Category Archives: Digestive enzymes
by PF Louis
(NaturalNews) Gas can be part of a normal digestive process. In that case, the small amount of gas is absorbed into the bloodstream and exhaled. When excess gas accumulates, there can be problems.
Gas that accumulates excessively in the large intestine is released as flatulence. A little is not unusual. But excessive flatulence indicates a large bacterial overgrowth or colony that is overwhelming the normal intestinal flora balance of 80/20 probiotic or friendly bacteria to pathogenic bacteria and their waste.
Excess gas trapped in the small intestine has nowhere to go, so it causes bloating, stomach discomfort or pain, or cramps. This small intestine overgrowth of bad bacteria over good bacteria can lead to Candida. It can also indicate there is some fermentation occurring from undigested or partially digested food.
This is most common among heavy meat eaters, according to Arnold Ehret, author of the original Mucusless Diet Healing System first published several decades ago.
Following the 80/20 principle
Donna Gates, author of The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity recommends maintaining the 80/20 intestinal flora balance by consuming probiotic supplements and/or fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kim-chi, miso, and homemade kefirs.
Donna also transfers the 80/20 ideal intestinal flora ratio to various food balancing recommendations. The first involves quantity. You should eat enough to fill your stomach to 80 percent capacity while leaving 20 percent empty.
You’ve overeaten if you go beyond that, and that results in poor digestion and gas. Learn your body’s signal for letting you know you’ve eaten enough. It may take some trial and error since most of us have been conditioned to fill up.
Another 80/20 rule is to ensure 80 percent of your meal is greens or other vegetables while the remaining 20 percent of that plate goes to the complete proteins of meat, fish, eggs, or in lieu of animal products, grains. Grains and proteins should not be combined, according to Gates.
Most nutritional experts also advise against mixing fruit with carbohydrates and proteins. Fruit or fruit juice should be consumed alone.
This last recommendation helps maintain the 80/20 ratio of alkaline yielding to acid yielding foods. None of these should be processed foods. Whole organic foods are optimum, while at least avoiding the “dirty dozen” of heavily sprayed non-organic produce is a must. (http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/)
Although Donna Gates discourages drinking fluids with meals, a little water spiked with lemon or lime adds to your alkaline yielding consumption. Apple cider vinegar in water adds to your stomach acid production but converts to yielding alkaline in your blood.
Note: Some citrus foods categorized as acidic wind up yielding alkalinity into your bloodstream as they are metabolized by your pH buffering system. Other foods categorized as acidic, like coffee and meat, wind up yielding acidic no matter what.
Enter the enzymes
Enzymes are vital to food digestion and nutrient absorption. Chewing slowly and more produces enzymes in the saliva. Eating is not the right time to indulge in stressful thinking or conversation either. Stress reduces enzyme production and alkalinity.
Raw, unprocessed foods have their own enzymes within them. But most of the time cooked foods are eaten. Steaming veggies helps maintain some enzyme content, but a big healthy salad is the easiest way to have raw veggies.
Juicing veggies with a slow speed masticating juicer provides a plethora of nutrients with enzymes fully intact. But most of us will need a full spectrum digestive enzyme to supplement our meals.
A nice stroll after eating also helps your digestion. You may also want to look into food combining. (Source below, Food combining)
Digestive enzymes enhance nutrient absorption, gut health and longevity
by PF Louis
(NaturalNews) A survey of holistic practitioners by Ed McCabe, author of Flood Your Body with Oxygen, for the order of nutrients’ importance consensus was: Oxygen, water, enzymes, minerals, and vitamins.
Jon Barron, author of Lessons from the Miracle Doctors, presented the essence of the late Dr. Edward Howell’s message: “A person’s life span is directly related to the exhaustion of their enzyme potential. The use of food enzymes decreases that rate of exhaustion, and thus results in a longer, healthier, and more vital life.”
That’s a clear and important concept. But it’s not widely appreciated. Enzymes are energized, active protein compounds that are involved with every aspect of digestion and all cellular metabolismthroughout our bodies. Without enzymes, food, minerals, and vitamins are useless.
In fact, every activity in our body from creating cellular energy to building bone and muscle to hormonal production and distribution, and even thinking are governed by enzymes.
How enzyme potential is exhausted
There are three basic types of enzymes: Metabolic, digestive, and food. Metabolic enzymes patrol the blood stream to perform all the processes of cellular metabolism needed for life. Some come in with raw food, while most are created in the pancreas.
Organic raw foods contain the enzymes necessary for their digestion. The more raw foods eaten, the less one overworks the pancreas, which produces enzymes that are injected into the small intestines to extract food nutrients.
Before that, chewing releases enzymes in our saliva that begin the digestive process. If our food is not cooked and its enzymes are intact, this process of pre-digestion accounts for more than half of breaking down consumed food into absorbable nutrients.
That process is interrupted when the acid digestive juices of our stomach are initiated, usually in around an hour, but picked up again in the small intestines where the pancreas comes into action.
The pancreas gets overworked if not enough enzymes come in with our food. Many enzymes are eliminated from cooking and processing foods. Not chewing food well minimizes saliva enzymatic production.
This forces the body to depend more on pancreatic proteolytic enzymes for digestion. The pancreas’ proteolytic enzymes are needed to break down waste products and inflammatory scar tissue from immune system activities in our bloodstream.
This increases the burden on the pancreas and depletes or inflames the pancreas, resulting in lower protease or proteolytic enzymes, triggering a cascade of disease and aging symptoms. This is what is meant by exhausting our enzyme potential.
How to recover maximum enzyme potential
Chew food more than usual. Increase your consumption of raw, unprocessed foods. Try to enjoy your meals without stressing.
Even if you eat organically produced meats, the complete proteins of cooked meat are harder to break down, forcing the pancreas to work harder producing proteolytic enzymes.
Supplement enzymes with each meal. Enzyme supplements should contain papain for breaking down complete proteins, amylase for starches and carbohydrates, lipase for fats, lactase for dairy, and cellulose for fibers.
But there are enzyme supplements that should be taken away from meals to go directly into the bloodstream and eat up normally resistive waste products, scar tissue, and even cancer cells.Bromelain and serrapeptase are two such easily purchased proteolytic enzymes.
Texas dentist William Donald Kelley cured his terminal pancreatic cancer with powerful, hybrid pancreatic juice protease, and then he proceeded to cure several other cancer patients before running into problems with the Medical Mafia. (http://www.naturalnews.com/030050_dentist_cancer.html)
Now MD Nicholas Gonzalez in NYC courageously continues refining Dr. Kelley’s pancreatic juice breakthrough. Karen DeFelice, author of three books on enzyme therapy, helped her autistic son with enzymes. She offers a pdf report (below) on treating neurological issues with enzymes.