I don't get medical problems often, but every once in a while something will pop up that I need to tend to. Right now, I'm having stomach issues, which is annoying to me, because I can usually eat like a bear (as long as I exercise to counterbalance my caloric intake), and my digestive tract usually does what it's supposed to.
However, lately, I can feel my food taking a lot longer than usual to digest, and I figure that I must have done something to throw off the natural acidic environment of my stomach. Also, although I don't think it's hereditary, my dad had ulcers, so I hope I'm not heading down that road! From the random stomach pains I've been having lately (and remembering what my dad used to go through with that), I know that that is not somewhere you want to go! So, for now, I've been drinking milk, and maybe eating some dairy, and those soothe my stomach instantly.
This same thing actually happened to me once many years ago, and I went to the doctor. He suggested eating papaya, either raw or taking it in tablet form. I did what he said, and it worked.
So, this evening, I'm heading to the supermarket to stock up. I have to admit, not having grown up eating papaya, it's a bit strange to me, but I'll eat it anyway. Maybe I need to find a better way to fix it than just slicing and eating it. Maybe some honey on top? I dunno. To me, the taste is just a little bit funky, but bearable.
However, upon further examination, papaya is one hell of a fruit! Well, it's actually an overgrown herb called herbaceous perennial. The reason that it helps with digestion is because it contains the enzyme papain, which helps to break down certain proteins in foods. This stuff is also used in meat tenderizer, and in other concoctions, has been used to help heal wounds by eating away the dying tissue.
Almost scary to think of putting it in your stomach, but the stomach's environment and lining are impervious to the tenderizing effects of papain.
Also, if you're looking for a super food, this is IT. Papayas are a good source of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin E, carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, and lycopene.
They have 33% more vitamin C and 50% more potassium than oranges and with less calories. Papayas have 13 times more vitamin C and more than twice the potassium of apples. Papayas have four times more vitamin E than both apples and oranges.
How about THEM papayas??
So, while I'm working to calm and straighten out my stomach, I know that eating these papaya for the next few days is gonna turn me back into Super Woman. They're that good!
If any of you have some good suggestions on how to prepare them, let me know! I could use some ideas! :)