Published on Jan 26, 2015
Markus Rothkranz and James Sloane discuss cultured and fermented foods, what exactly they are, the benefits of consuming them and what the difference is between fermented foods and moldy food. An interesting informative interview.
Myth 1. Once you take enzymes your body becomes dependent upon them.
This is one of the most common misconceptions that people have. First of all just air and water, enzymes are absolutely required to sustain ALL LIFE...I obviously don't mean the enzymes that are encapsulated, but enzymes in all plant and animal life. Every bio-chemical process requires enzymes for the transference of one substance into another...
What this means is that we would not live without enzymes. If the enzymes in your body die then you die. So weather you are getting these enzymes from you foods or a plant-based enzyme formula, those enzymes are simply helping your body to stay alive and well.
Also, remember that if we were living in a pristine environment where the soil was super rich in enzymes and minerals, then we would need to take enzymes at all. If we were growing our own food with clean water and eating it fresh from the garden and we knew what minerals and nutrients were going into that soil then enzymes wouldn't be necessary.
Enzymes are the spark of life. The word enzyme mean "in" "culture" - it's alive!
Myth 2. You can die from taking enzymes.
Now this is a silly assumption, but of course just like anything else you can always to too much of something. Fortunately if you take 100 enzymes at once (which DO NOT recommend) the worst thing that could happen is that you will be in the bathroom the whole next day...and you could have some detox reactions.
Even if someone dies because they have a MAJOR detox response, it's not the enzymes that killed the person it's the toxins in the body that got recirculated into the bloodstream and created auto-intoxication. The likelihood of that happening is tremendously low - but I mention it just for clarity.
Myth 3. Enzymes are addictive.
This is like saying oxygen is addictive. The only reason why enzymes might be addictive is because after taking them you might FEEL REALLY GOOD. But the thing is you are simply processing the nutrients in your body more efficiently which is what gives you more bio-available energy and therefore you are actually are addicted to FEELING GOOD.
The enzymes are just a catalyst. And like I mentioned before, if you are eating a lot of RAW, LIVING, CULTURED foods from fresh mineral and enzyme rich soil you would have the same or actually an even better experience. So enzymes just help to process and metabolize our nutrients more effectively and powerfully.
Myth 4. You can take too many enzymes.
This is very much related to the "too many enzymes = death" myth. The BEST way to take enzymes is in smaller doses for a longer period of time. If you take too many at once your stools will be a lot looser and you may get diarrhea like symptoms - which may not be a bad thing because you are getting rid of the junk.
However, it's a lot more advantageous to take enzymes in smaller doses for longer periods of time so that the enzymes can really get deep into the system and process the undigested matter that might be stuck in the blood, organs and tissues.
Myth 5. Enzymes are used to culture your food.
A lot of people think that you can use enzymes to culture foods like sauerkraut and yogurts and cheeses. This is a reasonable misunderstanding and the truth is it's PROBIOTICS that are used to culture our foods. Enzymes do not proliferate and multiply like probiotics do.
Enzymes are grown on a plant-based medium and are grown like a healthy bacteria - however the difference is, once an enzyme has done it's job (like convert a protein to amino acids) it is finished, whereas a Probiotic will do it's job and continue to multiply.
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