November 27, 2015
Dateline: Utopia, Texas
by Briana McDonald, Natural Health Writer
(UtopiaSilver.com) Digestive enzymes unlock the nutrients in your food. In fact, every single metabolic function in your body is governed by enzymes. Your stamina, your energy level, your ability to utilize vitamins and minerals, your immune system — all governed by enzymes. They are categorized by the macronutrients that they release—proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Digestive enzymes play key roles in our health by enabling our bodies to digest and utilize all the nutrients we ingest to the greatest extent possible. Moreover, these enzymes play key roles in our health in the elimination of toxins and the digestion and removal of scar tissue that builds up inside us as we age.
Raw foods are naturally rich in enzymes. Vegetables and fruits contain plant enzymes that assist with their own digestion. Raw dairy also contains enzymes that help the body to break down milk sugars, which are often difficult to digest. Proper metabolic function requires at least 13 kinds of vitamins and 20 kinds of minerals, in addition to fats, carbohydrates and water. All of these items combine to ensure that when food is consumed it gets broken down to its basic component parts for absorption and then is transported by the blood stream throughout the body.
Enzymes are extremely sensitive to their environment. Heat and chemicals can denature an enzyme, or destroy its ability to unlock nutrients. Because of heavy processing, pasteurized and packaged foods often lack active enzymes. This means that the body must work harder than ever to break down and synthesize these foods.
Over the years, the body slowly but surely loses its ability to produce enzymes and major drops occur roughly every ten years. At first, such drops may not be that apparent, but as time goes by we ultimately begin to discover that we cannot tolerate or enjoy certain foods like we once did. We may also notice a reduction in stamina, and most likely what that means is that we are running low on enzymes.
Here are a few signs of enzyme deficiency you can’t miss-and more than likely, you’ve experienced one or all of them already.
3. Abdominal Pain
6. Bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine (also known as SIBO)
7. Trouble digesting fatty foods
Do any of these ring a bell? I know they do for me. When you are deficient in enzymes, you may also notice other symptoms starting to affect your life and livelihood. Such symptoms include; brain fog, headaches and mood swings along with joint and myofascial pain. Up to 40% of people without enough pancreatic enzymes also have bacterial overgrowth. If you have bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine you may feel heavy, sluggish and bloated after meals or may even experience some cramping. You could also be suffering from heartburn, like many of us do, and may have myofascial pain, like fibromyalgia.
Dr. Howell, in his book on enzyme nutrition, puts it quite clearly when he says that “a person’s life span is directly related to the exhaustion of their enzyme potential. And the use of food enzymes decreases that rate of exhaustion, and thus, results in a longer, healthier, and more vital life.” Since digestive enzymes play key roles in our health, you really can’t afford to not invest in them.
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