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Digestion — Prerequisite For Utilization
However, there is yet another component to the equation — the efficient digestion (and absorption) of the nutrients we consume. Even if we eat the right kinds of foods for our metabolic types, it is still necessary to properly digest those foods in order to benefit from their nutritional value.
If the proper food for your metabolic type is eaten and the proper supplements are taken, that is one thing. It is quite another for that food and those nutrients to be absorbed into your body. In other words, just because a food goes down your esophagus, it does not mean that the nutrients will make it to your cells. First, digestion must prepare the food to enable it to penetrate the wall of your intestines. But if the food does not encounter the proper acid and enzymes, it will not digest and thereby will not absorb properly, potentially causing malnourishment, as well as making your body fertile ground for the development of infectious and degenerative diseases.
Normal digestion is a complex cascade of events beginning when food is placed in the mouth and ending with elimination about 24 hours later. Normal digestion requires thorough chewing, mixing of food with enzymes, efficient swallowing, followed by exposure to a large quantity of acid and enzyme in the stomach. About two hours later, the chyme (food in the process of digestion) is moved on to the small intestine where it is bathed in bile, bile salts and more enzymes. More absorption occurs, and the chyme is mixed with bacteria to aid in digestion.
Hypochlorhydria — An “Epidemic”
There is a common, frequently undiagnosed and usually untreated condition known as hypochlorhydria. Hypochlorhydria is the underproduction of hydrochloric acid by the stomach. Hydrochloric acid (HCL) is responsible for three important functions:
- It begins the breakdown of protein
- In the presence of food, it activates an enzyme called “pepsin,” which further breaks down protein
- It is necessary for the breakdown and utilization of minerals, especially calcium.
For the most part, hypochlorhydria is a condition that is left undiagnosed and untreated. Years ago the only lab tests available were so difficult to administer that it was easier to rationalize not making the diagnosis and not treating the illness. This test involved shoving a tube down the esophagus and periodically suctioning out the stomach contents after a meal, so the acidity of those contents could be measured. In the late 1960s, the Heidelberg test was developed. This elegant (but expensive) device involves swallowing a capsule about the size of a vitamin pill that can measure the stomach acid content. But this relatively simple ability to diagnose hypochlorhydria is infrequently used due to the mistaken belief by most practitioners that hypochlorhydria is not worth treating — astonishing when sales of antacids, acid blockers and ulcer medications consistently top the list of drug sales.
The situation is further complexed by the fact that the symptoms of hypochlorhydria are similar to those of hyperchlorhydria. Burping, belching, bloating, “heartburn,” gas, sour stomach, undigested food in stool, a voracious appetite (due to cellular “starvation”), food sitting in stomach too long, slow digestion, inability to eat a large meal due to feeling full quickly, constipation, and diarrhea can all be due to insufficient HCL production. Thus, many of those who have too little HCL production are treated as though they have too much.
When the stomach is deficient in HCL production, food eaten lies in the stomach and ferments leading to gas, burning and bloating. For those people, reaching for their Tums or Maalox is the worst thing that they can do since it only alleviates the burning symptoms but actually over the long haul just contributes to the real problem!
In general, the same principles that apply to working with HCL apply to working with the digestive enzymes. The digestive enzymes (Enzigest) used in our programs are plant-based. As such, they have a much wider pH range of utilization than animal-based products. As a result, they are highly effective for a wider range of individuals.
In order to be active, enzymes will only function within a certain pH range. For example, animal-based enzymes like pancreatin are only active in a pH range of about 7.5 – 9.0. But our plant-based formulas are active between 3.0 – 9.0. This means they are extremely effective digestive aids, even for those individuals who have a very altered pH in their digestive tracts.
Once you have determined the proper amount of HCL supplementation, then add in the Enzigest to the program. Minimum intake is 1 with each meal. One could take up to 6 with a meal but that is rarely necessary. Use anywhere from 1 – 6 with each meal as needed to assure maximum digestion. Use the same traits listed above for digestive insufficiency as your guide and also include intestinal gas in your list.
The “de-naturalization” effects from modern food-processing techniques often result in the depletion of the nutrient value and vitality of our food. One important factor which may be destroyed in processing as well as in improper food preparation is enzymes. Enzymes are substances which make life possible and which are found in natural, “live” foods and also in your body. Enzymes are the “workforce” of the body. Without them, chemical reactions cannot take place, and hormones, minerals, and vitamins cannot carry out their functions. There are believed to be hundreds of thousands of enzymes in the body; different enzymes perform different functions. Without them, life cannot exist. Although the voluminous extent of their activity is beyond the scope of this guide, some activities of enzymes are:
- Digest food to a size capable of being absorbed into the blood
- Rebuild food into tissue of muscle, bone, organs, glands, etc.
