Apples and Enzymes

Margie LaFleur hammockWhen was the last time you ate raw food? I’m talking about fresh, uncooked enzyme rich fruits, vegetables and fermented foods such as sauerkraut and yogurt. What are enzymes and why are they important to our health? Enzymes are proteins, composed of amino acids produced in the human body and all animals and plants. Our bodies contain about 3000 different types of enzymes that are constantly regenerating, repairing and protecting us. We require three enzyme groups to help digestion. Proteases break down proteins. Amylases break down carbohydrates and lipases break down fats. Early man survived in an environment consisting of mostly raw vegetation, fruits and grains with little meat. Remember no refrigeration! Unfortunately, many people crave processed, high carb, no fiber, and sugary, dead foods containing none of these life-supporting enzymes. One of the first signs of an enzyme deficiency is poor digestion. Excess gas, indigestion, heartburn, bloating, diarrhea and constipation are signals that your body is crying for live, raw enzyme rich foods! Instead, we often reach for symptom relieving drugs rather than correcting the cause. Research has confirmed that enzymes can help relieve more than just digestive problems. They are important in rebuilding injured tissue, arthritis, circulatory disorders and cancers. The Gerson Therapy, an alternative therapy based on fresh, raw foods to reduce inflammation such as arthritis, heart conditions and cancers has been around for over fifty years. Apples contain a number of enzymes, high fiber, vitamins and minerals. No wonder “ An apple a day keeps the doctor away.) But, because apples are sprayed up to forty times a season with pesticides and fungicides, be sure to wash with a food wash. You can save money by making your own with 1 cup of distilled white vinegar and 2 cups of water. Or you can buy organic. Below is an easy enzyme rich, high fiber, nutritional recipe. Super Carrot Salad 3 cups grated carrots 1 cup chopped celery 2 tsp. orange juice ½ cup fresh pineapple crushed ½ cup raisins 1 tsp. cold pressed olive oil. Mix, refrigerate and share with those you love! Good reading: ”Enzymes, The Sparks of Life “ by Anthony J. Cichoke, and “The Gerson Therapy” by Charlotte Gerson and Morton Walker *Also available as a documentary on netflix.

Margie LaFleur is a licensed massage therapist and owner of LaFleur Healing Arts since 1995.  She educates and shares simple frugal ideas to help others seeking a healthier lifestyle.

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