Are you really eager to go raw, but just can’t seem to muster up the courage to get started?
These are some of the top 10 benefits of the raw food diet that most every raw foodist has experienced. If this doesn’t convince you to go raw, I just don’t know what will!
#1: Improved digestion
If I had to give you my top raw food benefit, improved digestion would be it. It is the one result that almost every single person who attempts a healthy raw diet experiences.
Not only that, but it usually occurs very quickly. Almost every digestive issue can be solved in just a few short days, if not less. Whether you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome or just the occasional upset tummy, you will see major improvements after going raw.
However, if you continue to abuse the #1 food combining rule, than your results will not be as great. No amount of raw food can undo the effects of the sugar-fat combo.
#2: Permanent Weight Loss
Hmmmm…maybe permanent weight loss should be the top benefit?
I don’t think it’s going too far to say that close to 99.9999999% of people struggle with their weight at some point in their lives. Many of us go on diet after diet after diet hoping that we will see *some* kind of change in our weight.
Unfortunately, the only change that most of us witness is a higher number on the scale. And if we do happen to lose weight, it’s usually at the expense of our health (i.e. calorie restriction, dangerous diet pills, frozen food programs, etc.) and typically comes back to haunt us sooner or later.
On the other hand, eating a healthy raw food diet allows you to lose weight *permanently* while improving your health substantially. Plus, you get to eat *pounds* of food on a daily basis, without any guilt!
#3: More Energy
Unlike what you read/hear from many well-known raw foodists, raw foods do *not* give you energy. Nothing you eat does, whether it’s a burger or a banana. Eating food of any kind *requires* energy, just as everything else that you do during the day requires energy.
What makes following a healthy raw vegan diet truly special is that it requires less energy to process inside your body. 2 pounds of grapes literally takes *minutes* to be fully digested by the body. This is opposed to cooked foods, or even a complicated fatty raw dish, which take hours to be digested.
The one *true* energy provider is sleep, which brings me to benefit #4…
#4: Better Sleep
Since I’ve been raw, I rarely ever feel tired when I get into bed. Even after being raw for so long, I still get ready for bed sometimes and think, “Gee, I’m not going to be able to fall asleep right now. Maybe I should just stay up for a little longer.”
However, I convince myself to get into bed and the moment my head hits the pillow, I feel so relaxed. Within minutes, I’m out.
The best part? When I wake up, I feel completely awake and ready to begin my day. No more groggy mornings for me!
This is a far cry from my bedtime routine from two years ago. My routine was this: feel absolutely exhausted by 4pm. Try not to fall asleep at the wheel on the way to a client’s house. Feel a little better after a 30-minute nap. Feel exhausted again by 7pm. Get into bed still exhausted by 10pm. Remain awake for an hour. Wake up at 7am groggy and grouchy. Repeat.
Yikes, that makes me tired just writing it!
#5: Mental Clarity
I’m sure that many non-raw foodists will disagree with this one. Raw foodists are supposed to be tree-hugging, hippie nut jobs, right?
On a raw food diet, because you are no longer weighing your body down with hard-to-digest cooked foods, you have more energy to use your brain!
Of course, this has a lot to do with sleep as discussed previously. Because we spend less energy digesting our foods, we sleep more soundly. This means that we have more energy during the day, meaning our thoughts are generally much clearer and our focus greatly improved. We are more mentally, and even emotionally stable.
It’s really a cycle, isn’t it? The more raw foods you eat, the better you sleep. The better you sleep, the more energy you have. The more energy you have, the more mentally stable you are. The more mentally stable, the easier it is to stay raw. The longer you stay raw…
#6: Soft, Smooth, & Clear Skin
To be honest, I’ve always had pretty good skin. I’ve had maybe three blemishes in my entire life. In fact, the worst my skin has ever been was for the first few months *after* I gave up salt! But that’s for another article…
I’m not trying to brag. I just want to be honest. I’m not here to make up crazy transition stories about how going raw made me grow 5 inches taller and gave me the power of flight. Although I have gone down almost 2 full shoes…
Anyway, I’m sure that many of you struggle with skin problems, whether it’s a blotchy skin tone, dry skin, oily skin, visible pores, blemishes, etc.
You *do not* need an expensive, chemical-laden skin treatment routine that only serves to further irritate your already abused skin. All you need is a good heapin’ helping of water-rich raw fruits and veggies.
And some sunshine couldn’t hurt either. 🙂
#7: Thick, Healthy, & Shiny Hair
I’ve always had really thick hair, but it was very dry and hard to manage before I went raw. The worst part was that I would shed like crazy! My Mom was always pulling handfuls of my long locks out of the rollers of the vacuum. Yuck!
Now that I eat plenty of nourishing, water-rich foods, my hair is silky and soft. And I’m no longer a shedding machine!
#8: Healthy Teeth & Gums
But aren’t your teeth supposed to rot out of your head when you go raw?
NO! The fact that so many long-term raw foodists have suffered tooth decay is simply a testament to the fact that the mainstream raw food diet *does not work*.
On a healthy raw food diet full of sweet fruit, moderate vegetables and little fat, you will not experience teeth problems. In fact, the condition of your teeth and gums is likely to improve!
The real key is to have a solid dental care system in place and not to make dehydrated foods the base of your diet.
#9: No More Aches, Pains, or Minor Illnesses
How many of you have struggled with “everyday” illnesses and pains such as headaches, migraines, colds, flus, tummy aches, joint pains, muscle cramps, allergies, etc.? We all have at some point!
