Enzymes are responsible for speeding up every chemical reaction within the body cells. In this way they can be said to be the "life force" of the cells. If there is a shortage of enzymes, or they cannot function optimally for whatever reason, the health of the individual body cells would be at risk, as would the whole body.
Enzyme Pioneer - Edward Howell PhD
Dr Edward Howell who died in 1988 at the age of 90 spent his life studying enzymes. His research suggested that at birth we have an enzyme potential. If allowed to become deficient, we are at risk of degenerative diseases. This enzyme potential must be preserved at all costs and not wasted by forcing the metabolic enzymes that carry out the chemical reactions in our bodies, to be diverted into the task of digestion, because of poor choices of foods that contain no digestive enzymes.
The Fatal Process
Howell used this term to describe cooking. All enzymes are killed off at high temperatures so most cooking methods would kill off the enzymes.
Raw Foods and Fasting
In Europe in particular, where raw food therapies have a long tradition, highly nutritious raw food or mainly raw food diets have been used with success in many disease states. Therapeutic fasting preserves even more of the enzyme potential. This allows metabolic enzymes to go to work on rebuilding the body.
Howell was not an advocate of an all raw food diet. He didn't feel this would be practicable or acceptable to people. Instead he recommended that with a cooked food meal, digestive enzymes in the form of supplements could be taken.
To ease the burden on the digestive organs and the body as a whole I would suggest the following:
Do not overeat. Just eat enough to satisfy you.
Eat more raw fruits and raw vegetables. Eat less cooked food and foods that have been refined and stripped of their enzymes.
Avoid foods that your digestive system doesn't like by giving you digestive upsets.
Consider combining your foods so that concentrated starches and proteins don't mix at the same meal. This takes away much of the effort of digestion.
Drink plenty of water. Ideally drink half a pint of water about half and hour before meals. Water is important in the digestive process and helps metabolic enzymes function more efficiently.
All the above measures will help to preserve enzymes, take the load off the digestive system and ease the burden on every cell in the body.
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