Enzymes Part 4: What does cellulase deficiency look like?

ibsFiber is something that all bodies need and should get from a balanced diet. Raw foods have this enzyme as well as the other enzymes our body needs. Unlike the other three main enzyme groups that digest proteins, fat, and carbohydrates, our body can produce no cellulase. Nada. Zilch. Zero.

So, we can’t make it and it is only in raw foods. How are we supposed to digest fiber if we haven’t eaten raw today or enough raw today? Therein lies the difficulty that leads to bloating, gas, and pain in the abdomen. That is easy to understand, but it is what lies beneath that can make life more difficult. Cellulase also aids in the absorption of nutrients, vitamins, and mineral in the small intestine, which is critical to maintain good health and digestion.

The key is to keep your levels of enzymes optimal. Maintain that great digestion and feel good all the time. Here’s a fun video about Essentialzyme 4 and what it did to an experiment of oatmeal!

There is so much to learn about having great health, but I try to make it easy. I would love to walk with you as you learn. Contact me and we can get you started on reaching those health goals one by one.


Enzymes Part 3: What does lipase deficiency look like?

Related imageLipase, lipase, lipase.

Just think ALL THINGS FAT. If it has to do with digesting fat, it has to do with lipase. Your body’s ability to use fat soluble vitamins like D, A, and E, is also accomplished by lipase. It is produced in the spleen, one of the least appreciated organs.

Healthy bodies can produce enough lipase. A deficiency in will rear its ugly head in more ways than one.

There may be tendencies toward:

High cholesterol, high blood pressure, difficulty losing weight, varicose veins, and diabetes. Since cell walls are made of lipids, a deficiency will cause issues with cell permeability. This sets up communication and nutrition issues within the cell and with other cells.

Supporting the spleen is the ultimate goal, so the body runs as it should. In the meantime, to support digestion of fats, one can supplement with enzymes. These have worked well for me and are a great choice if you are looking to support healthy digestion. Miracles can happen when you give your body what it needs to heal itself!

This is part of a healthy lifestyle. Supplements in themselves will not change your life, but as part of an overall lifestyle change, they can be invaluable. Let me help you plan what you need for your health goals!

Enzymes Part 2: What does amylase deficiency look like?

james-harris-306454-unsplashChasing symptoms is the national health pastime. We just want the itch/pain/annoyance to go away.  I think it’s great that many are looking for alternatives to pharmaceuticals, but many are also just looking for a more natural band-aid, to cover the symptoms, and are not investigating the cause.

Why? Because we might have to change something. Especially diet. I heard it said that it is easier to get someone to change their religion than to change their diet.

It is not as difficult to get a person to ADD something as it is to get them to stop doing something. Enzymes are relatively easy to add to the diet, but the benefits are enormous. Maintaining healthy levels are essential.

Have you seen the respiratory/allergy section of the pharmacy? It has it’s own entire aisle. The severity and seriousness of lung and skin issues seems to grow every year with new banned food items and other allergens appearing constantly. Amylase deficiency can manifest as histamine release issues like psoriasis, eczema, hives, asthma, and allergies.

Amylase helps the body break down carbohydrates. I love me some carbs, don’t you? Carbs are my favorite: Bread, rice, potatoes, cakes, cookies, pasta, that candy bar when your blood sugar is low. My body was not able to keep up with my demand for amylase.

I take an enzyme supplement from Young Living that covers all my bases to support digestion of proteins, carbs, fats, and fibers. I have seen huge benefits in my health. I hope you will investigate this little thing that could make a big difference in your life as part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

Enzymes Part 1: What does protease deficiency look like?

Do you need enzymes? Enzymes are involved in every bodily process. Without them, nothing works and you die. Period. If you are reading this, you have enzymes! But do you have enough? Only you can figure that out. Let’s look at what a deficiency of protease – one of the four main types of enzymes – might look like. What you learn could change your life.