- Work to store food in the liver and muscles for fuel later on
- Coagulate blood
- Attach iron to red blood cells
- Eliminate carbon dioxide from the lungs
- Promote oxidation
- Attack waste material in the blood and prepare it for elimination
- Change protein into sugar or fat
- Change carbohydrate into fat
- Change fat into carbohydrate
You can have all the raw materials necessary for good health – vitamins, minerals, intrinsic factors, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, amino acids, etc. – but enzymes are necessary in order for your body to utilize all the raw materials in its life-supporting activities of metabolism.
At birth, we acquire a limited supply of enzymes. Throughout our lifetime, as enzymes perform their function, they are destroyed and eliminated from the body. It is vital to your health and longevity that your enzymes be replenished in the body from your diet and that your diet provides a sufficient source of enzymes. [Note: Read Food Enzymes, by Edward Howell.]
The critical role of enzymes in the maintenance of health and well-being was dramatically demonstrated in an experiment now known as “The Pottenger Cat Studies,” which was performed by Francis Pottenger, M.D., in 1946. For ten years, Dr. Pottenger studied two groups of cats who lived in outdoor pens which were placed side by side. At the beginning of the experiment, the two groups were as identical in health and characteristics as possible. During the course of the entire experiment, one group was fed exclusively cooked food; the other group was fed only raw food. Although the foods given the two groups were identical in kind and amount, the cooked food was devoid of enzymes (enzymes are totally destroyed at 220 degrees).
Throughout the entire experiment, the group fed the raw food remained healthy and normal in all respects. The group fed the enzyme-deficient cooked food was a different story altogether. They developed all manner of degenerative conditions, which affected their physiologies as well as their behavior. Their coats lost their luster; their bone structures developed deformities; their behavior became hyperactive, aggressive and wild. And by the 7th generation, they had lost the capacity to reproduce. As an interesting sidelight, the vegetation which grew in the pen of the raw food-fed cats was healthy and profuse. The vegetation in the pen of the cooked food-fed cats was sparse and unhealthy in appearance. This was due to the lack of enzymes in their feces which failed to fertilize the soil, unlike that of the enzyme-rich feces of the other group who existed on the enzyme-rich raw food diet.
Be Enzyme Rich
Unfortunately, all too many people eat a diet which is not only high in unnatural, chemicalized, processed and nutrient-depleted food, but they also eat a large percentage of cooked food which has totally destroyed the enzyme content. As a result, the body is forced to use its own enzymes to help digest the food that might otherwise be used in rebuilding bodily tissue or in other important metabolic activities. This enzyme shortage may contribute significantly to metabolic imbalance, inefficiency, and degeneration. Many researchers also believe this to be a contributing factor in premature aging and obesity. Raw food contains enzymes that may help replenish your body’s enzyme pools as well as to actually help in the digestion of your food. Because it is very difficult to make up enzyme depletions exclusively from food sources, enzyme supplementation is a vital part of your weight loss and nutrition program.
Expected Reactions to your program
When Will I Feel Better?
After starting your nutritional program, it’s natural to want to know when you might begin to notice an improvement or start to feel better. Unfortunately, there isn’t a clear-cut answer to this question. It’s simply not possible to give an answer that applies to all people. The reason for this, as you might have guessed, is metabolic individuality.
The reality that all people are as unique in their biochemistry as they are in their fingerprints is based on numerous factors. These include:
- Differences in the Fundamental Homeostatic Controls (FHC’s)
- Differences in the strengths and weaknesses of the various organs and glands
- Differences in the metabolic efficiency and inefficiency of the various cells, organs, glands, and systems
All of these variables of metabolic individuality complicate any prediction of response to the program. But there are even more considerations:
Equally important is the consideration of sensitivity. In some people, even a half of one supplement can produce strong and dramatic reactions. On the opposite end of the scale, there are those for whom a handful of the same nutrient will have little or no noticeable (immediate) result. So, some metabolisms can shift very quickly, while others can take awhile to change.
In addition, many elements impact your inherited potential:
- environmental factors
- prescription drugs (they typically impact the FHC’s)
- your spinal alignment and dental structure
- stress levels (personal and work-related)
- level of your health at the outset
- amount and regularity of the rest you get
- how long your health problem has been present
- how closely you follow your program recommendations
- amount and frequency of supplements you take
- presence of heavy metal toxins in your system (aluminum, lead, cadmium, etc.)
- weather changes
All these factors and more come into play and differ significantly from person to person, making it impossible to predict any given person’s reactions.
About all that may be expected is change itself. When following the recommendations for your Metabolic Type, all of your changes will be for the better. Ideally, you will see gradual but steady improvement in your energy and well-being over time. However, it is also common that you may feel some temporary worsening of your symptoms.
