5 Good Reasons To Eat More Raw Foods
Raw food can be interpreted as food that hasn’t been cooked in any way, fragmented, or heated over 116 degrees Fahrenheit.
It is believed that heating food destroys enzymes that aid in the absorption and digestion of food and is also believed to decrease the nutritional value and ‘life force’ of the food. Cooking food also produces mutated enzymes that are toxins and cause our immune system to work much harder and become weaker, making us easier prey for disease and cancer.
The cooking process will destroy the vitamins, spoil the proteins, and convert minerals from their organic state to a state whereby the body does not quickly assimilate them. Water-soluble vitamins like vitamins B and C, also get leached out of foods.
Eat and Chew As Much As You Want
Cooked vegetable sand fruits are usually peeled and easy to chew. But in the process of peeling and heating, fruits and vegetables are rid of their vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Eating fruits and vegetables with their skin on and in raw form means more chewing. Chewing has the advantage of mixing the digestive juices in your mouth (saliva) with the food. This lubricates the food and leaves for a decrease of pressure on the stomach and less strain on the esophagus.
By thoroughly chewing your food, you are more likely not to eat as much. By eating slower, your brain can tell you that you are full sooner, causing you to eat less. However, because you are eating mostly fruits and vegetables, go ahead and eat as much as you want, whenever you want, and you will still maintain a healthy weight. No other kind of diet can claim that!
Cellulose (fiber) and Enzymes Are Preserved
Cellulose, the structural component of the primary cell wall of green plants, is an insoluble fiber that speeds up the elimination of waste, absorbs toxins, softens the stool, and improves bowel disorders. We all know we need lots of fiber in our diet in order to maintain a healthy weight and to reduce bowel disorders, forms of cancer, and other harmful diseases.
Eating a raw diet preserves naturally occurring fibers from plant foods. When exposed to high temperatures during cooking, cellulose and other plant fibers are destroyed.
As mentioned earlier, enzymes are essential proteins that are destroyed by any form of heating. Enzymes function as catalysts during chemical reactions that take place during digestion. Enzymes cease to operate at temperatures above 55 degrees C. After that; no food can be absorbed by the body. The body does produce enzymes, but the best source is fresh food, which is rich in many different kinds of natural enzymes.
Better Health and Weight Loss
Research published in the Journal of Nutrition discovered that eating a raw food diet can lower triglyceride concentrations and total cholesterol. Raw foods contain fewer trans and saturated fats than the typical western diet, and consuming less trans and saturated fats decreases the risk of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and obesity.
Raw foods are also rich in fiber, potassium, folate, magnesium, and health-promoting phytochemicals. These properties also help prevent cancer, heart disease, and obesity.
Alkaline foods have been shown to balance the acidic pH of the body. The once mostly balanced pH of the body has become more acidic over time due to the consumption of processed, refined white carbohydrates, sugars, coffee, and meat. These acid-forming foods all contribute to diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
They also create an inflammation response in the body, causing premature aging. Raw foods are mostly alkaline, thus helping to stabilize the pH of the body for overall better functioning, decrease risk of many diseases, and weight loss. All vegetables and herbs are alkalizing, and fruits are neutral. Nuts, seeds, and sprouts are also alkaline.
Better Skin and A More Youthful Appearance
Healthy, vibrant skin is yours for the taking with a diet of fresh raw foods. The reason is simple, raw foods translate to overall better health, and this improves the condition of the skin. Since raw foods contain large amounts of antioxidants, these protect the skin against free radical damage. In addition, they contribute an excellent safeguard against sunburn. Those who have implemented more raw foods into their daily lives have witnessed especially improved tone and radiant skin.
Raw foods contain a lot more moisture than cooked meals, as the cooking process removes so much essential moisture. Moisture is necessary to healthy skin.
Energize and Feel Great
One of the most profound effects of switching to a raw food diet is the energy and mental clarity it gives. People who have gone natural or mostly raw report clearer thinking, a calmer feeling mind, a complete lack of ‘mind fog,’ and an overall feeling of joy and euphoria.
Many report this state of euphoria is the most incredible high you could possibly imagine. Feelings of anger and frustration diminish and feeling of confidence and well being take over.