A ‘Digestive Aid’ That Grows on a Tree

Has taking Pepto after a meal become your norm?

(We’ll set aside the first question- what are you eating (that’s not likely Paleo) that’s making you feel it’s necessary to take something to help you digest in the first place…)

When True Paleo eating becomes part and parcel of your normal regime, proper digestion should not be an issue.  However, all of us may have an upset stomach now and then and this is precisely when the subjects of this post comes in handy:

Bromelain and papain.

Enzymes found naturally in pineapple and papaya, respectively, both can aid in digestion and help to settle an upset stomach.  A small serving after a meal is also a nice, sweet ending to complete your balanced Paleo meal.

Don’t overdo it as too much can cause diarrhea;  a small portion goes a long way and doesn’t require you to ingest the following laundry list of ingredients found in good old Pepto Bismol: benzoic acid, D&C Red No. 22, D&C Red No. 28, flavor, magnesium aluminum silicate, methylcellulose, saccharin sodium, salicylic acid, sodium salicylate, sorbic acid, water. 

If you’re experiencing GI distress regularly, address it!   Figure out the cause and if you haven’t already gone completely Paleo, give that a try first.   Please don’t just continue to be uncomfortable and hope that a slice of papaya will cure it.

For the odd bout of tummy trouble, though, give these lovely, fresh fruits a try and see if they don’t prove to be  the perfect Paleo panacea.