I wish to touch upon an overlooked topic that can help everyone in many ways. We powerlifters, bodybuilders, strength athletes, and even endurance athletes eat a lot of food! In my younger days, I’ve been known to eat 8,000-11,000 calories a day. That can be really hard on your digestive system. As a matter of fact, one can overwork the cells that produce digestive enzymes. I am not going to get into how you can only absorb 30 gm of protein per sitting and should therefore eat 6 meals daily (there are pro’s and con’s for 6 meals daily, but that’s a topic for another time). I don’t even know who started that 40-50 years ago? Eat when you feel like it or need it! At any rate, I digress, but if you’re like me, and after a squat workout, you are so hungry you eat a dinner with 3000 calories, and feel too full and bloated afterwards; I have some solutions! After each big meal, I like to have a couple pieces of pineapple. Pineapple has bromelain which is an enzyme that’ll break down all that food. Some pineapple is dried (but coated in sugar), some packed in water, or sugary syrups, or you can buy a whole pineapple and cut it up. If you can’t eat all the sugar, you can get bromelain tablets at any health food store. We order ours from Swansonvitamins.com. You can also try chewable papaya enzymes! They taste great! I notice when I use pineapple or bromelain, my meals digest fast, and my gut is flat (vs too full for 3 hours). There are two other issues I’d like to touch on briefly. If you can’t tolerate dairy products, and feel nauseated or bloated from them, give Lactaid (name brand or generic a try). Also, if beans give you digestive problems, get a product with alpha-galactosidase enzyme (Anti-Gas capsules at Walgreens, or try Beano). But putting those two issues aside, I feel the addition of 2-3 pieces of pineapple (as long as you have no allergies or health issues with it) after each meal, will make a big difference in how flat your stomach feels, how easily you digest meals (in part by making it easier on your own stomach/intestines), and ultimately how much of the meal you can therefore absorb to grow and GET BRUTALLY HUGE! Best wishes, be good to your stomach and stay healthy.

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