I have written many times in the past of the importance of digestive health in its relationship to overall health. A healthy digestive system is directly related to immune function and the body’s ability to fight off disease. If there is something wrong with your gut, you will eventually suffer elsewhere.
To maintain digestive health is a challenge due to our modern lifestyle which depletes the digestive enzymes and probiotics that allow us to digest our food and absorb nutrients. With deficiencies in digestive enzymes we suffer from constipation, bloating, gas, acid reflux, and heartburn as a result of food not being fully or properly digested. Undigested food in your digestive tract will rot and increase the risk of infection and disease. So what can eating kiwis do to help?
It has been found that kiwis are high in a natural enzyme, called actinidin, that can help your digestive system by enabling you to digest proteins. Kiwi extract has been observed to help in the digestion of some proteins present in foods, particularly those in yoghurt, cheese, fish, and raw eggs. Actinidin is so helpful in digestion because it behaves in the same way as the natural digestive enzyme, pepsin, produced in the stomach. Kiwi also helps to restore a healthy balance of probiotic bacteria making it a double winner in the digestive health space.
By the way, if you’ve been peeling the skin of kiwis, think again. It has been found that the skin contains antixoidants that can fight Staphylococcus and E-coli, the top causes of food poisoning.
Kiwis, a rich source of naturally occurring vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium and essential fatty acids, are a delicious and exotic little fruit that is easily found in your supermarket produce aisle. Add some chopped up kiwis to a fruit salad of berries for a healthy and delicious treat that will soothe your stomach.
Now it’s your turn: How do you eat your kiwis?
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