Mini Biology Lesson – Enzymes
Before you read any further, please take a moment to look at your dog.
Just think, you are looking at a biological masterpiece whose body is a complex organism composed of many structures that break down into inter-related functions and systems. We refer to these intricate functions simply as ˜life”.
Within that amazing creature; your dog, there are systems such as the digestive system which is composed of several organs and functions working harmoniously toward one goal: supporting and maintaining life. Organs like the pancreas, liver, kidneys, heart and lungs are composed of tissue and tissue is the aggregation of millions of individual cells.
The smallest structures in the body are chemicals: these include atoms and molecules essential for life. For example, carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, potassium, sodium and calcium are some of the atoms which create and maintain life at a chemical level. Atoms combine to form molecules such as vitamins, fats and proteins. These molecules then combine to form structures at the cellular level. Each cell is bound by a cell membranes composed of lipids and proteins. The cell membrane controls the passage of substances into and out of the cell. Cells contain jelly-like cytoplasm in which are suspended, a nucleus and other structures specialized to carry out specific functions geared toward construction and operation of the cell. The cell nucleus contains the genetic material: DNA, chromosomes.
Cells themselves are made up of many substances, especially, lipids, nucleic acids and protein. Some form membranes and others are chemical messengers. Nucleic acids are present in the nucleus and in some cases in the cytoplasm of cells as either DNA or RNA. Their main functions are protein synthesis and transmission and interpretation of hereditary information. That brings us to “protei”, a complex structure made up of one or more chains of amino acids linked by peptide bonds. There are thousands of different kinds of protein, each performing a specific purpose and almost every function within a cell involves protein. Proteins are essential constituents of the body, the building blocks of muscles, tissues and organs, and proteins regulate functions of enzymes and hormones. Proteins are synthesized in the body from their constituent amino acids which are obtained from digestion of protein in the diet.
This mini biology lesson translates into an old cliche: quite literally, our dogs are what they eat!
That bowl of dog food (unless you feed a raw S.A.R.F. (Species Appropriate Raw Food diet) that you just fed your dog will require a lot of work in the digestive system to convert it into the basic substances needed to support and maintain life – tissues, organs and the millions of cells that make up your dog. Although this may be quite an over-simplification, that bowl of food cannot be used by the body without the help of “enzymes”. That is just a fact!
Enzymes are proteins known as reaction catalysts of biological systems. These catalysts (enzymes) are important because the body’s temperature and internal environment do not allow chemical life reactions to occur at a rate rapid enough to sustain life. Enzymes speed up the reaction by increasing the frequency of colliding molecules. In other words, enzymes speed up a biological reaction by binding with the substance involved in the reaction.
Once enzymes are exposed to heat (110 degrees F or more), they become damaged and eventually destroyed. This means that they are no longer able to provide the function for which they were designed. Hence, cooked foods contribute to chronic illness, because their enzyme content is damaged and thus requires the body to make its own enzymes to process the food. The digestion of cooked food uses valuable metabolic enzymes in order to help digest food. Digestion of cooked food demands much more energy than the digestion of raw food. In general, raw food is so much more easily digested that it passes through the digestive tract in 1/4 of the time it takes for cooked food to pass.
Eating enzyme-dead foods places a burden on the pancreas and other organs and overworks them, which eventually exhausts these organs. This means that our dog’s gradually impair their pancreas and progressively lose the ability to digest their food after a lifetime of ingesting processed foods.
Read more about enzymes HERE
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