Nearly Three years ago I developed breast cancer. Suddenly I felt a need to evaluate my overall health. I had been told the year before that I was estrogen dominant and I believe that is what led to my cancer. As I learned more I began to see that the digestive system has a LOT to do with hormone regulation. As well as emotional health, sore joints, overwhelming fatigue and the fact I was overweight and struggled to lose even a pound.
Typically the raw food we ingest provides only enough enzymes to digest that particular food…like fats, carbohydrates and most importantly protein into individual amino acids.
Enzymes needed for digestion are amylase which break down carbohydrates, lipase that breaks down fats, and protease breaks down protein. There is no upper amount limit of these enzymes.
However, there are no extra enzymes in raw food to digest cooked or processed food. The cooking and processing of food destroys all of its enzymes. Since most of the foods we eat are cooked or processed in some way and because the raw foods we do eat contain only enough enzymes to process that particular food, our bodies must produce the majority of the digestive enzymes we require, unless we use supplemental enzymes to aid in the digestive process. (2)
Metabolic enzymes are a loosely defined class of enzymes that regulate metabolic pathways in energy homeostasis, including glucose, lipid and amino acid metabolisms. Metabolic enzymes often serve as drug targets for metabolic diseases such as obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. (1)
Our body makes our metabolic enzymes from the complete amino acid food we ingest. Complete amino acids are only found in animal products. It takes a combination of many plant products to make a complete amino source, and these sources are usually processed or heated, destroying the enzymes. There are approximately 1300 different enzymes found in the human cell. (2) We NEED protein for our body to function properly.
So what do you think happens when we don’t have enough digestive enzymes to break down the food we eat?
The body must produce it which can be taxing on the pancreas, stomach and small intestine.
Without enough protein, or the ability to break down the protein we eat into amino acids, you may have guessed that, the body will not have enough amino acids to be able to repair cell damage and regulate body functions such as respiratory, hormone regulation, energy balance, body temperature, & insulin production, just to name a few.
I discovered a few years ago that I was not getting enough digestive enzymes in the food I was eating. Even though I try to eat whole foods I am not always the best at avoiding processed foods. Sadly this was causing many other health issues in my life.
Here are some indicators of low digestive enzymes:
- Food intolerances
- Digestive issues – like bloating, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea
- Poor nutrient absorption
- Weight gain and obesity
- Weaker immune system
- Anxiety and depression
- Skin problems
- Sore muscles & joints
- Irregular hormone function
The good news is we can add in digestive enzymes, pre-biotics, and probiotics to help support digestion and nutrient absorbtion.
We can also add in good protein sources to support metabolic functions that help with hormone regulation, respiratory support, energy, emotional support, and more.
Now, I will tell you, I hate “diets”. Many times I would begin healthy habits only to become exhausted and irritable after a few weeks and then ultimately give up. Going back to poor life choices. There’s a reason it happens. Self sabotage is real and you can actually set yourself up for failure just like I did.
But you can change things. I found that Adding In was much easier than Taking Out. There are certain things that I really love to eat and drink and do. But to totally take them out of my life and expect to not miss them was setting me up to fail. So I have begun to add in more protein, more vitamins & minerals, more omega 3 fatty acids, more fiber and more greens. Increasing things my body needed. By doing this I can more easily avoid habits that are not healthy because I no longer miss them so much.
Trust me, if I feel guilt every time I take a bite of milk chocolate I feel more stress, more negative emotions…eventually that emotional attachment convinces me to just give up. That I am not worthy of good health and feeling better so why try? If this sounds familiar I am here to tell you….
YOU ARE WORTH IT! Every. Single. Bit. Of. Success. You can feel better.
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