Detoxification and Rejuvenation
Even when your body is not functioning properly, such as in times of illness, or when you have a degenerative disease, it still attempts to maintain a semblance of balance. Your body always does the best that it can under whatever circumstances it finds itself in, even though it may be incapable of achieving an optimal balance at the time. The reason for this is that every cell in your body carries genes that “know” how to be perfect. In this sense, good health is “built in.” Like a computer program that is always trying to run, every cell in your body is always working towards being perfect and carrying out its special task, whether it is a brain cell, a heart cell, a nerve cell, etc.
When your nutritional program supplies your body with all it requires – not too much and not too little of the right nutrients, at the right place and at the right time, and in forms that are utilizable – your body can, slowly but surely, regain its capacity to maximize its health and efficiency.
In essence, your Nutrition Program is a process of “building health” – not one of “treating disease.” And, the positive results of this process are cumulative. The longer you stop doing the wrong things and continue doing the right things for your Type, the greater the benefits will be.
Unlike prescription drugs, which typically work by inhibiting or weakening some function in your body, your Program works by strengthening your weak areas, improving your efficiency levels and maximizing your potential. The entire process unfolds through your body’s natural activities of regeneration, rejuvenation, and detoxification.
When you begin your new Program, your previous biochemical patterns and your body’s previous attempts at maintaining balance are disrupted. Even though they are positive in effect, any changes of this nature may temporarily cause some discomfort.
The natural processes of rebuilding and detoxification which result from your nutritional balancing program consume a tremendous amount of energy and thus you may feel fatigue during this period. In a way, it might be compared to the fatigue – the need for rest – felt by a growing child.
By providing your cells with just the nutrients they need, their rate of energy production increases and so does your metabolic rate. As a result, the speed of several natural processes is stepped-up:
- The level of cellular metabolic waste (the normal but toxic end-products of metabolism) is increased. These toxins are dumped into the bloodstream for elimination
- Rejuvenation and regeneration of new cells is increased, so that old, inefficient, diseased or dead cells are sloughed-off and shunted to the bloodstream for removal
- Toxic metals, once stored away in your vital tissues because your body couldn’t eliminate them, are now picked up and moved to the bloodstream for clearing from your body
The rate at which this “normalization process” is accomplished by your body is an individual matter and varies from person to person.
Each person’s body has its own unique style of functioning and its own manner of approaching a problem, and it does so at its own pace. For some people, the processes of detoxification and rebuilding take place rapidly; for others, these processes go quite slowly. In some people, these health-building processes progress very steadily, while in others they seem to go in spurts or cycles. The individuality which extends even to this level makes it impossible to predict ahead of time how quickly or slowly, how strongly or weakly, you will react to the program.
Any reactions you have will be mostly dependent upon three considerations:
- The quantity of supplements you take
- The frequency with which you take them, and
- The strength and efficiency of your organs of detoxification
Depending on the strength and efficiency of your organs of detoxification (liver, colon, lungs, kidneys, skin), they may act as a kind of bottleneck for the elimination of toxins from your body. If the processes of rebuilding, rejuvenation, and detoxification occur more rapidly than your organs of detoxification can clear the toxins from your bloodstream, you may temporarily experience some physical and psychological discomfort. Think of it as being like a traffic jam during rush hour on a freeway off-ramp. Toxins can temporarily back up in the bloodstream until they can be processed out of the body.
For every mental activity, there is a corresponding physical activity, and vice versa. For example, if you become angry, your physiology changes. If your body becomes ill, your mind and emotions change, as well. Similarly, when your body goes through changes in its biochemical balance, or if your body becomes temporarily toxic as a result of these changes, your mind and emotions can also change.
Although such occurrences are usually a sign that something good is happening, they may be uncomfortable while they are occurring. Temporary indicators of such positive changes in your metabolism may include the following:
Bloodshot eyes,bone aches, canker sores, constipation, dehydration, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, fatigue, fever blisters, food cravings, hives, insomnia, intestinal gas, irritability, joint pain, loss of appetite, lymph gland swelling, migrating aches/pains, nasal discharge, nausea, nervousness, nightmares, rashes, shortness of breath, skin rash, thirst, toxic headache, weakness
How To Optimize Your Results
To optimize the results of your program and to maximize your rate of progress, the following areas are important and require your attention:
- Follow your Supplement Recommendations as suggested
- Follow your Dietary Recommendations as closely as possible
- Fine Tune each of your meals to optimize your protein/carbohydrate ratio
- Drink only purified water and use it for cooking as well
- Take care of any structural problems you may have
- Address any toxicity problems you may have
- Re-test regularly and on schedule
- Nourish your body mentally, emotionally and biochemically and remember that every cell hears every thought you think
- Most of all, have faith and trust in your body’s God-given birthright for perfect health and joyous well-being
You are unique. Always remember that your role is to support, not to direct, your body’s own intelligence in building health. By being sensitive to your reactions to the program, you will learn to interpret your body’s own language. It will always tell you in its own way whether it can handle what you’re giving it or whether it is time to minimize the support being given. In this way, you can act as a valued assistant (rather than a poor administrator) to your own “doctor within.”
