Can Enzymes Lengthen Your Life?

Can Enzymes Lengthen Your LifeThe foods you eat can change the quality of your life.

Have you noticed foods you cannot enjoy or tolerate like you did before?

Do you ever suffer with heartburn, gas, constipation, bloating, allergies, or lack of energy? Are you catching colds and flu more often? Do you have a feeling of less stamina?

Then you may be lacking in enzymes.

No worries! You can fix that!

Food provides us with necessary enzymes. The key is to remember that food enzymes are destroyed at temperatures above 118°F. This means that cooked and processed foods contain few, if any, enzymes.

When we eat mainly cooked and processed foods, we could well be setting ourselves up for a shorter and less healthy life.

Enzymes are essential to life. They help us digest our food, repair our tissues, organs, and cells, provide us with cellular energy, and stimulate our brains. When we do not get enough enzymes in our diet, we can deplete other enzyme stores.

Dr. Edward Howell, an expert on enzymes, theorizes that humans are given a limited supply of enzyme energy at birth. Howell tells us, “The length of life is inversely proportional to the rate of exhaustion of the enzyme potential of an organism. The increased use of food enzymes promotes a decreased rate of exhaustion of the enzyme potential.”

In other words, the more enzymes you have available, the longer and healthier you can live.

This points to the importance of eating “live foods”—raw fruits and vegetables—because they contain enzymes that are still active. The more enzymes you get, the healthier you are.

Food enzymes help us “predigest” foods. In fact, the enzymes found in raw foods can digest 5-75% of the foods themselves without the help of other enzymes, saving many of the body’s own enzyme stores.

The importance of digestive enzymes resides in the fact that the human body cannot absorb nutrients in food unless digestive enzymes break them down. They ensure that we get the greatest possible nutritional value from foods.

When foods are not well digested, they remain in the stomach and begin to rot. This waste then builds up in the colon and continues to decay, producing bacteria and toxins. The toxins can eventually seep through the bowel wall, where they can be picked up by the blood capillaries and distributed throughout the body. This can result in health problems such as allergies, fatigue, achiness, headaches, and immune suppression.

Conversely, when you eat enzyme-rich foods and chew your food properly, the food enters your stomach coated with digestive enzymes. Over the next hour, these enzymes predigest up to 75% of your food.

After this period of predigestion, hydrochloric acid and pepsin enter the stomach. The acid inactivates the food-based enzymes, except for the acid stable enzymes. Now the HCL and pepsin finish breaking down the food in the stomach and pass it on to the small intestine. Once in the small intestine, the acid is neutralized and the pancreas reintroduces digestive enzyme to complete the digestive process. The nutrients now can be absorbed into the blood stream.

Unfortunately for many of us, the food entering our stomach is severely enzyme deficient. This can cause the food to just sit there for an hour, with very little predigestion taking place. Even after the stomach acid has done its work, the meal can enter the small intestine largely undigested.

In an attempt to compensate for the lack of predigestion, our body will respond with increasing amounts of stomach acid earlier and earlier.

This can lead to acid reflux.

High levels of stomach acid cannot make up for the lack of predigestion. We can still end up with incomplete digestion which can lead to the illnesses we discussed earlier. Improper digestion and absorption can even lead to malnutrition.

NOTE: Use of prescription and over-the-counter acid reflux drugs may help alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux; however, they can further interfere with proper digestion and absorption of your food.

To solve this, when eating enzyme-deficient food, you can use digestive enzymes to ensure that your foods are more completely digested.

Digestive enzymes include protease, which digests protein; amylase, which digests carbohydrates; lipase, which digests fats and oils; and maltase, which digests malt sugars and grains.

How to Choose and Take Your Digestive Enzymes

There are hundreds of digestive enzyme formulas on the market. Look for an enzyme formula that lists the activity level of each enzyme in the formula. Two batches of the same enzyme of equal weight can have very different activity levels. This is usually expressed in different activity units for each type of enzyme. For example, HUTs for protease, SKB or DU for amylase, and LU for lipase.

