Digestion takes place all over your body. Think about it – your cells produce waste, which have to be assimilated and removed … your bloodstream digests fats and oils and then pushes them out your skin … you begin the digestion of food within your mouth.
Digestion requires enzymes, and enzymes are needed in your body from head to toe.
Digestion In Your Nose
Let me share a story explaining why enzymes are so important for digestion anywhere in your body.
Bill was a bus driver who experimented over a period of years with various nutrients from the health food store.
Taking one vitamin at a time, he’d see how they affected his health. One evening he reported what he thought were unrelated events. Bill had taken some pancreatic enzymes and his nasal allergies cleared up.
“Could digestive enzymes be affecting my nasal passages?” he wondered.
Yes, they can.
Pollen is approximately 50 percent protein. When it enters your body, this or any other foreign protein can cause toxic reactions if not properly digested and removed. Foreign and undigested protein is highly toxic to the body anywhere it makes contact.
Pancreatic enzymes are able to control nasal allergies because they digest pollen and any foreign protein that enters your body through your nose. Recommendations of up to 4 enzyme tablets 4 times a day have been reported as effective for severe allergies.
Enzymes are essentially non-toxic, but they seem to do the trick.
Enzymes In Your Blood
Enzymes in your bloodstream can digest foreign protein that are also outside of your digestive tract.
Under the right conditions of temperature, moisture, etc., proteins can be digested (broken down into their constituent amino acids) anywhere the protein digesting enzymes are present.
This means that digestive enzymes can effectively digest foreign protein anywhere in the body when they come into contact with foreign proteins. Therefore, these proteolytic enzymes are an integral and necessary part of the immune system and disease recovery.
Proteolytic enzymes are produced in your pancreas, and they enter your small intestine just below your stomach through common bile ducts. Here, they digest foreign proteins that are moving through your intestinal tract.
A healthy person produces an excess of these enzymes over and above the amount needed for the digestion of food protein, and the excess is picked up by the blood and carried to every cell in your body.
So, these enzymes are found in the blood of all healthy people.
Digestion And Cancer
People with cancer typically need more digestive enzymes. This is one of the reasons my mentors Drs. Richardson and Krebs identified cancer as a “deficiency disease.”
Interestingly, nutritionists observed years ago that people with allergies tended to develop cancer at a higher rate than people relatively free from allergies. A common denominator is that both cancer and allergies are caused by toxicity in the body that is inadequately eliminated.
I have observed in my research that, statistically, there is never cancer at the juncture of the common bile duct and the small intestine.
There is cancer found above this juncture – in the mouth, esophagus, and stomach.
There is cancer below this point in both the small and large intestines, but there is a curious relationship here. It appears that in a direct proportion, the further down the intestinal tract from the common bile duct, the greater the incidence of cancer.
Why? What enters the intestines through the common bile duct that has such a potent anti-cancer effect?
The protein-digestive enzymes.
Pancreatic enzymes are found in the blood of a healthy person, but they are harder be find in the blood of a cancer patient. Cancer reduces enzyme producing capacity, so over time, your body becomes overloaded with undigested food proteins, which in turn depletes the total proteolytic enzyme output – leaving none remaining to be picked up by the blood.
Now you know why restricting meat from your diet is important when battling cancer, and why people on a high meat-protein diet need more stomach enzymes and require a higher output of proteolytic enzymes than vegetarians.
Vegetarians have a much lower incidence of cancer than meat eaters because they are not overloading their digestive capacity.
Studies in the late 1960s showed that, then, 50 percent of Americans over 40 did not produce enough acid in their stomachs. These same figures applied to enzyme production as well.
So eat plenty of foods rich in digestive enzymes, and when needed, supplement with them, too.
One of the best systemic enzymes on today’s market is Wobenzym-N from Garden of Life. NOW Super Enzymes are good ones, too.
Remember that digestion is not confined to your digestive tract.
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