Are you digesting dietary fat well enough?
Fat is essential to life, this is why fats are referred to as Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). You make stress and sex hormones from it, you build most cell walls out of it, you even make your brain matter from it. It is no wonder that people who have low-fat diets are at a higher risk of stroke. The authors of a recent study of 135,000 people in multiple countries concluded, “we found that a high carbohydrate intake was associated with an adverse impact on total mortality, whereas fats including saturated and unsaturated fatty acids were associated with lower risk of total mortality and stroke.”1
If you are not breaking down your fats correctly, you will notice very specific symptom patterns. Typically, conventional medicine looks at the relationship between the stomach and pancreas, focusing heavily on Lipase Enzyme production. These practitioners narrow in on treating a few symptoms like fatty stool (poop), stomach pain, inflammation, and foul-smelling gas. Integrative practitioners will look at the pancreas, but also look at the production of bile from the liver. This broadens the symptom perspective to include skin conditions, general itchiness, toxicity, constipation, cholesterol balance, etc.
Lipase enzymes are great, but heavily degraded by stomach acid. Therefore this recipe uses bitters (well researched to show an increase in pancreatic enzymes AND bile) that can bypass the stomach acid and help you digest fats more naturally. Keep track of your symptoms using our free assessment and follow-up symptom tracking page.
#functionalfoods for the Fat Intolerant Individual
This smoothie is packed with real foods that will aid your body in fat digestion. It contains high amounts of betaine from the beet leaves which helps create bile in your liver. It contains bitter foods (tangerine zest and beet leaves) that stimulate lipase enzymes and even more bile to break down fats. The avocado and sprouted almonds contain easy to digest fats. The apple is used for its pectin content that has been shown to promote the regression of gallstones. If beets are your spirit vegetable, this smoothie is for you. The taste is citrusy and sweet with earthy notes. The recipe can be customized to fit your preferred tasting ratio of sweet to earthy.
This smoothie is super grounding with an earthy flavor.