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The Modern Diet And Digestive Health Problems
We are the only species on the planet that cooks its foods and here lies the problem. Foods in their natural state, meaning pulled from the earth or plucked from a plant are full of natural digestive enzymes.
When we cook food we destroy the enzymes and the nutrients within it. Processed foods are exactly the same.
Even worse, enzyme deficient foods put enormous strain on our digestive system because the pancreas has to produce more of its own enzymes to break the food down. Over time this can lead to chronic conditions such as pancreattis.
If a lack of enzymes and a compromised digestive system wasn’t enough, we make the situation worse by eating too fast, eating too much and not chewing properly.
This leads to a build up of undigested matter clogging your intestinal tract.
These eating habits create a more sluggish digestive system resulting in waste matter staying longer in the body than it should.
When this happens undigested food begins to putrefy and rot. This produces toxins that irritate the gut leading to excessive gas, abdominal pains, diarrhea and constipation.
However, excessive gas should be the least of your worries, because these conditions can progress to more chronic digestive disorders that include colitis or Crohns disease.
That’s the bad news. The good news is you can begin to reverse these symptoms by simply chewing your food thoroughly. You’re probably thinking – is that it! But don’t underestimate the power of this.
Actually, the vast majority of digestive problems are caused by us failing to chew our food thoroughly. You see, the digestion process starts in your mouth, not your stomach.
Undigested food in the stomach ferments causing a whole range of problems from indigestion to heartburn.
By chewing thoroughly, you ensure carbohydrates are chemically broken down properly through the secretion of ptyalin, the enzyme specifically designed to the job.
However, protein such as cooked meat is a different story, because it is harder and takes longer to break and this is where the papain enzyme can help.