When your food is poorly digested, you absorb nutrients that aren’t fully broken down or usable. Which causes many problems.
Because your immune system will attack and defend your body against partially digested foods that get into the bloodstream. The immune system doesn’t recognize food, it sees a toxic invader and attacks it. When this happens, not only are you not getting the benefits of the food, but you are weakening your immune system by using it in a role it shouldn’t be involved in.
In other words, you are using the immune system and metabolic enzymes daily to clean the bloodstream of undigested food particles instead of having their full strength used to protect energize and repair your body.
According to the father of enzyme research, Dr. Edward Howell, the digestive system is designed to break down approximately half of the food we eat.
Dr. Howell was one of America’s pioneering enzyme researchers and in his classic book “Enzyme Nutrition” he explains how the digestive system is designed to work. Before fire was discovered, man and animals alike could only eat raw food, like raw meat, plants or fruits and vegetables.
He explained how raw foods have a 40/60 ratio of enzymes. Which means a raw food like an apple has live food enzymes within the apple which break down and digest 40 to 60 percent of that apple.
This leaves the remaining 40 to 60% of the apple to be broken down by the digestive system.
Raw foods are enzymatically alive which means these foods have active enzymes within them to help digest 40 to 60% of that particular food. Since cooking destroys enzymes, cooked and processed foods are enzymatically dead which means there are no live enzymes within that food to help with digestion.
These dead foods place a lot of stress on the digestive system, the pancreas, the immune system, the whole body.
Before genetic engineering and irradiation, our raw foods had the proper 40/60 ratio. But today many raw foods are genetically altered or they have been irradiated for longer shelf life, killing the enzymes in the food. Which means that even the raw food we eat today, if it isn’t organic, could be in a 20/80 ratio or worse…
On top of this, we are already asking the human body to break down 100% of the cooked and processed foods and supplements we eat, and now, possibly 80% or more of the raw foods we eat.
This stresses your body, every single day!
The digestive process works like this:
First, you chew your food, and it mixes with the saliva in the mouth. The saliva has an enzyme called amylase which starts the pre digestion of carbohydrates. The more you chew, the better.
Then, the food is swallowed and goes down the esophagus into the upper portion of the stomach. The food stays there for about 45 to 60 minutes to predigest. It will only be able to predigest if you are eating foods containing live enzymes because the body does not supply any enzymes at this stage of digestion.
Then, the food goes into the lower part of the stomach where trypsin, pepsin and hydrochloric acid break it down further. Next, the food moves into the small intestines where the pancreas delivers digestive enzymes to complete the digestion process.
Next, the nutrients pass through the intestinal wall and into the blood stream where metabolic enzymes utilize these nutrients in all parts of the body and in every living cell.
Ways To Improve Your Digestion
The first way is in the pre digestive stage, which lasts approximately 45 to 60 minutes in the upper part of the stomach. Dr. Howell calls this the enzyme stomach because this is where the live enzymes within a raw food start pre digestion of that food.
You can improve your digestion ability substantially by adding a digestive enzyme to break down the food as it sits in the upper stomach.
This is very important because it will help to conserve your body’s enzyme supply.
Lack of digestive enzymes affects the pancreas. Remember the digestive system is designed to break down approximately half of the food. When we eat cooked and processed foods, we’re asking the digestive system to break down 100% of the food we’ve eaten. This means every time we eat these foods, the pancreas must produce twice as many enzymes as it is meant to and so it is working double time. Doing this year after year puts a tremendous strain on the pancreas. And eventually stresses our immune system and reduces our metabolic enzyme supply.
Autopsies have been done on people that eat mostly cooked and processed foods. The results show the pancreas is dangerously enlarged, poorly functioning and quite often on the verge of breaking down.
When your enzyme supplies runs low, you become ill. There are three ways to conserve your enzyme supply so that it doesn’t run low.
Eating organically grown raw food is one way.
The second way is to take digestive enzymes every time you eat.
The third way is to take digestive enzymes on an empty stomach.
Another way of saying this is…
The faster your enzyme supply depletes, the faster you age and the more likely you will get disease. On the other hand, when you conserve and even increase your enzyme supplies, you increase the odds you’ll live longer and healthier.
Dr. Howell believed that the underlying cause of almost all degenerative disease is the depletion of the enzyme supply caused by eating mainly cooked foods.
Dr. Howell said, “We know that decreased enzyme levels are found in a number of chronic ailments, such as allergies, skin disease and even serious diseases like diabetes and other severe diseases.” Thus, if your enzyme supply is low, you’ll have problems. But, if your enzyme supply is high, you’ll be less likely to have these issues.
Some problems show up in the long term while others show up in the short term. The cold and flu season is a very good example of problems showing up in the short term. During the months of November, December and January more colds and flu are reported than the other nine months combined. We have many holidays… Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.
During this time most of us eat a tremendous amount of cooked and processed foods, additional sweets, alcohol, pies, cakes which puts an extra burden on your body because your white blood cells must clean up more undigested food in the bloodstream. This is caused by the increased consumption of cooked and processed food which lowers the effectiveness of the immune system so we catch a cold or get the flu.