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Your balanced daily diet should include protein-rich foods such as lean meat, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, dairy, beans, lentils and nuts. Proteins contain amino acids, essential nutrients that are the building blocks of every cell in your body. You must get proteins from the foods you eat to help build and repair tissues, organs and muscles and to produce blood and immune cells, hormones and enzymes. However, your body requires several digestive enzymes and the right chemical environment in your stomach to properly digest protein.
Add varied protein sources to your diet such as lean meat, poultry, fish, legumes, nuts, low-fat dairy and whole grains as part of a balanced diet. You should eat at least 3 to 7 servings of proteins a day, but keep each serving to about 3 to 4 ounces. Eating too many high-protein foods can slow digestion, because your body must produce enough enzymes to digest them.
Chew your food well, particularly protein foods such as meat and poultry. Proteins require more chewing to help mechanically break them down and release gastric acid secretions in your stomach. This makes the stomach environment more acidic, which helps to digest proteins faster.
Drink plenty of water during or immediately after eating protein-rich foods. Plant-based proteins such as beans, lentils and whole grains are also rich in fiber, which absorbs water in the digestive tract. Additionally, protein digestion releases harmful byproducts such as ammonia that must be removed through your liver and kidneys. Your body requires plenty of water to flush these out.
Eat a few pieces of pineapple before or during your protein-rich meal. This tropical fruit contains a natural enzyme called bromelain, which helps to break down the bonds between proteins, helping to digest them. Similarly, papaya fruit contains an enzyme compound called papain that facilitates the digestion of protein. Eating a serving of these fruits can help improve protein digestion and decrease bloating and indigestion.
- The papaya compound papain is also found in powdered meat tenderizers to help prepare meats before cooking.