Enzyme deficiency can cause or contribute to many common symptoms, especially digestive issues and the body’s ability to fight or prevent disease. In this guide we’ll cover how to test and recognize enzyme deficiencies, possible reasons for lack of enzymes, and the right enzyme deficiency treatment per the results of the enzyme deficiency test.
Dr. Edward Howell, perhaps the world’s top authority in enzymes research and one of the leading pioneers in this field, said that “Without enzymes, no activity at all would take place. Neither vitamins, minerals, or hormone can do any work – without enzymes.”
Enzymes are the “labor force” that builds your body just like construction workers are the labor force that builds your house. You may have all the necessary building materials and lumber, but to build a house you need workers, which represent the vital life element. Similarly, you may have all the nutrients – vitamins, proteins, minerals, etc., for your body, but you still need the enzymes – the life element – to keep the body alive and well.Dr. Edward Howell, M.D
Enzyme Deficiency Test
How do you know if you have enzyme deficiency? What does it actually mean and how does it impact your health?
Count your symptoms and find out!
Do you have these symptoms below at least once a month ?
DIGESTIONDigestive Enzymes break down the food we eat into smaller nutrients such as amino acids, sugars, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals which the body can easily absorb and utilize. Low levels of certain digestive enzymes or digestive enzyme deficiency usually lead to undigested food particles in the colon that cause many digestion issues and can even trigger an allergic reaction.
BODY: HAIR, SKIN, NAILS, MUSCLES & JOINTSDigestion issues reduce the absorption of the food you eat. Overtime, this can lead to low levels of vital nutrients in your body such as proteins, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Among the first areas in the body that show signs of these deficiencies are the hair, skin, nails, muscles and joints. You can tell a lot about a person’s overall health just by looking at their skin or hair.
OVERALL HEALTHChronic low levels of enzymes eventually deplete the body’s systemic enzymes leading to enzyme deficiency. Systemic enzymes are required for maintaining good overall health, supporting the immune system, tissue repair, organs regeneration, reducing inflammation, breaking down toxins such as excess yeast, mucus, allergens and more.
Low levels of systemic enzymes lead to various health issues with symptoms of high stressed body and compromised immune system.
Naturally Boost your Enzymes – The 5 Golden Rules
1 – Take digestive and systemic enzymes
Multi enzyme supplement complex are commonly used as a part of the enzyme deficiency treatment and are very effective in restoring enzymes deficiencies.
VeganZyme ® is our preferred choice for a multi-enzymes supplement, and it has been a very important part of our protocol. The biggest advantage we see in VeganZyme has to do with its versatile formula.
With a total of 20 digestive and systemic enzymes, it can support the digestion of a wide variety of foods making it ideal for many different diets, cuisines, and health conditions. VeganZyme systemic enzymes profile is highly diverse as well, and is designed to effectively promote optimal levels of systemic enzymes in the body.
Most people notice the improvements from veganZyme within a matter of days, feeling “light” after meals, having more energy, less digestion issues and better bowl movements.
2- Eat more raw foods
Enzymes are naturally found in raw foods, such as fruits, vegetables and seeds, just as nature intended. When foods are microwaved or heated above 120 °F, the enzymes in them are no longer active. When we eat cooked foods, the body needs enzymes to digest and break down these foods, but since their enzymes got destroyed by the heat, it has no choice and is forced to produce the enzymes needed for digestion. This eventually depletes the body’s limited enzyme capacity leading to enzyme deficiency. For this reason, eating more raw foods is highly recommended. High enzymes foods include sprouts (microgreens), fresh ripe fruits, veggies and sprouted seeds and blue-green algae. As an added benefit – all provide additional powerful nutrients to your body as well. Need ideas or got tired of eating raw boring foods? have a look at our recipes section.
3 – Combine raw veggies and sprouts with cooked foods
This will help to balance your cooked meals by increasing the enzymes content of your meals. Try to replace your cooked meals with raw alternatives or combine raw veggies with your cooked meals such as leafy greens. Restore Nutrients big salad™ or The Living Vitality Salad™ are great examples for healthy raw meals that are very easy to make.
4 – Avoid common diet mistakes that can deplete your enzymes
Processed foods and beverages have no enzymes in them and usually include many artificial ingredients the human body can’t even recognize. These foods are known to “rob” your body from its limited enzyme capacity, and are one of the main contributes to enzyme deficiency.
Another common diet mistake that can deplete your body’s digestive enzymes is bad food combination: eating foods that are not supposed to be eaten together such as fruits with oatmeal or meat with starches make the body work very hard in digesting these foods, and is a known cause of many digestion problems. Very easy to prevent once you are aware and know the food combination rules.
These topics are covered extensively in our candida diet experts guide including other common diet mistakes with healthy alternatives.
5 – Watch for food sensitivity
If you suspect that eating certain foods is causing you allergy, digestion problems or other issues, stop eating these foods and see if there are improvements in your digestion issues, even if these foods are considered healthy.
Pay close attention to common allergens such as dairy, soy, nuts, or foods that are known to be hard to digest such as beans, legumes, and fatty meats. Learn more
Constipation or undigested foods in your stool
The main problem with undigested food particles is that the body can’t digest them properly. As a result, they stay in the body much longer and starts to accumulate in the colon. Overtime this waste buildup becomes drier and harder and sticks to the colon wall to a point the body can’t eliminate it through normal bowel movement.
This waste buildup can feed candida, parasites and other harmful organisms and creates many digestion issues such as constipation, gas, and poor food absorption.
Oxygen colon cleanse uses oxygen in the colon to detoxify and loosen undigested food particles and waste buildup so they can be flushed out naturally by the body.
Most people feel a sense of “great relief” that often comes with increased energy, higher clarity, a clearer complexion, and significantly better bowel movements and digestion, with many digestion issues such as constipation, bloating, body odor and gas greatly improved.
Overall Health symptoms
These cases are usually a result of an going state of enzyme deficiency and nutritional imbalances, where issues have evolved overtime with various body systems impacted. We highly recommend to get tested for vitamins and minerals deficiencies. Overtime, research has clearly shown that certain deficiencies that are very common such as vitamin B12 and vitamin D can cause serious health complications that can’t be reversed and may even become permanent.
“Drink your food and eat your drink”
This ancient Chinese medicine wisdom may hold the key to perfect digestion: when you eat – chew your food until it becomes liquid and only then swallow… when you drink – swish your drink in your mouth letting it mix with your saliva.It is believed this is one of the biggest secrets to optimize food digestion. The logic behind it – digestion actually starts in the mouth; the saliva contains enzymes that break down carbs. In addition, chewing the food long enough sends a signal to your stomach to start producing the right enzymes.