Body Beautiful: You Are What You Digest

“Most diseases known to man are the result of an enzyme imbalance,” according to Tom Bohager, author of “Enzymes: What the Experts Know.” Pretty bold statement isn’t it, yet it has been validated by many health professionals and alternative doctors.

Every process within your body uses enzymes to function. If enzymes are lacking, I’m sure you can figure out that would be devastating for anyone’s health. It is especially vital to have sufficient enzymes to digest your daily cooked food intake. The digestive system alone, consumes four times more energy per day than all other systems combined – 80% of your body’s energy! Astounding! When you become run down, are under stress, live in either a hot or cold climate, are a frequent air traveler, eat a diet mainly of cooked and processed foods, you need a huge amount of extra enzymes for your body’s daily functions. And as you age, your body can no longer produce the necessary enzymes for good health. In essence, your life is totally dependent on enzymes.

I know you want a beautiful, properly functioning body that not only looks great, but feels great. Great health is at the top of most people’s list as a priority, yet many do not have any idea how to obtain it. Perhaps as you look at your body right now you aren’t totally pleased with what you see or how you feel. Then the information I am sharing is just for you!

There are hundreds and probably thousands of protocols available with all kinds of suggestions on how to be healthy, and perhaps you’ve tried many without the results you desire. I believe health should be easy, simple and basic, and yes, it does require becoming educated and committed enough to make life-style changes to achieve your desire. It is always your choices that either propel you forward or keep you stuck.

So what are enzymes?  They are one of the great miracles in our life, and each one of us has our own unique blueprint of needed enzymes to ensure we experience a vibrant state of health. Enzymes are protein taken from food and made by the body. They must be present before any chemical reaction can take place within us. Even vitamins, minerals and hormones cannot carry out their tasks without the proper amount of enzymes. Many health professionals believe that the single most effective approach to regaining or maintaining your health, is to begin with balancing digestion and making sure that person has the proper enzyme therapy.

There are basically three types of enzymes: digestive, metabolic and food. For proper digestion to occur, four major and three minor enzymes are required. Amylase breaks down carbohydrates and starches – fruit, vegetables, pasta, bread. If these are not digested properly they ferment inside your body and create gas, bloating, belching, etc. Protease digests proteins – red meat, poultry, fish, nuts. If not broken down properly they putrefy causing indigestion and toxicity. Lipase breaks down fats. Fats not broken down release pungent odors and create imbalance with cholesterol. Cellulase breaks down fiber found in vegetables and plant materials. This is an enzyme the body cannot produce so it must come from raw food. Undigested fiber leaves residue in the small intestine and adds to absorption issues. Lactase breaks down milk sugar lactose. Two other enzymes that break down food sugars are Sucrase and Maltase.

Metabolic enzymes are produced by our body. They are necessary for all the stages of digestion, but also work with our body’s repair mechanism, particularly as we sleep. They have been called the vitality of life because every biochemical reaction that takes place in the body is made possible by means of the reactions of metabolic enzymes. They either speed up or slow down the chemical reactions within the cells for detoxification and energy production. They enable us to see, hear, feel, move and think. Every organ, every tissue, and all 100 trillion cells in our body depend upon the reaction of metabolic enzymes. Although metabolic enzymes are produced by all living cells, the pancreas, liver and gallbladder play a vital role in determining the amount of metabolic enzymes the body is capable of producing.

Food enzymes are contained within each raw, fresh piece of fruit or vegetable that we eat, and are present as nature provided to digest that food only. When our diet consists of primarily cooked, processed, devitalized food, we are setting ourselves up for major health issues since it is devoid of enzymes.

Dr. Edward Howell, a brilliant researcher of food enzymes and human health, suggests we think of our body as an “enzyme bank account.” He states, “Trillions of cells work constantly to maintain an acceptable balance of enzymes to keep the body working. The only other backup source we have comes from the food we eat.” He also goes on to say that if we experience a big enzyme drain such as contracting a virus, strenuous activity, an emotional crisis, breathing unclean air, being stressed or eating a fat-laden meal, the enzyme bank account balance drops so much that our body faces an enzyme bankruptcy. The problem is that there is no surplus in our body to assist when any of these experiences come our way since eating raw fruits and vegetables does not provide a “deposit” into our enzyme bank account; they contain only enough enzymes to break down that particular raw food.

With the diet that most people consume, you can see how your body can easily become deficient in the enzymes needed for digestion and all body processes, and get an idea of how much it will affect your overall health.

So what symptoms occur as indicators of enzyme deficiency?

