Digestive Enzymes

The Science:

EnzymesAn enzyme is a biological catalyst (generally a protein) generated by an organism to speed up chemical reactions.

How it works:

The enzyme attaches a substrate into its highly specialized active site and a reaction takes place that causes the substrate to be changed. The changed molecule(s) is now called the product. The enzyme remains the same and is ready to go to work doing the same process again. Enzymes may  combine substrates to create a new product or break them apart.

What it means for your good health:

Without enzymes there would be no life! If enzymes were totally absent life would cease.

What Do Digestive Enzymes Do?

We eat food to fuel our bodies. However, that food has to be converted into nutrients that can be absorbed by our bodies to do all the work of  living, regenerating, healing and functioning necessary for life. Digestive carrotsenzymes convert food into nutrient rich fuel our bodies can adsorb and use.

Digestive enzymes are primarily produced in the pancreas and small intestine ( and also in the saliva glands and stomach). Plus, in his infinite wisdom, God created food already packed with all the enzymes needed to digest it. This is great news right?. So what’s the problem?

Unfortunately our food is generally devoid of most or all of the digestive enzymes before we eat it and our bodies often are unable to produce the necessary enzymes to do the work. Consequently we are malnourished, and our bodies simply cannot keep up with the demands placed on them.

This is one of the primary reasons we see obesity increasing in “modern” industrialized cultures. We eat and eat yet we remain undernourished and our bodies just keep craving more in an attempt to gain proper nourishment.

What is it that kills these enzymes?

The biggest killers of these enzymes are the processing and cooking of our food. Unless you are eating a raw, vegan diet you are going to be deficient in digestive enzymes.

Why can’t our bodies just produce the needed enzymes for digestion?

First of all we were not designed to produce all the digestive enzymes necessary to digest our food. Raw plant based foods come with their own powerhouse of digestive enzymes designed to do most of the work.  Additionally there are many factors that decrease or stop completely the production of these needed enzymes, including disease, poor general health, aging, and stress just to name a few.

Signs That You Are Deficient in Digestive Enzymes:

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  • Stomach bloat
  • Overweight
  • Stomach upset
  • Hard stomach
  • Undigested food in stool
  • Cravings
  • Lack of Energy
  • The list goes on and on, but basically if you are not eating a diet of mostly raw plant based foods you are deficient in digestive enzymes.

Why is this a problem?

  1. Without properly digested foods we are not properly nourished and without proper nourishment we become fatigued, warn out and sick.
  2. Enzymes are crucial for every metabolic function in our bodies. When our bodies are working overtime to produce digestive enzymes other functions are suffering as a result.

 

What To Do:

  1. Eat more enzyme rich raw plant based foods
  2. Improve your diet to assist healthy production of digestive enzymes
  3. Take a high quality digestive enzyme with all meals.

 

This is the digestive enzyme we use in our home:

Source Naturals Daily Essential Enzymes, 500mg, 360 Capsules

 

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This is not intended to diagnose or treat any illness or disease. Always consult your health care professional when making any dietary changes or adding any supplements to your diet.

 

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