So, here we are: part two of our whistlestop tour of enzymes, including how to pack them into your daily diet, both through the food you eat and supplementation.
And if you missed out on part one, read this.
I whole-heartedly accept that many of you will be reading this and thinking that you’ve never heard many (or any) health professionals, including dieticians and nutritionists talk about the importance of enzymes.
But that doesn’t mean they’re not as important as I’ve been told they are. And as I said before, they are arguably AT LEAST as important as vitamins and minerals.
But here’s the thing. You can go for decades being deficient in this and that, and “get away with it”. But then one day, ill health strikes, and no one ever thinks to link it to a lack of nutrition in whatever guise. I mean, after such a drawn-out, cumulative deficiency, how could you ever prove it anyway?
But if you’re not taking in enough enzymes, your digestive system will look around for alternatives, which generally means that it will borrow from “the bank”, i.e. your immune system. And you don’t need me to tell you what that means.
FACT: DRINKING LIQUID WHILE YOU EAT A MEAL DILUTES YOUR DIGESTIVE ENZYMES, THUS REDUCING THE BODY’S DIGESTIVE EFFICIENCY AND ADVERSELY AFFECTING ASSIMILATION.
Just go with me on this. Not only because your digestive system will love you for it. Not only because if you’re enzyme-rich, you will assimilate more nutrients. And not only because your immune system will be doing cartwheels down the corridor. But also because you are reducing the physiological stress on your body by making it more efficient, thus allowing more scope for less-important repair jobs. In other words, you could even get asked for ID again at some point.
That last comment comes from a standpoint of pure indulgence, because that’s exactly what happened to me in Sainsbury’s on Saturday. “Are you old enough?” says the lady at the checkout, as I proffered a bottle of organic, sulphite-free wine (best I could do, given that red wine stubbornly remains one of my vices). And before you even think it, the lady in question had no white stick, no guide dog, nor glasses. “You’re kidding, right?” I said. “No, I need to be sure.”
I now truly believe in love at first sight.
Anyway, I diverse. Enzymes.
FACT: IF THE MAJORITY OF WHAT YOU EAT IS COOKED, YOU’RE DEFICIENT IN ENZYMES. COOKED FOOD CONTAINS ZERO ENZYMES IF HEATED ABOVE 105 DEGREES.
So, where to get them from? In short, RAW FOOD. And it doesn’t have to be anything weird. Just stuff which has never been heated. Like salads and sprouts,particularly the green stuff. Predictable, I know. And wheatgrass. And green juice, of course.
But let’s be real. I doubt that I will ever be a raw vegan, and I doubt that for many different reasons. And at the hub of it all, it’s perhaps because I don’t want to be. Food is still a very social thing to me, and it’s bad enough trying to dine out as a vegan in the UK, without asking for the raw element as well. Unless, of course, your idea of a lovely meal out is a heap of iceberg lettuce, tomato, cucumber and an (often) unimaginative dressing.
So, you need something to counteract that. And I’m talking enzyme supplements. Now, I’ll hold my hands up here. I’d never heard of them or taken them before I went to Hippocrates and learned why they were important. So the only ones I know of are the ones I take by the bucketload every day (well, a fair few anyway). And these are the ones which are made by Hippocrates themselves, 100% vegan, 100% food-based, and 100% organic. The brand is called LifeGive.
I can’t comment on the remainder of the retail enzymes market. But I know I trust Hippocrates, and I am confident of exactly what I am getting. And the cynics among you may feel that I am only recommending the following because I sell them, but apart from the fact that I know, use and trust them myself, if no one wants to buy them, then all the more for me!
Every day, I take HHI-Zymes, Melt Away, and Systemic Enzymes. Ideally, I take them half an hour before eating. Here’s why: (and don’t ask me why this pic has come out sideways – I have no idea and I can’t rotate it!)
This is the UNIVERSAL enzyme supplement for ALL* (see end of post) Hippocrates “inmates”. Right from day one. It’s a general enzymatic all-rounder, including:
50,000 units protease (protein digester)
10,000 units amylase (starch/carbs digester)
5,000 units lipase (fat digester)
As you already know, the digestion process is one of the heaviest tolls on the body, and one which, if you’re on the standard western diet, goes on pretty much 24-7, so your body never gets a rest, leaving it will little space on the schedule to do any repair or maintenance jobs that have been piling up on the in-tray.
So, therefore, your digestion suffers without that extra helping hand, leading to poor assimilation of the nutrients you are actually taking in (not that many if you’re mostly eating cooked food), resulting in poor nutrition and decay in the gut, because things just aren’t shifting fast enough.
More importantly, refer to my last post, in which I explain about how the protein element of this supplement is important in protecting the body against cancer.
But if you want to take it up a notch, you should also take the following, as I do, daily:
This is an important enzyme to add to your supplements regime, not least because of the high fat content of the average diet, which this stuff helps to digest and literally melt away. But regular readers may recall that I wrote a post a while back, reporting that, according to a very close friend of mine, she noticed a clear reduction in the appearance of her cellulite within a month.
According to Brian Clement, who created the formula of this Hippocrates own-brand product, not only does it digest the fats in the food you are eating, but also fat lurking in and around the body, regardless of how long it has been there.
He also says that he created Melt Away in response to a less-than-scrupulous supplements creator, who claimed he had invented a pill that would help you lose weight while you slept. Brian says this is the nearest to the truth of that you can get. All I can say to that is try it for yourself.
Brian Clement also recommends it for arthritis; a lady called Ina Schwartz conducted a 25-year study which revealed that a high-fat diet, particularly one rich in dairy is the worst kind of diet if you have arthritis.
But a word of caution: DO NOT take Melt Away if you have had an organ transplant. Likewise if you have haemophilia, ulcers of if you have gall blander problems or you have had your gall bladder removed.
These are the ones you need for hoovering up and un-metabolised protein in the body, whether it’s plant or animal protein. This is particularly important for meat-eaters, because when it comes to digesting this stuff, the body needs all the help it can get.
As you already know, it takes an average THREE DAYS for meat to be digested, and any that gets backed up adds significantly to the acidity in the body. And cancer LOVES acidity. You get the picture.
Also remember that the average adult fights off cancer successfully at least 5 times in a lifetime – I assume that’s the way you want things to continue.
* NB If you are pregnant, you should not take any of the above enzymes without professional advice. Likewise for infants under the age of 1, and for organ transplant patients past and present.