Enzyme Nutrition

Dr. Slossberg uses a comprehensive nutritional system called Enzyme Nutrition.  He is a certified digestive health specialist through the Loomis Institute.

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ENZYME BASICS

A Lack of essential enzymes is one of the major causes for many unhealthy body conditions.One of the reasons that diets composed of large amounts of fast foods, processed foods and over cooked foods are so damaging to your health, is due to the fact that, not only are they devoid of many nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, needed to sustain the body, but these foods are also depleted of the enzymes that are required for metabolism (absorption) of these nutrients.

Enzyme therapy is vital to restoring health because enzymes are complex proteins in the body that cause chemical changes to occur in the body. Enzymes are the energy catalysts in the body that are essential to the successful occurrence of over 150,000 biochemical reactions in our bodies, particularly involving food digestion and the delivery of nutrients throughout the body. By supporting life-sustaining functions, enzymes keep our immune system strong enough to fight off disease. Enzymes help to nourish and clean the body, making possible the human body’s capacity to self heal.

ENZYMES SIMPLIFIED

Most explanations of nutrition and biochemical processes are difficult to understand without a scientific basis of understanding. Put simply, enzymes are essential; you must have them in your diet in order to maintain optimal health. Your body is also an enzyme-making factory, producing enzymes for digestion, repair, and thousands of chemical reactions. However, many people in western societies have seriously limited their body’s ability to produce enzymes in adequate amounts to ensure proper digestion, absorption, and elimination.

Imagine that you consume an apple. This apple is filled with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Since this whole raw food in the natural state contains enzymes this will ease the burden of the organ systems in your body. The organs including the pancreas, stomach, intestines, and gallbladder will easily produce the necessary enzymes needed. Now consider the fact that most foods consumed today and within the last sixty years or so have been processed, refined, and cooked. What other animals cook their food? What animals process, refine or add chemicals to food? How many animals out in the wild suffer with diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, hear disease and the countless degenerative conditions we humans suffer with? The answer is they don’t. Unless of course we domesticate them, feed them cooked, processed, refined foods with additives, limit their physical activity or torment them mentally. You are not supposed to be sick. However, sickness in America has become a birthright. Sad but true! Let’s get back to enzymes. Now imagine as a child you were eating French fries, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and all the stuff children love to eat. You drink some soda, later on alcohol, coffee, and sweetened drinks. Enzymes are proteins that are delicate; they cannot survive in soda, overcooked foods, and many other available foods in the modern world. They are systematically removed from foods that are refined and preserved to keep food from going sour. What you have created is a situation in which your body systems, particularly focused on digestion, absorption and elimination have been over extended. You see, little to no enzymes was going in from the food or beverages being consumed. Therefore, your body had to use its enzyme reserves in addition to working harder to produce more enzymes to digest the enzyme deficient foods that were being consumed. Oh yes, your body is a hard worker and will in many cases work perfectly well in this environment for many years. However, just like a horse that is over worked and under appreciated your body eventually succumbs to the stress being placed on it. It is quite possible that your body has become deplete in enzymes. Over taxed and underpaid.

WHAT ARE ENZYMES?

