What are Enzymes?
According to Rudolf Steiner, "Enzymes are the bridge between the physical and the spiritual world." Biologically, enzymes are organic substances produced by living organisms which cause or speed up chemical reactions. They are organic catalysts. Enzymes are capable of creating simple to complex chemical reactions without changing themselves. Some enzymes can process more than two million chemical reactions in less than a minute. Enzymes can also transform some molecules into others to create new molecules. When enzyme levels in organisms fall below a certain level, life ceases. Most metabolic enzymes in organisms, including plants, are killed at temperatures exceeding 118 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Centigrade or Celsius).
Don't we get enough enzymes with the food we eat?
The simple answer is no. However, there are several reasons why we are enzyme deficient. The primary reasons include cooking and pasteurization. When food is pasteurized, all enzymes are destroyed. The simple fact is that if you don’t eat most of your food in its natural wholesome raw state then you are not getting the enzymes to support your digestive system, along with all the other vital body functions. Without enzymes there are no bodily functions; even vitamin and minerals cannot do their work. Foods cooked above 118 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius) have zero enzymes. To digest cooked, enzyme-depleted food, your body must use essential metabolic enzymes. Metabolic enzymes are needed for the proper elimination and healthy assimilation of vitamins and minerals. They are crucial for regeneration of cells and tissues. Over time, enzymes will restore energy and stamina in the human body more than any other single supplement. And herein lies their importance for permanent weight management. Other hazards of modern life that destroy enzymes include stress, food additives, frequent air travel, excessive exercise, caffeine, food irradiation and poor sleep.
The Vicious Circle
If your body is starved for the vital energy of enzymes then it will crave more energy. The only way the body knows to get more energy is to eat. This happens through the feeling of hunger. Overeating happens while attempting to satisfy this endless hunger. However, the body doesn’t miss calories but vital life energy which is derived from vitamins and minerals, which are mostly lacking in the standard Western diet.
In essence, most people end up eating more of what created the imbalance in the first place: dead, calorie-rich, fattening, enzyme-free foods. This continues the destructive circle of food cravings . The only way out of this disparaging condition is by eating nutrient-rich life foods full of enzymes, vitamins and minerals.
Symptoms Common to Enzyme Deficiency
How do you know if your body is missing enzymes? An enzyme deficiency can manifest itself in a variety of conditions. Presented here are some causes and symptoms of disease broken down by the types of enzymes missing in the body:
Breaking out of the skin - rash
Cold hands and feet
Neck and shoulder aches
High Blood Pressure
Gall Bladder Stress
Immune Depressed Condition
How to break the vicious circle of imbalance?
Eat whole, fresh, sun-ripened, enzyme-rich, alkalizing, organic, plant-based foods.
Why a live-food approach for permanent weight management?
The true essence of understanding living-foods is: if it is not broken, don't fix it. According to Ayurveda, choosing foods that are as close as possible to nature is the healthiest and most life-enhancing approach to weight management. Live-foods are the most natural and healthy way to live. Human beings are the only species on earth that alter their foods before eating them. Then we wonder why we are sick and overweight. In Ayurveda, the Sanskrit word agnitranslates into enzymes. The fresher the food the more enzymes it contains and the easier it is to digest. This means more energy for our bodies along with a better metabolism, which translates into an ideal weight.
Live foods of organic origin are devoid of pesticides, herbicides and hormones. They have not been cooked, processed, micro waved, irradiated, genetically engineered or denatured in anyway. They represent an unbroken wholeness that is the original creation and nutritional gift of Mother Earth. Understanding that the food we eat is an energetic whole greater than the sum of its parts reflects a quantum mechanics view of nutrition.
Research by former Soviet Union Dr. Brekhman, illustrates a foundational truth - when he gave whole, live-foods to animals, their endurance was 2-3 times greater than if he gave them the same foods after they had been cooked. From a modern scientific nutritional perspective there should be no difference since cooked and live-foods have the same amount of calories and thus the same amount of energy. However, Brekhman's results can be explained if we understand the effect of cooking on whole foods. Cooking devastates the ecological balance of the food. It reduces 50 percent of the protein, destroys 60-70 percent of the vitamins, up to 96 percent of vitamin B12, 100 percent of the enzymes which support the immune system and other body functions. Heating foods at temperatures above 118 F (48 C) also disrupts the bioelectrical structure, the bioelectricity transfer power and the bioluminescence. All of these factors are important for maintaining your energy/life force and, of course your weight balance.