Raw foodists seem to be honing in on whole grains and vegetables used in their pure, natural, and unrefined form. Uncooked, untreated, and unadulterated. No carriers, binders or fillers.
When all additives and unnecessary preparation steps are illuminated, you will have pure, delicious foods that will enable a much easier ride through your system. In turn, this will help your healing and be nourishing every step of the way.
From a fiber-full belly to a healthy heart, these are the benefits a raw diet can bring you:
Amazing Digestive Health
An ideal balance of fiber and water – two key elements for your digestion.
Fiber from your vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, seeds, beans, and pulses are too rough for your stomach to break down, however, act as a sponge when passing through the digestive system and help with the cleansing process.
Toxins and excess waste can all flushed out of your system through the fiber, which is Ideal for the health of your colon.
A diet rich with plenty raw foods and lots of purified water will also keep you perfectly hydrated.
It is a known fact that raw, live foods contain all of their essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. When cooked, those essential nutrients are destroyed through heat.
These essential nutrients are what boost your immune system, assist your body in vitamin, mineral and protein absorption and helps the body regulate and function normally even repairing cells, bone structure, renewing skin, etc.
Most people who start a raw diet report improvement in their skin which is due to the nutrients’ which have anti-aging benefits too.
The difference between raw and live food?
Live foods are rich in nutrients and enzymes, but raw food enzymes are dormant. To bring fresh raw foods (like nuts) to life, we soak them in water overnight or until they sprout. Raw and live foods steamed at a temperature no higher than 83 degrees Celsius (180 degrees Fahrenheit) qualifies as part of the raw food diet.
Eating raw helps achieve a healthy weight – without the need for counting calories or limiting portions.These foods are super sources of lipase which is a pancreatic enzyme that splits, dissolves and distributes fat evenly throughout the body, and helps burn fat for energy!
Moreover: a recent study by the American Journal of Physical Anthropology proves that when fats are cooked, they yield more calories than when eaten raw.
These foods alkalize the body which keeps disease and infection at bay.
Our bodies are made to function within a narrow pH range (7.35-7.45pH). You might think a ten point difference is small. However, it can make a huge difference.
The less cooked food you consume, the less acidic toxins will accumulate in your body, which will prevent the disrupting of your alkaline/acidic balance. I suggest a diet of 80/20% raw/cooked.
Dr. Dean Ornish, heart expert, says; "raw food diets are so healthy, they can even dissolve plaque that collects on artery walls, “undoing decades of cardiovascular damage.”
A 2012 Food Technology Report says; "raw diets significantly reduce or eliminate people’s genetic bias for chronic diseases. It’s no miracle – it’s pure, beautiful, natural health."
Raw food is good food, and hopefully, you now have a better understanding why so many people are turning to a raw diet.