Enzymes are fascinating and essential to all life. The body must have enzymes for the organs to function properly and to digest and absorb the nutrients from food. The kidneys, liver, cardiovascular, and reproductive systems need enzymes to eliminate toxic products and function properly.
Enzymes are unique helpers for the body. They make things work faster and better. It is virtually impossible for the cells and tissues of the body to perform all of the essential biochemical reactions required fast enough to meet the basic needs of the body. This is where enzymes come into play. Enzymes help accelerate the biochemical reactions within the body. Enzymes are the miracle catalysts. Whether energy is required for the body or released from the body, the reaction time is shortened by enzymes.
To a large extent, enzymes are responsible for good health. Enzymes are used to treat everything from congenital deficiencies to cancer. Enzymes repair damaged tissues, control excessive inflammation, induce proper fluidity in the blood, and prevent abnormal coagulation. Enzymes are able to break down nutrients, trace elements, proteins, and damaged tissues. They work tirelessly dismantling, controlling, protecting, destroying, eliminating, reassembling, or performing whatever is needed in order for the body to exist day and night. If a person is in good health there is always a new supply of enzymes able and ready to keep on working.
Enzymes are so critical to survival and easy to consume, but most people are grossly enzyme deficient. The reason for this is the consumption of a poor diet consisting mostly of processed and cooked food which is devoid of enzymes. The easy way to correct an enzyme deficiency is to eat more organic raw and living sprouted foods including vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds which have not been heated to over 105 degrees.
When the enzymes in foods are not sufficient or have been completely destroyed in cooking, the digestive glands have to work extra hard to make up the difference and complete the digestion process. This also puts a strain on the digestive glands and thyroid which have to work extra hard day after day. Eventually they can become enlarged and less efficient.
Try this healthy, easy-to-prepare recipe to add high efficiency enzymes, good nutrition, and great taste including beets which are a unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protect cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress while helping fight inflammation and improving cardiovascular health.
Celery is strongly alkaline, counteracts acidosis, halts digestive fermentation of foods, purifies the bloodstream, aids digestion, and can help clear up skin problems. Its rich organic sodium content dislodges calcium deposits from joints and holds them in solution until they can be eliminated through the kidneys.
Green chard and beet greens are high in calcium as well as sulphur which has antibiotic and antiviral characteristics.
Broccoli Sprouts neutralize muscle acids and are an excellent source of chlorophyll, enzymes, and vitamins including lecithin. Raw broccoli contains almost as much calcium as whole milk and is linked to lowering the risk of cancer.
Raw garlic cloves are proven to be a potent antibiotic and have been used to reat a variety of diseases, including colds and heart disease.
Please use Organic Ingredients
Beet Broccoli Sprout
2 cups green chard or beet greens
1/2 cup beets
1 cup broccoli sprouts
1/2 cup celery
1/2 cup broccoli
2 Tbs. onion
1 Tbs. garlic
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 tsp. Himalayan salt
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
Chop the greens, beets, broccoli, celery, onion, and garlic. Toss with the lemon, olive oil, pepper, and salt. Top with the broccoli sprouts. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before eating to really bring out the flavors. Enjoy your enzyme rich dish!
“Enzymes, The Fountain of Life” by D.A. Lopez, M.D., R.M. Williams, M.D., and K. Miehlke, M.D.
“Whole Foods Companion” by Dianne Onstad
Brenda Cobb is author of The Living Foods Lifestyle ® and founder of The Living Foods Institute, an Educational Center and Therapy Spa in Atlanta offering Healthy Lifestyle Courses on Nutrition, Cleansing, Healing, Anti-Aging, Detoxification, Relaxation, and Cleansing Therapies. For more information, call 404-524-4488.