ENZYME DEFICIENCY, Read This!
Here are some conditions which an Enzymes Deficiency can Lead to:
Gas / flatulence
- Hypertension/high blood pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/CFS
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 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
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
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
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
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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