Heavy Metals – A Uniquely Modern Health Hazard
Many people in modern societies are continuously exposed to high concentrations of heavy metals. Unfortunately, these toxic contaminants have become an integral part of our industrialized culture. Metals like aluminum, cadmium, lead, and mercury are commonly found in thousands of different food products, household products, personal products and untold numbers of industrial products and chemicals.
Heavy metals accumulate in the body’s vital organs and tissues (e.g., brain, liver, kidneys, spleen, pancreas), thereby disrupting their ability to function normally. They also displace “good” minerals (e.g., calcium, magnesium, zinc) that are necessary for vital enzyme reactions. In this way, heavy metals are often the primary cause of a very broad range of serious degenerative disorders.
The following chart summarizes the sources of each of 9 heavy metals as well as their adverse effects on the body. If your job or living circumstances expose you to any of these toxic metals, strongly consider minimizing or eliminating your exposure as much as possible. Be aware that there are many ways these toxins can be absorbed into your body — through foods and beverages, skin exposure, and via the air you breathe. Whenever possible, wear gloves, use protective breathing apparatuses, and be sure to obtain fresh air ventilation.
Although eliminating exposure entirely is almost impossible, the good news is that you can prevent heavy metals from collecting in your body. You can also get rid of them if they’ve already accumulated in your organs and tissues. The best way to do this is to balance your body chemistry by following the appropriate nutritional program. This will enable your body to pick up (“chelate”) the heavy metals, mobilize them out of tissue storage sites, and eradicate them entirely from your system.
Here is a small list of toxic metals and issues they may cause:
Sources: alum, aluminum foil, animal feed, antacids, aspirin, auto exhaust, baking powder, beer, bleached flour, cans, ceramics, cheese, cigarette filters, color additives, construction materials, cookware, cosmetics, dental amalgams, deodorants, drinking water, drying agents, dust, insulated wiring, medicinal compounds, milk products, nasal spray, pesticides, pollution, salt, tap water, tobacco smoke, toothpaste, treated water, vanilla powder.
Effects: ALS, Alzheimer’s, anemia, appetite loss, behavioral problems, cavities, colds, colitis, confusion, constipation, dementia, dry mouth, dry skin, energy loss, excessive perspiration, flatulence, headaches, heartburn, hyperactivity, inhibition of enzyme systems, kidney dysfunction, lowered immune function, learning disabilities, leg twitching, liver dysfunction, memory loss, neuromuscular disorders, numbness, osteoporosis, paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, peptic ulcer, psychosis, reduced intestinal activity, senility, skin problems, spleen pain, stomach pain, weak and aching muscles.
Sources: burning of arsenate treated building materials, coal combustion, insect sprays, pesticides, soils (arsenic rich), seafood from coastal waters, especially muscles, oysters, and shrimp.
Effects: abdominal pain, anorexia, brittle nails, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, chronic anemia, burning in mouth / esophagus / stomach / bowel, confusion, convulsions, dermatitis, drowsiness, enzyme inhibition, garlicky odor to breath / stool, hair loss, headaches, hyperpigmentation of nails and skin, increased risk of liver / lung / skin cancers, low grade fever, mucus in nose and throat, muscle aches / spasms / weakness, nervousness, respiratory tract infection, swallowing difficulty, sweet metallic taste, throat constriction.
Sources: airborne industrial contaminants, batteries, candy, ceramics, cigarette smoke, colas, congenital intoxication, copper refineries, copper alloys, dental alloys, drinking water, electroplating, fertilizers, food from contaminated soil, fungicides, incineration of tires / rubber / plastic, instant coffee, iron roofs, kidney, liver, marijuana, processed meat, evaporated milk, motor oil, oysters, paint, pesticides, galvanized pipes, processed foods, refined grains / flours cereals, rubber, rubber carpet backing, seafood’s (cod, haddock, oyster, tuna), sewage, silver polish, smelters, soft water, solders (including in food cans), tobacco, vending machine soft drinks, tools, vapor lamps, water (city, softened, well), welding metal.
Effects: alcoholism, alopecia, anemia, arthritis (osteo and rheumatoid), bone disease, bone pain in middle of bones, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cavities, cerebral hemorrhage, cirrhosis, diabetes, digestive disturbances, emphysema, enlarged heart, flu-like symptoms, growth impairment, headaches, high cholesterol, hyperkinetic behavior, hypertension, hypoglycemia, impotence, inflammation, infertility, kidney disease, learning disorders, liver damage, lung disease, migraines, nerve cell damage, osteoporosis, prostate dysfunction, reproductive disorders, schizophrenia, stroke.