Gary wants all Young Living distributors, including those in their '60s and beyond, to enjoy a zestful, healthy life.
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.
Young Living distributors make sure to eat some of their food raw in order to receive food enzymes.
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.
Gary's family poses for a photo before he leaves on another trip.
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.
Gary and Dr. Mahmoud Suhail at the Young Living farm and distillery in Salalah, Oman.
The other day Dr. Suhail and I were talking about frankincense, and he asked me if I knew something that I wasn’t telling him, and I said, “Well, I’ll tell you my feeling. Frankincense does not kill abnormal cells.”
He replied, “Well, Gary, I’m seeing the evidence of it every day.”
I told him that what he is seeing is an illusion and that frankincense does not kill anything, because God did not create it to kill. Instead, frankincense digests abnormal cells (breaks them down).
He came up out of his chair and exclaimed, “I knew it; I knew it! Frankincense digests abnormal cells!”
Dr. Edward Close made a similar statement. He said, “Thieves does not kill fungus; Thieves digests fungus.” So, what does it take to digest? Enzymes.
Enzymatic “blueprints” are in every essential oil, so some of the components in an oil will cause the blueprints of the enzymes to direct the traffic. We don’t know if it’s the smaller amounts of boswellic acid or incensole or a combination of the pinenes and the sesquiterpenes that are directing the enzymatic activity of frankincense in targeting abnormal cells. We don’t have the answer yet, but one day we will know.
And so again, are essential oils invaluable to human beings? Absolutely.
When you apply, taste, or smell an essential oil, you are also stimulating the production of certain enzymes in your body.
I had a discussion with one of my professors years ago when I was at the Anadolu University in Turkey studying oil chemistry and GC and mass spectrometry. I had been having a fascinating debate with Dr. Bashir, who later visited me when I had the clinic in Springville.
I told him that I believe essential oils have enzymes in them. He just about went ballistic and said that there is no way essential oils have enzymes.
I told him that it’s true that you can’t see the enzymes in essential oils under a microscope. But think about this example: It takes a sperm and an egg to make a child, and after that child is conceived, you can’t find the sperm or the egg, but they were there.
It’s the same in essential oils. The enzymes are in the plant that produced that oil; therefore, the blueprints of the enzymes, or their energetic signatures, are then in the oil.
Because of that, more and more we’re seeing evidence of essential oils activating enzymes, so when you put an oil on or in your body through water or under your tongue, you are stimulating certain enzyme production in your body.
Last year I met Dr. Bashir in Cape Town, South Africa, at a conference. He grabbed me and hugged me and said, “Gary, you were right.” It was worth going all the way to Cape Town just to hear that.
Are essential oils invaluable to human beings? Absolutely.