Research has shown that people who have a chronic disease, or have low energy levels also have lower enzyme content in their blood, urine, and tissues. While there is clearly a direct relationship between disease states and a person's enzyme levels, only recently has the NATURE of that relationship been better understood. In fact, which is the cause and which is the effect?
Researchers began to question if a person's enzyme levels were low because they were sick or were they sick because their enzyme levels were low. The researchers found something surprising. As a result, the "Old Concept" has recently been replaced by a "New Concept": A person does not have a low enzyme content because he/she is sick or aged, but instead, the reason a person may be sick or aged is because of low enzyme content.
Why Enzymes Are Important
Enzymes are one of the most essential elements in your life. Enzymes are more important than the air you breath, the water you drink, and the food you eat. Why is this? Enzymes are required for your body to function properly - really to function at all. Without enzymes you wouldn't be able to breath, swallow, drink, eat, nor digest your food. To do all of these things you need assistance to help do the work for you. You must have enzymes to help perform these tasks. Enzymes are an absolute necessity to live.
Enzymes are our body's worker. They are responsible for constructing, synthesizing, carrying, dispensing, delivering, and eliminating the many ingredients and chemicals our body uses in its daily business of living. Your body makes enzymes. When you were young, you had an abundant supply of enzymes. You felt great. Your energy level seemed never ending. In effect you had "enzymes to burn," all that was required to keep you running at tip top efficiency. As time goes by, you S L O W L Y begin to lose this efficiency. For years you don't even notice that you can't do what you think you can do. Less able to eat the spicy foods you love; less able to recover as quickly from the aches and pains of weekend sports or even just daily living; reduced stamina. This reduced vitality signals a weakened and compromised immune system. You aren't getting old, you're just running out of the enzymes you need to fuel your life.
The process of depleting your enzymes is a slow one, and most likely you didn't notice your energy and vitality disappearing until one day something you once loved to do was suddenly too much work. You aren't getting too old to enjoy life, you are running our of enzymes that would ensure you the energy you need to enjoy life. What you have always thought was the inevitable process of aging is neither necessary nor inevitable. You simply need to restore your enzyme potential.
The reason why we are running out of enzymes is a LIFESTYLE PROBLEM. Our poor dietary habits, fast food obsessions, and excessive intake of fat and sugars, all require excessive amounts of enzymes. Stress kills and damages cells, resulting in our enzyme-making machinery having to work overtime to help rebuild and replace them. Environmental pollution causes continuous cellular insult and damage requiring the ongoing assistance from enzymes just to maintain a healthy immune system. And time is a big factor. Time and the process of living uses up enzymes that must be replaced if we expect to retain the healthy active life style we have grown accustomed to. Every one of these factors diminishes our body's capacity to act, to do, to feel the way we want to feel; and, as many reputable scientists will tell you, can even shortens your life.
ENZYMES are ESSENTIAL
They are so essential that without enzymes you will die. In fact many researchers now view the aging process and death itself as nothing more than an enzyme potential which has decreased to a level where the living organism can no longer be repaired and maintained in its existing environment. We can slow down this trend by fortifying our body with supplemental digestive enzymes. We can help reverse this inevitable downward spiral in our body's efficiency; a spiral created by a growing shortage of available enzymes.
Make no mistake, this is a trend that occurs in both young and old. Simply because you are younger and are not yet feeling the decline does not mean that spiral has not begun. The trend is certain; your enzyme potential is dropping. But, there is much you can do about this. The sooner you start, the quicker you begin to restore and extend the vitality you remember you once had. If you still think you have it, you might be surprised what you have ever so slowly lost without knowing it -until you get it back. And, if you're young enough not yet to have lost it, then here's a way to keep it.
Supplemental digestive enzymes are win-win for all ages. The research is clear and the case studies are indisputable. To better understand digestive enzymes, we must first understand the role of NUTRITION in our health. Most illness, pain and suffering is the result of a DIETARY MISTAKE resulting in or causing toxemia inside of the body. Knowing Your Essential Nutrients Nutrition is the body's ability to use and metabolize the 45 known essential nutrients in their proper amount. In addition to carbohydrates, fat (lipids), protein, and water, there are 9 kinds of amino acids, 13 kinds of vitamins, and 19 kinds of minerals. Once consumed, the food containing these nutrients must be digested meaning they must be broken apart and reduced to a state that the nutrients can be absorbed into and transported by the blood stream to all parts of the body.
