How to Increase Lipase Production

By Stacie Dagres

The enzyme lipase is made up of amino acids used to help the body catalyze fat or lipid molecules into glycerol and fatty acids in the small intestine. Lipase enzymes can be produced by the pancreas and tongue and are found in food. Enzymes are responsible for a number of biochemical functions critical for your body to derive nourishment from the foods you eat, release waste, and disperse nutrients. Because enzymes are part of a dynamic chain reaction, there are a number of factors that can accelerate lipase enzyme production and how the body metabolizes food.

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The enzyme lipase is made up of amino acids used to help the body catalyze fat or lipid molecules into glycerol and fatty acids in the small intestine. Lipase enzymes can be produced by the pancreas and tongue and are found in food. Enzymes are responsible for a number of biochemical functions critical for your body to derive nourishment from the foods you eat, release waste, and disperse nutrients. Because enzymes are part of a dynamic chain reaction, there are a number of factors that can accelerate lipase enzyme production and how the body metabolizes food.

Study the glycemic index (GI) to learn about the type of carbohydrates contained in food and how it affects your body once they are eaten. Studies show that consuming high-glycemic foods accelerates metabolism, triggering insulin to lower blood sugar levels. The body responds by releasing lipoprotein lipase (LPL), the “fat enzyme." After eating high-glycemic foods, you may experience reduced energy and hunger a short time afterward.

Eat high-glycemic foods with a GI index of more than 70 to stimulate the release of LPL. High-glycemic foods usually are processed white foods such as white bread, pretzels, doughnuts, corn chips, instant potatoes and waffles.

Exercise regularly to raise your metabolism and stimulate lipase levels. Find creative ways to build movement into your daily routine such as talk on the phone while standing, climb stairs instead of taking the elevator and do stretching exercises throughout the day.

Drink mineral water from the Czech town of Karlovy Vary’s world renowned resort, which has been shown to increase enzyme activity. Experiments conducted on animals by Czech scientists confirm that drinking Karlovy Vary Healing Mineral Water stimulates the release of pancretic fluids and increases enzyme production in the pancreas.

Consume 75 percent of your diet in raw foods to derive the necessary enzymes from food sources, suggests health activist Dr. Joseph Mercola. Raw foods facilitate the production of lipase enzymes necessary to break down lipids in the small intestines and throughout the digestive tract. Some of the foods richest in enzymes are sprouts, avocado, papaya, grapes, raw honey, extra virgin olive oil, raw milk and coconut oil.

Tip

Doing at least 30 minutes of exercise activity regularly will burn more calories, raise your metabolism and increase lipase levels so the body can better metabolize fat. A study conducted by University of Missouri researchers showed that uninterrupted sitting over a long period of time causes lipase levels to decrease by 10 percent, hampering the body’s ability to dispose of fat.

As temperatures rise so does the rate of enzyme activity. A temperature increase of 10 degrees Centigrade will cause enzyme activity to increase by 50 percent to 100 percent.

Warning

Be aware that consuming high glycemic foods on a regular basis can result in weight gain and pose a greater risk of contracting Type 2 diabetes.

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About the Author

Stacie Dagres began writing professionally in 1994. Her writing experience is drawn from a background in government, business and nonprofit organizations. Dagres' work has appeared in numerous government publications and a regional radio network, while her public relations writing has been published in newspapers, magazines and online. She holds a Bachelor of Science in geography from the University of Idaho.

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