The symptoms are vast and enzyme deficiency is part of most illnesses. They can include: obesity, depression, panic attacks, schizophrenic behavior, mood swings, fatigue, lethargy, cramps, diarrhea, food and environmental sensitivities, gas, heartburn, sugar cravings, frequent headaches, poor memory, dizziness, impotence, menstrual difficulties, prostate problems, urinary tract infections, constipation, Crohn’s disease, gastritis, hay fever, coughing, sore throat, insomnia, skin rashes and breakouts, fungus infections like Candida, cold hands and feet, arthritis-like symptoms, liver toxicity, gallbladder issues, all the way to diseases like lupus, multiple sclerosis and cancer.

Our white blood cells, which play a vital role in our immune health, are loaded with enzymes. They are approximately twice the size of red blood cells and circulate through the body consuming pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites, then removing them as a threatening invader. Most of what makes up the white blood cells are proteases because they break down protein. You see, everything the white blood cells must consume are either protein (bacteria, parasites) or protected by protein (viruses, cancer cells), so adequate protease is absolutely necessary for a properly functioning immune system. Just think a minute about what can happen if your white blood cells become deficient in the proteases they need? You then experience a compromised immune system in which an illness or disorder is just waiting to enter. The cause of illness then, is in some way related to protein and its digestion.

Although I referenced some of the basic enzymes needed daily, let’s go into a little more detail with a few of them.

Protease has several different forms to break down various types of protein. Although we need proteases to digest the proteins we eat at our meals, we also need proteases between meals to digest other proteins like bacteria, fungi, viruses and any protein left in the blood that can create toxicity in our body. This can be supplemented in our daily regimen, but must be plant-based without fillers or synthetic ingredients.

Lipase breaks down fats and helps to disengage fat. You can think of obesity as a deficiency of lipase. You can find fat in skin, blood, our cells and the protective sheath round our nerves. Lipase is especially effective for health issues like high cholesterol, obesity, high triglycerides, heart disease, nerve issues, hormonal imbalances, and even skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis.

Amylases break down carbohydrates. Here it gets a little more complicated because amylases break down sugars, fiber, and complex carbohydrates since all are carbohydrates. If you suffer from sugar or food cravings or low blood sugar, amylase may help you significantly in the form of maltase, lactose and sucrose.

Another amylase is cellulose, the only enzyme your body does not produce, although the friendly bacteria in your large intestine does produce some cellulose for your body. When this intestinal flora gets out of balance in your large intestine, you can easily develop Candida, a fungus that creates havoc in your intestinal track, but it can also become systemic throughout your body. It is called thrush when in the mouth and a yeast infection when vaginal, but it also causes many other symptoms in men and women, such as fatigue, foggy thinking, gas, heartburn, food allergies, sugar cravings, depression, skin issues, coughing, sore throat, arthritis-like symptoms, and much more. This usually happens due to undigested fiber in the large intestine, and cellulase can often help remove the overgrowth.

In conjunction with digestive health we must discuss your body’s pH. I’ve shared information with you previously and why it is so important. Many health professionals believe your pH should be between 6.8–7.2 as an optimal range, although various professionals differ slightly in their suggested range. However, it is known that any individuals in the 5.0–6.0 range are acidic, thus opening themselves for a variety of health issues. The body will do all it can to maintain the proper pH, but it is often unable to meet the required specifications throughout the digestive tract. If your body and blood become too acidic, the pancreas, gallbladder and liver are forced to make up for the deficiency, grabbing metabolic enzymes, which results in not enough to repair and sustain your body. Consequently, you will experience lowered immune function, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, all kinds of digestive issues, just to name a few. For the most part, fruits and vegetables are alkaline while caffeine, meats, sugar, dairy, legumes and grains are all acidic.

In addition, calcium begins leaching from the bones since it is the most alkaline mineral; this can result in bone density problems. Insulin levels increase and fat is stored rather than metabolizing, making weight gain inevitable. Electrolyte imbalances appear which affect the cells electrical voltage, and this can affect the heart, nervous system and muscles. I believe by now you can better understand the major role of enzymes and digestion in your overall health.

Specific Health Issues

Let’s look at the suggested protocol for just a few specific health concerns that are quite common. Using the suggested protocol can assist immensely in healing the disorder. These protocols are taken from Tom Bohager’s book entitled “Enzymes, What the Experts Know.” Do understand that these protocols are meant to be included with proper diet and exercise, removing stress and working in other areas that have become compromised; together this enhances the effectiveness and provides complete healing.

