Nutrition: Excellent Enzymes

 

Excellent Enzymes!  Food enzymes are the catalyst for literally every body process. They are excellent in healing the body by unlocking nutrients needed to defend your health.  Enzyme therapy is a term used to maximize the amounts of enzymes you ingest to unlock vitamins, minerals or hormones from food sources you eat.  Enzymes are complex and extremely interactive which makes it hard to target enzyme functions.

Most of us are enzyme deficient regardless of our age.  (Unfortunately, we become more deficient naturally with age.)  The result of an inadequate enzyme supply often burdens our digestive and metabolic systems.  When our bodies become burdened by foods that undergo processing and alterations it is stripped of enzymes .  Almost all foods we buy, especially packaged foods, have used heat to destroy bacteria in the food. Enzymes are highly sensitive to heat.  Heat above 120 degrees F, destroys them. Other environmental stressors effect our enzymes, tobacco smoke, chlorine and fluoride in our water, air pollution as well as chemical additives.  When we are under the influence of these external factors we experience fatigue, weight gain, skin disorders, degenerative disease and accelerated aging.

Where can I get my enzymes? Fresh foods contain the highest amounts of enzymes to work with your own enzymes.  Raw foods are the best- organic or local fruits and vegetables are the best source for some healthy enzyme therapy! Slightly cooked foods also offer enzyme benefits and work well with most people.  Individuals who have digestive disorders or disease (cancer, AIDS) cannot tolerate a completely raw foods diet.  Lycopene, a carotenoid found in tomatoes, are actually better absorbed by the body when slightly cooked.

 

How can increased enzymes help me?

  1. Improve digestive problems (heartburn, gas, indigestion)
  2. Improve healing from injuries or surgery
  3. Reduce pain and inflammation
  4. Relieve sinusitis
  5. Help relieve shingles
  6. Boost weight loss
  7. Enhance sexuality

Add these foods to your daily diet to increase enzyme activity.

  • fresh fruit and veggies and fresh juices
  • cruciferous veggies: broccoli,cabbage,cauliflower
  • fermented foods like miso, yogurt, kefir
  • fruits such as pineapple, bananas, mangos, avocado
  • Superfoods : barley grass, alfalfa, chlorella  

 

If you are looking for additional supplemental support you are looking for Protease, Amylase and Lipase to name a few.  More information will soon be found on my website, regarding supplementation on my blog

www.yourchoice4wellness.com .  You can also contact me if you should have any questions about product or health concerns regarding dietary changes.

Much of this information comes form Dr. Linda Page’s book, Cooking for Healthy Healing. She has a wealth of knowledge and information and offers an abundance of recipes as well.

Take action this week to add some healthy enzymatic therapy into your life.  Munch on some raw cabbage and make yourself a green smoothie.  It does your body good!

 

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