You’ve probably heard the word “enzymes” before, but in a vaguely scientific context, and you may not know exactly what they are or how they keep you healthy. As it turns out, there are over 70,000 known enzymes in the human body — an astounding number for sure. Enzymes provide the lubrication by which all chemical processes that take place in the body. Without enzymes, the body could not live. Hand the cells of the body all the protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, and vitamins you want, but without enzymes, nothing will happen. Think of enzymes as a battery in a flashlight. All the components of a flashlight can be present, but without a battery, the light will not shine.
Enzymes come in three categories:
- Digestive enzymes, which may be the category that most people think of.
- Food enzymes, which you ingest as part of raw food, and these help your body jumpstart the digestion process.
- Metabolic enzymes (also called body enzymes), which help to regulate your body’s chemistry and both grow and repair cells, tissues, and organs.
What are some benefits of enzyme therapy? Here are five big ones.
- Better and more efficient digestion.
These help to break down the food you eat so you can properly digest it and get the most nutritional value out of it. Digestive enzymes are what most people think of when they think of enzymes, and for good reason: we need them to help break down the food we eat and make nutrients readily available to the body. Without the proper enzymes, undigested food can linger in the colon, where it decays and turns toxic. Digestive enzyme therapy can help with many digestion-related issues, such as gas, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and so on. Plus, therapy will allow you to get the most benefit out of the healthy foods you consume.
- Reduced Inflammation and Related Pain
The proper levels of certain enzymes can actually limit the body’s ability to process agents that cause inflammation. And of course, when inflammation is reduced, the pain associated with inflammation goes away. One enzyme in particular that’s good at this is bromelain, and it’s found in pineapples. In addition to eating raw pineapples, taking the enzyme protease, is most helpful for inflammation.
- Weight Regulation
If you need to lose weight, there is some support for the idea that enzyme therapy can make it easier. Taking supplements of the enzyme lipase can be especially helpful, as it helps to break down and burn fat in the body. Other enzymes can do the same with sugars and proteins. Enzymes can also help you feel full with less food, as your body is getting more nutrition out of what you’re eating.
- Improved Metabolism
If the body’s metabolism is at its best, many benefits will be realized, all the way from good immunity, thinking more clearly, to disease prevention. As stated above, nothing happens in the cells without enzymes. The average American will eat one raw food only every 7 days. It is no wonder the we have one of the worst health records in the world in spite of our amazing healthcare system.
- Great looking skin.
If your body is healthy on the inside, it will look healthy on the outside. More than that, enzyme therapy can improve the circulation of both the circulatory and the lymphatic systems, bringing more oxygen to your skin cells. This means skin with a more even tone and moisture, fewer wrinkles, and better color. In fact, using enzyme facial masks has been shown to impart a healthy glow, and have become popular both as spa treatments and in over the counter forms.
There are a number of factors that contribute to aging and the onset of disease, but the main unsung hero to keeping your body in good working order, but a lack of enzymes is probably the key player. The only source of material for the body to manufacture needed enzymes is raw foods, which America tends to eat little. Fortunately, enzyme therapy (sometimes called enzyme replacement therapy), helps to replenish enzymes deficiencies, thereby contributing to restoration of health. Of course, you need to improve your diet, exercise, get more sleep, and reduce stress at the same time if health is to be achieved. Unfortunately, there are no silver bullets.
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