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Food Enzymes For Health & Vitality

Jul 16, 2008
Enzymes are responsible for speeding up every chemical reaction within the body cells. In this way they can be said to be the "life force" of the cells. If there is a shortage of enzymes, or they cannot function optimally for whatever reason, the health of the individual body cells would be at risk, as would the whole body.

Enzyme Pioneer - Edward Howell PhD

According to Dr. Howell (1898-1988), we do become enzyme deficient, and this leads to degenerative disease. Howell believed we are all born with an enzyme potential which has to last a lifetime. They need to be preserved and not carelessly wasted. The way to do this is to make sure the metabolic enzymes which run our bodies are not diverted to the task of 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.

Howell was not an advocate of an all raw food diet. He didn't feel this would be practicable or acceptable to people. Instead he recommended that with a cooked food meal, digestive enzymes in the form of supplements could be taken.

I would recommend the following as a guide to preserving the enzyme potential and placing less of a burden on the digestive system as well as the rest of the body.

Don't overeat. This is about the worst dietary offence you can commit. Aim to eat just enough to satisfy you and no more.

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

Avoid foods that your digestive system doesn't like by giving you digestive upsets.

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.

All these measures will help to preserve the food enzymes, take some of the burden off of the digestive organs and help every cell in the body.
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