After weeks of fruitcake, eggnog, and candy canes, it’s only a matter of time before your digestive system begins to revolt. The answer? Pineapple and papaya.
Both of these delicious tropical fruits are not only high in fiber, but also rich in digestive enzymes. (Pineapple is rich in the enzyme bromelain, while papaya is rich in papain.)
These enzymes work in harmony with your digestive system to break down protein-rich foods like meat, poultry and dairy so that their nutrients are better absorbed by the body. Plus, both of these enzymes have anti-inflammatory properties, making them helpful in relieving stomach upset and ulcers.
Just be careful to not overindulge in these fruits—which can be difficult since they are so tasty! Eating too much can have the opposite of the desired effect, leaving you with gas and bloating, due to their high fiber content.
Instead, you may want to concentrate on the enzymes themselves, namely bromelain and papain. If you want to really up the stakes (and stay in the P theme), you can add in pancreatic enzymes, one of your body's most efficient ways to reduce inflammation.