Before I became a nutrition junkie, I had no clue what an enzyme was or how important they were. I just loved eating food. Now when I eat, I enjoy multiple pleasures, not just taste. The many different and healthy compounds food offers really intrigue me. Most of my clients become nutrition junkies, too, after we discuss the amazing power and importance of enzymes.
I love challenges and solving puzzles and I don’t think we will ever fully understand the complexity of enzymes. Enzymes are at the top of the mystery list for me. Enzymes are special proteins that build, organize and unify our physical body. They are involved in every system and most actions of the body. Really, they just seem so smart; they seem to know precisely what to do and when to do it.
Enzymes create, digest, tear down, accelerate, repair, enhance, and modulate all types of events in our bodies. At every step of life, from conception of a single fertilized egg to the building of your complete body – made up of approximately 100 trillion cells – the GROWTH AND LIFE of your body would not happen without enzymes.
In fact, most other nutrients, although important, take a back seat to enzymes. Vitamins, minerals and hormones are so important to our health yet they are unable to function without enzymes. The body can function for a while without vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, but you cannot live without enzymes.
Science has identified a few thousand enzymes, but suspect that tens of thousands exist in our bodies and foods.
It is believed that the body has the capacity to make only so many enzymes. Once that ability is lost, life ends.
So where do enzymes come from?
All raw vegetative foods have digestive enzymes. When we chew food, enzymes that begin the digestive process are released. These enzymes do a lot of work taking stress off our digestive system.
When plant foods are cooked in water above 118 degrees Fahrenheit and above 150 degrees Fahrenheit in dry heat, the enzymes are destroyed. So, you can easily see a diet rich in processed, refined and cooked foods leaves the body lacking very important enzymes.
The lack of enzymes slows digestion and puts added pressure and stress on the pancreas to produce more digestive enzymes. Over time, this stress may accelerate the aging process of our pancreas and digestive system. As the pancreas and digestive system begin to pre-maturely age, our ability to get the nutrients from the foods we eat is compromised. With less and less enzymes, our ability to extract nutrients from our diet continues to lessen.
Less nutrition from our foods means worse health to come. In addition, when you are not eating enzyme rich foods your body is pulling from other enzyme pools to do the work. The level of this enzyme pool is always draining. If you are not replenishing it with enzyme-rich foods the pool begins to run out and severe health problems ensue. Many scientists believe that the lack of enzymes consumed through foods may be a leading cause of the decline of the health in America.
A diet rich in enzymes will keep your body younger longer! Nutrient bankruptcy and poor health is coming if you do not get enough enzymes from your foods.
What foods are the best sources of enzymes?
All raw, uncooked vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, grains and beans contain enzymes. Beans, nuts, seeds and grains have enzyme inhibitors that must be deactivated for us to enjoy the benefits of the enzymes in those foods. The enzymes in raw vegetables and fruits are ready as soon as they are picked. So, make sure you are eating lots of colorful raw vegetables and fruits everyday. Sprouted foods have the highest levels of enzymes. For example, broccoli sprouts have 50 times the enzymes of the broccoli plant!
Beans, nuts, seeds and grains have enzymes inhibitors on their skin that prevent premature germination. They also inhibit the release of the enzymes as we eat them.
You can easily neutralize the enzyme inhibitors by soaking the beans, nuts and seeds overnight or for at least 7 hours and then drying them well.
The NutriBullet is the perfect way to unlock all of the enzymes and nutrients in your foods and give your body its ultimate health potential.
Todays Smoothie Recipe!
This recipe is very refreshing and nutritious.
Summer Cool Breeze
Freeze the watermelon and pineapple.
- 1 cup seeded fresh watermelon
- 1 cup fresh pineapple
- ½ cup fresh cucumber with skin
- ½ tsp. fresh grated ginger
- 1 cup coconut water
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk. Use more if needed.
- 1 packet of stevia extract, if needed for added sweetness.
Throw these great foods in your NutriBullet, unlock the nutrition and cool down with this refreshing drink!