Nutrition Intelligence – Are You Really What You Eat? – Part 6

The saying goes “You are what you eat”. Is this true? NO. Why not? You are only what you can digest and absorb.

What does that mean? The food we eat is made out of large complex molecules which can’t possibly enter our bloodstream and cells. Therefore they must be broken down into much smaller units before your body can use it. This process is done by digestive enzymes.

An abundance of digestive enzymes is needed to assist in digestion, assimilation and utilization of the nutrients found in food and in the elimination of waste.

Enzymes in food are destroyed by heating, processing, freezing, preservatives and other chemical additives. As you age your natural supply of enzymes is depleted. Stress also contributes to enzyme depletion. So supplementing your diet with enzymes is important to allow proper digestion and absorption of nutrients.

What are the consequences of a shortage of enzymes? Well, believe it or not you can become overweight. One of the major causes of obesity is poor nutrition. When absorption is poor your simply don’t get the nutrients you need. Your body’s deep, silent hunger for healthier nutrition is expressed as a desire for more food. Craving for food when you have already eaten sufficient is an indication of your body crying out for nourishment. If you mistakenly eat low nutrient, high calorie food your body will continue to crave for nutrients, while storing the excess calories as fat. One way of curbing cravings is supplementing your diet with digestive enzymes.

Food allergies are often the result of poor digestion. When food is not completely digested, larger than normal food particles are absorbed into the circulation. When these incompletely digested pieces of food molecules enter the blood stream, they are recognized by the immune system as foreign. When the immune system launches an attack, your body experiences a food related allergic reaction.

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