How Important are Enzymes in Your Life?
Part 1: Diet

How do nutrition and enzymes affect your overall health? Proper nutrition plays a big part in the healing process.  I honestly don’t know how I would help at least half of my patients get well without discussing nutrition with them. Dietary deficiencies will develop if you are eating the wrong foods or your body can not properly digest the foods you eat due to an enzyme deficiency.  Often there are various symptoms associated with these dietary and enzyme deficiencies. Chewing your food thoroughly and taking a digestive enzyme, can help you get the most from the food you eat.  How do you know what enzyme to take or what your body needs to support proper digestion?  This is where I can help you understand your body and the right enzymes it needs to heal.

Time is one of the biggest commodities people value. With everything that needs to be done on any given day, most people often feel that they don’t have enough time to do it all. One of the vital needs for us to stay alive and healthy is proper nutrition through a balanced diet. It takes time to think about what we want to eat, figure out if we have all the ingredients necessary, shop for the food, prepare the meal, take the time to sit and enjoy it, and then clean up. Eating healthy meals can be time consuming and even stressful.

For those who value nutrition and consistently eat a properly balanced diet, making the time for meals can be easy. On the contrary, those who think they value nutrition but don’t make eating a balanced diet a priority might find it difficult to make the time for meals. Let’s face it: it’s a lot easier to consume fast foods, processed foods, and food-like substances than to prepare and eat real fresh food while following a balanced diet. Many people struggle with a balanced diet because it takes energy, organization, and time to create the healthy habit. Humans are creatures of habit. We are either in the habit of doing something or not doing something. The good news is that we can replace bad habits with good ones by shining awareness on what we want to change, make the decision to change, and support ourselves through the process.

When it comes to diet, people try to make diet so hard and complex.  Diet really is simple.  85% of what cross your lips should be plant based; fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, seeds and nuts.  15% should be animal based; fish, chicken, grass fed beef, eggs.  That is it.  Let me say the same thing only different, if man makes it, don’t eat it, period.  Now I am not saying you can’t have processed food ever.  I like pizza and ice cream just as much as the next person, but once or twice a month, this is it.

Here is a list of symptoms that are associated with dietary and/or enzyme deficiencies:
• Cold hands and feet
• TMJ problems
• Chronic low back pain
• Dry eyes or mouth
• Hard time relaxing
• Poor memory
• Slow morning starter or become stiff after sitting
• Dry skin, hair, nail problems and/or chronic shoulder problems

It’s my goal to open the door of healthy living by discussing nutrition and enzymes with you, arm you with the knowledge and understanding and to empower you to take action to creating healthy habits.  It is your health, own it.  Ignore your health and it will leave you.  We are running this marathon called life.  Life is not a sprint although sometimes it feels like it.   Think about your health in this long run just like you would your finances.  If you don’t invest in your retirement now, you can’t expect to have a good retirement and not be stressed out about money later.  The more you save and invest now, the better your retirement.  In terms of health, it is either pay now or pay later.  The more you invest now by being aware of your body, being proactive with your health and create daily healthy habits, the more you will reduce your risk of chronic disease and the more you will be able to enjoy your golden years. If you ignore your health now you will pay later in terms of pain, suffering and limited function, not to mention the financial cost to manage your health later.  The old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” isn’t an old saying for nothing.  There is a lot of truth in this saying.

There are different symptoms you can experience as they relate to different organ systems in the body. This article is the first of a six-part series. The different systems I will discuss are diet, digestion and elimination, immune, autonomic, endocrine, and lymphatic. In the next article, I will address digestion and elimination.