Enzyme Nutrition: You're not what you eat, but what you absorb.

I. Changing the Question
II. The Cause of Symptoms, Pain & Discomfort
III. Enzyme Nutrition Can Heal
IV. The Importance of Digestion
V. Warning Signs of a Compromised Digestive System
VI. The Role of Enzymes in Digestion
VII. Enzyme Therapy: Assessing your Path Towards Healing
VIII. Take Command of your Health
IX. Links to Helpful Information
X. A Call to Action

I. Changing the Question
To live healthy lives, we need to change the question from, “How can we most effectively manage symptoms and pain?” to “How can we help our body heal?”

II. The Cause of Symptoms, Pain & Discomfort
When our body's tissue systems are under stress for an extended period of time, they are unable to absorb nutrients they need to support the ongoing needs of our life. This stress comes in many forms. There is the stress of everyday life; mechanical stress caused by an accident, sports injury, or repetitive stress injury; and biochemical stress caused by medications, poor nutrition or the environment.  Regardless of its source, the effects of stress are always the same. Without sufficient nutrients, our systems cannot function properly and begin to break down. Once the body begins to deteriorate, it needs a kick start in order to heal. Enzyme nutrition can provide us with the momentum to resolve symptoms and reach true vitality.

III. Enzyme Nutrition Can Heal
The healthiest diet imaginable is useless if your body cannot absorb food's essential nutrients. We eat not only because food tastes delicious, but also to sustain our body's 35 trillion cells.  The saying “you are what you eat” is not true - “you are what you absorb” is much more accurate.

Enzyme Nutrition is the process through which we can restore our ability to fully absorb the food we eat. It provides three basic steps to healing:
1.    Help identify and remove sources of stress.
2.    Nourish stressed organs and tissues.
3.    Assist the body in flushing out accumulated waste.
If we can do these three things the body will heal itself.

IV. The Importance of Digestion
The digestive system plays two essential roles in our bodies:
1.    Ingesting, digesting, absorbing, transporting, utilizing, and eliminating food.
2.    70% of the body’s immune system lives directly in your digestive system and it is the first line of defense against all diseases.

V. Warning Signs of a Compromised Digestive System
1. Allergies (both food and environmental)
2. Arthritis
3. Asthma
4. Bronchitis
5. Constipation or Diarrhea
6. Fibromyalgia
7. Gastro-intestinal Disorders (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, IBS)
8. High blood pressure
9. High cholesterol
10. Frequent headaches and migraines
11. Sinus problems
12. Skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne
13. Stomach problems (gastritis, ulcers, acid reflux)
14. Unresolved Muscular and Skeletal Pain
15. Chronic Fatigue
16. Gradual weight change
17. Depression, anxiety

VI. The Role of Enzymes in Digestion
Enzymes are extremely important for aiding failing tissue systems after repeated stress for the following reasons:
1.    Enzymes coordinate almost all biochemical processes in an organism, plant or animal.
2.    Enzymes are catalysts for chemical reactions within the cells.
3.    Enzymes function as key elements of pre-digestion in the mouth and digestion in the stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and colon.

VII. Enzyme Therapy: Assessing Your Path towards Healing
Through appropriate assessment tools we can discover your enzyme deficiencies; detect biochemical, emotional and mechanical stressors; and identify the most effective detoxification methods. At Ann Arbor Holistic Health we use three assessment tools for a comprehensive assessment of the body's deficiencies: Signs and Symptoms Survey, 12-hour-fasting Nutritional Stress Test and Loomis 24-hour urinalysis. At a follow-up appointment, we present a complete “statement of findings,” explain the results, and suggest the appropriate Enzyme Therapy to address the conditions revealed.

1. Signs and Symptoms Survey
This subjective gauge gathers a wide range of information about your health, habits, and history. The survey covers medical history, diet, your immune system, your state of mind, and digestion information.
2. 12-hour-fasting Nutritional Stress Test
This thorough physical assessment examines over thirty stress points which identify nutritional deficiencies in the various tissues systems of the body.
3. Loomis 24-hour urinalysis
Unlike other urinalyses that are based on a single random sampling, the Loomis 24-hour urinalysis tests all the urine produced in one full day. Since the general composition of urine fluctuates constantly, this testing method provides a more comprehensive appraisal of overall digestive health and absorptive functions. The test is helpful in predicting our future digestive health if deficiencies are not addressed appropriately. The urinalysis analyzes:: pH, Specific Gravity compared to volume, Chlorides, Calcium, Vitamin C, Indican, Sediment, and Abnormal Solutes.

VIII. Take Command of Your Health
Eating a balanced diet is just the beginning of the path to digestive health. Many obstacles exist, but with careful observation and objective scientific tests we can unravel practical and straight-forward solutions. The body is a resilient and wise instrument that can achieve true vibrancy with care and awareness. Enzyme Nutrition is an essential step in your journey of healing.