Our body's cells are programmed to direct each nutrient to combine and interact with other nutrients and chemicals to create still other chemicals and compounds which in turn are used to build and repair the body's cells, bones, tissue, and organs. The process is called metabolism. Each metabolic reaction is started, controlled, and terminated by enzymes. Without enzymes, no metabolic activity will occur. A body that does not consistently and efficiently metabolize the 45 essential food nutrients necessary for life will fair poorly, incur deficiencies and disease, age prematurely, and ultimately die earlier.
As was established earlier, enzymes are the body's workers. They are responsible for crafting and creating body parts from raw materials. They start with these raw materials, the 45 essential nutrients, and fabricate them into the thousand of parts our body must have to function properly. As long as there are plenty of raw materials and skilled craftsmen available to maintain our cells, organs, and tissues and to make the needed repairs and keep our immune system strong, then our enzymes are fulfilling their mission and we can expect to enjoy a long and healthy life.
Broadly speaking, enzymes can be classified into three major categories. DIGESTIVE ENZYMES FOOD ENZYMES METABOLIC ENZYMES. Metabolic enzymes run the body. They exist throughout the body; in the organs, the bones, the blood, and inside the cells themselves. These Enzymes are instrumental in the growth of new cells and the maintenance of all tissue.
Every organ and tissue has its own group of specialized enzymes. They are trained to run and maintain their host. When these enzymes are healthy, robust, and present in adequate numbers, they do an excellent job carrying out their mission.
The two kind of enzymes we are concentrating on here are DIGESTIVE ENZYMES and FOOD ENZYMES. These two are active only within our digestive system. These enzymes have only one job, both types digest our food.
DIGESTIVE ENZYMES are made by our body's organs. Digestive enzymes are secreted by the Salivary Glands, Stomach, Pancreas, and the Small Intestine. FOOD ENZYMES are already present WITHIN the food we eat. Food enzymes exist naturally in raw food. If the food is cooked, however, the high temperature involved in the cooking process will destroy the enzymes. Digestive enzymes and food enzymes basically serve the same function, that is to digest our food so it can be absorbed through the walls of the small intestine into the blood stream. From this viewpoint the only real difference between food enzymes and digestive enzymes is where they came from - from inside our body or from the food we eat. Metabolic enzymes are left to run all other parts of our body and are internally generated.
A Closer Look At FOOD ENZYMES and DIGESTIVE ENZYMES in Digestion.
Most food, when it is uncooked contains enough natural food enzymes to digest that food - but no more. When you cook the food the enzymes are inactivated (denatured) and can no longer assist in the digestive (breaking down) process. Eating raw food in some cases is totally acceptable and quite unacceptable in others. We eat raw fruit and many raw vegetables, but less often do we eat raw meat, raw fish (not withstanding sushi), or raw pork. Eating uncooked rice is nearly a guaranteed trip to your dentist! So, obviously we cook our food. Here's where the problem occurs. Cooked food contains no enzymes because they have been destroyed. If you eat a meal consisting of a salad, a steak and baked potato, there is enough food enzymes contained in the salad to digest it (break it down so your body can use its nutrients). But, there are no extra enzymes available to help digest the steak or the baked potato. Because the steak and potato is cooked, there are no FOOD ENZYMES available to digest them, our body must take over and internally create the needed amount of DIGESTIVE ENZYMES to handle the digestive task. The more we depend on our internally generated DIGESTIVE ENZYMES the more stress we put on our body's systems and organs and the less time these systems and organs have for rebuilding and replacing worn out and damaged cells and tissue and keeping our immune system strong.
It has often been said that eating too much will kill you. The fact is there is a lot of truth in this statement. Your body is programmed to try to be a survivor. Its top priority is making sure it has enough nutrients to run its own systems. This means digesting food and converting it into nutrients. There is no activity more important to the body than this. This takes a lot of energy and enzymes, particularly if the body must make most or all of these enzymes. Remember, no food can be digested without digestive enzymes.
Dr. DicQie Fuller in her book The Healing Power of Enzymes states the situation quite clearly: "Eighty percent of our body's energy is expended by the digestive process. If you are run down, under stress, living in a very hot or very cold climate, pregnant, or are a frequent air traveler, enormous quantities of extra enzymes are required by your body. Because our entire system functions through enzymatic action, we must supplement our enzymes. Aging deprives us of our ability to produce necessary enzymes.