Enzymes are a delicate life-like substance found in all living cells whether animal or vegetable. Enzymes are energized protein molecules necessary for life. They catalyze and regulate nearly all biochemical reactions that occur within the human body. In other words, enzymes turn the food we eat into energy and unlock this energy for use in the body. They are difficult to see even with the most powerful microscope, but their presence and strength have long been known to scientists based on improved blood and immune system functioning. PLANT ENZYMES are grown from food such as soybean and wheat in a laboratory setting with specific actions rendered in units. They are nonpathogenic Aspergillus species and are free of mycelium contamination. Removal of all the aspergilli and fungi leave only the enzymatic action. Aspergillus enzymes have a strong record of safe use in the food industry. The FDA considers them food. The plant enzymes available at Slossberg Chiropractic & Wellness are of the highest quality. These enzymes are to be taken with meals to aid in the digestion of foods. They may also be taken following or between meals to feed and fortify the body. They are taken according to your individual needs as recommended. NATURAL ENZYME FORTIFIERS available from Slossberg Chiropractic & Wellness do not contain fillers. This is very important since the primary job of an enzyme is to facilitate delivery. That means any fillers in the product would be delivered as well. Furthermore, our enzyme products do not contain vitamins and minerals from a chemical source, but instead contain nutrients that are found naturally within the herbs of the formulations. Plant enzymes are not sloughed off as if the body has no need for them. They exit only after there is no more activity in them to do the work. Since they are food, which is natural to the body, and since they are proven to be a catalyst, they are completely different from other supplements. Some enzymes can be stored in the organs for future work and used to rebuild cells. Enzyme Supplementation Humans that eat a diet void of enzymes will use up a tremendous amount of their own enzyme potential. Enzymes act as energy or a catalyst and every action of our organs and glands needs this energy to work. We receive energy from the nutrients in out blood. These nutrients are put there through the digestion of food and carried to and throughout our system by the energy of enzymes. A lack of enzymes can create illness, lower resistance to infection and aggravate all types of stresses and physiological environments that can lead to a shortened life span and chronic physical conditions. Does the addition of raw food or juicing to the diet guarantee enough enzymes to meet our needs? Raw food provides only enough enzymes to digest that particular food. There are no extra enzymes in raw food to digest cooked or processed food. Although a totally raw diet may appear to be the best solution, it is generally not practical, and in most cases, not medically advisable. Due to the risk of bacterial contamination, many foods should not be eaten raw, including meats, poultry, eggs and beans. Many people find the fiber content in large quantities of raw food difficult to digest. What Constitutes A Healthy Body? It is probably safe to say that our complete health is the sum total of the health of our individual cells, organs and glands. When we are ill, it is because our organs and glands individually or collectively, cannot function at ideal levels. Diet is an influence on the health of our glands and organs and it interacts directly with our genetics. Good nutrition can help you attain the genetic potential of your organs and glands in terms of the highest level of functioning. When your nutrition is not adequate, your glands and organs cannot receive the specific nutrients that they require. Among the many consequences of such deficiencies is an increased susceptibility to infection, an inability to deal with stress and an overall degeneration of the body. What About the Aging Factor? Another factor affecting health is the process of aging. As you grow older, many of your nutritional requirements increase and your glands and organs do not function as well as when you were younger. Often organs and glands begin to atrophy and are not as capable of producing the supply of enzymes, which your body requires. This is why we generally become more susceptible to degenerative and infectious diseases as we age. Enzymes are connected to every working organ and gland in our body and run our life’s processes. Uses of Natural Enzyme Fortifiers The regular use of plant enzymes can accomplish a number of important nutritional tasks for the body. Listed below are several tasks, which our plant enzymes are specifically designed to accomplish.

PURIFY BLOOD

Is it possible that an enzyme can clean up or purify the blood? When you look at it from the simplest perspective it makes sense. It is a known fact that fungal forms, parasites, and bacteria are made up of protein. The shell that protects a virus in our body is in fact a protein coating. The enzyme protease breaks down proteins and since the invaders of our blood system are protein, would it not make sense that ingesting protease on an empty stomach would do the job by breaking down the protein invaders? Depending on your particular needs supplements should be taken at different times. It is your choice, costly medicines that mask problems or healthy food enzymes that restore balance and improve quality of life.

STRENGTHEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

Enzymes deliver nutrients, carry away toxic wastes, digest food, purify the blood, deliver hormones by feeding and fortifying the endocrine system, balance cholesterol and triglyceride levels, feed the brain and cause no harm to the body. All of these factors contribute to the strengthening of the immune system.

BREAK DOWN FATS

It is a proven fact that the enzyme lipase breaks down (digests) fat. When added to your meal as a supplement it is able to do this job in the digestive tract. This takes stress off the gallbladder, liver and pancreas. When taken between meals, it will be stored in your liver and called upon as needed. At Slossberg Chiropractic & Wellness, the doctors will find out what unique enzymes you may require to obtain optimal health.

