Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Enzymes: Fountain of Youth

The definition of an enzyme is any of numerous proteins or conjugated proteins produced by living organisms and functioning as biochemical catalysts. Any of numerous proteins produced in living cells that accelerate or catalyze the metabolic processes of an organism; There are billions of enzymes working simultaneously in our bodies at a molecular level so that we can function effectively on a daily basis. There are enzymes that aid in every part of our bodies such as our digestive system, mouth, blood, kidney, liver, pancreas, muscles, joints, and the biggest organ; our skin. Enzymes are what make us live long and healthy lives; it aids in our aging process. That is why it's very important to take care of our bodies while we're young because when we're old, we want our bodies to take care of us. In this article, the importance of enzymes will be discussed, how it aids us in the aging process, how industries capitalize on this process, and what we should be doing to assist our selves in sustaining our own fountain of youth.
Enzymes are the catalysts that change our bodies as we grow older. They replenish themselves on a daily basis to maintain their job which is to assist our bodies’ functionalities. Their primary function is to preserve the human body. Unfortunately, during these changes which are considered life changes, we begin to deplete our bodies of certain enzymes. That is why the human body begins to show aging.
Based upon an individual's chemical makeup and social environment and adaptations, an individual can deplete certain enzymes faster than others. Due to this depletion process, as we age, our bodies begin to feel it as well. We begin to feel aches and pains that we never felt before. Certain organs begin to malfunction like our eyes, ears, joints, etc. We begin to pick up ailments and diseases more easily like diabetes’s, glaucoma, high blood pressure, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, crohns, rheumatoid arthritis etc. The stresses in our daily lives help us deplete these important enzymes at an alarming rate which prevents certain enzymes to rejuvenate. Why does this happen?
As we age, there are enzymes that tend to slow down their rate of rejuvenation and therefore can not replenish as quickly. For example the skin; our skin automatically has enzymes that assist in the replenishing or rejuvenation process for resilience, buoyancy, elasticity which keep our skin healthy and young. As we age, the enzymes that automatically assist in this process begin to slow down its ability to replenish or rejuvenate hence increasing the aging process where it begins to show. Where there were no wrinkles in the skin, now there are, like around the eyes, mouth, neck and hands. They are the most visible areas. For some individuals, this process happens slower than others hence the phrase 'growing old gracefully'. We all wish to grow old gracefully but as mentioned earlier, it all depends on our environment, adaptations and body chemistry. There are ways to manually replenish our bodies with certain enzymes through oral and topical consumption such as vitamin's that contain enzymes, topical body and facial lotions, moisturizers and creams, homeopathy processes, stress reduction exercises’; the list can go on and on. These products and services are in plentitude where we have numerous choices at our disposal and the providers of these products and services capitalize on the notion of providing the age old myth called the 'Fountain of Youth'.
There are multi-billion dollar industries that dedicate time, manpower, and money to assisting us with this process. Some of those industries to name a few are cosmetics, nutritional supplements, homeopathic medicine, and vitamin industries. These industries promote life longevity, age defiant, health and wellness products and services to assist us in doing what our bodies used to automatically do while we're young. The choices are endless. However, consumers beware; not all products and services can claim the 'Fountain of Youth' myth. Don't always believe in all the hypes that these industries promote. Old age is inevitable for the human species; it all depends on whether we want to grow old sooner than later. Yes, some products and services can assist in the aging process and make it go at a slower pace but the main job is up to us.
There is no easy process of sustaining life longevity and the appearance of looking young. It is a hard job that demands permanent life style changes and dedication to sustaining these changes. There is nothing wrong with a little assistance from these industries that specialize in the fountain of youth but be careful not to succumb to them completely. We must do our part first. How do we do that? We do it just by being smart and health conscious. We can start by Choosing products and services that do promote enzyme replenishment and rejuvenation, read all ingredients that are in products, try to steer away from products that use too many preservatives and byproducts, always find time to exercise (join an activity group), eat as much fruits and vegetables as you want, stay away from highly processed foods, drink plenty of fluids (the right fluids) such at water, juices that do not contain high fructose corn syrup( organic if possible), skim milk, keep your mind sharp by reading daily, Laugh and love a lot; it can reduce daily stress. Once the changes become a permanent life style, we won't need too many products and services to assist us in sustaining our own fountain of youth because we're doing it our selves.
Enzymes are considered the building blocks of the human body. It is what aids and sustains life longevity. There are billions of them that work simultaneously in our system at a molecular level. As we age, we begin to feel them depleting and not replenishing themselves as often as they used to when we were young. Be mindful of these facts and start taking care now. Make those permanent life style changes now while enzymes are still replenishing and rejuvenating at a steady process. It is truly up to us to sustain our own fountain of youth and only rely on assistance when necessary.

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