Yes, they’re full of vitamins and minerals, but why are vitamins and minerals important?
It all comes down to one thing: enzymes.
Enzymes are biological catalysts, which very simply means they make things happen in our bodies.
One of the very important functions of enzymes is digestion. They are responsible for breaking down carbs, proteins and fats, and turning them into energy that our bodies can use. In other words, they play a key role in our metabolism (the rate at which we turn our food into energy we can burn).
To ensure proper digestion and a speedy metabolism, you need to give your body food that is rich in enzymes.
Some enzymes are made only from protein, which can be produced as long as you give your body the 8 essential amino acids. However, there are many others that can only be produced with the help of co-enzymes, which come from eating raw whole foods rich in vitamins and minerals. B vitamins are co-enzymes, and phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese and molybdenum are examples of co-enzyme minerals that help you properly digest food and speed up your metabolism. (See the list below for foods that are high in these vitamins and minerals).
Foods that are highly processed ( pastries, cookies and white breads that are high in white sugar and flour) are enzyme inhibitors, which means they slow down your digestion and metabolism. The undigested sugar ends up getting stored as fat deposits – junk in the trunk. You’ll also experience symptoms such as gas, constipation, bloating and heartburn.
Think about how you feel after you eat a high sugar, high carb meal versus a meal that is full of vegetables and lean protein. The latter is high in enzymes and co-enzymes, and the food is burned away cleanly with fewer unpleasant side effects. Now think about how you feel after a big meal of white pasta and dessert. Think of your body as a car; eating raw whole foods is like filling it with premium fuel, and giving it an oil change – it runs smoothly and efficiently with no stinky exhaust coming out the tail pipe.
If you’ve been experiencing some unpleasant symptoms after meals (gas, bloating, constipation, heart burn) perhaps you’re not eating enough high-enzyme foods, and too many processed foods. Give yourself premium fuel; incorporate some of these foods into your diet:
Raw fruits and vegetables:
Cucumber (Notice the trend here? Green veggies are high in enzymes!)
Eggs with yolk (the yolk is the most nutritious part!)
Nuts and Seeds:
Whole grain bread
Oatmeal (not instant)
Sprouted bread (Ezekiel 4:9 is a popular brand that you can find in the freezer section of your grocery store)
Yogurt (make sure it’s low-fat and low-sugar)
Cheese (sprinkle a bit of feta, goat cheese or parmesan on your next salad)
Pork and beef (eat red meat in moderation)
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