When the foods we eat are cooked or processed, they lose their natural enzymes. Lacking these crucial enzymes, our bodies take on the added burden of enzyme production. This can lead to an overworked pancreas and a reduction in the quality of digestion. In addition, as we age, our levels of enzyme production drop even further.
Even a small decrease in nutrient digestion can lead to gas, bloating and indigestion. Indigested fats can become rancid (toxic), indigested carbs feed colonic bacterial strains and indigested proteins can pass through the intestinal mucosa leading to allergic immune responses.
Optimal digestion increases the nutrients that our bodies need. It decreases the digestive load placed on our bodies when we consume enzyme-depleted foods.