Enzymes & Digestion
By Dr. Jeannie Thomason – co-founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy
Enzymes are the foundation of energy and the life force in all living things. They are responsible for building, detoxifying, and healing the body. They are also the force that allows your body to digest and absorb food. Enzymes also regulate tens of thousands of other biochemical functions that take place in the body every day. Even thinking involves “enzymes”. Without enzymes, seeds would not sprout, fruit would not ripen, leaves would not change color, and life would not exist.
Science has now confirmed (LEL) Low Enzyme Levels as the world’s #1 killer, based on the late Dr. Edward Howell’s 40-year research covering more than 700 worldwide studies.
“Low Enzyme Levels kill more humans than AIDS, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and accidents – combined. The studies conclude that all diseases, from cancer to the minor sniffle, have one root cause Low Enzymes Levels. When the body’s enzyme levels are high, disease disappears. When low – disease appears and eventually kills.” ~ Enzyme Nutrition, Edward Howell, Avery Publishing
Think for a moment what that means for our companion animals…
That bowl of dog, or cat food, that pelleted food from a bag (unless you feed a Species Appropriate Raw Food diet) that you just fed your dog, cat or horse; will now require a lot of work in the digestive system to convert it into the basic substances needed to support and maintain life – tissues, organs and the millions of cells that make up your dog. That bowl of food cannot be used by the body without the help of ‘enzymes’. That is just a fact!
Enzymes are proteins known as “reaction catalysts of biological systems.” These catalysts (enzymes) are important because the body’s temperature and internal environment do not allow chemical life reactions to occur at a rate rapid enough to sustain life. Enzymes speed up the reaction by increasing the frequency of colliding molecules. In other words, enzymes speed up a biological reaction by binding with the substance involved in the reaction.
Once enzymes are exposed to 117 degree heat (Fahrenheit) , they become damaged and eventually destroyed. This means that they are no longer able to provide the function for which they were designed. This means that cooked and/or processed foods contribute to chronic illness, because their enzyme content is damaged and thus requires the body to make its own enzymes to process the food. The digestion of cooked or processed food uses valuable metabolic enzymes in order to help digest it. So, it stands to reason that the digestion of cooked food demands much more energy than the digestion of raw food. In general, raw food is so much more easily digested that it passes through the digestive tract in 1/4 of the time it takes for cooked food!
Eating enzyme-dead foods places a burden on the pancreas and other organs and overworks them, which eventually exhausts these organs. This means that our companion animals eating processed or cooked foods, gradually but surely, impair their pancreas and progressively they lose the ability to digest their food.
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