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.
Enzymes are natural chemical compounds that orchestrate other chemical functions. Foods are made of chemical elements that require enzymes to break them down and prepare them to be used by the body. Enzymes unlock these life-supporting nutrients in our food. Without enzymes, life would cease to exist.
Enzymes play a major role in every metabolic process in the body, from glandular function and support to hormone production and toxic waste disposal. They facilitate digestion and assimilation. Enzymes are in all raw food products; carrots are especially very high in natural enzymes.
Enzymes need minerals and vitamins to function, and they free minerals, vitamins, proteins, and hormones to be used in metabolic functions.
This is so critical. How many of you women have hormone deficiencies and know it? Hundreds. How many of you suspect you do? And you are right. Why? Your body cannot create hormones without enzymes. Hormones are made in a series of steps, and each step requires enzymes. Why are we hormone deficient? Not enough enzymes. Can we change life? Can we maintain longevity? Absolutely.
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.
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.
Enzymes are found in every living cell, whether in plants, animals, or humans.
Ancient people believed that plants were magical. They watched them come out of the ground or watched a tree that put on a bud and sometimes a flower; then a leaf; then change color over the spring, summer, and fall. Then the leaves fell off and turned brown. Ancient people believed that plants were magical because they saw this process.
They also learned that when they killed an animal and hung it in the trees, the longer it hung there and the more it aged, the better flavor the meat had and the more tender it was.
Why did this happen?
An enzyme releases into the meat when the blood stops circulating, which starts the aging process. The meat eventually starts to rot and smell because it’s decomposing. Enzymes are there just like they’re in the leaves of the trees to turn them brown, decay, rot, and go back into the soil. It’s part of the cycle of life where everything is nurturing and feeding life.
Without enzymes, plants, trees, and grass could not grow. Seeds would not germinate, flowers would not bloom, tomatoes would not turn red, and bananas would not turn yellow.
Enzymes are involved in every process, like digestion, breathing, and even thinking. To go through a process of just thinking about getting up this morning even required enzymes.