What are digestive enzymes and why are they important? Wilkepedia defines them as:
"Digestive enzymes are enzymes that break down polymeric macromolecules into their smaller building blocks, in order to facilitate their absorption by the body. Digestive enzymes are found in the digestive tract of animals (including humans) where they aid in the digestion of food as well as inside the cells, especially in their lysosomes where they function to maintain cellular survival. Digestive enzymes are diverse and are found in the saliva secreted by the salivary glands, in the stomach secreted by cells lining the stomach, in the pancreatic juicesecreted by pancreatic exocrine cells, and in the intestinal (small and large) secretions, or as part of the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. "
In layman's terms they help to break down your food which makes them very important for your overall health. Raw foods are loaded with enzymes while cooked foods are not. It is very important to try to eat with a high percentage of raw foods. It will improve overall digestion and general health. You will feel more energetic as well. It is very important to supplement with a good digestive enzyme if you do not have a lot of raw vegetables in your current diet. Try adding them. I always tell clients to eat something raw with every meal. Even if you don't have time to make a salad. Cut up some cucumbers, carrots or celery to munch on with your lunch. I'd be interested to hear how many are eating a primarily raw food diet. Let's all try to add more raw food to our diets!!