Improve protein digestion with gingery pear smoothie
Improving your digestion is important after weight loss surgery. Your stomach acid has important roles in digesting food. If stomach acid is low, so are pepsin levels and in the end proteins don’t get broken down into their component amino acids and peptides.
Lack of stomach acid can lead to many health problems including weight gain
This can lead to a deficiency of essential amino acids, which are instrumental in many processes in the body including building and preserving muscle, healing, making cells, hormones, vitamins & minerals, sleep, anxiety and depression.
The goal is to keep the stomach acid pH between 1-3 for optimal digestion. WLS patients stomach acid pH is typically found between 5-7.(read more here)
The ginger used in this recipe is a very simple and affordable way to increase stomach acid and is also a prebiotic that will help feed the good bacteria.
Additional foods to restore stomach acid: lemon, fermented sauerkraut, kimchi, & kombucha.
1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
1 cup fresh spinach
1 heaping cup diced frozen pears
1/2 cup greek yogurt or 1/4 cup Kefir
1/2 teaspoon ginger root, peeled
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
BLEND & SERVE
Place all ingredients in a blender on high until smooth. Serve.
*If dairy intolerant use coconut or almond milk yogurt.
YOUR WELCOME 🙂
Enjoy this refreshing, fulfilling and tasty way to restore stomach acid while improving your overall health!