After WLS surgery studies suggest we become deficient in digestive enzymes, particularly with gastric bypass and the malabsorptive procedures. This leads to stomach discomfort, bloating, and extreme cases chronic nausea.
A simply remedy is to include a papaya enzyme supplement in your diet. The tropical papaya contains a chemical called papain that is effective in digesting proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. In fact, papaya has long been used as a meat tenderizer, which essentially begins protein breakdown during the cooking and preparation process of food.
Recipe: Tropical Protein Papaya Smoothie
Papaya enzymes have shown positive results in aiding digestion and more recent research suggests the enzyme may be useful in reducing blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Papaya enzyme tablets can be found in the personal health section of your market and are inexpensive. Follow dosing directions on the bottle and implement the supplement in your diet for at least 30 days to determine its effectiveness in your post-WLS high protein diet.
Papaya fruit, in its fresh state, is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, and magnesium. Some weight loss surgery patients may have an adverse reaction to the natural sugars in papaya. In this case it is important to enjoy fresh papaya fruit in small amounts served with lean protein.