Have you ever heard of the raw food diet? For most of us, the idea of eating raw food may sound very strange indeed. If you think about it, though, is there any more natural way of eating? After all, every animal eats their food raw. Those of us who eat cooked food tend to have a shorter lifespan and more widespread disease. Let’s examine raw food as a diet to see what benefits it has to offer. Did you know that cooking destroys vital enzymes in the food we eat that help in the digestive process as well as helping fight disease? Not only that but much of the water content of the food is removed. And what is the most important element humans need to survive? That’s right…water. Our bodies are mostly made up of water. Cooking also removes a large amount of protein, vitamins and other vital nutrients.
Cooking is a chemical process. This process changes the structure of the food we eat and can affect how beneficial it is for your body. Protein and fats become much harder to digest. Fats get stored a lot easier; some may even become carcinogenic. Consuming foods the way Mother Nature designed them makes them faster and easier to digest, thereby giving you energy faster (without expending as much). This provides you with a greater overall feeling,helps you maintain a healthy metabolism thus helping you control weight, gives you greater mental acuity and concentration and helps control stress and mood swings. You have more energy to work out.
By far, one of the most important benefits of the raw food diet is active enzymes. You see, nature packages everything you need to digest within the food itself. As mentioned earlier, cooking destroys these crucial enzymes. This means our systems work harder than they have to by using our own digestive juices to break down these foods. So what’s the big deal? Well our enzymes aren’t nearly as efficient or complete as those found naturally, and our bodies must work hard to make them. This draws resources away from out immune system, causing us to be more susceptible to illness and disease. And, our ability to produce them during our lifetime is limited. If we eat raw food that is prepackaged naturally to digest itself, we don’t have to draw on these resources and can actually live longer, healthier lives.
Other suggestions included in raw food diets include: eat only organic food, stay away from certain foods altogether, and only eat sprouted grains. Admittedly, a raw food diet is very difficult to adhere to, especially when you eat out. The good news is that moving towards a raw food diet by cutting back on the amount of food we cook while increasing the amount of raw food we eat, will have health benefits. Another good idea is to include raw food with every meal. This is as easy as eating some nuts, seeds or a fresh salad or fruit. By doing this, you are adding active enzymes that will help you digest the food faster.
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