Enzymes are a vital component of the digestive process, essential to the body's absorption and full use of food.  As we age we see the decline in our ability to breakdown food enzymatically.  Raw foods provide enzymes that naturally breakdown food for proper absorption.  However, most processed foods have little of the critical enzymes left in them.  We also destroy most of the enzymes in food when we cook.  Therefore raw foods provide more enzymes than cooked or processed foods.

There are two primary classes of enzymes responsible for maintaining life functions and they are digestive and metabolic.  Digestive enzymes function as biological catalysts, helping to breakdown protein, fats, and carbohydrates.  Metabolic enzymes are responsible for the repair of every cell and for the structuring and remodeling of every cell.  Metabolic enzymes are needed for optimal health.

Digestion of food takes a high priority and has a high demand for enzymes.  The result is digestive enzymes get priority over metabolic enzymes.   Therefore deficiencies in metabolic enzymes, due to the need to provide digestive enzymes, can lead to impaired health.  For example, insufficient enzymes in organs lead to overwork.  In some cases, overwork can lead to enlarged organs in order to perform the increased workload.  This is not a healthy condition and leads to such conditions as an enlarged heart or enlarged pancreas.  This can have a tremendous impact on health.

In other words, as you age your enzyme levels decline.  This can affect digestion and metabolism.  Therefore Dr. Bob recommended eating raw food in substitution for cooked food as much as possible.  He said do not get carried away. Also try and lightly steam vegetables.  Dr. Bob was a M.D. internal medicine, orthomolecular doctor, M.D. psychiatrist, chiropractor, and healer 65 years.  He was a diabetic who lived to 108 years with only 1 side effect.

One of the basic ideas of aging is there is a general loss of efficiency in the body as we grow older. For example, enzyme levels decline as we age.  This stresses the body.  In order to aid the body in supplying enough enzymes to the digestion and metabolism we need to eat raw foods whenever possible, lightly cook or steam other foods, and reduce the amount of cooked food we eat.  This will assist the body in reducing levels of enzyme deficiency and slow the body's loss of efficiency as we age and are stressed. 

Dr. Bob also advised to eat mainly raw vegetables or a little raw fruit to start off meals.  He said this would help start off the production of enzymes for digestion.

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