World-leading nutraceutical researcher, Jon Barron, recommends looking for these numbers when choosing a digestive enzyme supplement.

  • Protease: A minimum of 33,000 HUT should be adequate for most meals. (Remember, you can always take a second or third capsule for meals that require it.)
  • Acid stable protease: 1,000 SAPU would be great. Most formulas have none at all.
  • Lipase: 5,000 LU is adequate.
  • Amylase: Look for 12,000 SKB.
  • Lactase: 1,500 LACU is the minimum with 2,000 or even 2,500 being better.
  • Look for a variety of other enzymes such as malt diastase, invertase, glucoamylase, cellulase, and hemicellulase.

You can also look for Alpha galactosidase to help control gas.

It is best not to enteric coat enzymes. If the enzymes are enteric coated, they won't begin working until they reach the intestinal tract. The primary role of digestive enzymes is to work in predigestion. If the enzymes are enteric coated, that is an impossibility.

The best time to take digestive enzymes is just before you start eating. This sends a signal to your body that enzymes are present and begins to train your body to hold back on the stomach acid for the 40-60 minutes that nature intended. However, if you forget to take your enzymes before you start eating, they can still be of use after you eat.

A significant percentage of people progressing in age may need supplemental hydrochloric acid. To prevent the inactivation of the digestive enzymes, it should be taken as a separate supplement 40-60 minutes after you finish eating. Symptoms of low acid include bloating, belching, and flatulence immediately after meals. Other symptoms would be indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, and heartburn. If these symptoms do not improve with the digestive enzymes alone, you can try adding HCL from the health food store or taking apple cider vinegar with your meal. You can mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with water and a little honey, and drink this with each meal. You may gradually increase the vinegar up to 3-4 tablespoons in water if needed.

 

Author: Debra Kahnen, RN, ND, is the CEO of Life Mastery LLC. With over three decades of healthcare experience—as both a nursing leader in the largest not-for-profit health system in Texas and as a naturopath focusing on wellness—her view is radically different. Debra is a renowned expert in stress management and wellness. She helps people improve their health and emotional well-being to allow for more peace, joy, and personal satisfaction. Get a free special short video eCourse, "Take back control of your life NOW!, so you can experience more balance and ease in your life.

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Celebrating Your Successes Is a Necessary Part of Life

Celebrating Your Successes Is a Necessary Part of LifeToday is actually a day of celebration. Far too often, in the hectic pace of our daily life, we hardly ever sit down and celebrate the things we have accomplished in life. Those of you who live in this place of chronic stress and push yourselves constantly understand my old world. You keep going and going like the energizer bunny, getting things done and moving to the next. Well, guess what? You accomplished things. And sometimes you may have accomplished big things, and you never even let yourself stop long enough to enjoy it, let alone celebrate it. 

Really, the true value in self-improvement work is that once you recognize that you are enough—WOW! You get to slow down. You get to take care of yourself. You get to honor your desires, your passion, your purpose, and your personal gifts. You get to stand strong in your personal boundaries and demand others respect you too. It is an absolute pleasure to take care of yourself and honor your needs spiritually, mentally, and physically.

I think the timing was amazing when I hit the wall and could not even travel because of my pain to go see Margaret Lynch at her Ignite Your Power workshop. Yet doing the live stream of the event at home with one of my dearest friends, I had a huge breakthrough where I let go of my brokenness. I stepped into my personal power and honored my energy. I really fully honored my energy and who I really was for the first time in my life. As a knowledgeable achiever, I was driven to prove I was good enough by my accomplishments. Somehow that never really fills the cup, and you just keep doing and doing. In recognizing and finally being willing to own my charismatic leader quality, I got to BE ME. I did not have to do and do and do and do.

The timing of this new realization came right at the time life had made it almost impossible for me to go back to my old security at the hospital. I was in so much pain I could not walk. Over the two and a half months it took the doctors to figure out what was wrong with me, I was able to accomplish many things. I was able to “clean house.”

