The importance of enzymes

Why enzymes are vital for our organism



Our metabolism stands and falls with the rate of chemical processes that occur within the body. More precisely, our metabolism is the sum of all reactions within our organism. These processes are guided and determined by enzymatic reactions. Enzymes are the spark of life, the determining factor for all chemical processes in every cell of our bodies. Enzymes determine the speed of the reactions and the amount of processes.

How many processes you ask? One cell can process approx. 50,000 chemical reactions, not per day or hour, but, believe it or not, 50,000 reactions per second. This seems inconceivable since we know that these 50,000 processes are structured and in harmony with the enzymatic process of the other 80 million (!) cells within the body. Let me say it again since this fact seems incredible and hard to grasp:

50,000 x 80 million coordinated life processes are occurring every second within your body!

If you allow this information to sink in, you will quickly realize how important the enzymes are for all physical and emotional functions. Our fitness, digestion, vitality and mood, but also our mental abilities all depend on the proper functioning of these processes.


What are enzymes?

Enzymes are catalysts for the chemical processes within the body. They consist of amino acids – small proteins – and are a precondition for any chemical reaction. No reaction, and thus no life, happens without enzymes. Some have described enzymes as the spark of life. They can be compared to the spark plug in a car motor, which starts the motor. The motor can only run smoothly without stuttering if the burning occurs in an organized manner. Only the organized enzymatic effect allows our cells to function smoothly and ensures our survival.

Restricted enzyme activity is most certainly to blame if bodily functions are “stuttering”. Adding enzymes to the body through nutritional intake is one treatment option. However, attaining an optimal temperature at which enzymes can function at full capacity is the basic precondition for proper functionality. For this reason, I recommend the consumption of fermented foods as one of the pillars of a healthy diet. Fermented foods and beverages exist in all cultures of the world. In our culture, these foods are predominately fermented sour-milk vegetables.

Sauerkraut is Germany’s most prominent representative of this food group. In fact, people in England and the US even refer to us as “Krauts”. Many people are also familiar with fermented foods in the form of yogurt, kefir, sour cream, buttermilk or bread drink. For some years fermented sour-milk foods from other cultures have also become popular here: kimchi from Korea, kombucha, water kefir or Japanese tsukemono. In combination with the right body temperature, these power foods restore the body and maintain its health.

Properly functioning enzymes are the core of our metabolism. Enzymes are chains of various lengths consisting of amino acids that can change in form and structure as required. They are formed based on the model of genetic codes. The flexibility and adaptability of enzymes depends on a factor that is of great concern to us: temperature, i.e. body temperature.


Excerpt from the book “Uwe Karstädt: 98.6° F – Ideal Body Temperature

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About Uwe Karstaedt

The German naturopath lives and works in Munich since 1986 and has published many bestselling books on health and alternative medicine. He is an inspiring speaker with a fascinatingly broad range of in depth knowledge about the basic principles of healing on all levels.

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