Enzyme Rich Foods Improve Energy by improving the way in which your body is able to metabolize and absorbs Nutrients from the Food you are Eating.
When you include these foods daily into your diet within a couple of weeks you will feel the difference. Stomach bloating will decrease and you feel more Energetic.
One of the major health dilemmas that is recognized today is increase with people suffering from digestive issues.
These include stomach cramps, pains, diarrhea, indigestion, reflux, constipation, irritable bowel, coeliac and chron’s disease.
This leads to an increase in inflammation as your body attempts to heal itself. The problem being that your body is being deprived of enzyme rich foods.
These help to break down and metabolize the foods that you are eating. By including these foods into your diet daily you will find improvement with your bowel habits, relief of pain, decrease in bloating and stomach discomfort. The process is improving your digestion and in doing this you will also notice an improvement in your energy levels.
How Enzyme Rich Foods will Help You!
Enzymes are one of the most essential elements in our body. They are responsible for constructing, synthesizing, carrying, dispensing, delivering, and eliminating the many ingredients and chemicals our body uses in its daily business of living. Digestive enzymes break down the food we eat, releasing nutrients for energy production and cell growth and repair
Enzymes are proteins used by the body to increase or decrease the speed of chemical reactions. Though there are many different kinds of enzymes, we commonly think of the digestive enzymes because they make it possible for our body to break down and assimilate the foods we eat. A diet rich in enzymes can increase energy and stamina, as well as support weight loss, healthy skin, and overall good health.
Enzyme Rich Foods include:
Papayas are a tropical fruit. They contain large amounts of the enzyme known as papain. A plant-based enzyme, papain is referred to as a cysteine protease or proteolytic enzyme, which refers to the papaya’s ability to break the peptide bonds of proteins, hydrolyzing them into smaller units known as amino acids. Eating raw papaya is a good source of this potent digestive and systematic enzyme. Chewable supplements are available in concentrated form.
Raw pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain. Like papain, bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme. Besides contributing to the digestion of proteins, bromelain is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant. The highest concentration of bromelain is found in the stem of the pineapple, which is edible, though hardly palatable. Some bromelain is found in the pineapple fruit. Those looking to supplement with larger amounts can find a bromelain enzyme supplement at any health food store.
Sprouts are the seeds of many different types of grains. They are packed with nutrients and may contain more than 100 times more enzymes than fruits and vegetables. Sprouts are most concentrated with active enzymes when they are germinated. Germination requires soaking the seeds in water to allow them to sprout. Once activated, the live enzymes are potent health-promoting factors for proper digestion and overall wellness.
Raw Nuts and Seeds
Nature wisely endowed all raw, natural foods with the proper enzymes for digestion. Nuts and seeds contain lipase, the enzyme that breaks down lipids or fats. Triglyceride fats are hydrolyzed to break the ester bonds, creating fatty acids and glycerol. Most fat is digested in the small intestine after bile from the gall bladder breaks large triglycerides into smaller units. The pancreas makes lipase; however, when dietary sources are deficient it puts added strain on this important organ. Roasting nuts and seeds destroys the live enzymes. Eat them raw for a healthy dose of essential enzymes.
Raw Fruits and Vegetables
Just as nuts and seeds contain lipase for fat digestion, fruits and vegetables contain enzymes to break down carbohydrates. Amylase is the main digestive enzyme for carbohydrate metabolism. It is present in our saliva, as digestion truly begins in the mouth. Amylase works to break carbohydrates into simpler sugars that can be used for energy and metabolism. Fruit and vegetable enzymes are lost by cooking above 118 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that baking or microwaving destroys most of the enzymes, making foods harder to digest. Eating raw fruits and vegetables is a healthful way to improve overall digestion. Steaming your vegetables for a short period of time say 5 – 10 minutes is the best way to cook them. Other than potatoes or pumpkin that needs a longer period of time to cook. The Best way to overcome this is to include some raw vegetables in your diet each day. You can do this as a platter, salad or just a dip with some cut up carrot, celery, capsicum, apple or pear. Whatever fruit or vegetable you like to include.
Empowering You to Optimal Health – Julie Doherty N.D