With the rise in disease and obesity in our country every year, new emphasis has been placed on diet and nutrition. Whether it’s eating raw foods, organic whole foods, or just a new diet trend, eating habits have become a hot topic, and with good reason.
But there are many people who still have health problems despite eating those raw, organic, whole foods or following those fad diet trends. A new question should be asked: How well does your body handle what you eat? The digestive system is such an intricate and complex system that can be disrupted by environmental and emotional stresses. These stresses can lead to a compromised system that leaves the body imbalanced and in a toxic state.
The key to nutrition is digestion. If your body can’t digest the food you put into your body, no matter how healthy it is, than you are not getting the essential nutrients needed to “be healthy.”
All natural and raw foods contain enzymes that aid digestion. But a problem we see in our American diet is too much processed foods which have their enzymes removed and replaced with vitamins to lengthen shelf life. Also, through the cooking process of many foods those supportive enzymes are destroyed and lead to incomplete digestion. Over time, undigested food actually decomposes and rots which creates an environment that is toxic to the body. With the long term toxicity, many organs become damaged and undigested foods can even enter the blood stream. This long term stress can fatigue our immune system and that’s when signs and symptoms of disease show.
When the body is supplemented with enzymes that aid digestion, complete breakdown of food can occur. Now, maximum absorption of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals can help maintain a balanced and healthy body.