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Enzymes: Life Energy

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Homemade ginger ale, rich with enzymes, boosts digestion and makes a fantastic recovery drink (from any type of stress.

We are born with a set supply of enzymes for our entire life. Our body can only produce a certain amount of them in our lifetime and research shows that aging and the shutdown that leads to death in old age may be the result of this reservoir of bodily enzymes running low.

What do enzymes do?

According to Edward Howell, author of “Food Enzymes for Health and Longevity” enzymes are the workers of the body — we may have all the right and best building materials and office supplies and computers, power, for our body (vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, etc…), but without a workforce to do anything with those materials we stop dead in our tracks. Enzymes connect and repair and work to put to use all the good stuff we give our bodies.

How to make your Enzymes Last Longer

Eat foods rich in enzymes, particularly at meal time to aid in digestion. Eat and drink enzyme rich foods with a meal and your body does not need to use it’s own supply of enzymes to do the work — freeing them up for use elsewhere and later. The world over cultures in which people regularly live to 100 or more without much medical intervention drink some form of enzyme rich drink with meals.

Healing and Exercise Recovery

Ever wonder why in days of yore athletes craves beer and ale? They were produced in low alcohol ways rich in enzymes and are the ultimate energy and recovery drink — a brewed ginger ale sipped warm is incredibly refreshing after returning from a long, hot run. I crave a good ale after returning from a run now.

Heat Kills Enzymes

Many things use or or kill enzymes. Heat is the primary culprit that kills enzymes before they every reach our body. Enzyme rich foods that are heated too much kills them. Raw milk is enzyme rich. Pasteurized and ultra-pasteurized milk contains none. Some believe that the US is experiencing generational enzyme depletion, with each generation being born with a smaller reservoir of enzymes to last their lifetime.

Where have all the Enzymes Gone?

We cook them out of veggies and fruits, which mostly contain only enough enzymes to aid in their own digestion.

We have forgotten how to make enzyme rich drinks, replacing them with sugary soft drinks and pasteurized beers that rob us of precious body enzymes to digest rather than aiding in extending our limited supply. We pasteurize our milk. We eat grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds without first either soaking, sprouting, or fermenting them.

In short, we are rapidly headed for enzyme debt — the result of which is increased illness and death.

Experiment of 5

About a month ago our family took the plunge into enzymes. We’d already stopped eating processed foods of any kind so for us it was fairly easy. Every bite of grain, legume, nut, and seed has been soaked, sprouted, or fermented to activate the enzymes in it, neutralize most of the toxins, and generate maximum vitamins and minerals from them. We began facto-fermenting our own drinks, including ginger ale, and have a half juice glass each with every meal.

The results? Increased energy, focus, and healing. I recover from getting brain slammed in a matter of hours rather than days or weeks (Though I experienced a cumulative gauntlet of adrenaline rushes and brain overloads this past week and am recovering from it in days rather than weeks).

Here is the book we’ve found invaluable in learning how to do this: “Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and Diet Dictocrats” by Sally Fallon.


Whatever your diet is, a few things will make you far healthier:

— Eliminate sugar and artificial sweeteners (stick with honey, maple syrup, agave, and others).

— Eliminate veggie oils. This means no more processed foods as they nearly all contain veggie oils. Stick with animal fats and oils that were around pre industrial age like olive oil.

— Soak, ferment, or sprout all grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds you eat.

— Make your own facto-fermented drinks and have them with every meal and after exercise (and during long periods of exercise they make great energy drinks).

— Strive to have at least twice as many calories from natural, healthy fat as from carbohydrates with every meal and snack. at least 40% of calories in our diet should come from fat, 20% from carbohydrates — yes this is exactly opposite the nutrition advice that has resulted in record levels of diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and other disease.

Be sure to research these recommendations on your own and make informed decisions. This list is based in part on cumulative understanding from the books listed above and from:

Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly: A Brain Surgeon Reveals the Weight-Loss Secrets of the Brain-Belly Connection” by Larry McCleary, MD.

The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing” By Dr. Philip Maffetone

Vitamin D and Friends Magnesium and Calcium for Recovery and Foundational Health

Early morning sun filters through the forest. Could sunlight be key to brain health and recovery?

