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Old 04-03-2009, 06:11 PM   #10
pacoquerak
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here let me give you my simplistic laymen view of how our digestive system works with our immune system and how we can make them work better.

When you consume food, it starts being digested by enzymes in your mouth, throat and stomach. You can save your stomach a lot of work by giving in to a good chew session to break up the food. A certain amount of enzymes are expended in the effort and your organs quickly get into action to replace them. At the same time, other enzymes bond with toxins in the food and hold onto them until they are excreted outside of your body. So thus, consuming large amounts of toxins or foods which eat up enzymes requires your body to work much harder. Now there are some foods that take up more enzymes, namely grains, seeds, nuts and beans which have not been soaked. They contain enzyme inhibitors which protect them from bacterial infection when they are sown into the ground. Also, rich dense foods like cooked meat will require more work than other things to get the job done.

However, at the same time, your body recycles enzymes that you consume and it is very possible to reduce the amount of work your body has to do to replace them or in some cases nearly eliminate it.

Here are the rules. Cooking things destroys enzymes. Most enzymes die around 130 farenheight, some less and some more. So cooking foods destroys enzymes. Of course some food (like carrots or corn) are very hard to digest raw so cooking them may be less work for your digestion. Foods that are fermented with lactic bacteria (an acidic fermentation, not alcoholic) contain highly enhanced amounts of enzymes, eating a small amount with a meal makes a very noticeable difference! Kombucha actually makes some of the same enzymes your liver makes that specifically bond to alcohol and remove it from the body.

As a general rule, these are all high in enzymes

Raw and fermented meat or animal product (milk)
Various kinds of fruit, not sure on all of them, but I know olives (extra virgin olive oil!) and pineapples to be included
seeds, nuts, grains and beans that have been soaked, fermented or sprouted
Raw honey (super rich in enzymes)

your average plant is limited in enzymes, but they are still there. Making Kim-Chi will make the numbers skyrocket.

It's a great idea to eat a fermented relish of some kind to eat with any cooked meat product.

So by increasing our enzyme intake while eating more easily digestible foods, our body will have much more energy left over at the end of the day to fight infection!

here are some basic guidelines to general dietary health

Eat loads of raw fresh organic fruits and veggies

use unsalted butter, coconut oil, palm oil, peanut oil, olive oil, tallow, lard, duck or goose fat for cooking and not any seed oils.
Don't use oils that are not cold pressed as these are likely rancid before they get to the store.
Don't buy meat from the grocer, get it from a farmer you know well and trust, one who has a lot of pasture land that he rotates his animals on.

Never buy another processed food item.
Avoid grain and soy products like the plague.
Avoid animal products treated with chemicals and hormones like the plague.

If you eat corn, only use corn that has been processed with limestone.
At it's natural state corn is the least nutritious grain one can eat, though it is low in enzyme inhibitors it takes much effort to digest and rarely is digested, most people can't digest it well. However nixtamilization (process of soaking corn in limestone) makes corn one of the healthiest of grains!
Eat millet. I do!

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