What is Enzyme Nutrition

images-4Food enzymes are a natural and important component in our food supply, yet they are systematically removed to extend shelf-life. While shelf-life is necessary in our modern society, enzymes must be replaced, just as vitamins and minerals are. For example, when milk is pasteurized it depletes the vitamin A and D content as well as enzymes. The vitamins are added back in, but the enzymes are not. Enzymes are the construction workers of the body. Protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals are simply the building materials.

We use proven and time-honored standards to nutritionally support the body. We recognize that the best sources of nutrients are not concentrated chemical compounds but whole foods with contents that act synergistically when properly digested and assimilated.

Benefits of an Enzyme Program

images-5The benefits of an enzyme program are often immediate and others take more time:

  • Substitutes missing enzymes
  • Improves digestion
  • Gets rid of bloat
  • Assists with hormonal imbalances
  • Clears up skin issues

These are some of the benefits of an enzyme program. Depending on client issues, Bluesky will assess whether or not an enzyme program would be beneficial to the overall treatment plan.

How to Recognize Enzyme Deficiency

If you have any of the following:

  • Allergies
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Poor immune function

Best Source of Enzymes

It should be enzyme-rich, with a wide variety of organic, whole, unprocessed foods. Foods in their whole, unaltered state have the ideal ratio of enzymes needed to digest them.

For example, an apple, which is high in carbohydrates, contains more Amylase than an avocado,
which has a high concentration of fat and is high in Lipase.

Most importantly, a large portion of your diet should include raw foods or, at the most, lightly
steamed. Only raw foods contain enzymes.

There are a few exceptions:

  1. Seeds, nuts, grains, and beans have enzyme inhibitors which must be deactivated by soaking, cooking, or sprouting;
  2. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, contain thyroid inhibitors which must be deactivated by cooking.

Taking enzyme supplements may be helpful if you suspect a deficiency or have been diagnosed with an Enzyme Deficiency.

If interested in discussing an enzyme program, please email info@christianakueting.com or call 508-330-4945 to make a consultation appointment.