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CPR For Your Food Storage

March 26, 2012 by  

CPR For Your Food Storage
Raw foods contain enzymes.

Food can be dead or alive. Foods that sprout are considered live foods, and processed food is considered empty and dead.

Most dehydrated fruits and vegetables sold in gallon-sized cans for the purpose of long-term storage are still alive because the drying process is done at a low enough temperature that the enzymes remain intact. Dehydrated and freeze-dried fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and legumes can be purchased at

Enzymes, the biochemical catalysts in each cell, orchestrate complex biological processes. Every transformation — every nutrient breakdown and transfer — involves enzymes. They are life.

Killing Enzymes

Canned food has no enzymes because, during the canning process, the food is heated to kill bacteria. Unfortunately, the process also destroys what is needed to digest it.

Fresh produce from the grocery store also might be dead. Produce, grain and foodstuffs that are shipped from areas outside of the United States often are irradiated to kill bacteria coming in from the country where the food was grown.

What is irradiation? Purdue University’s Department of Animal Sciences describes the process as such: “Irradiation is a method of preservation which uses ionizing radiation to destroy or inactive many of the microorganisms which cause meat to spoil and cause food-borne illnesses. Because irradiation does not destroy all microorganisms, food treated by irradiation must still be refrigerated or it will spoil.”

That’s a good thing, right? We don’t want meat that will spoil and go rancid. But other foods are irradiated, too. The premise is that this will protect the consumer from harmful bacteria, including Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria, Shigella and E. coli O157:H7.

The Texas Agricultural Extension Service notes that such bacteria are commonly found on many raw foods. Food irradiation kills harmful bacteria but also kills live enzymes in the food. It’s a double-edged sword. That is why it is vital to purchase organic food, locally grown or homegrown, and make sure it is chemical- and pesticide-free.

Enzymes Keep Your Body Running

Enzymes keep you going. The minute food is harvested or an animal is killed, enzymes jump into action to start breaking it down. That is not good if your food must be shipped a long distance. Most food breaks down within 12-36 hours.

Why is it important that enzymes break down the food? Enzymes start to break down the sugars and carbohydrates so that the food is easier to digest. Without this digestion process, your body has to produce its own enzymes to break down the food.

Chewing food well begins breaking it down for digestion, and the process is aided by enzymes in your saliva.

When we eat mainly processed, cooked and irradiated foods, we place the responsibility on our bodies to produce all of the enzymes to process the food.

The pancreas does the brunt of the work, by producing the enzymes and processing sugars that weren’t broken down. If we overtax the pancreas, what happens? Diabetes.

Dr. Edward Howell, who pioneered enzyme research, notes that when we don’t take in enzymes from their natural source (unprocessed food), the result is: shortened lifespan, illness and lowered resistance to stress.

Humans and animals that mostly eat cooked food have enlarged pancreases because this organ tries to increase its function. What decreases in size because it’s not being used or is not being given the correct amount of nutrition? The brain! Your brain actually shrinks when you eat a diet high in cooked foods.

Some enzymes such as proteases contribute to anti-inflammatory responses. They assist in reducing swelling and reactions to foreign invaders. Our autoimmune responses depend on adequate amounts of enzymes being on board.

Dr. Howell also found in his studies that most animals have digestive enzymes only in the passageway from the stomach down, but not in the mouth. The exception? Humans.

Why? Because animals in their natural environments eat raw food. When the animals chew raw food, the natural enzymes in the food are released.

Because humans don’t eat only raw food, nature helps them with oral enzymes such as amylase, which breaks complex carbohydrates down to sugars that can be available for the body. Lactase breaks down milk sugars. Protease breaks down protein. And sucrase digests sugars.

Columbia University’s Dr. Max Wolf and Dr. Helen Benitez discovered that using both animal- and plant-derived enzymes has a potentiated effect in healing.

New research by Michael W. Loes, M.D. reveals that oral enzyme supplementation may be the new aspirin alternative. Imagine the idea that giving your body naturally occurring enzymes in live food can heal your body.

In times of stress (like now) it is vital that you give your body the enzymes it needs if you want to be able to survive even more devastating and demanding times. The time to boost your body is now, before a crisis!

