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The Importance of Food Enzymes and Why You Must Preserve Them

Jul 16, 2008
Every chemical reaction within the body cells is carried out with the help of enzymes. In a sense they represent the cell's "life force". If enzymes are in short supply or are weakened, they won't be able to carry out their duties fully and the cell's health would be compromised as would the health of the body as a whole.

Dr. Edward Howell - Enzyme Pioneer

Dr Howell (1898 - 1988) believed that we can become deficient in enzymes and that this can lead to degenerative diseases. His research suggested that at birth we have an enzyme potential which has to last our whole lives. They need to be preserved by eating food that still contains its enzymes, not wasted on enzyme deficient food that forces the metabolic enzymes that run our bodies to be diverted to digesting food.

The Fatal Process

This is the term Howell used for cooking. Whether boiling, frying or baking, the enzymes in foods are killed off by the high temperatures.

Raw Foods and Fasting

The use of raw food diets and fasting have been used particularly in Europe as a means of healing the sick. Both preserve the enzyme potential and allow metabolic enzymes to focus on healing without being diverted to digestion.

Although an all raw diet would seem the best type of diet to follow, Howell thought this would be unpalatable to most people and suggested that with cooked food, digestive enzyme supplements could be taken to good effect.

To ease the burden on the digestive organs and the body as a whole I would suggest the following:

Do not eat more than you need to. Eating too much puts a huge burden on the digestive resources.

Increase raw fruit and vegetable consumption. Decrease cooked, refined and adulterated foods, especially high calorie sugary/fatty foods.

Cut out those foods which you may enjoy eating but you are well aware that they don't agree with you.

Consider combining your foods so that concentrated starches and proteins don't mix at the same meal. This takes away much of the effort of digestion.

Drink plenty of water. Ideally drink half a pint of water about half and hour before meals. Water is important in the digestive process and helps metabolic enzymes function more efficiently.

By taking all these measures, enzymes will be preserved, the digestive system will have a great load taken off it, and every cell in the body will have its burden eased.
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