Do you have indigestion after Thanksgiving dinner?
Enzymes are the “substances that make life possible.” No vitamin, mineral, or hormone can function without the presence of enzymes.
Enzymes help remedy digestive problems and are crucial in the elimination of toxins from your body, including toxins released by cancer. If not eliminated properly, toxins build and worsen illness.
Here are two important enzymes that you should know about – plant enzymes and pancreatic enzymes.
These enzymes can improve digestion and aid in the absorption of essential nutrients. They are found naturally in a healthy whole foods diet.
Enzymes literally “build” your body using proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Without the aid of enzymes, your body cannot properly utilize any required nutrients.
Plant enzymes stimulate the digestive system.
Pancreatic enzymes work in both the digestive system and your immune system. With proper digestion, which includes efficient elimination, many acute and chronic conditions can be prevented.
I learned when I was detoxing from aspartame that enzymes are critical to good health and with the elimination of disease. I never realized how critical they were until I witnessed their positive effects for myself.
Digesting In Stages
Your body manufactures approximately 20 different digestive enzymes. These enzymes digest protein, carbohydrates, sugars, and fats.
When you eat, you digest your food in stages.
Digestion begins in your mouth. This is one reason why you shouldn’t drink during a meal; the fluid washes away the initial digestive enzymes.
Digestion then moves into the stomach, and finally passes through the small intestine.
During each stage of digestion, specific enzymes break down the different types of foods that you have eaten.
This digestive process remains miraculously balanced throughout your body. At each point along the way, a different degree of acidity determines which enzymes function, when other enzymes are not needed.
Your body knows exactly what to do and when to do it, given the right tools – tools such as natural foods that are saturated with enzymes.
Plant enzymes are derived from the plants you eat. They can also be supplied through natural supplements. Ideally, you should eat your enzymes, but if you aren’t eating enough, supplement with the plant enzymes themselves.
Plant enzymes become active in your mouth and in your stomach. Fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds provide plentiful plant enzymes.
Eating raw foods or supplementing with food enzymes can aid in 30 percent of protein digestion and help you digest 10 percent of the fat that you eat in less than one hour.
Your body knows what to do.
Cooking destroys plant enzymes. Plant enzymes are more heat sensitive than vitamins. They are the first to be destroyed above 118 degrees Fahrenheit.
Chew Chew Chew
The proper chewing of food also helps enzymes begin immediate digestion. Chewing liberates cellulase, one of the plant enzymes found in food.
If you don’t chew properly, the cellulase is never released. Cellulase may also be lacking in packaged foods because of processing. Some supermarkets and salad bars spray fresh fruits and vegetables with chemicals that destroy the cellulase enzyme. Carryout and fast foods contain no cellulase.
Pancreatic enzymes are animal-derived enzymes that work hard in the intestines and within your blood.
Amylase is a pancreatic enzyme. Enzyme supplements aid digestion in the intestines by sharing the workload of your body’s own pancreatic enzymes active there. They do not, however, work in your stomach, the domain of the plant enzymes.
If plant enzymes did not adequately digest your food in your stomach, pancreatic enzymes pick up the extra workload, and added stress can be placed on your intestines.
The better your food is digested within your mouth and stomach, the easier it is on your intestines.
Pancreatic enzymes, whether from food or from natural supplements, promote health by more efficiently converting food to usable nutrients and energy, which is the sole purpose for eating.
Too much undigested protein escaping from the small intestines into the bloodstream can cause disease. This undigested protein is attacked in the blood as if it were an invader.
Circulating immune complexes (CICs) form, making you sick. This is where healthy pancreatic enzymes come into play. They break down the CICs so they can pass through the kidneys for proper excretion.
Pancreatic Enzymes And Cancer
Because of their ability to “clean out” foreign proteins, pancreatic enzymes can also purge infections, viruses, and scar tissue, and aid in the defeat of cancerous tumors.
Pancreatic enzymes expose toxins at the site of cancer cells. Here, the toxins are identified as foreign substances and then destroyed by the body’s own natural immune system. When cancerous cells shed toxins, pancreatic enzymes help destroy the residue in the bloodstream, preventing toxic circulation throughout the body.
Elimination is critical when healing an illness, particularly cancer.
Pancreatic enzymes also stimulate natural killer cells, T-cells, and anticancer agents. These enzymes actually enter cancer cells in their reproductive phase before they are completely formed.
This makes them more susceptible to being destroyed.
What cancer prevention!
According to the research from Dr. John Richardson, vitamin A increases this preventative effect because it releases enzymes in your digestive system.
The combination of both of these two types of digestive enzymes has been shown to dissolve tumors.
Wow. I’d say that digestive enzymes are very important in your daily diet.
They are after a huge Thanksgiving feast, too.
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. The FDA may not have evaluated some of the statements. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding supplements or making any changes to your dietary program.
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