Proper digestion and nutrient absorption is paramount to good health. An unhealthy diet, stress, illness, aging and evenpoor chewing can result in a reduction of digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes help to break down food into smaller, absorbable components which release amino acids from protein, sugar from starches and fatty acids from fats – all to be absorbed and utilized for repair and energy by the body.
As one of the world’s leading authorities on food enzymes, Dr. Smokey Santillo, in working with more than 30,000 patients as a naturopathic physician, has witnessed first-hand the benefits of food enzymes and the many diseases that occur in their absence. “Enzyme deficiencies are America’s #1 nutritional problem and are responsible for more disease than any other nutritional shortages combined“, Dr. Santillo said.
Enzymes are a part of all metabolic processes, from the working of our cells, tissues, and organs to the functioning of our digestive system, endocrine system, immune system, and every other system. Even minerals, vitamins, hormones, and neurotransmitters need enzymes to be present in order to do their own work properly. Enzymes are the true labor force of the body!
How We Deplete our Enzymes
Since low heat kills enzymes, continued ingestion of cooked food leads to enzyme depletion and a subsequent overload on the digestive tract.
The enzymes found in food are miraculously placed there by nature for the purpose of aiding digestion. Cooked, packaged and refined foods lack raw live enzymes, allowing increased free radical activity. Uncontrolled free radicals have been linked to more than 60 disorders or diseases of aging including cancer, cataracts and cardiovascular disease.
What Can We Do?
We can eat more raw vegetables and fruit, chew our food better and supplement with appropriate vitamins, minerals, enzymes and essential fatty acids. In doing so, we can reduce the rate at which our cells are forced to perform in states of abnormal physiology. Our illnesses are a direct reflection of our deficiencies and/or excesses. Vitamins and minerals are not enough. We need to provide nutritional enzymatic support that will replenish our enzyme and alkaline reserves.