Eating raw foods like raw milk, yogurt, and kefir gives your body important probiotics that will help to increase some of the best digestive enzymes like lactase, protease, lipase, and amylase.
Enzymes are complex proteins that act as catalysts in your body which are involved with almost
every biochemical process that takes place.
Lactase is a very important enzyme that helps you digest the sugar in dairy called lactose.
The protease enzymes helps with the digestion of protein and without it you won't be able to digest protein very well.
Which could then lead to many other digestive problems.
If you can't digest fats because you are low in the lipase enzyme, you will probably crave a lot of carbohydrates which could then lead to an amylase enzyme deficiency.
Amylase helps you to digest starches and other carbohydrates.
Yes, it is a vicious cycle! Eating raw foods can
help supply the necessary probiotics and also the best digestive enzymes
which can help to stop this vicious cycle.
Sadly, I recently found out that hard cheese (not soft) even if it's made from
raw milk won't have any enzymes. Food that is too dehydrated appears to
lose its enzymes.
Keep this in mind whenever your being sold powders or dehydrated foods that claim to contain enzymes.
One of the main reasons for eating raw foods is that it contains many different types of enzymes.
The digestion of cooked food will demand much more energy than eating raw foods.
Because cooked foods lack probiotics and enzymes!
Probiotics along with vitamins and minerals will help to create enzymes which help us to digest our food.
Enzymes are also needed to perform major metabolic processes in our bodies. And there are over 5000 enzymes that have been discovered as of today.
When foods are exposed to a wet-heat temperature of 118 degrees F, its enzymes start to rapidly break down and will be deactivated.
Also, when foods are exposed to a dry-heat temperature of about 150 degrees F, its enzymes will be deactivated.
Once enzymes in raw foods are altered by too much heat, they are no longer able to be used for digestion or anything else.
There are 3 Main Categories for Enzymes:
- Metabolic enzymes are the largest category that includes running bodily functions like breathing and removing poisons.
- Digestive enzymes are the 22 enzymes that your pancreas mainly produces to help you digest your food.
- Food enzymes are the third category of enzymes which are found in raw foods.
Important 3 Food Enzymes found in Raw Food:
- Protease enzymes to digest and break down proteins.
- Lipase enzymes to digest and break down fats.
- Amylase enzymes to digest and break down carbohydrates.
The Protease Enzyme
Proteins start off as a complex structure that will need to be broken down by protease enzymes.
The protease enzymes will break apart the long and chain-like molecules of protein to make them smaller and easier to digest.
Raw meat will contain a protease enzyme called cathepsin which is also the enzyme that tenderizes meat when it is aged.
Eating raw foods like fermented meat will contain a power house of enzymes that can actually put you into a good mood!
Shockingly, one of the best sources of the protease enzyme called bromelain is found in tropical fruit like organic pineapple.
This protease enzyme will aid in the digestion of protein meals.
Bromelain helps to break down protein peptide bonds into smaller units called amino acids which your body uses to make other needed proteins such as more enzymes.
Ginger contains an enzyme called zingibain which is a type of protease enzyme which helps to break down the protein in the foods that you eat.
Is this the reason Japanese people consume pickled ginger with their sushi?
Kefir is a fermented drink that's made from raw milk. During the fermentation process good bacteria will create more nutrients like enzymes.
Kefir will contain a few digestive enzymes and that includes protease enzymes.
If you are deficient in protease enzymes, you will experience
anxiety, low blood sugar, arthritis, osteoporosis, yeast infections, ear
infections, immune system problems, back problems, and become too
The Lipase Enzyme
The lipase enzyme aids in the digestion of fats. This enzyme helps
break down fats and oils into smaller units called fatty acids and glycerols.
Lipase is an enzyme that will be available in raw fats.
Avocado is a great source of monounsaturated fats and is also a great source of the lipase enzyme.
One of the best sources of the lipase enzyme will be found in raw grass fed animal fats like raw whole milk and raw butter.
Lipase is only one of the 60 or so enzymes that you will find in one of the most nutritious foods on earth which is 100% grass fed raw milk.
Real and unrefined extra virgin olive oil will be a rich source of the lipase enzyme as well.
Make sure you know how to spot authentic extra virgin olive oil because there are a lot of imposters.
Just be aware that when you cook a fat molecule it expands greatly.
This larger fat molecule can not be broken down very easily and may lead to weight gain as well as other health problems.
If you have a lipase enzyme deficiency, expect to experience weight
problems, heart disease, gallstones, acne, high cholesterol, high
triglycerides, muscle spasms, vertigo, and diabetes.
The Amylase Enzyme
The amylase enzyme is the primary enzyme that aids in the digestion of
This enzyme breaks down carbohydrates into simple sugars like
One of the best sources of the amylase enzyme will be found in organic raw honey.
Spreading raw honey on a piece of bread for a few minutes will help to pre-digest your bread.
Honey also contains enzymes that digest protein.
And some types of raw honey may actually contain up to 5000 different enzymes!
Mango is a tropical fruit that contains a good amount of amylase which helps to break down carbohydrates into glucose and maltose.
The amount of amylase will increase as the mango ripens.
Bananas are another tropical fruit rich in the amylase enzyme. The riper the banana, the more amylase it will contain.
If you have an amylase enzyme deficiency, you will experience psoriasis,
hives, rash, insect bites, asthma, herpes, and mood swings.
Enzymes are Essential Nutrients!
Did you know that we would cease to exist if we ran out of enzymes!
Enzymes are responsible for every bio-chemical reaction that happens in our bodies.
According to Dr. Edward Howell a pioneer in
the discovery of enzymes, "Enzyme-rich foods provide limitless energy".
Dr. Howell stated, "The length of life is inversely proportional to the rate of exhaustion of the enzyme potential of an organism".
He believed that cooking your food would result in a shortened life span, illness, and a lowered resistance to various types of stress.
Your body can produce its own digestive enzymes when you eat cooked foods.
However, the problem comes when you are eating too much cooked food and your body reserves of digestive enzymes runs low.
This means that other enzymes will have to be sacrificed in order to proceed with digestion.
Eating cooked foods places a huge burden on your pancreas and other organs to produce a constant supply of digestive enzymes.
Eating cooked foods void of any enzymes will eventually exhaust your pancreas and other organs.
Cooked foods will also increase the size of these organs while decreasing the size of your brain according to Dr. Howell.