by: Kim Evans
NaturalNews) Enzymes are powerful substances; they are responsible for initiating every action in the body, including blinking and breathing. As such, enzymes are often called our life force – because without them we would die. Enzymes are also responsible for helping us digest our food and breaking down and removing old and diseased tissue and cells from the body. But when our enzyme stores are low, diseased tissues and cells regularly remain inside the body – because the enzymes aren't available to help remove them.
Eating plenty of nature's raw foods is one way to boost your enzymes and avoid depleting your enzyme reserves. This is the case because heating and processing food destroys the enzymes that are present in nature's foods naturally. So, the more raw foods you eat with their enzymes intact, the less your body needs to borrow from its enzyme reserves for digestion. This leaves more enzymes free for work like breaking down and removing old, diseased cells. Eating plenty of nature's raw foods also helps us because if those foods are grown without chemicals, they don't add to our toxic burden – as do processed, pesticide-laced and often cooked foods.
A few foods are bursting with enzymes and consuming them regularly is key. Some of the most enzyme-packed foods include:
– Unpasteurized sauerkraut
– Papaya – particularly green papaya and papaya seeds
– Pineapple – particularly the core
For a simple everyday enzyme drink:
Blend 1/2 papaya, 1/3 pineapple, and about 20 papaya seeds. Add a little stevia for sweetness, if desired.
In addition to breaking down protein and old tissue in the body, papaya seeds are known to help with intestinal parasites. In quantity though, green papaya and papaya seeds can induce abortion and have contraceptive effects – so avoid them if you're pregnant or trying to have a baby. In addition, some Hawaiian papaya is genetically altered, so it's best to avoid Hawaiian papaya or purchase only organic.