Raw Energy: Enzymes the key to life

Enyzmes are not only valuable, but important to obtaining optimal health.

The benefits of a raw food lifestyle are a result of the enzymes in raw foods (fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds).

Enzymes help break down and digest your food. We are born with a capability to produce enough enzymes to sustain life. However, this is not equivalent to quality of life, but simply life itself.

When we do not eat enough foods that contain enzymes, the body begins to work to produce the enzymes it needs. However, it doesn’t come without a price.

If your body has to work to create these enzymes, it has less energy to divert to mental and physical activities, as well as less energy to divert toward other imbalances such as curing infections, ridding of sticky mucous or acidity from the foods you eat that are not RAW.

Most people get sleepy after eating a standard cooked meal because the body needs to produce enzymes to metabolize the food ingested, carry nutrients to the cells, carry waste from the cells and to eliminate waste.

Enzymes are found in all plant-based foods: fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Enzymes are heat sensitive, and are destroyed at temperatures of about 115 degrees.

During normal cooking, enzymes are destroyed, vitamins and minerals are diminished or destroyed, and pesticides, fungicides and heated fats break down to form toxic compounds. The “getting old feeling” is contributing to reduced enzyme levels.

Quality, lasting energy and good health come from living foods that nourish the cells. Not from coffee, caffeine, soda, candy or other stimulants. These unnatural sources are harmful to the body and negatively affect the brain functions and thoughts. Oftentimes, your health, as well as your skin, face and body reflect the quality of your diet.

Once you leave the produce department of the grocery store, you have essentially left the “living foods” department and entered into the “dead food” world. Dead food equals dead energy. Living foods contain enzymes that supply your body with quality energy.

Have fun with raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and avocados. Create spaghetti, burritos, decadent chocolate mousse pie, chips, ice creams and more all free from cooking, pasta, meat, dairy, flour or refined sugar. Learn more in a raw foods class.

For details, contact myrawenergy@yahoo.com, visit myrawenergy.com or call (815) 543-1207. Registration and payment required by Aug. 1.

Brenda Richter is a graduate of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, where she received her certification as a Raw Culinary Arts associate chef and instructor. She’s passionate about sharing the living foods lifestyle with others, and teaches raw culinary arts classes in the Rockford area.

from the July 22-28, 2009, issue

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