First, a story. Last year, I struggled to walk. I frequently used crutches because of severe pain in my hips. I had to give up everything I loved to do: walking, hiking, dancing, and gardening. Have you ever tried to cook Thanksgiving dinner on crutches? Nothing was easy to do. I saw two hip specialists in Nashville. After x-rays and MRI’s, their conclusions were the same: take pain medicine or get both hips replaced.

That was it. I was given no other options, no other suggestions.

Was that really all I could do?

Envisage Aromatics is all about empowering you. My passion is to teach you the tools you can use to make health possible for you. Protease is an enzyme that makes it possible to digest protein. Let’s look at what a protease deficiency looks like:

  • Too much alkalinity in the blood. SYMPTOMS: Anxiety, insomnia
  • Protein bound calcium in blood. SYMPTOMS: Arthritis, osteoporosis, and other bone/joint issues
  • Protein not converted to glucose when needed. SYMPTOMS: Moodiness, mood swings, irritability
  • Undigested debris in blood. SYMPTOMS: Suppressed immunity leading to bacterial, viral, and/or yeast infections
  • Buildup of toxins in colon. SYMPTOMS:  Various intestinal problems including constipation, appendicitis, IBS, colon cancer

I was a poster child for protease enzyme deficiency and most likely the three other main enzymes necessary for digestion. (Stay tuned for more posts!) Notice that every one of the above symptoms doesn’t necessarily make you think of digestion. I know many people with one of more of these symptoms and yet they tell me they have no digestive issues. Major clue: Most people think that one bowel movement a day is normal. IT IS NOT. A perfectly running digestive system means you have a BM after every meal. Well digested food moves along easily and regularly.

Only you know your body. The body throws all its resources at digestion first, whatever are left are used for metabolic enzymes which run these other life processes. Sometimes there is nothing left. Chances are, if a person is deficient in one, they are deficient in all four main groups of enzymes. It is just a matter of time before it catches up with them. And believe me, it will. For me, it was disguised as hip problems.

The good news is that it is easy to supplement digestive enzymes, but it takes consistency and a quality product. I use these enzymes. It takes about two years to boost enzymes up to optimal levels, but I have noticed improvement across the board for myself in a very short amount of time. Got grouchy kids? Young Living has enzymes for them too!  There’s an unprecedented amount of children nowadays with intestinal issues.

I also use Digize Vitality in a capsule or topically over the stomach and intestines for digestive support. I have never needed to dilute with a vegetable oil, but everyone is different, and you know what your body needs.

Some essential oils like fennel, tarragon, peppermint and spearmint have an affinity for the digestive system. They act as support for the enzymatic and digestive processes in the body.

Let me know if you would like my coaching skills to help you as you heal yourself with enzymes. Young Living has enzymes of the highest quality and are my personal choice. This link will connect you to me when you purchase from Young Living.





History of “drugs”

Wikipedia – origin of word “drug”

From Middle English drogge (“medicine”), from Middle French drogue (“cure, pharmaceutical product”), from Old French drogue, drocque (“tincture, pharmaceutical product”), from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German droge, as in droge vate (“dry vats, dry barrels”), mistaking droge for the contents, which were wontedly dried herbs, plants or wares. Droge comes from Middle Dutch drōghe (“dry”), from Old Dutch drōgi (“dry”), from Proto-Germanic *draugiz (“dry, hard”). Cognate with English dry, Dutch droog (“dry”), German trocken (“dry”).

Emphasis mine.


Do you know the history of the word “drug”? It’s etymology shows how the world has turned upside down. The word actually comes from an old German word for “dried,”because for thousands of years, folklore said that medicine came from plants, and therefore they used plants and essential oils for all their health needs.

 “And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”

Ekekiel 47:12

But, you can’t patent plants, only something man-made. In today’s world only a synthetic or isolated compound produced in a laboratory is allowed to be called a drug. The FDA says that only drugs can cure disease. Period. What a strange world we have and how far we have come from ancient knowledge!

I am grateful for pure, beautiful oils from Young Living. Learn how to use them and prove for yourself the wisdom of our ancestors who knew what “drugs” were. I would love to help you on your health journey!