorders such as being lactose intolerant! Eating a clean, healthy diet is truly the best way to support your system. Just imagine digestive enzymes trying to break down a candy bar or fast food burger, that’s a tough job. But you can help your body break down meals like a pro by adding these nutritious foods to your repertoire:
Foods Loaded with Digestive Enzymes:
- Tropical Fruits: Pineapple, Mango, Papaya, Bananas, Kiwi
- Raw Honey
- Fermented Foods: Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Miso
What are amino acids? Well they are your ticket to ultimate protein gains! Amino acids are organic compounds when combined together they produce protein. They are known as the building blocks of protein and play many vital roles in your body. Amino acids are needed for crucial processes such as muscle repair & development, the synthesis of hormones and neurotransmitters, regulating immune function and of course building up proteins.
All About Amino Acids
Let’s break it down even more, when protein is digested in the body, amino acids are what is leftover, then the body uses them to:
- Break down food
- Promote growth
- Repair body tissue
- Provide the body with energy
Amino acids can be classified into 3 groups:
- Essential amino acids
- Nonessential amino acids
- Conditional amino acids
The 9 essential amino acids are: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. These amino acids perform a range of tasks from regulating appetite, sleep & mood, improving your immunity & digestion and reducing bloating! They are essential for a reason!
Complete Sources of Amino Acids:
- Organic Meat
- Organic Wild-Caught Seafood
- Organic Poultry
- Organic Free Range Eggs
- Quinoa & Buckwheat
A well-balanced diet full of healthy protein sources, including beans and nuts, will provide your body with the amino acids it needs. Just be sure to vary the sources of protein that you are consuming! Did you know…our fan-fave Nourishing Protein in both Chocolate & Vanilla has all the 9 essential amino acids that your body needs to thrive! Mix into a smoothie & voilá, your daily dose of protein is served!
Amino Acid arsenal
Amplify your essential amino acid intake with these high protein recipes!
SUMMARY OF TODAY’S LESSON: Our body needs certain vital nutrients & compounds to properly thrive, when our body is lacking what it needs this compromises the nervous, reproductive, digestive, and immune system! Remember to feed your body right, and it will love you right back!
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