Adrenal Fatigue:

  • High potency digestive enzyme formula with every cooked meal
  • High protease enzyme formula 2-3 times per day between meals
  • pH balancing formula before bed

Anxiety:

  • High protease digestive formula with very meal
  • High amylase formula when symptoms arise
  • High protease enzyme formula 2-3 times per day between meals
  • pH balancing formula 3 times per day between meals

Arthritis:

  • High potency digestive enzyme formula with every meal
  • Anti-inflammatory enzyme formula 3 times daily between meals
  • pH balancing formula 3 times daily between meals
  • High protease enzyme formula 3 times day – optional

Cancer:

  • High potency digestive enzyme formula with every meal
  • High protease enzyme formula or Nattokinase formula at least 3 times daily
  • pH balancing formula 4 times per day between meals
  • Probiotic formula daily
  • Anti-inflammatory enzyme formula added for pain or inflammation – optional

Constipation: (anything less than 2 bowel movements per day is considered constipation)

  • High potency digestive enzyme formula with every meal
  • High cellulose formula 3 times daily between meals
  • pH balancing formula 2 times daily – optional

Depression:

  • High potency digestive enzyme formula
  • High amylase anytime to increase energy levels
  • High protease formula 2 times daily between meals
  • pH balancing formula 2 times daily

Fatigue:

  • High potency digestive enzyme formula – add soothing digestive formula if necessary
  • Anti-inflammatory enzyme formula 3 times daily – more can be taken if needed
  • High protease enzyme formula 3 times daily
  • pH balancing formula 3 times daily
  • High amylase/allergy formula any time to increase energy level

Indigestion:

  • High potency digestive enzyme formula with every meal
  • Soothing digestive formula after meals
  • High protease enzyme formula 2 times daily

Insomnia:

  • High potency digestive enzyme formula with every meal
  • pH balancing formula 2 times daily, morning and night
  • High protease enzyme formula 2 times daily, morning and night

Joint Pain:

  • High potency digestive enzyme formula with every meal
  • Anti-inflammatory enzyme formula 3 time per day
  • pH balancing formula 2 times daily, morning and night

Viruses:

  • High potency digestive enzyme formula
  • High protease enzyme formula 3-4 times daily
  • pH balancing formula 3 times daily

Of course there are dozens of other disorders not mentioned that have specific protocols, but this gives you information on some very common disorders and what you can add to improve your digestion and overall health. I’m happy to help you further if you have questions concerning another disorder not named in this article.

Understand that good digestion is an absolute must if you want to enjoy vibrant health. Digestion affects your breathing, elimination, nervous system, blood pressure, insulin/sugar controls, hormones, and every system within your body. Things like alcoholic beverages, sugar and caffeine literally destroy enzymes and will leave your body bankrupt in its supply.

You’ve probably heard that free radicals can destroy your health so antioxidants are needed to ensure you can beat those free radicals. There is no more powerful scavenger antioxidant than plant protease enzymes, according to Dr. DicQie Fuller, author of “The Healing Power of Enzymes.” Free radicals can show real devastation on the skin as well as anywhere in our body. But protease enzymes, acting as a scavenger, can enter your cell’s control center and help repair the devastation free radicals can do to DNA. Pretty remarkable are these enzymes, don’t you agree?

Dr. Fuller goes on to say, “Colon researchers have found that much of the body weight can be just waste accumulated within the one hundred thousand miles of blood vessels, the lymphatic system, bone joints, and intra-extra-cellular regions. The largest amount of waste is found in the impactions within the colon structure. This waste can add up to 50 pounds of body weight if the diet consists of only cooked and/or greasy foods.” What does this mean for you? Unwanted pounds and a mega load of toxicity.

Before I conclude this information, I must address probiotics and why they could be necessary as you heal your digestion. When digestion is out of whack and the gut is out of balance, a myriad of problems occur. The out of balance colon is a nesting ground for bacteria, fungus’, viruses and parasites.  Health professionals often refer to this state as a “leaky gut” because the intestinal walls have become permeable in that undigested food particles filter through lesions in the intestinal wall and spill into the bloodstream. This in turn carries these substances throughout the body, which acts as a toxic invader. Although this label of intestinal permeability is usually attached to diseases like Crohn’s or colitis, varying degrees can be seen in any out of balance colon. Although dietary changes are in order, it is also vital to have good flora in the intestines to overcome these invaders.

Dr. Mercola, a prominent health doctor today, says that “Once the integrity of your intestinal lining is compromised, and there is a flow of toxic substances “leaking out” into your bloodstream, your body experiences significant increases in inflammation.” This is another example of how disastrous impaired digestion can be for your health.

