Enzymes are proteins that catalyze reactions with an organism. This means that enzymes increase the rate of chemical reactions within the cell and therefore they are necessary for many different and important roles in metabolism, digestion and DNA repair. Simply said, they are important because they speed up the chemical reactions that are required for life. There are metabolic and digestive enzymes. Even if you have the best nutritional plan around, and supplement your diet with a host of vitamin supplements, without enzymes, the vitamins will not be absorbed into your system. They assist in fighting aging, weight loss, and lowering cholesterol, cleaning the colon, breaking down fats, strengthening the immune system, improve mental capacity, detoxifying the body, building muscles from protein, eliminating carbon dioxide from the lungs etc. They are sensitive to heat as well as the surrounding pH. For this reason, food cooked at high heat and food processing also kills of these entities. The presence of heavy metals, such as mercury, dehydration as well as ultra-violet radiation impairs their functions.

The best source of enzymes from your diet comes from raw food, eaten in its original state with no processing. Raw food is living food, and it’s teeming with good bacteria and rich in enzymes. We need probiotics and enzymes in our diet for good health. The enzymes in raw food help start the process of digestion and reduce the body’s need to produce digestive enzymes. All enzymes are deactivated at a wet-heat temperature of 118 degrees Fahrenheit and a dry-heat temperature of about 150 degrees.

You don’t have to go 100% raw, but you can easily incorporate 50% raw food in your regimen. You can add raw food to your diet by eating a salad with every meal, eating more fruits and vegetables and trying some of these healthy and delicious ideas listed here!:

Sprouted seeds, nuts and beans added to a salad. Steak cooked medium rare. Raw almonds and other nuts. Caviar. Raw butter. Raw cheese. Raw milk. Ceviche. Fresh coconut water. Raw honey. Fresh veggie juices. Raw egg yolk added to your smoothie. Healthee Life’s Rawesome Tomato Sauce!

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