What Are Enzymes And Why Do We Need Them?

There are thousands of toxins in our environment. Juicing not only helps the body to
dispose of these toxins but also provides it with necessary enzymes. To aid in the removal of toxins, organic ingredients are highly recommended. And this is where juicing comes in.

Enzymes may be the key to preventing chronic diseases and extending our lifespan. As
we age, we produce fewer enzymes necessary for healthy digestion. Without these enzymes, it is impossible for our bodies to properly break down food. One of the main reasons to drink fresh juice is to get the enzymes that come from raw vegetables, leafy greens, and fruits. Just about everyone eats a diet primarily comprised of cooked foods. Enzymes are destroyed or removed when a food is cooked, microwaved, canned, pasteurized, processed, packaged, or genetically engineered. It is 100 percent guaranteed that enzymes are destroyed in any food heated over 115 degrees.

Enzymes are required for every chemical action that takes place in our body. All of our
cells, organs, muscles, bones, and tissues function because of enzymes. Everything depends on enzymes, including our immune and digestive system, our bloodstream, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, and liver. No vitamin, mineral, or hormone can do any work without enzymes. Even our ability to feel, think, and breathe are dependent on enzymes.

Our ability to utilize vitamins and minerals is run by enzymes. We need enzymes for proper digestion health, antiaging, and cell repair. Undigested food that passes into the colon can cause bloating, cramping, gas, and diarrhea. If you feel bloated or gassy, have rashes, weak nails, thinning hair, dull skin, constipation, diarrhea, insomnia, mood swings, or fatigue, it is likely you are not properly digesting your food.

This need for enzymes is not a new concept. More than 70 years ago, scientists
recognized the importance of enzymes contained in raw foods. More recent research has shown that people with chronic diseases or low energy levels may have lower enzyme content in their blood. Some people may think we have naturally occurring enzymes in our body, meaning that we don’t need to go out of our way to replace them.

It is true we do have naturally occurring enzymes; however, there is scientific proof that indicates our natural enzymes diminish slowly as we age. In practical terms, it can mean we might start noticing little changes such as loss of vitality and stamina, don’t recover from injuries as rapidly, or can’t seem to digest our food properly and appear to be aging quickly. Many researchers claim the process of aging is nothing more than decreasing levels of enzymes.

Bad dietary and lifestyle habits, including the consumption of sugars, fats, white flour, cooked and processed food; too much stress; and being exposed to environmental pollution might all contribute to enzyme deficiency. All these factors certainly diminish our health and ability to live a long healthy life.

Health Benefits Of Juicing

  • Helps with chronic illnesses
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Favors anti-aging
  • Decreases allergies
  • Increases strength
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Aids digestion
  • Keeps the body hydrated
  • Removes toxins
  • Promotes circulation
  • Boosts immunity
  • Supports weight loss
  • Strengthens bones
  • Helps organs repair

Aids in consumption of required daily amounts of vegetables and fruits

  • Strengthens hair and nails
  • Helps remove toxins from the body
  • Leads to transition into healthier eating habits
  • Increases mental clarity
  • Improves emotional balance
  • Increases energy
  • Diminishes the need for medication
  • Decreases depression
  • Helps reduce or eliminate a plethora of diseases
  • Makes you feel good all over

Green juices that include dark leafy greens are power-packed with chlorophyll, which oxygenates the body and enables it to release stored toxins.

Green juice will cleanse the lungs, liver, and digestive system. The magnesium in green juices helps to support the utilization of calcium.

What do all plants have in common? Plants are the only type of organism that takes
light energy from the sun and convert it into sugar. This process, called photosynthesis, allows plants to make their own food and store energy. All other living things eat plants or eat things that eat plants, in order to get their energy. It’s not a stretch to say that drinking juice is like drinking pure energy!

So, what can we do to increase our enzymes and help our digestion? We can juice raw
vegetables, dark leafy greens, and fruits—this will supply our body with needed enzymes. We can promote enzyme activity by consuming fermented foods including sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha. Foods such as ginger, apple cider vinegar, and bitter greens, including arugula and kale, will help stimulate digestion.

Read more: Health Benefits Of Kombucha Tea

Chewing each mouthful of salad or raw vegetables 30 or more times, so it mixes with your saliva, will help enzyme activation. If you chew your salad quickly and don’t pulverize it in your mouth, you are not getting the full enzyme benefit. The question is how many people chew each mouthful 30–50 times? I would say not many, and this is why fresh organic juicing is a vital addition to our diet.

Of course, not all meals are juiced or eaten raw. But diets consisting of primarily cooked foods leave us enzyme deficient. We must supplement our enzyme reserves in order to fight the degenerative conditions associated with aging. To further aid in digesting
cooked foods, supplements such as digestive enzyme capsules might be worth considering.

Open up a capsule and sprinkle the contents on the food you are preparing to eat or take capsules with water before, during, or within thirty minutes after a meal. Enzymes need physical contact with food in order to break down food particles and pass them into the small intestine. Cooked foods will always take longer to digest as compared to raw foods, meaning that cooked foods should be supplemented with enzymes.

Freshly extracted juice is high in enzymes, and they help to both nourish the body and
repair cells. We could spend all day chewing in order to consume enough produce to repair or maintain a healthy body. With juicing you only have to drink a glassful to get immediate enzyme benefits. After juicing for a short period of time, you will notice
improvements in your digestion.

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Source: The Ultimate Book Of Modern Juicing by Mimi Kirk

What Are Enzymes And Why Do We Need Them?