I used to struggle with
restless leg syndrome
muscle and joint pains in my legs and feet
seasonal colds about 3-4 times a year (pretty much whenever the weather changed)
the flu every couple of years
heavy menstrual flows and horrible cramps in my abdomen and lower back that left me in tears
And of course there were the seemingly random and unexplained aches and pains that would crop up every once in a while.
Every one of these has been *completely eradicated* since I went raw. No more headaches. No more colds. Perhaps best of all, no more heavy periods and gut-wrenching cramps! Sorry, guys, but that really is a big one for us ladies.
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Still Waiting to Go Raw?
What are you waiting for? Each day that you remain a slave to your aching back, your extra fat, or even your trip to the local pharmacy, is a day that you could be living raw and loving it!
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Image by Internet Archive Book Images Identifier: foundationsofbot00berg Title: Foundations of botany Year: 1901 (1900s) Authors: Bergen, Joseph Y. (Joseph Young), 1851-1917 Bergen, Joseph Y. (Joseph Young), 1851-1917. Bergen's Botany: key and flora, Northern and Central States ed. 1901 Subjects: Plants Publisher: Boston : Ginn Contributing Library: The LuEsther T Mertz Library, the New York Botanical Garden Digitizing Sponsor: The LuEsther T Mertz Library, the New York Botanical Garden View Book Page: Book Viewer About This Book: Catalog Entry View All Images: All Images From Book Click here to view book online to see this illustration in context in a browseable online version of this book. Text Appearing Before Image: ,-the bacilli multiply at arapid rate in the intestines of those who have drunk thewater, and many of them are taken sick with typhoidfever. The phlegm expectorated by consumptive patientsis full of the consumption bacillus; ^ this phlegm becomesdried up on floors, streets, or sidewalks, it is breathed byevery one in the form of fine dust, and in the lungs ofmany who breathe it colonies of the bacillus are formedand the disease (consumption) becomes established inthese persons. 408. Enslaved Plants. — Cases in which one kind ofplant is useful in procuring food (or the raw materialsof food) for another kind are quite common. The relations on which algae and fungi live together in 1 Bacillus tetani. 2 Bacillus typhi. 3 Bacillus tuberculosis. ENSLAVED PLANTS 339 the form of lichens have already been described (Sect. 331).It is not correct to describe the condition of such algaeas slavery if the term is meant to imply that they deriveno benefit from the association. Perhaps serfdom is a Text Appearing After Image: ...t • Fig. 236. — Roots of Red Clover with Tubercles. I, sections of ascending branches ; 6, enlarged base of stem ; t, root-tubercles containing bacteria. more suitable word, though it is not the term used bybotanists. At all events, the alga is enclosed within anetwork of fungus hyphse from which it cannot readilyescape, and there does most of the work of the lichen,including all of the manufacture of food from carbondioxide. 340 FOUNDATIONS OF BOTANY 409. Messmates.^ — Plants of very diverse character,which live most intimately together to the advantage ofboth parties, may be called messmates, since in some fashion or other they divide thefood supply betweenthem. Bacteria live in col-onies enclosed in root-tubercles on the roots ofcertain plants, for in-stance, beans, peas, lu-pines, vetches, and clover(Fig. 236), and renderthe greatest service tothe plant to which theroots belong, from whichthey also derive food andshelter. Such plants donot develop root-tubercles and will Note About Images Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work.
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Image by Internet Archive Book Images Identifier: soilculturemoder00taylrich Title: Soil culture and modern farm methods Year: 1916 (1910s) Authors: Taylor, Warren E. 1854- Deere & Co., Moline, Ill Subjects: Agriculture Publisher: Moline, Ill Contributing Library: University of California Libraries Digitizing Sponsor: MSN View Book Page: Book Viewer About This Book: Catalog Entry View All Images: All Images From Book Click here to view book online to see this illustration in context in a browseable online version of this book. Text Appearing Before Image: anureis stored in a tight-bottom pit or cement bin, kept moist and a quantityof gypsum, kainit or- raw rock phosphate is sprinkled on from time totime as the pit is filled, the loss will be very slight. A layer of earthplaced over the pile will also prevent the escape of gases. Extensive experiments made by Roberts show that the loss from expo-sure and leaching amounts from one-third to one-half of the value offresh manure, or manure that has been protected. Horse manureplaced in a pile and subjected to the weather and leaching, depreciates^s follows: ^^3j^g ^o_ g April 25thPounds Sept. 25thPounds LossPercent Gross Weight 4,00019.6014.8036.00.80 1,7307.797.798.65 .06 57 Nitrogen Phosphoric Acid Potash Value per ton 60 4776 A similar experiment with cow manure conducted at the same timeshowed the following losses: TABLE NO. 7 April 25thPounds Sept. 25thPounds LossPercent Gross Weight 10,000473248.29 ■ 5,125 28 26 44 .60 49 Nitrogen Phosphoric Acid Potash Value per ton 41 19 8 Text Appearing After Image: The foregoing table is a fair example of the losses sustained by mostof our farmers by not properly handling and protecting manure. It isestimated by the Agricultural Department of the United States Gov-ernment that ,000,000,000.00 worth of fertility is lost annuallythrough carelessness. How to Spread Manure on the Land In spreading manure, the farmer is naturally anxious to accomplishtwo things— First, to secure the full benefit of the plant food and humus. Second, to do the work as cheaply as possible. Suppose we just analyze the various methods resorted to and seewhat the net results are. Farmer A hauls the manure to the field and dumps it in piles contain-ing from one to two hundred pounds each and later spreads it, usuallyjust ahead of the plow. Farmer B hauls his to the field and spreads it with a hand fork fromthe wagon. Farmer C uses a manure spreader. Farmer A has made piles about two rods apart. The top of the pile isloose, permitting the free circulation of air and at t Note About Images Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work.
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