Dr. Humbart Santillo,
is a doctor of naturaopathy and a master herbalist. He is also a
renowned lecturer and the author of six books on natural health. In
1993, he won thirteen gold medals in track, including one in the
Canadian Nationals in the 100 Meters. Following is an abridged version
of Dr. Santillo's article, "Sports, Enzymes, and Nutrition".
athlete's main concern should be maintaining a healthy body and replacing
the nutrients loss caused by exercise. Enzymes, carbohydrates,
proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals are the fuel the body needs to
function. If you exercise, most of these substances are used up rapidly
by the body and need replacement. Unfortunately, eating the proper
amount of food and nutrients only solves half the problem.
The missing link in nutrition is Enzymes. The nutrients may be present in
the diet, but enzymes are the work force of the body. People often
believe that they don't recover from exercise fast enough because they
either overdid it or didn't do enough. the problem may be that their
"engine" is congested with unusable fuel because of poor digestion well.
Enzymes digest the food and release all the nutrients. The majority of people cannot utilize their food properly because they lack the proper
Enzymes are present in raw foods and are very sensitive
to heat. In his book Enzyme Nutrition, Dr. Edward Howell states,
"Enzymes are completely destroyed when heated during cooking, baking,
frying, or during food processing over 121 degrees F."
that in most cases, cooking the food destroys the enzymes, which leads
to enzyme-depletion in our systems. This causes rapid aging and fatigue
and lays the foundation for chronic disease to develop. Why deplete our
enzyme reserve with a poor diet when we can keep our vitality with
enzyme-rich raw foods and by supplementing our diets with the proper