There are many myths about the role of enzymes and how food is actually broken down inside our bodies. Many believe that enzymes are produced naturally inside us and that there is enough of this nutrient to deal with all types of food types – carbs, protein and fat. Since the main function of enzymes is to help with digestion then the myth would also conclude that there is no further need for action from our part. We simply eat whatever and the enzymes or internal acids will work their magic and digest it all in no time!
Unfortunately the reality is somewhat more complex than this and the truth is that it is the foods we eat that will determine how efficient our digestion will be. Eating processed or refined foods is a precursor for disaster as our bodies are not adapted to deal with chemicals and additives, since they do not form part of the natural food chain. In such cases you would need to rely on enzyme supplements to help you.
When we place something in our mouth and swallow it the process of digestion starts inside the body. The simple action of swallowing without chewing already poses a problem as the bigger the morsels digested the more difficult it will be for our internal enzymes to break them down. The longer you chew the mushier your food will become and the easier it will be to digest. This is why many health and fitness enthusiasts will tell you to chew your food slowly and gradually or to focus on the texture and taste rather than just rush through swallowing it.
Whatever enters the upper part of the stomach is treated through the pancreas and it is this organ which is responsible for the production of enzymes but it would need to produce an enormous amount to deal with all the food digested during the course of the day. Bear in mind the complications the pancreas faces when trying to deal with the workload, which could involve a combination of ingredients, each more complex than the other and of differing sizes and shapes.
Needless to say the pancreas will face an overload and some food will escape the clutches of the enzymes and end up further down the food chain in the gut and left to rot since it could not undergo the cleansing process. When the pancreas is faced with such a dilemma the whole metabolism suffers as a consequence so an efficient working system has been seriously compromised.
Steps to Help Your Pancreas
We have already mentioned some ways of assisting with overall digestion earlier on. Avoid processed or refined food and try to eat foods which are rich in enzymes. Some examples include pineapples, papaya, mangoes, honey, bananas, avocados, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, kiwi and ginger. You will notice that there are no meats, pasta or pizza mentioned but if you do indulge the trick is to chew consistently so that you “liquidize” your intake as much as possible. Supplementing your unhealthy meals with any of the above choices will also help to produce excess enzymes, which is always a positive thing.
There is no mistaking the fact that adapting your diet to reflect a healthy lifestyle requires a lot of willpower and sacrifice but at the end of the day your body and mind will thank you for it and you will not have to worry about bloating, gases and other stomach disorders which can plague your life. There is a delicate balance between food and optimal body functionality so make sure you keep that in check.