In recent years, it’s been discovered that Vitamin D (a hormone, actually) is a trigger building block for neural function among many other body processes. We produce Vitamin D3 naturally when our unprotected skin is exposed to sunlight — particularly Spring-Fall from 10am- 2pm in the non-equatorial parts of the world. In fact, we produce far more of it that previously believed: 10,000 IU after just brief exposure during peak time. The Vitamin D Council’s website is chalk full of information on recommended doses and benefits, but it starts with the premise that we should be getting 3o-60 minutes of unprotected sunlight each day.

This past January I began taking 5,000IU of Vitamin D3 to supplement my lack of exposure to peak sun in the winter. At first I did worse, then I realized I was not getting enough of the “friends” to go along with it: Magnesium and Calcium. I added Magnesium Citrate (most easily absorbed) 800mg/day and Calcium Citrate 1,200mg/day, both of which are known to help the nervous system. Immediately I felt better. It felt like layers of paint were being pealed off inside my brain and the wee bits flushed out my system.

A few years back, I read about a drug being tested that could help prevent the chemical cascade effect of damage caused by various neurochemicals within the brain following head trauma. I wondered if I couldn’t do much the same with my own experiences with adrenaline rushes — which take me 1-2 days to recover from under the best of circumstances, and in that recovery time, I’m far more prone to triggering my fight or flight response.

I began taking double doses of D and Friends immediately after adrenaline rushes. It helped bring on the adrenaline crash sooner (within 12 hours rather than 24), and decreased recovery time to 24 (presuming I didn’t have another adrenaline rush). Even during recovery time, my functionality was greatly improved.

Wow. Here was a triage regimen I could take to help lessen the cascade effect of the glutamate, adrenaline, and other neurochemicals that flood my brain in the fight of flight response. Combined with the regular doses of Vitamin B-12 Methyl and Double dose when I short circuit, and I have dramatically reduced the recovery time from the two main challenges that contribute to the “down swings” of my brian.

Recovery and Test, Interupted

A little over a week ago, I had a closer call than I’d like on the trail (a mini-rock and log slide out from under me on a stream crossing). Fortunately it happened close to home and though my brain was near done in, I was able to make it back to the road and get picked up. This little adventure really messed up my test to see how well I recover from Toddlers with Baskets. Sardonic grin.

As with everything, there is gift in this, too. This fall made it clear how easily I could short circuit, out of cell range, and be unable to do anything but make a fire and wait (I carry basic survival gear on my runs). I’ve decided to get a personal locator beacon (see next post for details) to keep with my on my longer runs (everything that takes me out of cell phone range).

But back to my recovery. I’ve continued on the high doses of Vit. D, magnesium, calcium, Resveratrol, and B-12 Methyl.

My additional major short circuiting from the mini-rock and log fiasco more than doubled my necessary recovery, and happened on a “recovery” run — a run I start out unsure if I’ll make it past the gate, but prepared for if I’m doing well enough to go for 6 or more miles.

So, normally, from the day I had this additional short circuiting I would have expected a month or more of recovery. Yet I was out for my first runs 4 days ago and though I’ve needed recovery days in between, have managed running days of 4, 8, and 13 miles since. Today I began tapering back on the B-12 Methyl.

So, the test of the barrage of brain friendly supplements at high levels to help overcome the toxic chemical cascade that leads to lengthy recoveries appears to be a wondrous success. It has cut my recovery by at least 75%. That is a beautiful thing.

Running combined with supplements significantly widens the “recovery wedge.”

Does Vitamin B-12 MethylCobalamin Work For Brain Fatigue?

Several people on one of the email support groups I moderate have mentioned their success with Vitamin B-12 MethylCobalamin for addressing their brain fatigue and over stimulation in a startlingly wonderful way.

Here is some information on brain fatigue.

The only possible side effects listed are possible acne. I’ll be starting this when mine arrives this week and report how it works.

If you are using it or are starting to use it, could you please share your experience in the comments section? Thanks!

Here are the details: Vitamin B-12MethylCobalamine, sublingual (under the tongue), up to 20 mg per day (spread throughout the day, but reports of it hindering sleep mean you may want to not take it later in the afternoon or evening.

Here’s a link to an Amazon search for it.

Perhaps together we can compile the collective results of our individual experiments.

Case of Red Wine (Grape Extract, actually) a Day

“Red red wine you make me feel so fine, you keep me rockin’ all a da time! … Red red wine in a modern beat style — Yeah!”
— Bob Marley, Ub40

Ol’ Bob Marley drank red wine to forget his pain, but it was the alcohol that helped him forget — the other stuff in red wine actually helped him remember the stuff he wanted to forget.

