A raw food diet is a kind of nutritional plan in which you gain about 75%-95% of your nutrients from raw foods such as fruits, vegetables, sprouts, seeds, root vegetables, nuts, toots, squashes, fresh herbs, seaweeds and raw spices. This type of diet is also known as the detox diet as it helps to eliminate toxins out of the body. Although cooking these foods lower their nutrient value, it is acceptable to heat them at temperatures 118 or lower. Some benefits of a raw food diet are as follows:
Weight Loss: Eating a raw food diet will lead to natural weight loss as you cut down on all the high fat and sugary processed foods.
Energy Boost: Most of the foods that are loaded with chemical so much that they don’t provide enough energy. A raw food diet, on the other hand, gives you much needed natural energy.
Improved Digestion: Since many items that people tend to eat today are made from unnatural ingredient, digestion problems have become very common. Raw food diet takes care of this problem and improves the digestion.
Less Acid in the Body: Chemically processed unhealthy foods such as pack foods, most meat and dairy products and bakes goods can cause acidic environment in your body. High levels of acid make it easier for cancer cells to grow. Eating a raw food diet lowers the acids in your body and at the same time increase the levels of alkaline.
Glowing Skin: An increase in the levels of alkaline and a fall in the levels of acids create a favorable environment for your cell and your skin naturally begins to glow and look younger and healthier.
Detox: Eating a raw food diet naturally detoxifies your body of all the toxins and chemicals that you ingest by eating cooked and processed foods. Detox drinks help in weight loss too.
Improved Overall Health: Eating a raw a food diet will nourish your body, speed up your metabolism, and reduce headraces, fatigue and muscle pain.
As you can see, there are numerous health benefits of eating a raw food diet. Moreover, there are so many foods you can eat that you will never get bored of this kind of diet.
Shane Ferguson is an experienced health consultant who likes to write articles various health and fitness issues.
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Image by La.Catholique Asafoetida is comes from the dried sap of stems and roots of this plant. It is sold either in lumps, granules or a powder in which its been combined with rice flour and tumeric. It's an important spice in Ayurveda, one whose powerful sulfurous raw smell is apparently matched by its numerous health benefits. As Wikipedia notes: "This spice is used as a digestive aid, in food as a condiment and in pickles. Its odour, when uncooked, is so strong that it must be stored in airtight containers; otherwise the aroma will contaminate other spices stored nearby. However, its odour and flavor become much milder and more pleasant upon heating in oil or ghee, acquiring a taste and aroma reminiscent of sautéed onion and garlic." In fact, the spice is used to replace alliums by followers of Jainism and Vaishnavism, who do not eat them for religious reasons. Bladholm thinks the cooked spices "rounds out the flavor" of dishes, and "imparts a truffle-like essence." Karuna noted the health benefits of this powder and recommends adding it often in very small quantities to your dishes. It's believed to help with digestion (especially flatulence) and respiratory problems. At Apna, the asafoetida is not kept with the other spices, but is instead on an endcap of an aisle.
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