Should You Care About Digestive Enzymes?
Digestive enzymes are tools the body uses to break down food into elements like peptides, fatty acids, glycerol, glucose, starch, nucleotides and amino acids. Without digestive enzymes your body would not be able to receive the nutrition it needs in order to function.
Imagine putting a person in front of a locked door with a block of brass instead of a key. So close, but yet so far! That’s what a body lacking digestive enzymes feels like when it’s facing the need to digest nutritious food.
Of course digestive enzymes are not only found in food. Our bodies can make them. The salivary glands, the liver, the stomach and the pancreas are all charged with producing different kinds of digestive juices. So theoretically speaking, the body should never run out of digestive juices. Yet digestive problems sooner or later catch up to everyone. So what gives?
In my opinion the problems arise when the toxic load that the body is expected to filter is greater than what the body can process at any given point in time. Too many different bodily functions start competing for limited resources, and only some end up getting what they need in a timely manner.
In such a case, while selecting the best way to detox your body, here is some information you may find helpful:
- The lack of digestive enzymes and inefficient functioning of the pancreas has been suggested as the leading cause for cancer formation by doctor William Kelley and embryologist John Beard. Doctor Kelley believed that cancer patients lacked the enzymes to properly digest protein. As a result their bodies weren’t able to penetrate through cancer’s fibrin coating and expose it to the immune system and its defences. Dr Kelley had a very high success rate (over 90%) in curing patients with an early diagnosis through his metabolic protocol.
- Certain foods naturally contain large quantities of digestive enzymes and can be absorbed very easily by the body. Raw foods grown in rich soil pertain to this category. Keep in mind, though, that even raw food can be deficient in enzymes if it has been grown in a soil that is deficient in them.
- The body needs some protein in order to make digestive enzymes. Eliminating protein completely from your diet will help someone with toxicity feel better in the short run (as the digestive load is lightened), but worse in the longer run (as the body starts to be enzyme deficient).
- Animals are not a good source of protein for someone dealing with toxicity. Animals in the west get injected with hormones and antibiotics. Hormonal imbalance resulting from eating animal flesh has been directly linked to many serious ailments. To make matters worse, these animals are often fed genetically modified food like corn that is hard for the body to assimilate.
- Eating less and taking in fresh food in liquid/smoothie form can ease digestive stress. So can consuming fermented foods.
- A person struggling with toxic overload should be careful if they decide to go on a fast. It took a long time to build this level of toxicity, it will take a long time to fix it. Be gentle with your body.
If you feel like your diet is deficient in enzymes and would like to take supplementation while you transition to a healthier lifestyle, seek the help of a nutritionist that is familiar with the state of your health and any food intolerance you may be suffering from. Aim for enteric-coated enzyme supplements that can survive the acidity of your stomach and not be digested before making it into the intestines in the way ordinary proteins would.
Last, but not least, eat when you are in a calm and content state of mind. Your body believes your inner dialogue. Toxic thinking can ruin the best of meals. Literally.