Here are some conditions
which an Enzymes Deficiency can Lead to:
- Gas / flatulance
- Weight Gain
- Slow Healing
- Chronic Fatigue
- Crohn's Disease
- Allergies and Hay Fever
Most people don't realize it, but enzymes are a
vital element in maintaining good health. Enzymes are responsible for every
reaction in the human body. Without enzymes, we simply die. When enzyme
production by the pancreas is insufficient, we can also have many health
problems. One example of this is a disease Schwachman Syndrome, which is a
pancreatic enzyme production insufficiency in kids. Is it a stretch to assume
that an enzyme deficiency could be a real health threat in adults, too?
Enzymes are only found in live, uncooked,
unprocessed foods. Every type of food there is has its own enzyme contained in
it which actually digests the food. When you see food "spoiling," you
are seeing the results of enzymes at work, among other things. Enzymes are
responsible for the actual digestion of the food we eat.
You might be asking, "If our pancreas
produces enzymes, why do we need to be concerned about getting them in our
diet?" The answer is, our body has a limited ability to produce quality
enzymes. Every time our pancreas is called on to produce enzymes, we are
"using up" that ability to produce a good copy of the enzyme. It's
not unlike a mold used in manufacturing products. The mold is good for X number
of copies before it has to be replaced with a new mold. Use makes the mold
unusable at some point.
Nature designed our systems to work with the
enzyme content in foods provided in the natural world. When we eat raw food, it
goes to the upper portion of our stomach where it is held for approximately 1/2
hour. It is primarily here where digestion occurs. We have all been led to
believe that the "acids" in our stomach digest the foods. This is not
correct. It is the enzymes within the foods we should be eating which are
responsible for "digesting" the food.
Once the food has been acted upon by the
enzymes, the material drops down into the lower portion of the stomach where
additional enzymes go to work. The hydrochloric acid within the stomach does
one primary thing. It lowers the pH of the stomach contents so other enzymes
can go to work on different material. The point is, when there are no enzymes
within the food we eat, we set up an unhealthy series of events.
Imagine this scenario: We eat a meal consisting
of meat, potatoes, boiled vegetables and perhaps a glass of milk. There are no
enzymes in any of these foods, so it all sets in the top portion of the
stomach. Imagine what happens to food that is ground up and set in a warm, wet
place for 1/2 hour. If you are fortunate, you won't experience the bloating and
gas formation right away. You know, that "full,"
"indigestion" feeling? Indigestion is exactly that, non-digestion of
When we eat foods that have no enzymes, our body
is immediately called upon to produce the enzymes we absolutely must have in
order to gain any nourishment at all from the foods we eat. Our pancreas
normally produces enzymes which basically take care of all the processes the
body must have going on every minute. Everything from our cells being able to
live and produce energy, to the cleaning of our systems, to providing a strong
immune system. Suddenly, this enzyme production for life metabolism is
interrupted and the pancreas has to produce massive amounts of enzymes just in
an attempt to digest the food we just ate.
The pancreas empties its enzymes into the upper
portion of the small intestines. The enzymes have too little time to properly
digest the food at this point and much of it passes into the small intestine,
undigested. You see, your body does not want proteins, fats or carbohydrates.
It wants amino acids, fatty acids and simple sugars, the end result of proper
digestion of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. So, imagine what happens to the
undigested portion of the food within the entire length of the small and large
Whatever food is properly broken down from the
enzymes supplied by the pancreas is absorbed as nutrients. The remainder of
what we eat simply goes through the process of purification. This is a fancy
word for rotting. This process gives off gas, harmful waste products and
damages the good bacterial culture within the colon.
The pancreas, being forced to produce massive
amounts of enzymes, usually 2-3 times a day, far more than it was intended to
do, gradually loses its ability to produce enzymes. With this, the entire
metabolic system is slowly affected along with it. The aging process, the
degenerative changes we experience, the breakdown in our immune systems, all
result over time from this threat, among others. Imagine, if you will, 40, 50,
60 years of this scenario taking place in our bodies. The continuous release of
toxins that our body must deal with, and the strain on the immune system as a
direct result. On top of that, every meal we eat without enzymes causes a
strain on the immune system just through the fact that our white blood cells
(WBC) contain enzymes that are used to digest and destroy foreign invaders and
dead material our bodies try to get rid of. When our food is enzyme deficient,
we cause an increase in WBC production which strains the immune system.
Another aspect to this is the continuous
depletion of metabolic enzymes within the body. Enzymes within the blood stream
and throughout the body help clean the system, break down fats, and harmful
materials. Think about what might happen if these enzymes are not there, and
you have 40, 50, 60 years of the effects of accumulated fats within the system,
and the damage the waste products which build up in the system cause? Is it any
wonder heart disease is a major killer in this country?
There's only one enzyme that can break down fats
within the body, and that is LIPASE. Without lipase, you don't digest
fat, you store it. This alone results in weight gain and heart disease. Good
health or bad health isn't something that suddenly "happens." Whether
we experience good health or bad health is all a result of our lifestyle and
daily habits which produce the end result. You simply can't abuse the system
like that for so many years and not expect there to be significant damage done
in the process.
What is the answer? The most important is to
change your lifestyle to improve this situation. The simple facts are, if you
eat foods that have been processed or cooked above 118 degrees, you can rest
assured that there are no enzymes within that food, since enzymes are easily
destroyed by heat. You also can't expect to eat a full course meal of cooked
foods, and then to eat a "raw" salad, expecting the enzymes within
the salad to "digest" your entire meal. In almost every case, foods
contain enough enzymes to self-digest. No more. Another choice is to ignore
this basic truth and do nothing. The results of this decision is being
experienced by millions of people all over the country. The U.S. has the best
medical system on the planet, yet we Americans have the worst health of any modern
nation on earth. Doesn't that tell you that something is wrong?
A third choice is to understand this threat of
enzyme depletion, and how to properly address it. The research involving
enzymes is growing daily. The medical profession is even using enzyme therapy
for stroke and heart attack victims. Why? Because enzymes dissolve the clots
responsible for strokes and heart attacks. Is it so hard to consider what might
the results be if enzymes were present on a regular basis within the body? Is
it too much of a leap to conclude that this simple fact could have prevented
the stroke or heart attack in the first place? If you can see this connection,
then you have taken a vital step to significantly changing your potential
health in the future.
People naturally ask, "What kind of enzymes
should I get?" There are, of course, many enzyme products on the market,
and their importance is just now being realized. In nature, enzymes are
naturally formulated with other co-factors, which make the enzyme more usable.
Enzymes in their "pure" state are lacking these co-factors and
therefore will either be less effective in the body, or they must draw the
necessary nutrients from the body itself in order to be "fully
activated". Unless enzymes are fully activated, you waste a lot of your
money, and even cause an energy loss in the equation. Either way, you lose in
the deal. Of course, some enzymes are better than no enzymes, but the issue
here is that you need to completely digest your food or you run into the same
digestive scenario described above. If enzymes are not activated and used, the
body will simply use them as a high quality protein. That is an inefficient way
to supply your body with protein. Try LifeSource Vitamins Dophilus, Super
Enzymes, Phyto Greens or many more products that will help with this issue.
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