How to Make Digestive Enzyme Detox Smoothie

digestive detox smoothie

This is one of my favorite detox smoothies that has many health benefits. This detox smoothie consists of pineapple and papaya which contain digestive enzymes that help to ease the burden of the complicated process of digestion.

Papaya and pineapple enzymes digest proteins, and because of their protein dissolving properties, it is no wonder that pineapple and papaya juices work wonderfully as meat tenderizers.

Nowadays people consume in their diet a large amount of meat and plant protein, and we don’t have enough enzymes needed to digest them properly. Although our body produces many enzymes needed for digestion, we also depend on our food to provide the rest. These enzymes can be found in large quantity in raw foods, but because we consume processed foods in excess amounts, we lack the quantity necessary to enable healthy digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Here comes the detox smoothie with papaya and pineapple: papaya enzymes are called papain and are extracted from the leaves and fruit of the papaya plant. Pineapple enzymes are called bromelain, and exists in all parts of the fresh plant and fruit. Both enzymes are reputed to provide a wide variety of health benefits. Bromelain and papain are traditionally used for their anti-inflammatory properties and are consumed orally and topically for minor skin irritations or burns. The papain also acts as a diuretic, and has anti-microbial and anti-ulcerative properties. As such, papaya enzymes are believed to help relieve a variety of gastrointestinal complaints, as well as stomach ulcers and pancreatic enzyme deficiency. Pineapple enzymes are also used to treat digestive problems, as well as frequent heartburn. You can read more about pineapple and papaya in my articles how to use pineapple as a medicine, and 10 amazing reasons to eat papaya.

The plain bio yogurt in this recipe also aids digestion as it contains “friendly bacteria” that are naturally present in the digestive system, and can help boost the immune system and promote a healthy digestive tract. Yogurt is one of the superfoods mentioned in my e-book about superfoods which is part of the Natural Health Revolution Program. This program will help you to achieve your health, nutrition and weight loss goals.

Now lets get to the detox smoothie recipe:

2 slices pineapple
1/2 papaya, cubed
2 tablespoons low-fat plain bio yogurt
1/2 lemon (optional)
1 sprig of mint

Put all the ingredients in a blender and whiz until smooth. Enjoy this detox smoothie after any meal to help your digestive system to do it’s important role.

You can find more recipes and helpful information about how to detox safely in my e-book The Detox Guide, where you will find how to cleanse and energize your body, increase stamina and improve your body’s digestive process:

The Detox Guide

21 Responses to How to Make Digestive Enzyme Detox Smoothie

  1. Erica says:

    What do you reccommend replacing the yogurt with for those of us who know we have a dairy intolerance?

  2. michele says:

    coconut water is good too more of a juice than a smoothie ……

  3. Amina Ahmad says:

    The smoothie should be consumed after every meal or once or twice a day?

  4. Marci says:

    Use full fat yogurt, it’s healthier.

    • Jenny says:

      There are health benefits to including any type of plain yogurt in your diet. Both low-fat and full-fat varieties are rich sources of calcium and protein, and both varieties also contain probiotics.It all depends in your considerations – if you’re trying to lose weight or maintain weight, low-fat yogurt is a better choice. If your objective is to gain weight healthfully or add fat to your diet, try the full-fat variety instead.

      • Vanessa says:

        “low fat” usually means processed and messed with. Staying chemical and preservative free is a sure way to clean your digestive tract as well as lose weight. Foods that are the least processed are best. Full fat organic yogurt certainly is not going to add any pounds to your body.

  5. Sasha says:

    Anything that says “low fat” on packaging STAY AWAY from it. People think they can eat the food they love, without having to worry about the consequences if they chose the low-fat label. This is quite opposite of the reality of low-fat labels.
    Fat provides flavor in food. If you are buying a food that previously tasted good because of its fat content (like yogurt, for example), the fat has to be replaced with something else in order to be flavourful. This can mean added sugar, which also means added calories. Low fat items often contain more calories than their full-fat counterparts. I won’t even begin to start talking about the health risks of preservatives and artificial additives…..

    • Jenny says:

      When people consume any product, they should look at the label to check what it contains. This is true not only for fat content, but sugar content as well.

  6. Colleen says:

    It’s important to use organic papaya (usually sourced from S. American countries) as GMO papayas are approved in the US and Canada. Unless it’s organic there is an extremely high chance it’s GMO but there is no way to tell for sure. Where I am in Canada, organic papayas are pretty hard to find, and are usually very sorry looking :( I am trying to source a non GMO papaya based digestive enzyme to use instead.

  7. Weny says:

    Drinking this after every meal is a very expensive exercise here in Australia papayas are about $6-7 each,and can pick up a pineapple for about $4 usually. Lemons are about $1 each at the moment. I make my own yoghurt so that saves a bit Cant get organic papaya unless we grow it our selves and don’t have room for a tree here
    Just may try it once or twice a week but not every day 3 times a day lol

  8. Kelly says:

    If cost and availability are issues, could someone simply
    Take a daily Pepsin and Betaine supplement?
    My integrative doc recommends them to help
    With absorption.

  9. Sheila Copeland says:

    Do you have to drink the digestive smooth in all meals are only one a day

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Sheila, You can drink it before any meal, but in certain places in the world papaya and pineapple can be quite expensive, so in this case it will be best to drink it before the biggest meal of the day to help with digestion.

  10. Sunny says:

    Suffering from stomach problem CANT DIGEST ANY THING specially milk and swelling in stomach does it help

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Sunny, some people who struggle to digest milk can still digest yogurt which has gone fermentation. I don’t know if you are one of them, but perhaps its best to start from a small quantity and see how you feel. Another option is to skip the yogurt and use the other ingredients.

  11. Robin says:

    I know fresh fruit is always better but it is not available all the time. Can frozen fruits be used?

    • Jenny says:

      Frozen fruit is the next best thing after fresh one. I’ve understood that freezing pineapple or papaya does not affect the enzymatic activity, but cooked or canned pineapple/papaya don’t have the digestive effect, as the enzymes are destroyed in the cooking process.

  12. lola says:

    My husband has lots of trouble with stomach if you were using pineapple juice an papaya juice how much would you use. An could the for rest few times could it give you diareia. He’s real secretive

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Lola, perhaps it’s best to start from one glass of this smoothie after the main meal of the day to aid digestion. If no side effects occur, your husband can increase the amount gradually and see how the body reacts.

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