Get The Enzymes You Need

While almost 3,000 enzymes have been identified, it is estimated that more than 50,000 exist. Plants naturally contain just what we need in order to digest them. So how do we get enzymes into our systems?

  1. Grow your own food. The only way to ensure that you are getting all the enzymes a plant or animal has to offer is to grow it yourself. Carefully research the grain and animal feed that goes into your chickens, ducks, goats and cows. Consider your pets’ needs. If they eat enzyme-depleted food, their bodies will have the same problem.
  2. Shop organically. Organic meat and produce have many benefits, the main advantage being reduced chemical spraying. There are more enzymes in food grown organically.
  3. Take supplemental enzymes. Live greens will provide needed enzymes. If you don’t have live greens, the best thing to do is to add Live Greens Powder to your food storage. Keep it cold in a basement or in the refrigerator or freezer to extend the storage life. You can make a Live Green Powder drink or breakfast smoothie that will have high nutritional value.

Live Green Powder Drink

In a blender, mix:

  • 20 ounces of rice or almond milk, fresh milk or reconstituted powdered milk
  • 2 frozen bananas or ½ cup of frozen berries, freeze-dried fruit or frozen fruit
  • 2 teaspoons Live Greens with Peppermint for digestion support (Click here to learn more.)
  • 1-large scoop of your favorite vegetable protein powder
  • 1-small scoop of Sunfood powdered Organic Cacao Powder Raw Chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 20 drops of ION stabilized oxygen, to boost the immune system and oxygenate the blood (Click here for more information on ION. I have amazing testimonials on my website of people getting better from all kinds of ailments because of stabilized oxygen, which helps the body’s immune system fight infections.)

The Live Green products sold at are processed at a very low temperature. At an organic farm in the western Rocky Mountains, young plants are grown in high altitudes that are protected from lower atmosphere pollution access. The soil the greens are grown in is nutrient- and mineral-rich from previous volcanic deposits. Add the clean water from the Rocky Mountain reservoirs, and you have a high-quality product that is nutrient- and enzyme-intense. The Live Green Drink contains peppermint essential oils to aid in digestion. The included greens — alfalfa, barley, wheat, oat grass, spinach and yucca — are probiotic-cultured to add healthy bacteria to your gut to further promote digestion and bioavailability of enzymes. This 100 percent organic product has no chemicals, preservatives, fillers, artificial additives, coloring or flavorings.

I keep protein powder and greens as well as health supplements in my food storage. I rotate them and restock so they don’t expire.

The Live Green Drink costs $29.95. The ingredients in this pint container has 90 servings

One pound of Cacao Powder costs $16.99 (recommended for daily shakes to last about 2 months).

I am the author of seven books on the subject of food storage and survival. If you are interested in any of the books, the Live Greens Powder, Cacao Powder or ION stabilized oxygen to boost the immune system, click here.

–Peggy Layton

Peggy Layton

a home economist and licensed nutritionist, holds a B.S. in Home Economics Education with a minor in Food Science and Nutrition from Brigham Young University. Peggy lives in Manti, Utah with her husband Scott. Together they have raised seven children. Peggy owns and operates two businesses: One called "The Therapy Center", where she is a licensed massage therapist and hypnotherapist, and the other an online cookbook and preparedness products business. She is nationally known for publishing a series of seven books on the subject of food storage and also lectures and teaches seminars about preparedness and using food storage products. Peggy practices what she preaches, has no debt, grows a huge garden, lives off the land, raises chickens, bottles and dehydrates food and has time left over to operate her businesses. To check out Peggy's cookbooks and self sufficiency products go to her website To get a free sample of three different storable meals that have a 15-year shelf life go here.

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  • randall

    you can do it on the cheep!! learn what foods grow around you naturally, eat the weeds, some of the most nurtrisious, fresh food around. get a good field guide (start at library to find one) or 6 dvd set by markus rothkrantz

    • Doctor Mom

      Foraging…eating the weeds…is great. Just be careful of collecting weeds where there is a lot of roadside traffic or, if collecting along a stream, look upstream a ways for septic systems or industrial pollutants.
      Also, check out your own yard:
      Dandelions, curley dock, plantain, lambs’ quarters, even thistle. All are often considered noxious weeds, but are incredibly healthy…that is, IF you haven’t loaded your lawn with weed killers, chemical fertilizers and pesticides!

