One of the most sought after questions’ regarding people’s health today is, “how do I live a long and healthy life?” The question in and of itself is highly complex and requires a plethora of health related topics to be discussed, in order to, scratch the surface of answering the question. Society and the nutritional world have become accustomed to equating the health and longevity of someone based solely on their physical physique, athletic ability, or rate of physical activity. Another bench mark we have created in measuring health and longevity is the rate of growth in someone, particularly our adolescents. The current phenomena of our youth getting bigger, faster, and stronger at younger ages is highly praised by many parents, athletic coaches, even some doctors as a good sign of legitimate health. The basis for measuring health and longevity strictly on the external appearance of someone or on the rate of growth is not only superfluous but tells us that society as a whole has come to misunderstand the basis for what constitutes life and what the true measure of health and longevity is.
What the true measure of health and longevity?
Another current fallacy when measuring the health of someone is the question most people do not want to answer, “How old are you?”
Unless you are a child or adolescent that question is often a dreadful one because your age tells you a lot concerning your state of health. What if “age” is not a good way of measuring the state of health of someone, or a way of measuring longevity? What if all the other bench marks already mentioned are not either?
What has already been stated above may be causing you to scratch your head because we all have been brainwashed into thinking that health and longevity is a matter of physical ability, physical appearance, physical activity, rate of growth, and age. In order to re-appropriate how we look at health and longevity, we must start off by defining what life is and we will do so from an enzyme perspective. This will change the way we look at health and longevity and help us to overcome the anecdotes mentioned above.
In order to avoid any error in the definition, I will quote directly from Dr. Edward Howell’s book, “Food Enzymes for Health and Longevity.” He states, “It is the tempo of life or rate of energy expenditure which determines aging of organisms. Duration of life varies inversely with the intensity of the metabolism. Life runs out its course to its natural term with a velocity directly proportional to the catabolic rate or, as commonly expressed, according to the rapidity of ‘wear and tear.’ (70).” So what does this somewhat convoluted definition of life mean?
Life or the duration of life is directly proportionate to the rate of our metabolism, aka, the catabolic or breaking down of our tissues and organs in our bodies. You may be asking, “I thought that increasing your metabolism is a good thing?” The answer to your question is yes and no.
Let’s explore the answer “no” first. Majority of people in America today and around the world are consuming so many cooked and/or refined/processed foods that it consists of 70 to 80% or more of their daily food intake. What this does to the body is cause our metabolic enzymes (designed to repair and regenerate our tissues and organs for their proper functioning) to go and assist our digestive enzymes (created to digest our food) to breakdown the cooked and/or processed food so it can be utilized by the body. Therefore, our metabolic enzymes forces our catabolic rate to increase, therefore, our tissues and organs atrophy or age faster because of the need to assist in the digestive process. Our metabolic enzymes are forced to do the work of digestion, rather than, carry out their designed functions throughout the body.
The other side of the answer is yes. When you consume larger amounts of raw foods, sprouted foods, fermented foods, super foods, taking plant based supplemental enzymes with cooked food, etc., the rate of metabolism will increase but in the act of digestion alone. Most of these foods are able to digest themselves in your stomach and intestines without a whole lot of assistance from the pancreas to excrete digestive enzymes to digest them. Moreover, your metabolic enzymes are not needed in assisting the digestive process and can use the enzymes in these foods to assist in repairing, building, and regenerating your tissues and organs, in turn, slowing down the catabolic rate of your tissues and organs that maintains a healthy body.
Going back to our discussion of physical physique, physical ability, amount of activity, rate of growth, and age these can no longer be the measuring rod for defining health and longevity. It is the levels of enzymes found in our tissues and blood that are the true measuring rod for health and longevity. With the current lifestyles of consuming mostly cooked and/or processed foods, even though, it may reflect attractive physical physiques, athletic ability, increased rate of growth in our youth, or living into old age, from an enzyme perspective, these superficial benchmarks matter very little. Our young are aging faster because of it and the elderly suffer from many chronic illnesses and their quality of life is not that great. Very few people can consume these unhealthy foods for long periods of time and still be very active and full of energy and free of disease in old age.
Some of the other signs of this lifestyle effecting our younger generations are the shorter careers in major league sports, early menstrual cycles in young girls, increasing diseases, mental health disorders, etc. The increasing number of the elderly needing long-term health care due to cognitive and physiological impairment is getting worse. So if we think health and longevity is measured by physical ability, physical physique, or age then we are deceiving ourselves. This list is not completely exempt from judging good health and longevity; but it takes a lifestyle contrary to the standard American diet to achieve.
The true measure of health and longevity goes back to enzyme levels in our tissues and organs and the types of foods we consume throughout our lives, whether that be cooked and/or processed foods; or organic raw foods, fermented foods, sprouted foods, super foods, taking supplemental plant based enzymes, etc. will determine that outcome. In order to avoid exhausting our “enzyme bank account” in our tissues and organs that leads to disease and possible early death, the latter lifestyle is imperative for us today. We are only fully alive and healthy when our “enzyme bank account” is in higher amounts as we age. Age is only a number! An elderly person who follows a predominantly raw, plant based lifestyle will likely have a higher enzyme count than someone who is much younger that follows the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.). If you speak to those who spent a life eating the typical processed diet and then began to eat an alkaline plant based diet, many of them will tell you that over time, they look younger in older age than in their early years.
This is why the Core Health Products team advocates for the latter lifestyle. It is enzyme rich and will help lead us into the 21st century with fewer incidences of disease and a greater level of health and longevity from early age to old age. If you want to know more about this kind of lifestyle, go to our “Resource” tab and purchase the book, “Living Alkaline in an Acidic World.” In it you will learn the importance of eating enzyme rich foods, why alkalizing the body is important, why taking our plant based enzymes is imperative for sustaining health and longevity, and the added bonus is the recipe sections for kids and adults! Remember, we are only fully alive when our enzyme levels are prevented from early exhaustion due to our lifestyles!
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