What are Digestive enzymes? Digestive enzymes are protein molecules, which function to aid in the breakdown of food. They are catalysts, meaning they accelerate the rate of chemical reactions. Enzymes are involved in the breakdown of food from complex molecules to simple molecules, so they can be absorbed into the blood. So in short digestive enzymes help the body to digest and utilize nutrients from the food we consume.
During my ever changing journey of health and wellness I constantly strive to find what is needed for optimal success. Ranging from the type of training, the food (aka nutrition) I eat, recovery and supplements. A great friend of mine, Ashley McTucker, introduced me Core Health Products. She told me how amazing she felt after taking them, how she felt different after eating a meal and how HUGELY important it is that we get enzymes in our diet.
So I bet you are asking “What does this have to do with me, Carter? Why do I care what are digestive enzymes?” Well I’m about to answer that. You see my passion is to share, what I consider, INVALUABLE information when it comes to our success for health and wellness. Nutrition is a HUGE part of our success! After all the food we eat is the fuel our body needs to survive / perform. But there is one major area that most of us fail to do (or understand) – there is a HUGE DIFFERENCE between consuming great nutrition and utilizing great nutrition.
Any raw food we consume is full of enzymes. All raw foods: fruits, vegetables, raw grains, raw meat – whatever it is packed full of enzymes. Think about it this way: Have you ever left a piece of food outside in the warm air? For the sake of this conversation imagine you left a banana outside on a park bench. You come back 3 or 4 hours later and what has happened to that banana? It begins to turn brown. Some people call it turning rotten, some call it oxidizing but what is really happening is the warmth of the sun is activating the digestive enzymes, in the food, which start breaking down the nutrients into their usable forms. So the food actually helps our bodies to utilize and digest it properly.
However, any time you cook or process a food you kill every digestive enzyme in the food. The magic number is 118 degrees. Anything at or above 118 degrees kills all digestive in that (or all) foods. So when we set out the raw foods, come back later, the enzymes have started to digest it and the food is getting softer. On the other side though, if you set out a cooked or processed food (Big Macs, Twinkies, white breads or even healthy foods like a baked potato or steamed veggies) we see that those foods get harder and not softer. So the digestive enzymes are not present to help break down the food and therefore its ability to be digested and ingested is limited.
So now let’s apply this to inside our bodies. We take the previous example of the banana and now we eat it. The enzymes, in the banana, are present and the warmth of the body and the hydrochloric acid begins to the activation of the digestive enzymes. The enzymes literally start breaking down the food into a usable form.
Now with cooked / processed foods, void of enzymes, there is no assistance in breaking down the food. The body is then forced to secrete more acid and produce more enzymes from the pancreas. However, we know this is very LIMITED digestion. Therefore the body is unable to utilize the full amount of those nutrients.
This is where my previous statement comes into play: BIG difference between nutrient consumption and nutrient utilization. It’s those little “things” added up over time that make BIG changes.
I don’t know about you but I really do not like the idea of eating raw turkey or chicken. So I cook my food. And I KNOW that the temperatures are well over 118 degrees! This is why I’m such a BIG believer in Core Health Products. Adding in their supplements to when I eat my meals ensures that I utilize the nutrition I’m eating (even with cooked / processed food!).
Core Health products focus on increasing the utilization, the digestion of the nutrients you are consuming to get the FULL benefit of each and everything you are eating that has good nutritional value.