  • Sirian

    Thanks for the info Peggy, truly appreciated. . . :)

  • Katherine Glenn

    Important for storage is Organic Sea Vegetation supplements which contain over 60 minerals that God made, nothing has been added, sea plants are hand harvested and dried in the sun, are not polluted like the sea animals are. Many people ran to me after the nuke plants in Japan went because these sea veg. will help gaurd against radiation. They have a very very long shelf life. I have taken some of the dried sea weed (harvested 50 yrs ago) and reconstituded it and it looked and felt and smelled just like a fresh plant. This company has been around since 1932. If anybody wants some please contact me. It comes in bottles of 100 tabs or 480 tabs. I also feed a powdered blend to my animals.
    Thank you, Katherine

  • FreedomFighter

    Hammer Ready To Drop on Supplement Industry After Presidential Election

    by Bill Sardi

    Recently by Bill Sardi: Bend the Fed

    Major Food & Drug Companies Begin Buying Up Supplement Companies As Drug Patents Expire.

    New FDA Safety Requirements Do Bidding For Pharma Companies Who Want To Consolidate Industry, Eliminate Competition

    After the Presidential election anticipate what amounts to terrorist attacks upon the dietary supplement industry as regulatory agencies and the news media do the bidding for big business in a predictable industry takeover now that vitamin pills are yielding greater profitability and unit sales growth than the American economy as a whole and drug patent expirations force pharmaceutical companies to search for replacements for their blockbuster drugs.

    Proctor & Gamble and Pfizer, two food and drug giants, announced acquisition of two dietary supplement companies, making it clear the vitamin pill business is up for grabs now that it is growing faster than the rest of the economy. One source predicts the supplement industry will grow at the clip of 9% per year during 2011-15. For comparison, the entire US economy is in the doldrums with less than a 2% annual growth rate. This growth is attracting pariahs and predictable pressure from regulatory agencies to rid the industry of competition.

    Full Artical:

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

  • Christin

    Great article Peggy as always.

    I didn’t know about the enzyme factor in green vegetables that aids in digestion… but I learned that you have to chew or blend your greens well to get the breakdown of the green cells to release and be beneficial.*

    We make a ‘Green Smoothie’ of our own:
    1 cup or so of fresh organic greens (rotate: kale, spinach, lettuces, etc)
    2 bananas
    1 cup Organic Apple juice
    2 cups crushed ice
    1-2 tbsp organic sugar cane

    Optional: can add powder vegetable protein (we use rice protein sometimes)
    Optional: can add other fresh or frozen fruit such as peaches, berries, etc… (but no can fruit)

    Blend very well in blender and pour into glasses and drink.

    * “Greens possess more valuable nutrients than any other food group, but all these nutrients are stored inside the cells of the green plants. To release all the valuable nutrients the plants cells must be ruptured by chewing well” or blending well.

    Source: ‘Green For Life’ and ‘Green Smoothie Revolution: The Radical Leap Towards Natural Health’ by Vicoria Boutenko

    We planted a winter crop of kale and spinach this year and it was great.

    Thanks for the great info.


  • FreedomFighter

    Doomsday Preppers or How to Look Crazy without Even Trying

    Doomsday Preppers could have been a really good wake-up teaching tool. However their “expert” analysts who rate the preppers’ efforts at the end of each segment are exceptionally narrow-visioned. They often overlook important considerations like medicines, fuel, heating, extra clothing, alt. energy, and pet items to name a few in favor of reading from ludicrous scripts. Their experts neglect the whole picture and in nearly every segment they conclude that the prepper’s concerns were mostly invalid and score them accordingly. So what is the point of the show?

    Full artical:

    Thank you Peggy for your common sense about prep and helping those that need it. Others are also.

    IMHO the more you guys reach, the fewer that will die.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • Christin


      What does IMHO stand for?

      • FreedomFighter

        In My Humble Opinion

        should not use that stuff but …sometimes

        Laus Deo
        Semper Fi

      • Christin

        Thanks Freedom… :)

        I had to ask Kate8 what TPTB stood for a year or so ago.

        Don’t mind when people use them as long as they don’t mind telling the person asking what it stands for.


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