You may know that fresh fruits and vegetables are packed with powerful vitamins and minerals, but there is something lacking in cooked foods that raw foods contain - enzymes. Raw foods are the natural fuel for your body, but if you look at your diet, you may find that you eat way more cooked and processed foods than raw. That means you’re not getting enough enzymes and your digestion may suffer for it.
This may come as a surprise to some of you who think you’re diet is just fine. As long as you’re eating fruits and veggies, you’re giving your body what it needs right? Wrong. Your body craves the nutrition that is only available in raw foods, but unfortunately modern diets are a little limp where enzymes are concerned. No one really discusses how important they are to your overall health.
You’ve probably heard of enzymes, but do you know how they help your body? One of the many overlooked nutritional aspects of drinking fresh juices are the enzymes that they offer. Your body runs on about 3000 different enzymes that perform thousands of metabolic functions every day, including absorbing nutrients from the food we eat. They are our lifeline; without them the body would simply not function - at all.
How Enzymes Affect your Health
Your body needs a constant supply of fresh enzymes, however, typical modern diets are severely lacking in these essential nutrients. Enzymes occur naturally in fresh fruits and veggies, but poor soil quality, polluted water and other environmental toxins contribute to produce items devoid of many essential nutrients. Cooking and processing foods kill the few enzymes that remain, leaving your body totally depleted of what it needs to thrive.
Many health issues can also be responsible for enzyme depletion. Intestinal inflammation, chronic stress and the aging process can all contribute to your body’s inability to digest food properly. Impaired digestion can also lead to depressed immunity, bone problems, rashes and infections, lung diseases, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular problems - the list goes on and on. Chances are, if you’re not feeling well, including enzymes in your diet can help your body function better.
So, you can just eat a bunch of veggies, and you’ll be fine? Not exactly. If your body’s digestive system is not functioning as it should, raw fruits and vegetables may be difficult to process, and you’ll end up feeling even worse. Fortunately, there is a simple way to get your digestion back on track - juicing fresh fruits and vegetables.
How to Get More Enzymes in Your Diet
Although enzymes naturally occur in all fruits and vegetables, there are a few that especially help with digestion. Your body needs a constant supply to process all of the different foods you eat in a day, and juicing can help you get more beneficial nutrients in a way that is readily absorbed by your digestive system.
If you’re thinking that enzymes may not taste so good, think again. Delicious, exotic fruits like papaya, pineapple and mango are excellent sources of enzymes such as bromelain, amylase, and papain which aid in digesting proteins and starches. Try the following recipes for an enzyme rich way to start your day.
Put through juicer in order listed. Makes 4 servings.
Tropical Digestive Blend
- 1 mango, peeled and pitted
- 1 papaya, peeled, with seeds
- ½ pineapple, peeled with core
- 3 kiwi (peel if desired)
- 1 small cucumber (peel if desired)
- 2 large bunches seedless grapes
Fresh and Healthy Tonic
In order to get the most enzymes from your fresh juice, drink immediately. These delicate organic compounds are very easy to kill. Exposure to air and heat will begin to destroy these nutrients and over time, the juice will lose it’s potency and most importantly - flavour.
Juicing makes fresh nutrients and enzymes readily available for your body to absorb, so it doesn’t have to work very hard to get the building blocks it needs. The more enzymes you ingest, the better your digestion, and over time your body will begin to process food more efficiently, clear up toxic waste and heal inflammation and disease. Plus fresh juices taste better than any health tonic or prescription medicine you can find, so drink up.
Until next time!
Team Mod :)