Someone recently said to me that “we don’t need supplements”. When asked for the reason why; the response was “to be healthy it’s simple – it’s two parts diet and one part exercise”. “All people need to do is eat better and exercise; then we wouldn’t have all these health problems”.
While I do admit there is some truth to this statement, it was probably more accurate in earlier generations than it is today. The real problem is that people do not eat the way they should or drink adequate amounts of water, but even if they do there is something missing.
Have you heard of the term homeostasis?
Homeostasis is about the balance of acid to alkaline in the body. Over acidity, this can become a dangerous condition that weakens all body systems, is very common today.
The body can maintain adequate alkaline reserves to meet emergency demands. When excess acids must be neutralized, our alkaline reserves are depleted leaving the body in a weakened condition.
Here are just five (5) ways we put ourselves out of balance on a daily basis.
- Dietary habits – the things we eat and drink every day including sugar and beverages such as soda pop and alcohol
- Cooking and food preparation
- Packaged, processed and refined foods
- Environmental factors – the air we breath, chemicals we spray on foods, medications
- Nutrient loss in foods / soil depletion from framing
If we are healthy we can do many things in moderation, and still the body recovers back to an alkaline balance. To help with this recovery and to further nourish and enhance the bodily systems, in addition to good dietary habits (and water) we can use the correct supplements to ease this process for the body.
Everyone knows the importance of Protein
Protein is a great example to use as it is a nutrient that everyone knows the importance of it, but very few actually understand how to get it in the body in a utilizable form.
Protein is used in tissue building and repair. Next to water, protein is the most plentiful substance in our bodies. Protein makes up 50% of the dry weight of the body and 90% of the body in its natural form.
Just about everyone knows that muscles are made of protein. Every single cell in the body has some protein. Other important parts of the body like hair, skin, eyes, and body organs including the colon are all made from protein.
Many substances that control body functions, such as enzymes and hormones, also are made from protein. Other important functions of protein include forming blood cells and making antibodies to protect us from illness and infections.
What are the best sources of protein?
Proteins are made up of 8 essential amino acids and 12 non-essential amino acids. In science, animal proteins contain a better balance of these essential amino acids than plant proteins. People who do not eat animal products should eat different types of plant foods together or within the same day to get the proper balance and amount of essential amino acids their bodies need.
The issue comes when we eat proteins, if we do not digest it, we cannot utilize it and it comes in to the body as a toxin. This toxin ends up putting our body’s in an acidic state. How do we digest proteins? Enzymes!
Cooking Kills Enzymes
Despite our diets being high in protein foods, even if you eat meat for example, you’re likely still a vegetarian” ~ Michael O’Brien, MD – leading nutrition expert and enzyme researcher
If our protein foods contain no protease then we need our bodies to produce this digestive enzyme in sufficient amounts to digest the protein foods we eat; bu breaking the protein down in to smaller utilizable amino acids. These protease enzymes in the body are made in the pancreas.
Due to our high diet of cooked protein we are constantly putting our pancreas in high demand to continually produce this enzyme to allow the body to breakdown the protein foods we eat. In order for the pancreas to produce this protease enzyme it needs amino acids. In order to get amino acids, we need to eat protein and digest it. See the cycle happening?
If we are not digesting our foods, then we are not giving the body the essential amino acids for such reasons as the production of enzymes. This then becomes a never ending cycle, and as we age the process and cycle also slows. This puts an added burden on the pancreas to always keep up
To further compound the problem, the amount and varieties of cooked foods we eat (starches, carbohydrates, etc) along with protein only makes the digestive demands on our bodies even greater.
A Compounded Problem over many years
Each and every meal we eat continues to compound the overload on the body to manufacture the enzymes to completely digest the meals. This not only puts a load on the body but also creates toxicity in the digestive tract with undigested foods.
Our modern diets, with all of the nutrient-depleted processed foods (sugar, salt, breads, packaged foods) and liquids (alcohol, soda pop, sports drinks) we drink, cause rapid fluctuation of glucose (sugar) and insulin levels in our blood which is called the Glycemic Affect.
What’s the solution?
It is not always realistic to think we can live a 100% all natural and perfect dietary lifestyle. For sure we will put our bodies out of balance on a regular basis despite our good dietary habits; this is why we need to look for supplements to help us keep the homeostasis balance in our body for true optimum health.
It makes clinical sense to two key supplements as your foundation for health, these include a full spectrum digestive enzyme and a nutiritonal fiber source to ensure full digestion and proper food utilization throughout the day? This is the foundation to avoiding the Metabolic Syndrome.
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