The Crashing of Digestion
Our bodies are magnificent works of art yet so often we abuse them, perhaps unknowingly, but sometimes with clear understanding of exactly what we are doing it anyway. It has been known that digestion and assimilation of what we put into our body is of utmost importance for our health and longevity.
As an individual ages, somewhere around the age of 45, a depletion of their digestive system are often seen with health concerns appearing in their life. Yet even children and young people are experiencing digestive issues nowadays. Why you might ask? Basically it stems from the typical American diet — cooked foods, highly processed chemicalized foods, fast food, trans fat, excessive sugar consumption, white flour and salt — all dead foods. Although there is a place for cooked food, if you primarily eat cooked food, which is essentially void of living nutrients, then you deplete your enzymes that come with you at birth at an even greater speed. Pile on a mountain of stress and you can easily see why digestion is the first that crashes in your body.
Why are enzymes so vital to your health? Enzymes function as protein catalysts. Their role is to speed up or slow down chemical reactions within your body. They break down your food completely so you can properly absorb nutrients. They are vital to all life processes, so much so that life could not exist without enzymes.
Uncooked foods naturally contain a large number of enzymes necessary to digest that particular food. But with a predominantly cooked food diet the enzymes simply wear out, and the higher the heat to cook the food, the more enzymes are destroyed. And the larger the quantity of cooked food eaten earlier in life, the faster the enzymes are depleted.
What are the effects to your health when food is not digested properly? Food that is not digested completely will often leak food particles through the bowel which then dump into the blood and circulate throughout your body. This becomes a toxic situation. Without sufficient amount of enzymes the efficiency of your immune system function is lowered which can then effect every system in your body. Poor digestion prevent nutrient absorption and often creates faulty elimination, weight gain, fatigue, indigestion, heartburn, bloating, insomnia, and a host of other health issues.
Good digestion, on the other hand, allows for strong immune function, healthy blood lipids, healthy blood glucose levels, health blood triglycerides and allows for absorption of nutrients needed to repair and maintain your health. It has been suggested that an abundant supply of enzymes can actually slow down the aging process!
Here is how digestion works. As you ingest your food, particularly cooked food, your body releases ptyalin in the mouth while you are chewing your food. As the food enters the stomach hydrochloric acid and pepsin enters the scene to continue breaking down the food. The food then travels to the small intestine where it will remain for several hours digesting, after which it will move to the large intestine. The pancreas releases three main enzymes to complete the digestive process: protease to digest protein; lipase to digest fats; amylase to digest carbohydrates. Many health professionals claim that all disease begins in the gut.
What are common symptoms of poor digestion? Bloating, belching after eating, burning the stomach, fullness or heaviness in the stomach after eating, nausea, intestinal gas, diarrhea or constipation, food allergies, cracked fingernails, skin break outs or acne, undigested food in stool, chronic candida infection, iron deficiency, and dysbosis. When digestive are left untreated, disorders often appear. These disorders may include: asthma, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, hepatitis, eczema, psoriasis, gallbladder problems, herpes, hives, thyroid issues, autoimmune disorders, lupus, myasthemia gravis, anemia, celiac disease, acne rosacea and sjogren’s syndrome. Perhaps now you’re beginning to understand why digestion is so vital to your health.
A significant aspect of digestion is pH of your body. It is a key ingredient to vibrant health. When your body’s pH is balanced, the digestive tract see-saws back and forth between alkaline and acid pH. In the mouth is optimally alkaline but changes to acid in the stomach. The small intestine needs alkaline to work and the large intestine needs slightly acid. If any segment of digestion fails to keep the proper pH, then digestion can be impaired.
Many individuals, especially as they age have low stomach acid, which is a vital step for proper digestion. According to statistics, over half of our society suffers from low hydrochloric acid by the age of 60, and by age 85 it skyrockets to over 80%! Hydrochloric acid is your body’s first line of defense against disease-causing organisms, so without a sufficient amount you are susceptible to bacteria establishing in the intestines and elsewhere, allowing for infections anywhere in the body. People often think they have too much stomach acid so stay away from Betaine HCL, when it is actually what they need most. Instead they reach for antacids, and although it may temporarily relieve symptoms, in the long run if they are used often, the antacids make the problem worse.
Low hydrochloric acid(HCL) is the result of eating a diet of mainly cooked foods that contain no live enzymes, difficult to digest foods like read meat or fried foods, chemicalized foods — those containing artificial preservatives and additives, soft drinks containing high amounts phosphorus, white sugar & chemicals, and barbequed foods — the blackened areas of the food contain carcinogenic (cancer-causing) agents.
The problem with many digestive enzyme products is the usage of animal source enzymes that often contain toxic tag-alongs from pesticide and synthetic hormone residues. And there is always the risk of exposure to viral-like particles from “mad cow syndrome” Many plant enzyme products have been found to be contaminated with residual fungus toxins, which of course present an unnecessary risk of developing fungal infections. Additionally, many enzyme products are highly heated during their extraction process, resulting in damaged, inactive enzymes.
A good enzyme product should include protease to digest the proteins, amylase to digest the carbohydrates, lipase to digest fats, cellulose to digest fiber, lactase to digest dairy and also include invertase and maltase in a proprietary blend. There should be no excipients present (fillers or binders like magnesium stearate) and the capsules should be talc-free and made from plants, not gelatin (an animal source).
Here are some simple steps to create and maintain a healthy digestive tract.
- Eat a diet rich in fresh vegetables, organic whenever possible — this is healthy fiber.
- Eat organic starches daily, such as organic brown rice, buckwheat or oats.
- Use Himalayan salt daily — ¬Ω to 1 teaspoon every day
- Limit or eliminate the consumption of red meat. Do not eat it at the evening meal if you do eat it.
- Eat your last meal of the day by 7 pm.
- Take high level digestive enzymes after every meal.
- Use super-nutrients such as antioxidants, coral minerals, essential fatty acids.
- Go on a one month cleansing program by using daily doses of super-greens, which help remove toxic heavy metals and other contaminants that congest the digestive tract.
- Chew your food thoroughly — 25 or more chews for each mouthful.
Take your digestion to a whole new level and provide your body with high level enzymes for your optimal health.
Note: Where miracles Happen has available high level, synergistic, broad-spectrum phytonutrients for optimal digestive support — products from Premier Research Labs. They contain no excipients of any kind: no magnesium stearate or silicon dioxide; no animal ingredients; capsules are free of talc or solvent-tainted Chinese vegetable caps. To create the best possible health go for the best possible products!
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