(NaturalHealth365) Contrary to what most dieticians, nutritionists and doctors have told us in the past, the professionals who understand the healing power of enzymes believe we may want to consider drinking vegetable juices with our cooked meals – especially fresh green juices.
Unfortunately, up until now, conventionally-trained healthcare practitioners have never studied optimal nutrition in school.
For example, most dieticians don’t know that fresh vegetable juices contain a plethora of naturally occurring enzymes. Fresh, living foods and uncooked (raw) foods – all contain plant food enzymes. Most all meals are literally cooked to death – devoid of these life-giving enzymes.
When we cook foods more than 115 degrees, all enzymes die. This is why 99% of us, living in a ‘cooked food society’, suffer from weakened immune systems, fatigue and pre-mature aging.
This is a simple way to understand enzymes
Enzymes are our body’s workers. They are responsible for constructing, synthesizing, carrying, dispensing, delivering, and eliminating the many ingredients and chemicals our body uses in its daily business of living. Our body makes enzymes. When we were young, we had an abundant supply of enzymes. Our energy level seemed never ending. That’s because we had “enzymes to burn” which kept us running at tip top efficiency – until our enzyme bank account dried up.
As time goes by, we slowly begin to lose this efficiency. For years we may not even notice the changes. But then we become less able to eat the spicy foods we love or less able to recover as quickly from the aches and pains of daily jobs, weekend sports or just day to day chores. This reduced vitality and stamina can signal a weakened and compromised body.
This is a crucial point – the more ‘alive’ our meals are, the more enzymes are present. Plus, the more plant food enzymes we consume, the more energy, vitality, youthfulness and superior health we will achieve.
In other words, eating a diet rich in plant food, nuts, seeds and fresh herbs – along with juicing and blending – equals optimal health.
What is the easiest way to get started?
If we’re not living this kind of diet, the easiest way to improve your health is to start drinking freshly-prepared juice with meals. These are specifically designed fresh juice aids that we can sip with our cooked meals.
Consuming our meals this way will help deliver more enzyme power into our meals, helping us digest and assimilate each meal more efficiently as well.
Eating a diet rich in raw foods and drinking vegetable juices delivers a plethora of living, digestive enzymes that are capable of delivering powerful nutrients throughout the body – to keep us energetic, disease-free and youthful.
What should I do if I love cooked foods?
If your meals are 100% cooked, then it would be wise to start adding more fresh (organic) juices into your daily routine – slowly sipping the digestive aids with meals. This will help cooked meals come alive. If you want to learn more about this topic – check out our book, Live Foods/Live Bodies.
Research has shown that when we are plagued with chronic diseases or have low energy levels, we also have lower enzyme content in our blood, urine, and tissues. While there is clearly a direct relationship between diseased states and a person’s enzyme levels, only recently has the true nature of that relationship been better understood.
Here’s an enzyme rich – digestive juice aid that you can drink with any cooked meal:
4 cups spinach
2 ribs celery
1 lemon – without the skin (unless organic)
This is a simple juice tonic – designed to make about 16-24 ounces. Enjoy!
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About the author: Linda Kordich has been married for 33 years to Jay Kordich, world renown health educator and the “Father of Juicing”. She is the co-author of their new book, Live Foods Live Bodies and teaches throughout the world on the ‘Powers of the Gentle Art of Foods and Juices’. For more information about Jay and Linda Kordich – visit: www.JayKordich.com
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