LOWER CHOLESTEROL

Your body knew how to regulate cholesterol levels just fine prior to the advent of Lipitor and other cholesterol drugs. While it is big business for the pharmecutical industry, these drugs can be dangerous to your health. If you really believe altered chemistry through drugs is the answer to your health care problems, chances are you will stay ill. As wonderful and meaningful as your medical health care may seem it is very limited in it’s ability to restore natural balance and health to your body. You can realize it now or twenty years later when they recall the drug and admit to overmedicating our society. Don’t hold your breath. While we understand the importance of medicine and it’s role in our society as an emergency care system, the medical paradigm for better health through more drugs and surgery is sure to reach a climax and fall. There is wisdom in nourishing your body and restoring your cells back to health. We can work along with your medical doctor to do so.

ENHANCE MENTAL CAPACITY

Your body uses glucose called from the liver to feed and fortify the hypothalamus. This long lasting glucose is made from the protein stored in the liver. All plant enzymes are amino acids, which come from protein foods. Your red blood cells do the work of carrying oxygen to your brain. Nutrients have to be delivered throughout your body by means of the enzyme delivery system. When this is not accomplished, you become fatigued and are less able to think clearly. Remember, the hypothalamus directs our endocrine system and is responsible for water balance, body temperature, appetite, and even emotions. Natural Enzyme Fortifiers have been formulated to support the hypothalamus functions.

CLEANSE THE COLON

Undigested foods that are stored in the colon are evidence of a digestive problem. In the colon, undigested protein will putrefy; starch, sugars and carbohydrates will ferment; and fats will turn rancid. We should experience at least two bowel movements per day (if we eat more than one meal) to rid our body of these toxins. It is not normal for undigested foods to remain in our colon for long periods of time. Natural Enzyme Fortifiers aid your natural colon function.

SLEEP

A body that is toxic from the environment or undigested foods will be sure to have difficulty in sleeping. The undernourished endocrine system may create a malfunction in our hormonal system, which can upset our nervous system and sleep patterns. Herb combinations delivered by enzymes can enhance sleep. However, if we are able to correctly digest our food and deliver the nutrients to keep the endocrine and nervous system in sync, we can rebuild our and energy pattern.

SHED EXCESS WEIGHT AND FAT

Many over weight people have a metabolism imbalance or will soon create one. The endocrine system is our metabolism. Once we are able to fortify the endocrine system, get the bowels working regularly, and digest our food rather than turning it into fat, we have a successful combination for losing weight. Rather than creating common “weight loss” which is often nothing more than water loss, we will instead burn fat and properly digest our food. This process is not instantaneous because we have to lose fat instead of weight. A person has to lose a great deal of fat to equal one pound of weight. It takes longer, but it is healthier and lasts longer. Best of all, it does no harm.

IMPROVE AGING SKIN

An adequate supply of enzymes is absolutely essential for keeping your skin youthful and healthy. According to some researchers enzymes fight the aging process by increasing blood supply to the skin, bringing with it life-giving nutrients and carrying away waste products that can make your skin look dull and wrinkled. Circulation slows down, as we get older. Eating a diet of raw fruits and vegetables, which are enzyme rich, and taking a complete enzyme supplement becomes more important with age.

PROPER pH BALANCE

Friendly flora such as L. acidophilus and Bifidobacterium are important to the intestinal tract for maintaining proper pH and also for controlling the population of potential pathogenic organisms like Clostridium and Candida A lesser-known role of the beneficial bacteria is the actual synthesis of highly favorable natural chemicals in the colon through the fermentation process. These fermentive products include such molecular species as natural antibiotics and, very importantly, digestive enzymes. These enzymes can play an extremely important role in the digestion of otherwise incompletely digested food substances, especially proteins. The beneficial bacteria are an important ingredient for the “natural,” detoxification of the body. The organism L. Plantarium its believed to be especially productive of proteolytic enzymes and capable of clearing protein wastes from the system. PROPER pH BALANCE IN THE URINE: After extensive research, it has been proven that a balance of the plant enzymes, (lipase, protease and amylase) taken by individuals with meals, produces a proper urine pH balance of 6.2 to 6.7 pH in a 24 hour urinalysis.