You might have heard people talking about enzymes and wondered what the heck they were talking about, so I wanted to share a bit about what they are and why they are truly important.

What are enzymes?

Enzymes are substances that are required for every chemical reaction that occurs in the body. They are described as the ‘labor force’ that is required to build the body, meaning they are the ‘activity’ or ‘action’ for any process to happen. Without enzymes nothing would happen, no other nutrients or hormones could do anything for you without having enzymes involved.

Enzymes are more than catalyst as they also possess life energy; they give off ‘energy’ when they work. If you were able to see their activity it would be similar to watching a lightning storm!

“Enzymes consist of protein carriers charged with vital energy factors” (1) – Food Enzymes Health & Longevity by Dr. Edward Howell

So basically enzymes are…

  • Protein carriers charged with vital energy factor.
  • Required for every chemical reaction in the body.
  • Responsible for every Activity of Life.
  • Even breathing, sleeping, and thinking requires Enzyme Activity
  • What makes Life possible.
  • Known as Life energy or Lifeforce.

There are three Classes of Enzymes that we should understand to help maintain or re-establish good health.

Enzymes Types/Classes

Metabolic/Systemic Enzymes

  • Run our bodies, all organs, & tissue.
  • Produced by the body.

Digestive Enzymes

  • Digest food.
  • Produced by the body.

Food Enzymes

  • Starts food digestion.
  • Found in food.

A Closer Look at each of These Classes

Metabolic Enzymes

These enzymes are responsible for keeping the body working properly, and looking after the organs and tissues. They are produced by the body and there are over 13,000 particular ones for each organ, tissues, etc. These are the ones that repair any damage, decay and heal disease. As you can see they are required for good health.

Digestive Enzymes

We have many different digestion enzymes that are produced by the body, these include Protease for the digestion of proteins, Amylase for the digestion of carbohydrates and Lipase for the digestion of lipids (fats).

The Food Enzyme Concept

This is a well-researched concept by Dr. Edward Howell that leads to the following;

Food Enzymes help with the digestion of food and therefore reduces the load of the body’s need to produce extra Digestive Enzymes. The less Digestion Enzymes the body needs to produce, means the more Metabolic Enzymes it has the ability to produce. When the body is too busy always producing Digestive Enzymes it begins to fall short on producing the Metabolic type. Remembering that the Metabolic enzymes are the ones required to run our body, and repair organs and tissues, we want to ensure that we are able to produce enough of these to go around to maintain health.

So, What Depletes our Enzymes?

Some of the main things that are depleting our Food Enzymes are cooking, pasteurization or any form of heating as Enzymes are very heat sensitive. Heat destroys the enzymes in food. This means if you cook your food, you destroy the enzymes that were available and must now rely on your body to produce more Digestive enzymes.

Animal products and non-germinated/activated nuts are also hard to digest and increase the needs of the body to produce extra digestive enzymes. Remember that every time we rely on the body to produce Digestive Enzymes we reduce the Metabolic Enzyme production.

How Can We Support our Health With Enzymes?

We can help support our health by simply adding in foods that have enzymes available, and taking digestive enzyme supplements.

Food Enzymes from Raw Food:

  • Sprouts
  • Fresh Vegetables & Fruits
  • Soaked Nuts & Seeds
  • Soaked/Sprouted Beans & Legumes

Why we Soak our Nuts, Seeds, Beans & Legumes

The reason behind soaking certain foods like nuts and seeds is too remove the enzyme inhibitors that keep them dormant. When they are soaked, they are activated by the moisture and begin germination. This neutralizes the inhibitors, therefore freeing them and increasing their enzyme activity. They are now ready for consumption.

When these foods are not germinated, it actually doubles the need for the body to produce Digestive enzymes as it now needs to breakdown the enzyme inhibitor as well as breakdown the food itself.

Enzymes are Life!

Through the amazing ability of Kirlian Electromagnetic Photography there were able to capture images showing the lifeforce that surrounds raw living foods versus cooked foods. Remember that enzymatic action creates lifeforce energy.

Please I encourage everyone to search ‘Kirlian photography’ and see these images, take a look at what enzyme depleted foods look like.

If you want a healthy body full of energy, start by eating lots of living enzyme rich foods, giving your body what it needs, and also allowing it to produce more metabolic enzymes to help run, repair and maintain your body.

A thought to leave with you
No other living creature in the wild lives on enzyme free food – Only Humans!

Michelle Cloutier

Nutrition & Lifestyle Educator at Refresh Natural Health
I am crazy passionate about empowering and educating others to take responsibility of their health, as I have seen such incredible transformation and believe everyone has the ability to be healthy and happy. My focus is on the education of healthy eating of high quality living foods and products that nourish and supports our body's ability to detoxify and heal. I incorporating digestive health, mind-body connection and lifestyle choices in order to enhance our overall quality of life. I am a Whole Food Nutrition & Lifestyle Educator, an Hippocrates Health Educator, and a Certified Raw Food Chef.