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3500 Calories and Digestion

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 18, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Do i need to take any enzymes or similar to help with digestion of so much calories due to trying to gain weight and bodybuilding?

Well i currently dont have digestion issues as far as i know as i try drink a cup of home made goat kefir everyday. Would this help the digestion in any way?

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Good point greymouser. I just reread this answer and realized most of it doesn't make any sense.

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on April 19, 2013
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Enzymes are just proteins -- not living organisms and cannot die. They can deactivate or denature, however.

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on April 18, 2013
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Depends. If you are trying to eat a lot of whole foods to get that much calories in then yes, you are going to need some digestive help.

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What enzymes specifically are found in raw foods?

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A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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A few digestive enzymes use chloride ions in their structure. This includes amylase (starch digestion) and hydrochloric acid (protein digestion). Maybe this doesn't matter much, but maybe you'll improve the production of these enzymes by getting plenty of chloride (e.g. from salt).

Also here's a thread on improving fat digestion (taurine and ginger among the recommendations):

http://paleohacks.com/questions/186867/how-to-increase-the-digestion-of-the-fat-you-eat/186882#186882

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on April 19, 2013
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Make sure you chew a lot! Your stomach naturally produces enzymes for digestions when chewing. Sometimes I tend to eat fast when I need to eat a lot and this can be detrimental to optimal digestion

ALSO: Try making smoothies sometimes. I have switched my post workout protein+coconut milk shake to be a ~700 cal smoothie with fruit, avocado, etc to get in extra calories (should help with digestions since it's blended and also right after a workout)

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on April 18, 2013
at 09:56 PM

If you're eating a lot of raw foods, they already contain enzymes naturally. The enzymes die once cooked though, so if you are consuming a high protein diet, like most bodybuilders, then yes, incorporating a super foods (greens) containing probiotics and taking some enzyme capsules with your larger meals are a good idea.

Your pancreas produces most of the enzymes your body needs, and if your diet is high in cooked foods then your pancreas is working overtime. You don't want this. Enzymes support the pancreas and can reduce chances for pancreatic fatigue, even cancer.

-BodyFoodKitchen.com

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on April 18, 2013
at 10:26 PM

What enzymes specifically are found in raw foods?

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on April 19, 2013
at 03:41 PM

Enzymes are just proteins -- not living organisms and cannot die. They can deactivate or denature, however.

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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on April 19, 2013
at 10:39 PM

Good point greymouser. I just reread this answer and realized most of it doesn't make any sense.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 18, 2013
at 09:45 PM

Do you have digestion problems currently?

There is no need for enzymes / supplements when eating in excess of caloric needs, unless your digestion is already troubled. If that was the case, you're probably already taking supplements for that condition and should likely continue.

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