One of the questions constantly asked is: what are the health benefits of eating raw?
I would like to expand on this topic by adding some new experience.
We all know the S.A.D (“Standard American Diet”), which is the standard western diet most people eat, is not the way forward.
Research has shown time and time again that the western diet, with its consumption of animal products, has been linked to cancer, obesity, low energy levels, food addictions, food allergies, and high blood pressure, among many other diseases.
But a lot of people still aren’t clear on all the many benefits of being on a raw diet.
So, what does consuming a plant-based diet, in its original, un-heated state include?
First, let’s define what raw foodism means.
A raw food diet is made up of fresh, whole, unrefined, living, plant-based foods: fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds, which are consumed in their natural state, without cooking or steaming.
You don’t have to consume 100% raw to obtain the health benefits. Even consuming 50% raw – if you do it correctly – can bring you enormous health rewards.
So, what are the benefits of eating raw?
Besides being cost effective, simple to prepare, and easy to digest; eating raw foods increases one’s energy, vitality, can help alleviate food allergies, digestive issues, strengthen the immune system, lower cholesterol, and help you achieve your ideal physique.
Additionally, raw foods aid in firmer, youthful skin, radiant appearance, stronger nails and hair, alleviation of migraines, and can alleviate depression, anxiety, and lethargy.
And there is even more proof…
Below you’ll find the top 8 powerful benefits of being on a raw diet:
Powerful Benefit #1 of Being Raw — Better Digestion
All those fruits and greens in the raw diet go a long way to keeping the body’s digestion and elimination on track.
Most raw foods contain ample amounts of fiber, which helps keep the body naturally detoxed, cleansed, and aids in regeneration and rejuvenation. So, the raw food diet brings tremendous benefits to your digestive system.
The China Study showed that animal products were directly related to protein poisoning, and that the best sources for amino acids are vegetables and fruits, hence a diet rich in raw foods.
Powerful Benefit #2 of Being Raw — Natural Hydration
Because our bodies are comprised of 70% water, one of the biggest mistakes people make is replacing the lost fluid through liquids (such as soft drinks, alcohol, and caffeine) containing large amounts of sugars, additives, coloring, preservatives, and a host of other chemicals and toxins.
Eating fruits and vegetables aid in keeping the body naturally hydrated .
Fruits and vegetables that are vibrant in color contain higher amounts of nutrients, phytochemicals, and antioxidants.
Examples include: apples, berries, bananas, melons, mangoes, dried plums, tomatoes, citrus fruits, broccoli, carrots, greens, spinach, eggplant, and peppers.
Powerful Benefit #3 of Being Raw – Reversing Disease & Health Symptoms
The ability of a raw food diet to reverse disease and improve general health is well-documented.
I read stories every day from readers who suffered from severe migraine headaches, anxiety and depression, and Crohn’s disease; only to see these situations reduced or eliminated altogether through a raw diet.
Additionally, research studies has shown that consuming raw has eliminated or improved symptoms among diabetes patients and patients in early stages of cancer.
Powerful Benefit #4 of Being Raw — Beautiful, Glowing Appearance
Life, weather, stress, unbalanced emotions, and toxicities found in cooked foods all add to a worn and aging appearance.
Consuming raw foods counterbalances these adverse effects and allowing the body to release its natural glow.
Why spend thousands of dollars a year on lotions and potions that promise to keep you beautiful when you can nourish your beauty from the inside out with a raw diet?
Powerful Benefit #5 of Being Raw — Healthier Immune System
Consider how your body’s white blood cells react when they find an invasion by bacteria, virus, or other harmful substance.
Your body is naturally designed to protect itself against any toxin that could potentially break down or harm it further.
Therefore, consuming cooked food that contains preservatives, sugars, artificial sweeteners and other chemicals puts the body in “attack mode”, creating extreme stress, internal residue, clogging of the arteries, and other harmful effects; whereas raw food can increase immunity.
Powerful Benefit #6 of Being Raw — Improved Memory/Concentration
Your mind is the key to healing your body and emotions, which in turn, rejuvenates the soul.
Eating foods that are natural, unprocessed, and free of chemicals allows for clearer focus, concentration, and overall brain function.
Powerful Benefit #7 of Being Raw: Conquering Addictions
Conquering addictions through dietary changes has been a major area of study for me.
I quit heavy smoking and various other addictions, including alcohol, paracetamol, and painkillers, by implementing simple changes to my diet.
I believe it is practically impossible to overcome any substance addiction while eating the standard American diet and expect to live a happy life afterwards.
Eating most cooked foods will leave you feeling dehydrated and malnourished, which in itself, is a cause for cravings and addictions.
Powerful Benefit #8 of Being Raw — Energy, Vitality, & Healthy Weight
Since changing to a raw diet, I found that my energy level skyrocketed, I reached my weight goals, and my attitude became optimistic!
I credit this to the elimination of the high levels of sugar, fat, and chemicals found in cooked and processed foods, and increased raw foods, allowing my body to function on a level that increases fitness, flexibility, and sustained energy to push myself beyond my present mental, personal, and fitness goals.
So, whether your motivation for going raw is weight loss, a more youthful appearance, a healthier body, or simply personal evolution; the benefits are enormous!
Eating raw can cost just pennies a day and a simplistic eating lifestyle can alleviate daily stress, allowing your energy.
Posted By Iyke Kanu Okorie.