Enzymes: Why Everyone Needs to Be Taking Them

We are born with a certain amount of enzymes and once those enzymes get destroyed, our bodies do not make anymore.  We CAN get them from raw, living food but since we do COOK some food we really need help in the enzyme department.

What is an enzyme and why do we need them?  An enzyme is a type of active protein that is fundamental for numerous functions in our bodies every day! From speeding up reactions to breaking down the foods we eat, every single cell in our body depends on enzymes. We can think of them as pieces of a puzzle that fit exclusively in one spot, and the puzzle is never complete if there’s a single missing piece.

There are different types of enzymes that function in different ways but all with the purpose of helping to assimilate the nutrients you are consuming leading to better digestion, better energy, and better overall health. The reality is that the majority of people suffer from enzyme deficiencies due to our standard American diet and loss of nutrients the soil our food is grown in. Everyone, even the most pristine eater, really should be consuming digestive enzymes.

Your health is only as good as your digestion. You could be eating the most amazing, organic diet full of fresh, whole foods but if you are not ABSORBING and ASSIMILATING the foods and nutrients you are consuming, you are wasting your money and your digestion away. Not to mention, you are probably seriously lacking in essential vitamins and minerals.

Another huge benefit to enzyme supplementation is that it can help reduce overall inflammation in the body, which we all need! When the body is in a chronic state of inflammation, whether it’s from the diet, consuming food allergens, autoimmune issues, or environmental problems, that is when serious disease and illness can take place. When we are working hard on digesting foods because we are lacking in enzymes, our body cannot heal and thus furthers the inflammation load that is occurring within our bodies.

You CAN work on naturally increasing your enzymes levels. Dr. Mercola, a New York Times best selling health author, says there are four ways to naturally do this:
Increase your intake of raw, living foods
Eat fewer calories
Chew your food thoroughly
Avoid chewing gum

The very best way to get enzymes into your body is by consuming at least 75 percent of your foods raw. Another way to lower your body’s demand for enzymes is to reduce your caloric intake. Did you know the average person spends 80 percent of his available energy simply digesting food? By reducing overall consumption, as well as introducing more living foods, you reduce your need for digestive enzymes, which allows your body to put more of its energy into producing metabolic enzymes. Which brings us to chewing. Quite apart from the esthetic pleasure of an unhurried meal, there are important physiological reasons to chew your food well. Chewing stimulates saliva production, and the more time you spend chewing, the longer your saliva enzymes have to work in your mouth, lessening the workload of your stomach and small intestine. Chewing also stimulates a reflex that sends a message to your pancreas and other digestive organs, “Gear up—we’ve got incoming!” And don’t chew gum. Chewing gum fools your body into believing it is digesting something, so it pumps out digestive enzymes unnecessarily. Why waste those precious resources?

Since having a perfect diet isn’t possible and some of our food IS cooked, a simple digestive enzyme with each meal solves this problem and allows better digestion, better energy, and better overall health!
Have I made my case yet? Enzyme supplementation is vital for overall well-being and health. God made our bodies with the perfect amount of enzymes but our man-made lifestyle has destroyed them. I recommend this one brand only, you can find it here or here.

Do you take enzymes? I challenge you to take them with each meal for 30 days and see if you don’t notice a difference!

-Kasey