I found a therapist and went to maybe six sessions with my 11-year-old son. My son is STRONG willed, and he and I have had challenges. Being just the two of us for 11 years made it difficult to play all roles in his life. I knew teenage years were some of the hardest for a young man, and I wanted him to know I was on his team. I made it clear to the therapist and my son that I knew my son was a good kid, and we were just working on a few behaviors so I would be able to help him through this challenging time of his life. I wanted him to know someone was on his team. I was able to be honest and release years of frustration in just a few sessions as the energy started to shift in our relationship to one of mutual respect—both of us respecting my role as mother and his as a human being.

I had a dog trainer come over and work with my family and me. Our two lab mix dogs that we rescued two years ago as puppies were now controlling the household. She showed me how to claim space and get the dogs to respect me. That really made life easier.

I found it a pleasure to do the things to take care of my body nutritionally and with exercise that at one time I felt was an inconvenience and unpleasant. I used to be so driven it seemed like eating right and exercise took away from what I needed to get done. Now, I get to take care of myself.

I rented an office overlooking the lake and took major steps to create my business. I hired a business and life coach to keep me on track. I receive inspiration daily on how to help other people who are in the same situation I used to be in.

See, if you look at the dynamics of all of my successes, I shifted my energy. I allowed myself to be a fuller expression of who I am. As I honored myself, the environment shifted to honor me too. I love how my friend Bethlyn said that everything is biofeedback. A mirror is biofeedback, a scale is biofeedback, your bank account is biofeedback, your relationships are biofeedback. It is all feedback. You see, as I honored myself, what I saw in life shifted. Life started to line up with my new reality and belief about myself. That is a lot to celebrate.

 

Author: Debra Kahnen, RN, ND, is the CEO of Life Mastery LLC. With over three decades of healthcare experience—as both a nursing leader in the largest not-for-profit health system in Texas and as a naturopath focusing on wellness—her view is radically different. Debra is a renowned expert in stress management and wellness. She helps people improve their health and emotional well-being to allow for more peace, joy, and personal satisfaction. Get a free special short video eCourse, "Take back control of your life NOW!, so you can experience more balance and ease in your life.

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Choosing the Right Supplements for You

Choosing the Right Supplements for YouHow often do you hear things like "Hey, listen, I heard CoQ10's good for you" or "I heard this will help your eyesight" or "This will make you live longer”? Remember all substances—whether they be prescriptive substances, herbal substances, vitamins, minerals, even food—are capable of having a good biological effect and are also capable of having a bad biological effect.

Realize that you are unique. No two people have the same genes, the same history, the same beliefs, the same chemistry, the same diet, the same environment as anybody else. That being said, there is not a one size fits all. That's why they call medicine an art and not a science. So if you are getting a diabetic medication and you get these uncomfortable side effects, then find a doctor who will work with you to try different medications until you find the one most effective and with the least side effects for YOU.

You might be tempted to try an herb that someone recommended, "Oh, this was so great! I started taking this and all my arthritis pain went away" or "I started taking this and I started sleeping through the night."

Before taking any herb or supplement it would be wise to check with your doctor or pharmacist to be sure it safe to use with any other medications you are taking.
Once you know it is safe for you to try, you can be your own personal experiment. Start with a hypothesis like “If I take this supplement (let’s says it's melatonin), it is going to improve the quality of my sleep." So a week before you take the melatonin, you write down all the things about the quality of your sleep. You rate it on a scale—1 being bad sleep, 10 being the best sleep. What do you feel like when you wake up? Are you still exhausted upon awaking or rested? Irritable? Depressed? Are your productive? Positive and optimistic? Negative and pessimistic? Is your thinking clear or foggy? Write down all these different things about yourself. And then you take the new supplement. And then a week later, you journal on all these same aspects and see what the difference is. Now, when you compare the two pages, if it worked then keep doing it! If it didn't, stop doing it. But don't take things because someone else says that it's going make a difference. Some supplements may take more than week to experience the desired effects. In this case you would just lengthen the time do your follow up?

