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E is for Enzymes 11/15/11

Enzymes are the key to overall health and well-being. Peter and Beryn share why they are so important.

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An enzyme is a protein that is either produced in the body, or is found in certain foods, and it’s been found that they play a valuable role in providing antioxidants which ward off heart disease, cancer and neuromuscular disease.

Enzymes control all the metabolic functions in your body. Everyone is born with a large store of enzymes, which get used up as we go through life. We rely on our food to continually replenish our store of enzymes. The more quickly our supply of enzymes is depleted, the more rapidly we age and our bodies degenerate. Enzymes help protect our bodies against premature aging and disease. The more enzymes we get in via our food, the less we use of our reserves. It is very important to look for ways to take in more live enzymes. This is a no brainer! If you want to live a longer and healthier life, add enzymes into your diet. Insist that everyone you care about does the same.

Live enzymes are only present in raw foods and enzyme supplements. Unfortunately, if you cook, microwave or process your food you virtually destroy all the enzymes contained within them. Most of the foods consumed in an average western diet are enzyme deficient and life-less, which accounts for so many of the health challenges we are now facing.

Enzymes provide:

Relief from indigestion and heartburn problems
Relief from gas and bloating
Increased energy levels, because you body’s digestive workload is being shared
Relief from food allergies, stemming from incomplete digestion of protein
Relief from ulcers
Above all, enzymes help remove stagnation and they work on all levels:
Physically, within the colon they help to remove excess waste and toxins and encourage weight loss.
Emotionally and mentally they help to remove negative emotions and negative thoughts that block and keep one stagnant.
You are what you eat extends far beyond just what you look like, it affects how you think and how you feel as well.

Enzyme Therapy and Enzyme supplements

Juicing as enzyme therapy
A great source of live enzymes is from freshly extracted juices. If your system has been overloaded by years of eating the wrong foods this is one of the fastest ways to put your overdrawn enzyme bank account back into positive.

Enzyme supplements
This is one of the easiest and most immediate supplements you can add in. Always look for vegetarian or plant-based supplements. Digestive enzymes should be taken with every cooked or refined meal that you eat. One to three enzymes per meal is a good idea depending on how much cooked food is on your plate. The more cooked food you have, the more enzymes you should take. These can be purchased at most health food stores or pharmacies.

The Enzyme Experiment
Make 2 bowls of instant oats and let them go sticky and stodgy.
Break open a few of your enzyme capsules and sprinkle them over one of the bowls.
Wait for approx 20 minutes and recheck the two bowls.

The one with the enzymes in it will be a watery ‘digested’ consistency and the other will look like cement. Which one do you think is going to pass through your system with more ease and less stress?

More good natural sources for enzymes

  • Papaya – contains the enzyme papain, a proteolytic enzyme, which is extracted and made into an over-the-counter digestive supplement
  • Pineapple – like papaya, pineapple is well known to aid digestion and contains bromelain, an enzyme which is also extracted to create enzyme supplements.
  • Grapefruit – a staple of many diets, grapefruit has been found to lower triglycerides associated with high cholesterol and lower insulin levels.
  • Green foods – as all raw foodies know, getting loads of green, leafy vegetables is a fantastic way to get in loads of enzymes and antioxidants.

Visit www.rawlicious.co.za for more information about enzymes.

Source: http://www.livestrong.com/article/36656-sources-enzymes/

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