Your Enzymes are Numbered, My Friend
Scary thought, isn’t it? Now that we know that enzymes are necessary in every function of your body, big and small, the idea that our enzymes are numbered is a bit of a scary thought. Remember, the only thing that can produce enzymes is a living body, whether it’s animal or vegetable. Of the 5,000 kinds of enzymes that are at work in the human body, there are many that come from outside the body in the form of food.
So if your body can make enzymes, why is there a problem? Dr. Howell, an enzyme researcher proposes his theory of ‘enzyme potential’. This theory states that a living body has a predetermined amount of enzymes that it can produce. Once this supply is exhausted, the body dies. Now, you may scoff at this saying, “Why do I have to worry about one guy’s theory?” Well, it is also supported in the book I am reading for March called, “The Enzyme Factor” by Hiromi Shinya MD. He agrees with Howell’s theory, though he puts his own twist on things claiming there is a ‘source enzyme’ that can change into the particular enzymes the body needs most at that time. Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald also lends credence to this theory in her book, “The Detox Solution”. Then, there is what convinced me…the Pottenger’s Cat Study.
Dr. Pottenger was a man who ran a sanitarium in the 1930s and 40s. He was very interested in diet and nutrition as a means of
achieving well being. Over the course of ten years, he ran a study with more than 900 cats who were divided into two groups: one group was fed raw milk and meat, the other ate pasteurized milk and cooked meat. The first group which ate the raw foods, rich in enzymes, stayed in markedly better health than their cooked food eating counterparts. They benefited in everything from stronger immune systems to better behaviour patterns, while the latter group suffered from much worse health. The cooked group had instances of allergies, infections, skin diseases…the list goes on. These results were even marked in later generations. Since his study, other researchers have attempted the same experiment on wild rats and mice with the same result. It makes me want to feed my cats steak! (That’s our cat, Harvey Dent—> )
Putting this into practice, which is what this blog is all about, let’s look at what we’re up against!
Other than cooking, what destroys enzymes?
- Growth Hormones like rBGH
- Irradiation (PS, As far as I can tell by the CFIA, currently, onions, potatoes, wheat, flour, whole wheat flour, and whole or ground spices and dehydrated seasonings are approved for irradiation and sale in Canada.)
- Food Processing
- Genetic Engineering
- Depleted Soils
What you may be doing to exhaust your own enzymes:
- Using medications
- Drinking alcohol
- Stressing out
- Eating foods with additives
- Eating fried foods
With all these things working against us, it may seem an impossible task, but it isn’t. One thing that is consistent in all the research is that a diet abundant in enzymes means a body with high levels of enzymes. Eat lots of food that is enzyme rich, including lots of fresh and raw foods, and you’ll keep replenishing those enzyme stores.
How does your diet stack up? Do you believe you are getting enough enzymes?
- Enzymes are important, why? (yearofthedetox.com)
- Got Enzymes? The Importance of Enzymes and Cascade Fermentation in Promoting Good Health (prweb.com)