Digestive enzymes are natural compounds released in the body that break down the food that you eat into the nutrients that you body needs to function in a healthy way. There are 22 different digestive enzymes that all work to break down specific food types, from dairy and meats to vegetables and fruit. Human digestive enzymes can include ptyalin, pepsin, trypsin, lipase, protease and amylase. These enzymes are essential to the assimilation of nutrients from food into the body, and can be supplemented with tablets and capsules of enzymes that support digestion.
Enzymes are energized protein molecules that provide the catalyst for life force. The force that they provide is involved in all functions of the body; from basic movement, to the function of our organs, to the thoughts that come from our brain. Without enzymes we cannot move, feel, hear, see, or think. No living thing could exist in the world we know without them. The hundreds of trillions of cells in our body all depend upon enzymes for function. Think about this, if you are sick it is because you are deficient in enzymes.
Just a Few Ways Enzymes Benefit Your Health and Wellbeing.
- Digest proteins carbohydrates and fats
- Assimilate and eliminate toxins
- Digest fibroid tumors
- Increase size strength and activity of red blood cells making it possible to carry more oxygen to all parts of the body
- Break up and dissolve uric acid crystals
- Break up cholesterol plaque deposits in body
- Eliminate yeast Increase energy
- Increase the white blood cell size and activity
- Reduce bacteria Stimulate the immune system
Symptoms of digestive enzymes depletion are bloating, belching, gas, bowel disorders, abdominal cramping, heartburn and food allergies.
Tips and Warnings
- You can supplement enzymes for support from tablets and capsules as directed on the label. Various enzymes break down foods specific to their function, so research with the guidance of a naturopath, the best options for your specific needs.
- Chew food items thoroughly to instigate proper saliva production. Saliva is the first producer of enzymes against the foods you eat. Saliva contains an enzyme that begins to digest the starch from food into smaller molecules.
- Eat raw, whole foods. Avoid cooking or treating raw vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and grains with high heat. The heat destroys the active enzymes within these foods, and makes digestion, nutrient absorption and elimination more difficult. In general, raw food is much more easily digested; it passes through the digestive tract in 1/2 to 1/3 of the time it takes for cooked food, according to Healing Daily.
- Keep in mind that whenever a food is boiled at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, the enzymes in it are 100 percent destroyed.