Being a vegetarian for several decades, and the editor of the Journal of Health for several years inspired me to write many health articles
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Knowing how proper nutrition works with the body is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. Equally important is understanding enzymes and how they function. Raw foods are critical to supplying the enzymes necessary for healthy living.
Our bodies needs enzymes in order to complete the many daily tasks required to keep us healthy and strong. Enzymes have a very important job, supporting digestion, building a strong immune system and supplying the heart, brain and other organs with needed enzymes to maintain optimum performance. Our body's supply of enzyme's is called our enzyme pool. We are born with this pool in place, but the body doesn't manufacture enzymes. We must be constantly replacing the enzymes by eating live raw food.
The most important thing to know regarding enzymes is, without them we will die. This makes it crucial for us to understand how these important life-giving elements function and how we can acquire adequate amounts. Enzymes are available, and plentiful, in all raw fruits and vegetables. Cooking, however, kills enzymes that are needed for our body´s digestive processes.
Cooking Kills Enzymes
Our love of cooked food is an unhealthy addiction. If you take a carrot, cut off the top and eat it you are receiving a multitude of vitamins and minerals. The carrot contains vitamin A in the form of carotene, silicon which promotes healthy eyesight, chorine, sulphur, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin E, lecithin and an abundance of phytochemicals.
After you have eaten the carrot, take the top, place it in some potting soil and watch what happens. It grows! Why? Because it is alive. Try opening a can of carrots or a bag of frozen carrots and placing a few pieces in some potting soil and watch what happens. Do they grow? No! They are dead and they just rot. In order for vitamins and minerals to do their work, enzymes must be present and we find them in raw, live food.
Keep Replenishing Enzymes
To ensure we have adequate enzyme supplies, include 25% to 50% raw foods in every meal. For breakfast include fresh fruit and fresh squeezed juice, lunch could include raw veggie sticks and an apple and with dinner have a big tossed salad. Fresh fruit smoothies or fresh carrot juice are a great mid day snack.
Increasing the amount of raw food in the diet also reduces caloric intake resulting in healthier body weight with a lower percentage of body fat and perhaps a new wardrobe! Increased energy and stamina are other beneficial side effects of adding more raw food to your diet. We should thoroughly wash raw fruits and veggies but avoid peeling everything. So many important nutrients are contained in the skin.
Applesauce lovers will relish the flavor of fresh raw applesauce. Wash and core the apples and place in your food blender until thoroughly blended. Red skinned apples make a nice pink applesauce. Add a little fresh cinnamon for the last few seconds of blending for a tasty, nutritious, raw delight. Spread some on a piece of whole grain toast instead of jelly. Add some to hot oatmeal instead of sugar. You´ll never want canned, dead applesauce again.
Raw food provides health, essential enzymes, which in turn, improves and renews our health. Improve your health starting with the next meal!
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Judith Hayes (author) from Maine and Florida on April 01, 2019:
Thank you for your comment Larry. Glad you enjoyed the article!
Larry Slawson from North Carolina on March 31, 2019:
Never really thought about this until now. Thank you for sharing. Good information to know!