Many people agree that the best way for humans to maintain a healthy lifestyle is by eating raw foods. As with most things making a commitment to a raw food diet is not an easy challenge, but the benefits you will reap from it will make it worth the effort. This is a diet that’s main appeal is the health benefits it offers. You have made a positive step just by downloading this book today, and it shows me that you are serious about making positive healthy changes in your lifestyle.
Some of the most common struggles people have in life is trying to stay healthy, keeping our bodies looking and feeling more youthful. Often people try to eat healthy, but they end up failing because they break down when they are tempted with junk foods such as candy and chocolates. But keeping ourselves healthy really is not as hard as we may think. All we need to do is to start making little changes here and there in our overall diets; changes that will help us feel vibrant, energetic, and healthy.
We live in a fast food world made up of a lot of junk foods that are fast and easy to consume. We must look towards adding more raw foods to our diets that are filled with nutrients, vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to help fight against ailments. This article offers you some great tips and suggestions on how to make raw foods part of your daily diet, and also offers you some healthy raw food recipes to get you started down the road to good health and happiness!
1. Back to Raw Natural Food Choices
How Your Body Actually Works and Its Natural Enzymes
When you are suffering from health conditions such as high blood pressure, your doctor will offer you prescription medication, a sort of band aid solution to the problem. They often don’t take time to look into what the underlying cause may be of your high blood pressure. It may end up being fat clogged in your arteries that are causing this problem. If they find that you are deficient in vitamins, they may suggest taking a multitude of different supplements to make up for this.
You could instead take the natural approach and get them right from the source, and begin eating raw foods, these will contain the nutrients that you need to stay healthy. Often we turn to the artificial supplements rather than reaching for raw fruits and vegetables in the fast-paced lives that we lead.
In this articles I would like to guide you towards taking a different road to achieve a healthier and happier life that you may be searching for. If you take the all-natural approach it will confront all of your underlying health issues to get you back on the road
to good health. Taking this road means that you will not have to rely on chemicals or supplements that give you no assurance of working for you in the first place. Committing to a raw organic food diet that is filled with antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins will enhance your immunity, vitality, and energy in a natural way!
Just by you reading this book you are going to be able to understand what the raw food diet will offer you and how it is the best and healthiest road to take towards good health and happiness.
Our digestion process begins with the first bite we take of food. Digestive enzymes, called amylases, are released when we eat and this begins the process of breaking down the carbohydrates that we consume. The food then travels to the first half of our
stomach where the carbohydrates are completely broken down. Once this process is completed it moves to the second half of our stomach where pepsin (enzyme that breaks down proteins into amino acids) and hydrochloric acid are excreted. After this it then moves into the small intestine. The majority of the fat that you have eaten will be digested.
Raw foods are basically any plant food that has not been heated over 118 degrees so that the enzymes within it are not destroyed. One of the big reasons that people choose to eat a raw food diet is to gain the enzymes from the raw food. In order for our body to convert food into energy it must be first broken down by digestive enzymes. Your body on its own is only able to produce so many of these enzymes. Once your body hits puberty it produces 10% to 13% less enzymes every decade. When using calorie restriction and fasting these can greatly influence these numbers in a positive way.
The salivary glands produce enzymes when you are chewing your food. Enzymes are made up of amino acids just like proteins, are protein catalysts, and are biologically active, basically meaning that they contain energy. When we take an enzyme orally it expends all of its energy clearing the blood of undigested food until all of it has been used up. There are two different types of enzymes that are produced by the body, digestive and metabolic. The metabolic enzymes that your body produces are used for biochemical reactions, detoxification, and metabolic energy within the cells of your body. An example of this would be the conversion of alphalinoleic acid (ALA) omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 linoleic acid (LA) to EPA and then DHA which comprises over 20% of the dry weight of the human brain. This process is done by metabolic enzymes produced by your body and shows the importance of eating a diet rich in enzymes and maintaining as close to a one-to-one balance of omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids as you possibly can.
Your body uses about 70% of its energy being used in the digestion process, maintaining alkalinity of the blood and acidity of the stomach, and the continual production of digestive enzymes.
The remaining systems of your body including the respiratory, reproductive, cardiovascular, nervous, muscular, and immune system use the remaining 30%. It is important to understand this because it proves how excessive eating devoid of enzymes drains your energy and leaves your body more susceptible to invading fungus, bacteria, parasites, and viruses which lead to disease.