I described a while back my own experiments with red wine. It helped. I noticed increased blood flow to my brain, and that it seemed to help me recover more quickly from short circuiting and adrenaline rushes. But the effect did not last long, and unlike Bob I did not want to consume dubious quantities of alcohol. What’s a brain bludgeoned lad to do?

Turns out there are companies that dry up red wine grapes and put them in a pill, giving you the goodness of far more red wine that you could ever drink and live to tell about without any of the alcohol. Excellent!

I tried three brands, and of course it is the premium one that seems to work the best. All three noticeably helped me, within 10 minutes of taking them. Two I will not mention as they have fillers in them and that decreased the effectiveness as well as added in things that are “poison” for me on my blood type diet. You may find you do fine on less pure grape extract, but I definitely noticed a clear difference.

Perfect ResGrape Resveratrol it is for me

How I take it
I take the recommended dose of one pill in the morning, one at night. I also add in up to another pill ever 12 hours if I am recovering from something or fighting off a cold or flu.

How it Helps
My head feels normal for the first time since the end of 2002 (8 years!). My head and neck muscles get enough blood flow that they are relaxed more easily.

I recover more quickly from short circuiting and from adrenaline rushes, often feeling well enough to get out on a recovery run when in the past I would need a day or two to get to that point.

I suspect that over time, with increased blood flow to my brain, my brain will develop increased connections and improve cognitive function may result, but that is pure extrapolation on my part at this point.

Exploring More Brain Foods…

Here are some more things I’ve been playing with, based on my genotype diet (as in they are medicinal for me based on my genotype).

— Red Wine. Cabernet Sauvignon, especially. One small glass in the evening. Research shows may help prevent Altzheimers and damage from strokes, so why not help recover from a brain injury? Drink in moderation, of course. Since I’ve been having a glass of this, I’ve had far more good days than hard days (2 weeks). Considering I was in the reverse trend before, it is looking good for the wine. Of course, it’s inconclusive, so I’ll have to keep testing. Grin.

Be sure to check any meds you are on for compatability with alcohol.

— Goji Berries. These go great with the Cacao, and I get them from Amazon as well. Have not noticed any particular strong influence of them after 3 weeks, but no ill effects either. I mostly follow brain cravings. If it craves them, I go for them.

— Green Tea/ Matcha tea.

All these things have strong levels of antioxidants in them, so I presume they help flush the ill effects of shrt circuiting from my body.

As with any supplement, be sure you watch for ill side effects, and only start one new thing at a time so you can have a shot at understanding cause and effect.

Feed Your Brain: Brain Nutrition and Suppliments

Our brains need food to recover — the raw material needed to both heal old pathways and build new ones.

This is a beginning list of the things I’ve found helpful. Why beginning? Because it needs you to add what you’ve found helpful. It is a living, growing list.

As with all things brain injury, these things may not work for you, though they work for me. But they may help you figure out what does work for you.

If you’re interested in learning about food nutrition, please see here.

Omega 3
Essential Fatty Acid – High ratio of EPA to DHA (2:1), high purity. Nordic naturals is a good one, as is Flax seed oil, among others.

Helps rebuild the mylar sheath. Slow and steady, so don’t expect to see rapid results. Simply supports ongoing brain recovery.

Vitamine B12
Helps with various cognitive function and healing. Slow and steady, so don’t expect to see rapid results.

Can help with stabilizing moods and energy levels.

Brain Quicken
I’ve had great results with this. I needed to start off on a half capsule 5 days a week, and am now up to one capsule 5 days a week. This works both short term and long term, so you’ll notice immediate improvement (within hours to 24 hours) and then that will simply increase slowing over time.

When I first tried it, I felt great for a few hours, then completely crashed for several days. I had more than my brain could handle. Finding the right dose is key.

So much of our Western food is processed and has various things added to it that simply bog us down. In my experience, simply changing to eating foods you process yourself makes a huge difference, gives you more nutrition, and simply tastes better.

Numerous studies show that simply eliminating gluten and dairy alone can make a huge difference. I personally follow the more personalized Blood Type Diet (actually, the more personalized Swami diet, based on specific genetic factors), and really notice if i eat “avoid” foods because it takes me several days to recover. On it I dropped from 270 pounds to 190 pounds without eating less.

A work horse blender like a VitaMix paid for itself in terms of making alternative milks within three months.

What do you find helpful?

Deacon Patrick’s Round the World Progress

Deacon Patrick's Round the World Progress