We have over 20 types of digestive enzymes being produced by our organs and glands. Each of these is responsible for breaking down different food components in order to harvest amino acids, as well as essential nutrients. These nutrients and amino acids are something that our body must get enough of to function properly. They are essential to life. Therefore, it is vital that our bodies are supplied with these elements sufficiently and regularly.
For every food type, there is a digestive enzyme. So for lipids, there is lipase, and for starch there is amylase. Protein is broken down by protease. There are so many different kinds of food and that’s why there are so many kinds of digestive enzymes. The stomach glands produce so many enzymes, and yet, there are still times when the body is unable to produce enough enzymes to break down all the food that the body takes in. This is where food enzymes come in to the picture. Raw fruits and vegetables contain more essential digestive enzymes such as cellulose, pectinase and phytase. Although these enzymes are not produced by the body, they help the enzymes in the body to digest the components of the food being ingested upon their arrival into the digestive system. By doing this, the demands on our body to use enzymes is reduced, so the body can give more energy over to enhancing the activity of metabolic enzymes.
So what’s the problem?
Does your diet consist entirely of raw foods? Doubtful. Food enzymes are destroyed by the cooking process and food processing industries. This is because they have a very low tolerance to heat. Processed, fried and overcooked foods contain very few enzymes, if any. Diets like these with no enzymes in them lead to an over burden on our naturally produced enzymes, and poor absorption of natural minerals, amino acids and vitamins. So, a diet of mostly cooked foods then leads to digestive problems such as bloating diarrhea, constipation, and other problems like obesity. The immune system will be affected, and so this opens up the body to any amount of immune related illnesses.
By taking supplemental digestive enzymes, we can prevent the depletion of our natural enzyme population. Click here to download the Atone brochure and learn more about our all-natural enzyme supplements.