Multiple advertisements offer yogurt with probiotics as a solution. However, most of the available yogurt on a grocery store shelf is overly processed and contains unhealthy ingredients not to mention the pasteurization process that creates a problematic result. Organic, live cultures in yogurt however, can be beneficial for re-establishing a healthy intestinal balance, an absolute necessity in repairing digestion. Remember too, that every time an antibiotic is used, the gut gets out of balance.

Taking a good probiotic daily can repair the out of balance colon as well. In fact, many health professionals believe it is a good idea to take a probiotic every day since we are continually slammed with toxins and impure ingredients that are introduced into our bodies. Another advantageous approach is to consume fermented vegetables daily. After much research, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride came to this conclusion:

“Fermented foods are essential to introduce, as they provide probiotic microbes in the best possible form … fermented foods will carry probiotic microbes all away down to the end of the digestive system. Fermentation predigests the food, making it easy for our digestive systems to handle, that is why fermented foods are easily digested by people with damaged gut. Fermentation releases nutrients from the food, making them more bio-available for the body: for example sauerkraut contains 20 times more bio-available vitamin C than fresh cabbage.”

Many health professionals and alternative doctors, after much research into why so many diseases and obesity have appeared in our present society, have come to understand that sugar and grains are quite detrimental to the process of digestion and a healthy colon. They say we were not made to ingest all these grains and sugars, and remember that grains convert into sugar in the body. Dr. Mercola shares a great deal of information concerning this issue. In a recent article he said this: “…when you consume too many sugars and carbs, you set off a cascade of chemical reactions in your body that makes you hungry and craving for sweets. The resulting equation is simple: fructose and dietary carbohydrates (grains, which break down into sugar) lead to excess body fat, obesity and related health issues. Furthermore, no amount of exercise can compensate for this damage because if you eat excessive fructose and grains, it will activate programming to cause your body to become, and remain, fat.”

Dr. Loren Cordain, a professor at Colorado State University and an expert on Paleolithic lifestyles, (eating primarily meat, fish, poultry, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit) as well as a growing number of experts, believe humans are not designed to eat grains, and doing so may actually be damaging to your gut. Dr. Cordain explains: “There’s no human requirement for grains. That’s the problem with the USDA recommendations. They think we’re hardwired as a species to eat grains. You can get by just fine and meet every single nutrient requirement that humans have without eating grains. And grains are absolutely poor sources of vitamins and minerals compared to fruits and vegetables and meat and fish. Grains are the seeds of a plant. They’re its reproductive material, and…their seeds are meant to be put in the soil where they’re meant to grow a new plant and not in the gut of an animal or human to feed it.” Dr. Cordain continues by saying: “The nutritional qualities of modern processed foods are discordant with our ancient and conservative genome. This genetic discordance ultimately manifests itself as various chronic illnesses, which have been dubbed ‘diseases of civilization.’ By severely reducing or eliminating these foods and replacing them with a more healthful cuisine, possessing nutrient qualities more in line with the foods our ancestors consumed, it is possible to improve health and reduce the risk of chronic disease.”

Proper digestion of the food you eat and the nutrients you take is one of, if not the most important step you can take for creating optimal health. But along with that you must educate yourself with better ways to eat and live. Just because someone tells you something is good or some type of advertising says it’s healthy and natural, does not mean it is true and in fact, it often is not. False advertising is so prevalent today that you have to do your own research if you want to really become healthy. Eating more raw foods, exercising, drinking plenty of pure water, eliminating or greatly reducing sugar and grains, as well as many other things are part of a healthy lifestyle, but no matter how consistent you are with making wise choices, if you cannot properly digest your food and absorb the nutrients from it, you have gained little. No matter what health issue now confronts you, whether something rather mundane to something serious, you can choose to focus on your digestion and make significant improvement in your health. It really needs to be your first step before addressing other issues, yet few people understand this. Instead they opt for popping things like Tums or taking over-the-counter or prescription meds for their digestion issues, but those are only band-aids and are not a cure; they relieve symptoms temporarily but add another dimension – that of the risk of consequential side effects.

I have worked on many issues personally, but always sensed digestion was a bigger issue than I was addressing. When I realized this and did much research on this topic, I finally got it – that proper digestion is the first area you work on rather than the last, no matter what the health concern is! But also be aware that what you eat does make a difference too. Take charge of your health through your digestion and you’ll be well on your way to creating better health. I am more than happy to help you on your journey to improved and vibrant health. You can contact me through this email or at 770-354-9285.

Note: Potent, pure and effective enzymes are required to restore and maintain health. Where Miracles Happen provides these in the center and online. Go to www.wheremiracleshappen.com and click store, then supplements to find them online. Theramedix is the company that specializes in pure enzymes for all aspects of health and healing; these are the only products they produce. Their bottles in the store are white with blue.

 

 

 

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