If you think about it – how you process your food really determines everything about you – whether you have the nutrients required to build the neurotransmitter that allows you to feel joy for example.
Let that one sink in for a second …
Everything we do, feel, and think is based upon complex chemical reactions within our bodies and when we don’t have the materials necessary for those reactions to occur, we just don’t experience those things – or we experience them in a warped way. Those materials come from our diet.
BUT – even if you eat the most nutritious clean diet in the world, if your system is not functioning properly – you still won’t gain the benefit from that diet! The first step then is to help our bodies break down our food in a useful manner – it all starts there.
How do we do that? We take ENZYMES.
The following is gleaned from the Enzymedica website, the company I buy many of my enzymes from. I’ve found them to be the best quality enzymes around – especially for specific concerns.
On their website they have a fantastic test that discovers the enzyme (s) you are deficient in and I use this test during all of my nutrition intakes.
Consider taking the test yourself, and then if you’re wanting to try enzymes – give me a call!
What Are Enzymes?
Enzymes are energized protein molecules found in all living cells. They catalyze and regulate all biochemical reactions that occur within the human body. They are also instrumental in digestion. They break down proteins, fats, carbohydrates and fiber making it possible to benefit from the nutrients found in those foods while removing the toxins. Enzymes turn the food we eat into energy and unlock this energy for use in the body. Their presence and strength can be determined by improved blood and immune system functions.
Types of Enzymes
There are three types of enzymes. Our bodies naturally produce two types, digestive and metabolic enzymes as they are needed, while food enzymes can only be consumed orally.
Metabolic Enzymes speed up the chemical reaction within the cells for detoxification and energy production. They enable us to see, hear, feel, move and think. Every organ, every tissue, and all 100 trillion cells in our body depend upon the reaction of metabolic enzymes and their energy factor. Metabolic enzymes are produced by every living cell. However, the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and other organs play a vital role in their production.
Digestive Enzymes are secreted along the digestive tract to break food down into nutrients and waste. This allows nutrients to be absorbed into the blood stream and the waste to be discarded. Human digestive enzymes include ptyalin, pepsin, trypsin, lipase, protease, and amylase. The body does not make cellulase, an enzyme necessary for proper digestion of fiber, so it must be introduced through the raw foods we eat.
Food Enzymes are introduced to the body through the raw foods we eat and through consumption of supplemental enzyme fortifiers. Raw foods naturally contain enzymes, providing a source of digestive enzymes when ingested. However, raw food manifests only enough enzymes to digest that particular food, not enough to have any support systemically. The cooking and processing of food destroys all of its enzymes. Since most of the foods we eat are cooked or processed in some way and since the raw foods we do eat contain only enough enzymes to process that particular food, our bodies must produce the majority of the digestive enzymes we require.
For these reasons it is recommended that we supplement our diet with enzymes.