Until the advent of modern farming and food preparation most people got ample digestive enzymes from the plants they picked and ate – consuming a great deal of them more or less ripe from the vine. A ripe fruit or vegetable freshly picked contains the most digestive enzymes it will ever have. Only a couple of hours off the vine will result in significant deterioration. Pick a fruit or vegetable that is less than ripe and then ship it via cold storage to your local grocers and it may have less than 10% of the enzymes of a fresh picked ripe fruit or vegetable. Add to that our over-farmed and mineral-depleted soils to the lack of time between crop plantings and lack of sufficient micro-organisms, which convert available minerals to bio-available forms the plants can utilize, and the end result is crops that have far less available nutrients and enzymes than those decades ago.
Digestive enzymes play key roles in our health by enabling our bodies to digest and utilize all the nutrients we ingest to the greatest extent possible. Moreover, these enzymes also play a key role in the elimination of toxins and the digestion and removal of scar tissue that builds up inside all of us as we age. When it comes to our bodies, there are at least 45 essential nutrients that the body needs to carry out normal bodily functions – and likely more when you include all the vital trace minerals. “Essential” means that the body cannot manufacture them and they must come from outside sources.
Proper metabolic function requires at least 13 kinds of vitamins and 20 kinds of minerals, in addition to fats, carbohydrates and water. All of these items combine to ensure that when food is consumed it gets broken down to its basic component parts for absorption and then is transported by the blood stream throughout the body. Nutrients, including enzymes, work together with each other and act as catalysts to promote absorption and assimilation. Without digestive enzymes, the body cannot absorb nutrients in food which are not properly broken down.
Over the years, the body slowly but surely loses its ability to produce enzymes and major drops occur roughly every ten years. At first, such drops may not be that apparent, but as time goes by we ultimately begin to discover that we cannot tolerate or enjoy certain foods like we once did. We may also notice a reduction in stamina, and most likely what that means is that we are running low on enzymes. A person’s life span is directly related to the exhaustion of their enzyme potential. Therefor the use of food enzyme supplements, such as Atone’s Longevity, can decrease that rate of exhaustion, and thus result in a longer, healthier and more vital life.
Enzymes are proteins that facilitate chemical reactions in living organisms. In fact, they are required for every single chemical action that takes place in your body. All of our cells, organs, bones, muscles and tissues are run by enzymes. Our digestive system, immune system, blood stream, liver, kidneys, spleen and pancreas, as well as our ability to see, think, feel, and breathe, all depend on enzymes. All of the minerals and vitamins we eat and all of the hormones our body produces need enzymes in order to work properly. In fact, every single metabolic function in our body is governed by enzymes. Our stamina, energy level, ability to utilize vitamins and minerals, immune system — they’re all governed by enzymes.
As it happens, they are produced both internally (most notably in the pancreas and the other endocrine glands) and are present in raw foods that we eat. At birth we are endowed with a certain potential for manufacturing enzymes in our bodies, an enzyme reserve, as such. Nature intended that we continually replenish that reserve through proper nutrition and eating habits. Unfortunately, that just doesn`t happen. What nature intended is that we eat enzyme rich foods and chew our food properly. If we did that, the food would enter the stomach laced with digestive enzymes. These enzymes would then pre-digest our food for about an hour — actually breaking down as much as 75% of any meal. After this period of pre-digestion, hydrochloric acid is introduced in the stomach. The acid inactivates all of the enzymes, but begins its own function of breaking down what is left of the meal.
Eventually, this nutrient rich food concentrate moves on into the small intestine. Once food enters the small intestine, the pancreas reintroduces digestive enzymes to the process. As digestion is completed, nutrients are passed through the intestinal wall and into the blood stream. That`s what nature intended. Unfortunately, most of us don`t live our lives as nature intended! Today, convenience foods and cooked foods are the absolute norm, but unfortunately, these processes greatly diminish any enzymes we may have absorbed from the foods had they been eaten raw. However, times move on and although the idea of eating a fruit and vegetable rich diet of raw foods is a noble idea, it is not realistic with the pace at which many of us live. So instead, if we eat as healthily as we can and substitute our diets in the form of supplements, it is already a good start and a move in the right direction.
Try Atone’s Longevity today for a supplement packed with the key digestive enzymes plus a high concentration of antioxidants – the combination of these enzymes will take stress of our digestive systems thus aiding digestion, the assimilation of nutrients and the elimination of toxins. Combine these with the anti-oxidants in Atone Longevity, which will ward-off free radicals and help keep illness at bay, and you’re onto a winner!
For more information on how enzymes can transform your overall health, contact a member of Atone at www.atoneonline.com today.