Ways to improve protein digestion

Posted on June 24, 2007


1. Proteins need an acid environment to digest. Drink between meals not at meals. Liquid at meal times dilutes the gastric acid. Avoid meaty soups. If you do have them, eat the meat and the broth at different meals.

2. Eat all your meat first. This ensures that the meat is covered fully in acid in the stomach. The veges and the rest don’t need the acid and can sit like a blanket on top. Hence no 3.

3. Don’t disturb the stack of food in your stomach by getting up and down, or moving around during the meal. Sit down, enjoy your family and friends company for at least half an hour after the meal this will aid digestion immeasurably.

4. If you don’t have success with the preceding two suggestions, separate your meals. Have a meat and vege meal (no carbs) then a carb meal (no meat) later

5. VERY importantly, don’t have three big meals a day.

The whole theory behind the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is to aim for complete digestion before the food hits the large bowel. The body has a better chance of digesting six half-size meals per day than three big ones. In this way the acid can work to completion of a moderate portion of meat. Also your pancreas and saliva can cope with secreting enough enzymes to do the job.

6. Don’t eat after 21:00, and forget everything about delicious late night snacks. When you come home hungry at 02:00 in the morning, drink water – only water. Your intestines have to rest at this time of the day.

7. Do your best to keep your bedtime – and to get no less than eight hours of sleep every night. Your night sleep means more to your intestines and your digestive system than you’d imagine.

8. Generally, drink lots of water. (Read more about why here.)
Try to follow this timetable every day :

0730, 1030, 1230, 1400 1530, 1730, 1900, 2100.

Drink water half an hour or an hour before meals. After a meal, wait for about one or half an hour later before consuming water. Do not drink and eat at the same time, this will dilute your gastric juices for digestion in your stomach, refer to (1).

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Practice good behaviour.

I remembered my dad mentioning to me about the Carbs Diet, i was skeptical about it, but it does make sense, if you read (1-4). But heck, Atkins Diet work faster for me because without glucose and fats breaking down, the body will use protein as energy resource. Hence, you have leaner muscles and less fats. Yeah sure it won’t be long lasting if you don’t excercise, which i’m not since i’m having exams. Gish! I’m feeling bloated!


Well, of proteins again, taking excess proteins to meet body needs is called positive nitrogen balance: nitrogen input is more than nitrogen output; happens in growing infants and children, pregnant women, and people recovering from protein deficiency and illness . Excess proteins will be excreted as Urea. Lack of protein in our body is called negative nitrogen balance: nitrogen output is higher than nitrogen input; happens in people who are starving or suffering other severe stresses such as burns, injuries, infections, and fever. This is when body loses protein as it is breakdown for energy. Usually for adults the nitrogen intake is balance.
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Taking The Protein From The Muscles

The body’s skeletal muscles act as an emergency source of protein if insufficient amounts are eaten. The body can break down its own muscle tissue, and transport the amino acids gathered from that muscle destruction to the more vital organs, if necessary. (As an aside, recall that we know that people on very low fat diets are also, frequently and by default, on low protein diets. This is because most of the rich sources of protein in foods are also in sources of dietary fat. These dieters lose their muscle mass because their bodies cannibalize their own muscles as a source of the proteins that they need, but are not eating.)

~Is the reason why Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 people grows thinner.

Another interesting fact about protein:
Problems Arising From Incomplete or Improper Protein Digestion

Sometimes, instead of being properly broken down into amino acids, small amounts of whole or partial proteins are absorbed into the blood. The body wants amino acids, not whole proteins, and whole proteins are viewed by the system as an enemy. This is where we get the phrase foreign protein. The presence of protein instead of amino acids may lead to food allergies, to a shock reaction called anaphylaxis (anna-phil-AXIS), to other symptoms typical of an allergy, such as sneezing, breathing difficulties, skin rashes, headaches, nausea, or even, in severe cases, death. And these problems result from just a very small amount of the food protein, which doesn’t belong there.

Sometimes protein substances containing nitrogen may reach the large intestine. This may be undigested or partly digested food residues, unabsorbed amino acids, unused protein enzymes, or the protein of dead bacteria. These protein substances will likely be attacked by microorganisms (bacteria) that live in the intestinal tract, and be decomposed by the process called putrefaction (pew-tra-FAC-tion). This often results in diarrhea.

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