Probiotics have been in the spotlight lately, even by large food manufacturers. Even traditional doctors are hopping on the bandwagon and promoting them somewhat. Some other body elements that are even more important are enzymes. Enzymes assist practically all body functions. Digestive enzymes break down food particles so nutrients can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Undigested proteins in the blood can cause a host of health issues including allergies and eczema. Other enzymes convert that stored energy for use by the body later. Enzymes assist the liver, kidneys, lungs, colon and skin in removing waste. Enzymes are everywhere, and as our bodies age the production of enzymes decreases. This article will cover digestive enzymes.
There are 3 categories of digestive enzymes: amylase, protease, and lipase. Amylase breaks down sugars. Protease helps digest proteins and lipase digests fats. Any deficiencies in these enzymes will impact the digestion and absorption of nutrients. While the normal body produces a number of enzymes, we can also get enzymes from food – namely raw foods. Any foods cooked higher than 118 degrees will have vital enzymes destroyed. This temperature is about the point at which you might burn your tongue when eating a food at this temperature. This is one reason it is so important to include raw fruits and vegetables in your diet. Variety is also important.
When you add processed foods to your diet it puts a burden on your system . First, you are not getting the enzymes and nutrients from raw foods that your body needs to function. Second, your body does not recognize altered food products (artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and other chemical additives) and often stores unknown substances in major organs like the liver. If you want your body to run as efficiently as you can lessen the amount of processed foods and chemicals you absorb.