By: Katie Skinner
Have you ever wondered why eating a fresh, raw, garden salad can leave you feeling light and energized but eating a cheeseburger can leaving you feeling tired and bloated? Raw fruits and vegetables, like lettuce, cucumbers and apples, contain enzymes. Enzymes help the body digest food and assimilate nutrients from proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and plant fibers.In addition, enzymes assist in all chemical reactions taking place in the body. Enzymes are known as the “sparks of life,” and are essential for digesting food.
According to The Prescription for Nutritional Healing, there are two types of enzymes that are essential for digestion: food enzymes and digestive enzymes. Food enzymes are found in raw fruits and vegetables. Raw fruits and vegetables have not been subjected to processing or heat cooking. Food enzymes are extremely sensitive to heat an dare destroyed at approximately 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Raw fruits and vegetables contain all the food enzymes needed to properly digest that particular food. Unfortunately, raw fruits and vegetables do not always contain all the enzymes needed for proper digestion of certain cooked foods like meat, bread and pasteurized dairy.
The other type of enzymes, digestive enzymes, are produced in the body and are needed to break down foods. This includes cooked foods. The proper breakdown of foods allows the nutrients to be absorbed into the blood stream for use in the body. There are three main types of digestive enzymes: amylase, protease and lipase. Amylase assists in the breakdown of carbohydrates, protease assists in the breakdown of protein and lipase assists in the breakdown of fat. Bloating, gas and indigestion can be a result of the body not manufacturing enough digestive enzymes. Eating a cheeseburger can leave you feeling bloated and tired because the body might not be producing enough digestive enzymes to break down the cooked food.
If you experience gas, bloating, indigestion or constipation then taking a digestive enzyme supplement may help.Taking a digestive enzyme supplement can aid in digestion when there are not enough enzymes consumed through the diet or manufactured by the body. The Mustard Seed Natural and Organic Food Store sells Enzymedica brand digestive enzymes at 10% off every day. Enzymedica is known as the“enzyme experts.” Enzymedica specializes in digestive enzymes and only manufactures the highest quality, highest potency enzyme products available. Enzymedicaenzymes are 100% plant-based and contain no fillers. All Enzymedica supplements are 3rd party tested to ensure that label claims are met. Fight bloating and indigestion with a digestive enzyme supplement!
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The Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC
This article is for educational purposes only. The products mentioned in this article are not intended to diagnose,treat, cure or prevent disease. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Always consult with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any dietary supplements.