You may be well aware that the Western diet predominantly consists of red meat and dairy products. Although these are good sources of protein, too much of these kind of proteins are not good for your health. Diets containing lots of red meat can increase your risk of cardiovascular conditions that include heart disease and stroke.

There is also the added complication that proteins – particularly animal proteins – are difficult for our digestive system to break down. To digest food properly, especially proteins, it needs a good supply of digestive enzymes.

Our body’s creates its own reserves of enzymes, however these need to be replenished by eating enzyme rich food such as raw fruit and vegetables.

People who live on a diet that is high in protein but low in fiber will have enzyme deficiencies. An enzyme deficient body that is fed enzyme deficient food is a surefire recipe for indigestion, constipation and a multitude of other digestive disorders.

Proteins need to be broken down into amino acids before they can be absorbed into the body. However, a lack of enzymes can mean undigested protein food molecules are only partially converted when entering the bloodstream.

These half converted proteins are treated as foreign invaders by your white blood cells. This causes antibodies to be released in order to neutralize and remove them. However, this process causes ‘collateral damage’ to your healthy cells, resulting in inflammation, food allergies and premature aging.

Undigested foods. Particularly animal proteins will ferment and rot in the gut. This fermentation releases toxins and increases acidity levels – creating the perfect breeding ground – for pathogenic microbes to grow and spread.

As these microbes take hold you will soon experience bloating, excessive wind, diarrhea and the increase risk of intestinal ulcers and colon cancer.