Women are always having problems with their bellies. Bloating, cramps, constipation – an overall uncomfortable feeling. One of the things that might be causing that discomfort is the body’s lack of enzymes.Enzymes play a big role in our digestion which translates to feeling good and aging well. If we can keep our digestive system functioning like a young woman, we can maintain youthful health and appearance.
So what are enzymes? They are delicate lifelike substances found in all living cells. Enzymes are biologically active proteins necessary for all living organisms. Metabolic enzymes regulate every biochemical reaction that occurs within our body.
Here’s what you need to know.
Metabolic enzymes are an essential component for optimal cellular function and health. They speed up the chemical reactions within the cells for detoxification and energy production. They enable us to see, hear, move and think.
Digestive enzymes are secreted along the digestive tract to break food down into nutrients and waste. Most of the digestive enzymes are produced by the pancreas. The liver, gallbladder, small intestine, stomach and colon also play pivotal roles in the production of these enzymes. Digestive enzymes allow the nutrients found in the foods we consume to be absorbed into the blood stream and the waste to be discarded.
Food enzymes are introduced to the body through raw foods we eat and the consumption of supplemental enzyme products. Raw foods naturally contain enzymes, providing a source of digestive enzymes when ingested. However, raw food manifests only enough enzymes to digest that particular food. The cooking and processing of food destroys all of its enzymes. Since most of the foods we eat are cooked or processed in some way and since the raw foods we do eat contain only enough enzymes to process that particular food, our bodies must produce the majority of the digestive enzymes we require, unless we use supplemental enzymes to aid in the digestive process.
Between 60 to 80 percent of the body’s energy is used to move food through the digestive system, maintain balance between the acidity of the stomach and the alkalinity of the body, and most importantly, produce the massive amount of digestive enzymes necessary to extract nutrients from food in order for the body to benefit from its intake.
It’s possible that when we suddenly start experiencing indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, gas, food craving , bloating and other digestive issues, that the real culprit is something else. Most people give little thought to the connection between their digestion and their overall health, but the two are intertwined. Understanding the digestive process in an important part of understanding how digestive enzymes can be beneficial to your health.
Some very convincing research shows that the greater the burden on the digestive system, the less effective and active our immune system becomes. When we eat, digestion becomes the priority. Our body will always supply the energy our digestive system needs to benefit from the food we have eaten, no matter how little that leaves for the other systems. If the pattern persist over time, our body may no longer be able to keep up on a regular basis; a shortage of metabolic enzymes ( metabolic energy ) will then occur, eventually takes it’s toll. However we do not call it en enzyme deficiency — we have given it other names, like diabetes, cancer, heart diseases, and lupus.