Enzymes and Stress

Chronic stress will whittle away at our health if we let it. It will deplete our ability to cope with extreme emotional or physical challenges that will appear in our life. If left unchecked we can lose our ability to deal with minor stressors and they become major stressors because we aren’t able to deal with them effectively.

Our capacity to deal with major stress depends on adequate nutrition. If we’re stressed out and not receiving the proper nutrition that will eventually lead to illness. That’s why enzyme supplements are so important. If we can’t avoid the stress we can take digestive enzyme supplements to ensure we digest our food properly and obtain the nutrients we need.

Stress in itself isn’t bad. It’s when problems arise that become ongoing and long-standing, which leads to emotional trauma. Poorly handled stress is just as bad.

Stress Enzymes

When we’re under stress the adrenal glands work overtime pumping out the hormones adrenaline and norepinephrine. Overworked adrenals will finally crash, which will lead to adrenal exhaustion. This is when the glands can’t produce hormones at a normal and healthy level. Adrenal exhaustion will wreak havoc on the endocrine system and opens the door to illness.

Some physicians recommend vitamin C supplements to prevent and maintain adrenal function.

Enzyme Depletion

Stress involves the gradual depletion of our reserve capacity to respond and adapt to the challenges put on our body’s systems. The more reserve capacity our body has the better it can cope with these stressors. Depleted reserve capacity means our body is vulnerable to the damage of stress.

To reduce digestive stress build your meals and snacks around foods that are rich in enzymes and don’t overwork the digestive system. A low-stress diet is one that minimizes digestive and systemic stress. The ideal diet would be one of the organically grown and pesticide-free foods and a good amount of raw foods in at least two meals a day. Raw foods contain active enzymes. Although the ideal diet is not always possible due to the inability to obtain organically grown food that should be your goal.

The high-stress diet is the typical American diet. It consists of mainly cooked and processed foods with very little raw foods. This diet is high-stress because it puts all the responsibility on the digestive system to digest the food. It’s overworked trying to squeeze out whatever nutrients are left in the food in order to sustain the body.

Enzymes Endocrine System

Eating a cooked food diet is a diet of killed enzymes and it causes the endocrine glands to become over-worked and can encourage diseases like obesity and hypoglycemia. In 1937, Kohman, Eddy, White, and Sanborn, Columbia University, published a paper entitled Comparative Experiments with Canned, Home Cooked, and Raw Food Diets. They showed that canned food because it’s cooked and preserved, is completely lacking enzymes. This exerts a powerful stimulating effect on the endocrine glands and can cause an increase in body weight. Although cooked food might be easier to digest it can raise the white blood cell count, cause weight gain and rob the body of enzymes.

The endocrine and the nervous systems cooperate in regulating the appetite. The endocrine glands know when the body has had enough food and will stop the craving for food. By eating raw food it takes the stress off of the endocrine system. Processed foods and sugar can disrupt the endocrine balance. If the glands sense that the person has had enough food, but there is not enough nutrients and enzymes present, it over-stimulates the digestive organs, demanding more food. This causes over-secretion of hormones, which leads to overeating, which leads to obesity and finally exhaustion of the hormone-producing glands and a depletion of the needed enzymes for metabolic processes.

A false feeling of well being exists, because the pituitary gland is over-stimulated. This gland is considered the master gland because it sends hormones to the other glands…the thyroid, adrenals, reproductive glands, and the pancreas. Enzymes, the endocrine system, the nervous system, and digestive system are all connected and are interdependent in life processes.