Your Health with Food Enzymes
By Dr. Ben
you confused about what enzymes are and what they mean to your health?
This article explains the roles that three different types of enzymes
play in maintaining your health.
are special compounds that serve as catalysts in almost every biochemical
process that takes place in your body. Many enzymes require the
presence of vitamins
and minerals to function optimally.
we know of more than 5,000 different types of enzymes that are relevant
to your health; these enzymes can be grouped into three categories:
metabolic enzymes, digestive enzymes, and food enzymes.
Enzymes and Health
cell in your body utilizes metabolic enzymes to carry out basic,
everyday processes. Put another way, you use metabolic enzymes to
think, talk, breathe, move your body, and carry out immunological
functions, including those that neutralize and eliminate unwanted
materials, such as pesticides and tobacco smoke.
Enzymes and Health
body produces more than 20 digestive enzymes that help you digest
the foods that you eat. Most of these enzymes are produced by your
pancreas, and are secreted into the top region of your small intestine
- this is where the bulk of nutrients in the foods that you eat
are broken down into small-enough components to be absorbed into
Enzymes and Health
enzymes are found in raw foods – foods that have not been wet-cooked
at 118 degrees Fahrenheit or beyond, or dry-cooked at about 150
degrees Fahrenheit or beyond. At and beyond these temperatures,
food enzymes are deactivated and are no longer useful to your health.
general rule of thumb to determine if what you are eating has been
cooked at a temperature that has deactivated food enzymes is this:
you can eat wet or dry food at its highest temperature (while
being cooked) without burning yourself, then food enzymes are
active and can help your health.
do food enzymes promote good health? Food enzymes, including amylases
for digesting carbohydrates, proteases for digesting
protein, and lipases for digesting fats, help you
digest food in your mouth, esophagus, stomach, and small intestine.
body produces these enzymes as well. The more food enzymes you eat,
the less your body needs to produce them to allow for efficient
digestion of everything that you eat.
you don’t get a substantial amount of food enzymes through your
diet, your body has to work to produce what you need for optimal
another way, a diet rich in food enzymes can promote your best health
because it reduces your body’s workload; a diet that is deficient
in food enzymes puts significant strain on your digestive organs,
mainly your pancreas; this strain can lead to premature breakdown
and degeneration of your digestive organs and compromise your overall
to Make Sure that You Get Enough Food Enzymes for Optimal Health
can you ensure optimal intake of food enzymes through your diet?
By regularly eating raw foods that agree with you. Raw vegetables,
herbs, fruits, and nuts and seeds soaked in water, when eaten in
appropriate amounts and chewed thoroughly, provide your body with
food enzymes that promote optimal digestion and good overall health.
extra insurance, you can take a whole food supplement that contains
live food enzymes - our green
food formula contains a comprehensive combination of food
enzymes that I regularly recommend to people who have significant
challenges with their digestive systems; the enzyme and probiotic
formulas in our green food mixture is what makes it a highly effective
nutritional supplement for people with long histories of GI challenges.
way to ensure adequate intake of food enzymes is to drink a fresh
vegetable juice every day. If you don't have a juicer and want to
start juicing regularly, I recommend that you look at champion
juicer or the L'Equip
you regularly eat baked goods like bread and crackers, you can dramatically
increase your food enzyme intake by learning how to make enzyme-rich
varieties with a good
dehydrator. For examples of enzyme-rich, living foods that
you can make with a dehydrator, view:
increasing your intake of food enzymes, you can expect to experience
improved digestion, more energy, and even normalization of your
body weight; interestingly, people who are overweight often find
that they lose weight when they increase their intake of food enzymes,
while people who are underweight typically gain healthful weight
when they eat an enzyme-rich diet.
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