Aging is not a requirement for diminished hormones. The higher the level of hormones you can maintain, the greater longevity you will have, the greater flexibility you will have in your joints and muscles, the greater strength you will have, and the more elasticity you will have in your ligaments; then when you are 60 plus years old, you will be able to do the things you did when you were 30 years old.
So how does that happen? It’s called discipline. It’s called commitment—to a purpose, the purpose of your eating habits and what you supplement with. All of those will determine whether you can do that or not.
The upper stomach is alkaline, with a pH of 6.5–7, and food remains there for one hour and then enters the lower stomach, which is acid, with a pH of 2.5–5. This is really critical in helping to maintain good pH. What helps to maintain a proper pH in the stomach? Two things are really, really critical: Enzymes, No. 1, and probiotics, intestinal flora, No. 2.
So you have to have intestinal flora and enzymes to maintain a good pH range in the gut. If you don’t, what is the end result of not having good pH? Burping, gas, excessive acid, headache, stomach ache—all those wonderful things that we sometimes experience.
What exactly are enzymes? Enzymes are the proteins produced by living organisms and are composed of amino acids.
Enzymes are formed by stringing together long chains of amino acids, which have literally millions of different structures.
Enzymes are catalysts that create many essential biochemical reactions. These enzymes are not consumed in the daily processes of the body. However, if you are taking ibuprofen, Tylenol, or an antibiotic; if you are receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy; or if you are cooking your food in a microwave, you are destroying your enzymes, and the enzymes cannot build or develop in your system. Without the enzymes, some metabolic processes would happen very slowly or not at all.
Our body has many different kinds of enzymes, but the three major ones are digestive, food, and metabolic.
Each enzyme has a specific blueprint and a specific function. Every daily biochemical function of the body requires enzymes to facilitate the building of compounds from the body’s raw materials, unlock nutrients, and break down substances such as food, toxins, and chemical wastes in the body. Therefore, when enzymes are disrupted, they lose their ability to function.
I can tell when I haven’t taken my enzymes for a couple of days, because I’ll start feeling a little tickle in the back of my throat, or I’ll feel a little congestion in my head, especially when traveling.
Nothing is harder on the body than traveling, particularly if you are traveling internationally. You are exposed to so much when you travel—radiation exposure, elevation changes, climatic changes, environmental changes, and going in and out of hotel rooms that you don’t know who was in the night before. So how do you do that and stay healthy?
Recently, I was gone for six days and only slept in the same bed for two nights. Then I came home for two nights and then traveled to Florida. That is stressful on the body. That would be okay if that’s the only thing I had done in the last year, but that is just a sample of my life every month.
So, know how to take care of yourself. Enzymes are the answer. They are also a possible answer to many of today’s health problems.
Cleaning solvents, antibiotics, household cleaners, microwaves, radiation, and heating over 120 degrees are elements that kill enzymes and enzyme activity and prevent enzyme development in our bodies. Our magnificent bodies create over 3,000 different kinds of enzymes, all with their own job description. Isn’t that interesting.
Within the cells of our lungs, liver, brain, and digestive system, we should have millions of enzymes when we are healthy—literally millions and millions. No one, no scientist, has ever been able to document or determine how many millions of enzymes actually exist in a healthy human body, and part of that is because they are having a hard time finding a healthy subject to study.
If you build up your enzyme storage reserve and maintain it, you will discover that you will enjoy good health. I get asked constantly how I go into a country, go into the jungle, deal with what I do, come back, and just keep going and going and going and not get sick. I eat more enzymes than I eat anything else, and I have ever since I made Essentialzyme in 1984. That and the oils are my mainstays. I rub oils on and drink them.
When you do that, you reduce the chance of being sick, and you are able to do more, perform more, think better, and think more clearly. One of my young colleagues just two days ago was traveling with me, and he asked me how I remember all the things I have to remember. I told him that it’s easy, because enzymes stimulate the brain for memory retention, memory alertness, and articulating.
One of the things about fasting and why I have always been an avid faster is that when you are fasting, you are not depleting your enzymes savings account; and if you are drinking raw juices while you are fasting, you have one-way traffic going in. Therefore, because you have stopped the outgo, you are building up that storage reserve.
For the first 10 days after a juice fast, your digestive system feels clean, you feel light and alive, you feel vibrant, and your energy comes up. That would not be the outcome the first time you fast or if you come off the fast wrong; but if you do it right, that will be how you feel, because you are building up that storage reserve, and that’s what’s important.
We also deal with petrochemicals—aspirin, Tylenol, and ibuprofen—which are inhibitors of enzyme production.
Why do most people take an aspirin? They have a headache. Why do they have a headache? Because they have an enzyme deficiency. What does taking an aspirin do? It stops enzyme production and blocks enzymes from working in your body. Is there something wrong with this picture?
How many people take Tylenol because they have a migraine? Migraine headaches indicate that you have a hormonal problem, a structural problem, an enzyme problem, or all three; so Tylenol, ibuprofen, and aspirin are not the answer for your problem.