Sometimes there is a cost benefit ratio. For the money I'm spending on this, do I get that much benefit out of it? Sometimes people take things just because someone said they're good for them, but they're not necessarily getting the benefits from them. So, you have to make all these decisions yourself and be your own personal advocate.

Just because something's good for somebody else doesn't necessarily mean it's good for you. If it's good for you doesn't necessarily mean it's good for someone else.

Remember, we have our own unique chemistry, beliefs, DNA, diet, exercise, environment, and nutrition. And so, we all are going to respond differently to whatever substance we are evaluating.

No amount of supplementation is a substitute for good wholesome foods and exercise.

Author: Debra Kahnen, RN, ND, is the CEO of Life Mastery LLC. With over three decades of healthcare experience—as both a nursing leader in the largest not-for-profit health system in Texas and as a naturopath focusing on wellness—her view is radically different. Debra is a renowned expert in stress management and wellness. She helps people improve their health and emotional well-being to allow for more peace, joy, and personal satisfaction. Get a free special short video eCourse, "Take back control of your life NOW!, so you can experience more balance and ease in your life.

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What Lies Beneath Your Choices

What Lies Beneath Your ChoicesOver the years, I've had the opportunity to care for many people, in their most vulnerable states of illness. I've seen devastation, and I've seen miracles. I've seen people learn the hard way, and I've seen people take things to heart and completely turn their lives around. What I want for you is to learn the easy way.

I want to pass on some of my experience and the experience of other experts and people that have put lifestyle changes into effect and turned their life around. Just for a minute, let's just pretend you wanted to learn the hard way. Just imagine that you're lying in a hospital bed, and you just had a heart attack. But you're OK! You just have three new stents in your heart. And the doctor comes up to you and says, "Maybe this is God tapping you on the shoulder, encouraging you to look at how you're living your life." So if you were to stop and reflect right there at that moment and look at your life, what would you see?

Are you living your life joyous, connected to your purpose, knowing who you are? Are you living a life full of stress? Are you enjoying what you're doing? What about your lifestyle choices connected to your heart and to your passion and what you love? Are you connected to the God of your understanding? Are you feeling close to the people in your life? Do you have loving relationships? Are you taking care of yourself physically? Eating nutritionally sound? Are you being active? Or being a couch potato? So many choices, but what's underneath those choices?

The choices that you see that you're making at a conscious level are just the tip of the iceberg. The iceberg is what's standing outside of the water, but underneath the water is the whole mountain. That's all the unconscious stuff, the unconscious beliefs, the programs, the paradigms, the things that we've adopted.

We've all heard the saying that an unexamined life is not worth living. It isn't that it's not worth living. It's that in an unexamined life, you're living someone else's life. You're living what you were programmed and taught and absorbed unconsciously, without ever examining it and getting a conscious choice. You weren't allowed to choose what you believed about money, about health, about relationships, about love.

Much of what we think, believe and feel we just adopted. But you know, you have the freedom to change all that. You have the freedom to examine your life and your beliefs and change all those choices. And then what you will notice is that living a healthy, balanced, loving, passionate life becomes natural and easy and not an effort. One of the best ways to start discovering who you really are by examining your beliefs can be found at thework.com. The best thing is that everything you need in order to do The Work is available free on that web site.

 

Author: Debra Kahnen, RN, ND, is the CEO of Life Mastery LLC. With over three decades of healthcare experience—as both a nursing leader in the largest not-for-profit health system in Texas and as a naturopath focusing on wellness—her view is radically different. Debra is a renowned expert in stress management and wellness. She helps people improve their health and emotional well-being to allow for more peace, joy, and personal satisfaction. Get a free special short video eCourse, "Take back control of your life NOW!, so you can experience more balance and ease in your life.

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