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Here are some conditions which an Enzymes Deficiency can Lead to:

  • Heartburn/Indigestion
  • Gas / flatulence
  • Bloating
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Hypertension/high blood pressure
  • Constipation
  • Weight Gain
  • Slow Healing
  • Inflammation
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/CFS
  • Arthritis
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies and Hay Fever
  • Tendonitis
  • Thrombophlebitis

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 foods.

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 intestines.

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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