Your body is made up of the foods that you digest, meaning break down and assimilate. In order to break down and assimilate foods properly, you’ve got to have an abundant supply of digestive enzymes.
Digestive enzymes are protein molecules that help to break down fat, protein and carbohydrates. Enzymes are essential for every single chemical reaction happening within the human body. Digestive enzymes break down food while proteolytic enzymes eliminate disease-causing inflammation.
Digestive enzymes are produced in the pancreas, but the body’s own production wanes after about age 27. Between ages 27 and 35, we experience the beginnings of aging – physical aches and pains and a slower metabolism.
You can increase your intake of digestive enzymes by eating raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Cooking foods above 115 degrees Fahrenheit destroys digestive enzymes, and cooked foods put an extra strain on the pancreas, causing it to pump out more enzymes to deal with the food.
You can also purchase digestive enzyme supplements at a health food store. Make sure your digestive enzyme supplements are plant-based. Taking enzymes with foods helps to break them down and make them more easily digested by the body. You can also sprinkle the capsules on top of your food but be sure not to put enzymes on hot food as it will destroy the active ingredients.