The medical profession tells us that all disease is due to a lack or imbalance of enzymes. Our very lives are dependent upon them!" When our body is stressed by a shortage of digestive enzymes two things can happen - both are bad:
1. Our body continues to work overtime to create the needed enzymes required to digest our food. The extra stress and pressure created impacts our immune system and lowers our ability to protect ourselves from and fight off disease.
2. Because our body finally becomes so overworked, it can't keep up making enough enzymes to PROPERLY digest our food. As this undigested food begins to pollute our body, the chances of chronic disease becomes even greater.
Here's The Bottom Line: Most illness, pain and suffering is the result of a digestive malfunction in or causing toxemia inside of the body. This malfunction is the direct result of not enough DIGESTIVE ENZYMES to properly digest and metabolize our nutrients. Significant short and long term health problems develop when these nutrients are not digested. If you supplement your diet with natural digestive enzymes your life and health with change dramatically. If you are over 40 you will feel, look, and be able to act younger. If you are challenged by illness you will find that enzymes will make that easier and in some cases make you symptom free.
Lifestyle problems like high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver problems, indigestion and heartburn, adult onset diabetes, fibromyalgia, migraines, PMS, even hyperactivity in children, often have their starting point in nutritional problems. Supplemental digestive enzymes will deliver the necessary nutrients to fortify and enhance your body's healing system resulting in remarkable improvement and often dramatic results.
Next we will look at which digestive enzymes are needed to digest which food - those that digest protein, those needed for carbohydrates, and the ones that digest fat. And we will learn how they do their work, and the short term and long term effects to your health, wellness, and longevity when there are not enough of each type.
But first . . . No Food Can Be Digested Without Enzymes We now know that the enzymes required to digest our food are either created by the body (digestive enzymes) or are already present with the food when it is eaten (food enzymes). We also know that you can expect health problems if you don't have enough enzymes to properly turn your food into the nutrients your body needs to thrive. Now here's the problem . . . You are Running Out of Enzymes.
Until recently, many within the scientific community labored under the misconception that the digestive enzymes in our body are constant and last forever; that they can be used and resused; that they never get old and never wear out. Researchers now know that we lose enzymes through sweat and body waste. Through constant use, enzymes lose their strnegth and ability to do their work. To offset this loss, researchers also discovered in recent experiments that our body fortunately is naturally designed to conserve enzymes and to limit the production of unnecessary ones when possible. These experiments showed that the body will produce only enough of the needed TYPE of enzyme required to accomplish the digestive task.
What do we mean by TYPE?
There are three major types of digestive enzymes that digest our food:
• Protease enzymes digest protein
• Amylase enzymes digest carbohydrates
• Lipase enzymes digest fat (lipids) You know that protein, carbohydrates, and fat are the three main food groups which make up the bulk of our daily diet.
A "balanced" diet means we consume the proper proportions of these three basic food groups on a daily basis. This balance, when combined with the assurance that we also get the 45 essential nutrients, will lead to a long, disease-free life . . . . IF . . . we properly process and metabolize these nutrients. If we DO NOT digest and absorb these nutrients, then the outcome is guaranteed - you can look forward to nothing more than an inevitable decline in your health, and increase in aches, pains and disease, and acceleration in the aging process. THESE HEALTH AND AGING ISSUES WILL BE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED OR ELIMINATED IF ENOUGH ENZYMES ARE PRESENT TO BREAK DOWN THESE NUTRIENTS AND DELIVER THEM WHERE THEY NEED TO BE.
If the proper QUANTITY and required TYPE of enzymes are not present, your body becomes TOXIC from the the left over waste of incomplete digestion. This is the reason why most illness and disease is a initially a dietary mistake. This can be prevented and it can be reversed. Its all a matter of having the right amount and the right kind of enzymes available at the right time to prevent your body from becoming a receptacle for pollution and waste - a receptacle that then breeds and harbors disease.
And Now The Good News!
We don't need to be in this predicament and there are some known and trusted ways to stay out of it. Now that we recognize we are running out of enzymes we can eliminate this problem quickly and immediately. But first, let's review and sum it up.
You have now gotten the basics of digestive enzymes. Virtually every person living in today's high stress, fast food, environmentally polluted world needs digestive enzymes. You need them if you value your health. If you're young you need to keep your digestive system and immune system strong, because your body knows how to feed itself and protect itself if only it has the proper nutrients and tools. If you have let time and age already take its toll, supplemental digestive enzymes are nearly magical in their ability to restore health.
Sun Harmony Total Enzyme products are designed to deliver all of the supplemental digestive enzymes you will normally need to digest your food properly and put you on the path to great health.