I have just finished to lead my second Raw Food Cleanse Program @ Kaliyoga Retreats Italy. During my talks and workshop I've realized that the importance roles of enzymes is often undervalue. I'm writing this post with the aim to help my readers to understand better the magic power of enzymes, one of the key to vibrant life energy and longevity.
The importance of Enzymes for life
Paulette Suzanne in her ENZYMES & LIVING FOOD explains very well the roles that enzymes play in our daily life: We need enzymes every day of our lives. No vitamin, mineral or hormone can do any work without enzymes. We usually think of enzymes as involved only in the digesting of food. Out immune system, bloodstream, liver, kidneys, spleen, pancreas and our ability to see, think, and breathe, depend upon enzymes. In fact, enzymes are involved in every process of the body. They digest, build, store, form, dissolve, and even attack . . .each enzyme having specific functions. Each body cell has in excess of 100,000 enzyme particles necessary for metabolic processes. Enzymes rule and far outweigh the importance of every other nutrient, yet they cannot function properly without the presence of coenzymes: Minerals, vitamins and proteins. For life to continue, you must have a constant enzyme supply which requires continual replacement of enzymes.
What are enzymes?
According to Dr. Howell, whom many consider the father of food enzymes research in the twentieth century, Enzymes are both chemical protein complexes and bioenergy reservoirs. And he point out that enzymes are not simple chemical catalysts, but they have this vital force that initiates biochemical interactions. The corollary to this is that the enzymes activity of an organism is a way to measure the life force of the organism.
As M.D. Gabriel Cousens says in his CONSCIOUS EATING, Howell taught 2 key concept:
1) enzymes are living, biochemical factors that activate and carry out all the biological processes in the body such as digestion, nerve impulses, the detoxification process, the functioning of RNA/DNA, repairing and healing the body, and even thinking;
2) the capacity of an organism to make enzymes is exhaustible.
There are 3 broad categories of enzymes:
1) METABOLIC, which activate all our metabolic processes;
2) DIGESTIVE, for the digestion of food. The three main types of digestive enzymes are Proteases, which digest proteins; Amylases, which digest carbohydrates; and Lipases, which digest fats;
3) FOOD ENZYMES, that are present in all live foods and serve the function of specially activating the digestion of those foods in which they occur. Live foods contain a variety of metabolic enzymes as well. If the food from Mother Nature comes into our system in its live form, filled with exactly the right proportion of food enzymes to begin digestion, then it will result in less digestive enzymes being secreted by our organism for the digestive process.
How do we preserve our enzymes?
According to M.D. Gabriel Cousens:
1) EATING RAW FOOD is the number one activity which preserves enzymes and maximizes health. The food with the highest amount of life enzymes are biogenic, predigested, and fermented foods;
2) FASTING is an other powerful way to conserve and redirect enzymes potential. When we fast on water or juice. we are giving a substantial rest to our digestive enzymes system, and this takes the burden off our enzymes pool;
3) NOT OVEREATING: it is learning to take just the right amount of food and drink to support our individual needs. Research suggests that excessive eating (even health foods) causes oxidative stress to the system, which results in free radical damage to the tissues. Not overeating is a part of conscious eating. It means eating what is appropriate to our health, vitality, and longevity, and what will bring us into harmony with our body and the planetary body.
4) ENZYMES SUPPLEMENTATION. Live plant digestive enzymes may be the best source of enzymes supplementation. They seems to be active at a much fuller PH range than animal enzymes. Reasons to use enzymes: A) anyone eating cooked, microwaved, or irradiated food should take food enzyme supplements to compensate for the lost and destroyed naturally occurring food enzymes. This approach is still not the same as eating the food in its active, live state. B) Since the age correlates with a decreasing enzymes reserve, enzymes supplementation should slow down the aging process by building up the enzymes and quenching free radicals. C) During acute and chronic illness, there is often enzyme depletion that can be alleviated by enzyme supplementation. D) People with digestive disturbances, endocrine gland imbalance, blood sugar imbalance, diabetes, obesity, cholesterol excess, stress- related problems, and arthritic inflammations all seems to benefit from enzyme supplementation.
There are conditions and time when it is best not to take enzyme therapy: # before going to the surgery #people with congenital disturbance in blood coagulation #people taking anticoagulant #during pregnancy #people with allergy to protein
May you remember to HONOR your body everyday!