When you roast vegetables or heat food over a stovetop, does the heat cause any negative effect? Luckily, Dr. Robert Marshall, Ph.D. and co-founder of Quantum Nutrition Labs, discusses the effects of cooking foods (and other digestive concerns) on an episode of Healthline Live Radio Show.
“There was a very simple study done in 1999. It showed that when you eat cooked food without digestive enzyme support, you could lose much more in the way of methyl groups per cell each day,” Dr. Marshall explains. Methyl groups are essential for normal cell replacement at the DNA level. Methyl groups are also essential for liver detoxification, neurotransmitter synthesis, and other key body functions. “In fact, you’d lose one third less of these valuable methyl groups if you are only raw food or if you ate cooked food but always took digestive enzymes – what a difference it can make!”
Dr. Marshall also touts the importance of hydrochloric acid. He points out: “Taking hydrochloric acid is the stomach support that allows you to digest and absorb your food much better.” He also praises the use of enzymes that support healthy digestion: “Enzymes can promote the digestion of proteins and sugars on the lining of the intestine. These wonderful enzymes promote a very healthy inflammatory response for the bowel, so they do that hard work to help your digestion.”
However, there is another danger lurking in food: toxins that Dr. Marshall reveals. “First of all, HCL can help kill any bacteria that may be on the surface of food and defend against nasty bugs in the food. However, a second problem in foods is seen: we have chemicals from pesticides, glyphosate from genetically modified foods, and other serious chemicals.” Dr. Marshall warns about eating conventional foods: “If we’re going to live a healthy life and not have serious toxic reactions to this chemical stuff, then we need something that can trap these toxins. Thank goodness there is a specialized clay called calcium aluminum silicate clay that can trap these toxins in food. You only need to take a small amount at every meal to help counter those toxins.”
Although digestion is a complicated process, using simple but powerful aids, such as HCL, digestive enzymes, and detoxifying clay, can help support the best digestion for optimal health and wellness. The foundation for achieving your own best digestion is to eat a healthy diet full of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, plant-based proteins such as lentils, legumes, beans, nuts, and seeds and to drink plenty of purified water.
Additionally, a wellness routine that includes regular exercise and calming practices for your mental health (including yoga or meditation), can help you to achieve your best health and wellness.
Listen to the full episode of Healthline Live Radio Show below to hear more about Dr. Marshall’s digestion recommendations.