In Today’s age, we’re bombarded with all kinds of diets claiming they’re panaceas for weight loss, disease reversal, and general health. Some of these diets are fads, others extreme and some don’t make any logical sense at all. Reading some of the claims associated with implementing these diets can be somewhat intriguing or comical depending on one’s perspective. Some of the most interesting diets I’ve encountered are spiritual diets to expand consciousness, gluten-free diets supposedly to reverse varying allergic conditions, vegetarian diets for health implications, raw live food diets, vegan diets usually for grandiose, paleo diets and detox diets to cleanse the body etc.
The one constant I’ve noticed with all these diets is the consumption of organic and pesticide free raw live fruits and vegetables.
Benefits of eating organic raw live foods
Raw live foods are full of vitamins, enzymes, phytochemicals which otherwise would be destroyed or drastically reduced after being exposed to the cooking process. Raw organic foods are not subjected to pasteurization, homogenization or produced with the use of synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, industrial solvents or chemical food additives.
What are the health implications of eating raw live foods?
Contrary to what some people think cooked foods are usually harder to digest than raw foods. Raw foods also help alkalize the body and reduce acidity. Everyone needs to eat raw food daily, but people with these conditions and others can especially benefit from eating raw foods:
- heart disease
- high blood pressure and high cholesterol
- kidney disease
- gallstones or gallbladder disease
- autoimmune disorders
- food allergies
- joint pain
- muscle aches and pains
- hormonal imbalance
- trouble with weight gain/obesity
In my perspective, the proponents of a total raw fruit and vegetable diet are following a nutritional limited and incorrect diet philosophy.
There are just too many nutritionally important fruits and vegetables in the world that require cooking, such as tubers, taros & legumes. For example, cooking corn increases it’s antioxidant and releases a phytochemical called ferulic acid, which is an anti-cancerous. When tomatoes are cooked potent antioxidant lycopene are drastically increased. All raw beans contain lectins which are potentially toxic protein compounds that can damage the heart, kidneys, liver, and intestines.
I’ve tried a whole week of just eating hearty salads loaded with organic fruits and vegetables for dinner. My mind and body felt incredible, my stomach was flatter, no bloated feeling as my digestion was lightning fast. I even slept better.
What we need to do is to incorporate raw foods daily and avoid the extremes like the gluten-free or the raw vegan parties. Obviously the more meats we avoid especially red meats the less disease and degenerative aging we’ll experience. We should consume at least one raw meal a day and notice the difference in how we feel, especially if we are combating ailments.
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