There are many different diets and supplements, but the best choice is one that offers a full spectrum enzyme blend designed to break down fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
It was once thought that digestive enzymes were destroyed by the acidity of the stomach, but due to research findings it has been discovered that they simply become inactive in acid and become active again in a more suitable pH. Our bodies will only
produce enough enzymes for the food that is consumed. When people are overweight this is a sign that they are eating more food than their body can handle. This leaves undigested carbs, proteins, and fats in the blood leaving food for unwanted invaders.
When you take in digestive enzymes either through raw food or supplements they will help break down food so that your body doesn’t have to manufacture them, which allows you to have more energy which in turn will help you live a longer healthier life.
When you cook your food it produces a toxic compound called acrylamide which has been known to cause cancer. It has been discovered through research that our bodies can only produce so many enzymes in a lifetime, this is another important reason why you should eat as much raw food as you can.
3 Different Ways How Digestive Enzymes Are Produced
There are three ways that digestive enzymes are produced:
- by our body
- by plants and
- by the 400,000 to 800,000 bacteria that live in our digestive tract.
Our gut micro-flora or bacterial colonies adjust to our diet. The bacteria in our colon extract 15% of the calories from our food to fuel us. Studies have shown that people that are overweight have less gut bacteria so the best way to replenish them is to eating fermented foods and repopulate your colony by eating fruit.
There are 30 trillion human cells that make up our bodies and 100 trillion bacterial and fungal cells that reside on every square inch of our bodies. Studies have shown that each person has about 2 million different genes for bacteria and 23,000 different genes for your cells, meaning that only 1% of your body is you.
2. Science Backs Up Raw Food Choice
The Difference between Raw Food and Cooked Food
Many people want to know what’s wrong with having cooked food. People wonder why they cannot rely on cooked foods to provide them with the nutrients they need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Scientific research has proven that when we cook our foods not only are we destroying all or most of its nutrition, but also destroying the enzymes in the food.
On the other hand, when you eat raw, whole foods, their nutrition remains intact, and the enzymes that are crucial in helping us maintain a healthy digestive system also remain intact. The components of our food are altered when we cook our foods, and they no longer offer the same nutritional value as they would raw.
If you expose your food to temperatures over 45 Celsius or 115 degrees Fahrenheit, the enzymes within your food become denatured. Enzymes are made with proteins so they are unable to withstand high temperatures.
Your body in turn will have a harder time digesting the food once the enzymes are dead. Even though your body can make its own enzymes, it takes up a lot of energy. Most often the enzymes in your raw food will be enough to help your body digest the raw food you eat. When you are consuming cooked food, you are forcing your body to rely on its own enzymes. This will result in energy being used up during the digestion process. After eating a cooked meal, you may be left feeling tired and heavy, or like you want to lie down and take an after dinner nap.
Your body has a hard time digesting cooked food fully. This results in food that is not broken down staying in your intestines longer. This gives parasites more chances to survive within your body.
When food is exposed to high temperatures it also will disrupt the vitamins in the food being cooked, particularly Vitamins A, B, C, and E. These are all essential vitamins for our bodies. When we cook carbohydrates they can turn into a carcinogen called acrylamide. The higher the temperature the larger amounts of those carcinogens get into your bloodstream.
Frying foods is one of the worst forms of cooking. The oil becomes oxidized under high temperatures, and this in turn releases harmful free radicals inside your body. Thiscould put you at higher risk of developing health issues such as cancer, premature aging, and cardiovascular diseases.
The pH levels in your food are also changed when you cook your food. Food is alkaline in nature, but when you cook food it become slightly more acidic. In order for your body to function optimally it must be within a very narrow range of pH and in order to do this it needs a more alkaline environment. This shift in pH it is not good in any way and only leads to increasing your chance of developing diseases, disrupting the body’s delicate acid alkali balance, and building up the amount of acidic toxins over time.
Minerals that are found in raw foods are very good for your body. They are good at helping maintain the alkaline environment that your body desires. They are also great in helping get rid of unwanted toxins and are much easier for your body to absorb. But when you cook your foods the minerals are converted into inorganic minerals that are useless for your body.
As you age the amount of enzymes that your body will produce will decrease over time, and your body will slow down its essential functions. Many people believe that eating raw, organic foods is a great choice to help your body keep its supply of enzymes up, which in turn will help you stay healthier longer and slow down the aging process.
When you consume raw foods you are giving your body active enzymes that will help break down particles of food completely. In addition, your body will not have toxic build up. Therefore, by following a raw food diet, your body is going to feel more energetic, lighter, stronger, and feel and look younger!