The Benefits of Raw Food
We all know we should eat more fresh fruits and vegetables – this is common knowledge the world over. Why? Well because they contain essential phytonutrients, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, proteins, natural sugars and organic hydration. They prevent disease, help us to stay slim or get slimmer, have better skin, eyes, hair, nails, more energy, more concentration, greater mental clarity, more variety, tastes and pleasures. The list just keeps going!
However, you might not know that raw fruits and vegetables (and nuts and seeds too) contain incredible little power-houses called enzymes. Enzymes are the catalysts for every function of the human body and therefore essential for optimal health. Increasingly, research suggests that eating raw foods full of enzymes helps digestion, and as the body’s biggest time consumer is the digestive process, it makes sense that helping our body to work more efficiently is a smart idea.
The less effort and time the body spends on digestion, the more time it can spend on deeply healing and rejuvenating the body from the inside out. This is one of the big reasons why your energy goes through the roof, your skin becomes clearer, diseases improve or heal and you generally look more radiant on a diet high in raw fruits and vegetables.
Still, the best reason to eat raw foods is yet too come. Raw foods are living foods meaning that like ever other living thing, they literally contain life in the form of Life Force Energy. By consuming foods rich in Life Force Energy, we are flooding our bodies with the highest possible form of nutrition – pure light energy. It’s no wonder we feel more alive, energetic and mentally and physically lighter when eating a cleaner diet with plenty of raw fruits and vegetables!
As soon as you cook your food, the life of the food and some or many of the enzymes, vitamins and minerals are destroyed and your body has to work much harder and for longer on digesting the cooked foods.
Now by no means do I recommend you jump into an all-raw diet immediately to save yourself the lost enzymes and nutrients. Fresh, raw fruits and vegetables are, in fact, such powerful cleansers within the body that it is very important to always slowly increase your intake and monitor how you feel as you add more raw food into your diet. Moving straight into a very high raw diet, no matter how tempting, may see you feeling worse than before as your body struggles to deal with the cleansing process. So remember, the key is small and simple yet powerful steps forward and you will truly feel and see the amazing results inside and out!
On a final note, many people, myself included, just feel there is something intuitively ‘right’ about eating foods in the way that Mother Nature provides them to us – in their fresh, raw, unprocessed, untouched state. Put the media’s messages aside for one moment and just let yourself see what makes sense to you at a deeper level. I know for me, this sense of ‘rigthness’ is unquestionable.
I challenge you to start including more fresh, raw fruits and vegetables (and their juices) in your diet and start feeling and seeing the difference in yourself.
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Image by moonweaver back at home - time of detox, good salads, green smoothies and 100 % deli raw food again. Alternative to sea fruits, fish and supplements - seaweed. After I saw how marocean fisherman fish for tuna together with Orcas - time to really say good bay to eating the oceans empty and let the tuna and salmons to the orcas and other ocean mammals Here salad with seaweed in the middle made from recept from mimi kirk's new book. www.amazon.com/Live-Raw-Recipes-Health-Timeless/dp/161608... I felt the goodness of seaweed immediately after consuming. Calming effect combined with energy - not like energy shot after green smoothie, but just the feeling of "feeling good". power salad with seaweed - the ultimate health nutrition kick - sea vegetables are good for thyroid, have enti-cancer benefits, prohibit blood cloting and even lover cholesterol. the researches don't even understand the whole potential yet. Read more about health benefits from present of the sea: whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=135 Why would anyone want to eat sea vegetables? Because they offer one of the broadest ranges of minerals of any food, containing virtually all the minerals found in the ocean - and not surprisingly, many of same minerals found in human blood. With vegan food - the intake of iron was the biggest problem for me (not even achieved with eating handfull of spinat everyday and eating prescribed pills from doctors) , but since I consume sea vegetables, my iron level is perfect. One tablespoon of dried sea vegetable is likely to contain between 1/2 milligram and 35 milligrams of iron. This will be clearly the future food for the world - highly eco and ethical too. PS: buy only in BIO SHOPS - your source need to be the best and not poluted. I stopped to buy even chinese seaweed for nori. only from BIO shop now.
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Image by Hail Merry Foods Licensed under a creative commons share-alike. Use freely but give attribution to Hail Merry, makers of raw food snacks and link to www.hailmerry.com We designed this delicate nut blend to be very low in sugar and to introduce the benefits of the raw blue agave’ plant. Hail Merry celebrates the aromatic and medicinal properties of plants. The Aztecs believed that the agave’ cactus was a Goddess of Health and its sweet, sticky juice purified both body and soul. Organic blueberries also provide loads of anti-oxidants. Hail Merry's blend includes fruits and seeds, almonds and groats in a light blend perfect for summer! Ingredients: Hand made with almonds, organic buckwheat groats, organic sunflower seeds, organic raw blue agave, organic dried apples, fresh lemon juice, organic blueberries, fresh ginger, walnuts, organic flax seeds, lemon juice powder, sea salt and organic rice brand solubles. (3.5 oz. bag, 12 bags per case.)