Enzymes and Your Health

What the heck are enzymes? Enzymes are the unsung heroes in our bodies. They are an integral part of all aspects of our health. They are in our entire digestive system from our mouths to our colon, busy breaking down food and keeping it safe for us to use. They are circulating in our bloodstream doing things like keeping viruses and bacteria at bay and our blood the right consistency so it flows freely.

 Where do enzymes come from? We eat them! Enzymes are part of all the whole foods we eat, particularly fruits and vegetables.  Enzymes are one of the many reasons that fruits and vegetables are considered nutrient dense and so important to have in your diet.

Enzymes can aide digestion. You’ve probably also heard of pro and pre biotics. These are enzymes too. Probiotics are actually bacteria that are good for your digestion that you need to have in your gut. Prebiotics are bacteria that help set the stage for the probiotics. Both are good and can be taken as supplements or found in foods with active cultures like yogurt.

Fermented food is another good source of enzymes.  Items like Kimchi (a Korean vegetable dish that is available in stores), sauerkraut, and yogurt with active cultures to name a few items.

Your body needs a store of enzymes to perform all the miraculous things that it does.  Be sure to feed it what it needs!

If you’d like coaching on how to move away from foods that aren’t nutrient dense and get a crystal clear vision of how to bring health and vitality to your life, contact me for a free consult at vicki@yourhealthystructure.com

Ending The Confusion Around Carbohydrates

There has been a lot of confusing information in the past few years about carbohydrates and grains. Not too long ago, many people avoided almost all carbohydrates. The truth is complex carbohydrates have a lot to offer us nutritionally. The trick is knowing what grains to eat.

Refining a whole grain removes valuable nutrients.  Examples of refined foods are:  white rice, white flour, bagels, cereal, pasta, cookies, pastry, cakes, and donuts. 

Enriched flour is when the manufacturer replaces some of the nutrients that were removed in the refining process.  Still not as healthy a choice as a whole grain.

Good health is all about the quality of our choices.

What’s in whole grain?

  • Antioxidants
  • B Vitamins
  • Vitamin E
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Fiber

Benefits of Whole Grains

  • Decrease the risk of heart disease, stroke, some cancers,, diabetes and obesity
  • Lower cholersterol
  • Provides glucose for energy
  • Decreases risk of heart disease and some cancers
  • Supports normal brain function
  • Increases immune function
  • Aides in maintaining healthy weight

Potential issues with refined foods

  • Increase in sugar in bloodstream
  • No nutrients
  • Deplete your body of nurients to process the food without getting anything in return
  • Decrease immune function

Transitioning from refined flours to whole grains does not have to be difficult. There are lots of choices readily available in your local supermarket.

Delicious whole grains

  • Quinoa
  • Brown rice
  • Wild rice
  • Amaranth
  • Millet
  • Corn/popcorn
  • Sorghum
  • Spelt
  • Rye
  • Oats

I encourage you to explore all the wonderful grains that are available in grocery and specialty stores. They provide robust flavors, are nutrient dense and easy to cook with.

If you’d like more help in defining what carbohydrates are good for you and how to transition into a more nutrient diet, contact me at vicki@yourhealthystructure.com.