“ Helping you to resolve any health challenge… naturally! ”
Register Login

Posted by & filed under General Health.

In my last post, we looked at how the small intestine uses enzymes to break down the food during digestion. Now we are going to investigate how enzymes actually work, and why they are so important to our bodies.

Imagine you are building a car. You have many of the components you need to build it and so you get stuck in. You do all the heavy work, and in no time at all it starts to take shape. But then you realise that there are some tiny little components that you are missing. They seem so insignificant: that little screw that goes into the bottom of the carburettor, and the tiny connector that fits on to the starter. You ignore these tiny components for the moment, because they are so small, and you continue to build your beautiful car. Finally the big day comes and the car is ready to drive. You sit into it and turn the key but nothing happens! You see, that tiny wire that seemed so insignificant is absolutely critical to the running of the whole machine. So it is in the human body.

Tiny quantities of minerals, trace elements, and essential nutrients are needed and are absolutely critical if the body is to function properly. Interestingly, these tiny components are the very things that your body uses to make the ‘enzymes’ that we mentioned in the last post.

In the fascinating world of biochemistry, which studies the living chemistry going on inside our bodies, there is a phrase that says ‘structure determines function’. What this means is that the shape of an enzyme for example, is what gives it its function. If its shape changes, it just stops working. This is a subtle thing but it is amazingly important.

Let’s say that a particular mineral is needed to make a certain enzyme. The body puts this mineral into the centre of the enzyme and builds all the other pieces around it. Because of the unique shape, structure and power of that mineral, it is able to hold the pieces that are around it in a certain shape. It holds them strongly and it keeps the shape. And it is this shape that allows the enzyme to do its very special job. Each enzyme has one job and one job only, and no one else can do it, so they are very important. And when you realise that the whole chemistry of life is controlled by enzymes you will see how important they are.


Let’s say that a mineral that the body needs is in short supply. Sometimes the body will have to use a different mineral. But guess what: if this different mineral is now in the centre of your enzyme, it holds the pieces together in a different way and produces a different shape. This shape is no longer able to do the job that it was meant to do and so the enzyme stops working and big problems lie ahead. It’s really like a lock and key. The lock has a certain shape inside and the key has a certain shape that fits it. We all know what happens if we put the wrong key into a lock. It doesn’t work very well. So it is with the body. Our bodies were designed to obtain these essential nutrients from our food. But if these essential nutrients are no longer in our food, we end up in trouble and start to get sick.

So what can you do about this? Awareness is the first step (see the post ‘Does the quality of food matter’). Then simply find something that will fill the gap and make sure you are no longer deficient. There are a host of products out there that work. Finding out which ones work for you is the key, because we are each so uniquely different. NHD provides you with a very useful tool to quickly and accurately identify your own personal needs right now (click here to view the NHD preview video). I will also be taking a look at principles of healing that you need to understand when choosing a supplement for yourself, and the importance of antioxidants (see the post 'Antioxidants and food supplements').

In the next post, we will look in more detail at how the small intestine continues the amazing process of digesting food.

Leave a Reply

  • (will not be published)

Recent Posts

Stubborn persistent cough

A stubborn persistent cough is a tiring problem that can leave

NSP Healthy Starter Pack

What is in it and how does it work? If you have read the post

Good and bad sugars

First of all, it's important to understand why some sugars are b

Reduce your level of anxiety

Do you suffer from anxiety? Did you know that specific foods can

A very effective way to increase your vitality

Because natural healing is all about getting rid of toxins, and

Stubborn persistent cough

A stubborn persistent cough is a tiring problem that can leave you ex

NSP Healthy Starter Pack

What is in it and how does it work? If you have read the post ‘

Good and bad sugars

First of all, it's important to understand why some sugars are bad for

Reduce your level of anxiety

Do you suffer from anxiety? Did you know that specific foods can have

featured products