You Are What You Absorb

The quote, “You are what you eat,” means that in order to be healthy, you need to eat good food. Literally speaking, you are not what you eat; rather, you are what you absorb. Or at least that’s what naturopathic physician, Valerie Ferdinand says. In her article, “How Digestive Enzymes Support a Healthy Lifestyle,” Ferdinand examines the role of enzymes to the human body, which encompasses thousands of necessary functions.

At The Allergy and Environmental Treatment Center, LLC, Dr. Liszewski and the team work exclusively with patients to determine the best management strategies to alleviate allergy symptoms. Vitamin and nutrient modifications are a safe and effective way to help manage allergies, and one of the most relied on treatment methods. The Allergy and Environmental Treatment Center, LLC is located in Scottsdale, providing the best allergy care to patients across the state of Arizona.

A healthy body relies heavily on enzyme function. Enzymes are responsible for getting rid of chemicals in the body and building strong DNA. Digestive enzymes break down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates so that our bodies are able to build new cells and repair damage to injured areas of the body.

For patients with food allergies, enzyme function is essential to managing weakening allergy symptoms. Digestive enzymes in foods are only in whole foods that haven’t been over-cooked. Unfortunately, many Americans have a diet that is chock-full of over-cooked and processed foods, devoid of essential enzymes.

Improving dietary habits and introducing powerful vitamins and nutrients can help digestive issues, food sensitivities, and irritable bowel syndrome, for example. Check out these foods where the most powerful digestive enzymes can be found:
• Fresh fruit: papaya, pineapple, strawberries, apples, cherries
• Raw veggies: leafy greens (i.e. kale, parsley, broccoli), beans, shitake mushrooms, beets
• Raw honey

Not only can introducing more enzymes into your diet greatly benefit your allergy management strategies, but naturally boosting your enzyme levels can easily be achieved too:
1. Chew your food thoroughly (to better break down proteins and enzymes)
2. Avoid chewing gum

Enzymes can also help reduce pain and inflammation following an acute injury as well as muscle and joint discomfort. To learn more about digestive enzymes, read Ferdinand’s full article here.

Providing the most comprehensive testing, diagnosis, and treatment of allergy diseases, Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC is the leading allergy clinic in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. If you suffer from environmental, food, or chemical allergies, don’t wait any longer and call us now at (480) 634-2985!

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

@Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC, 2014

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