Eating raw food is natural, and our bodies thrive on all that is fresh and important. A raw food diet (or increasing the amount of raw food you eat) is bound to give you a healthier feeling.
Raw food diets are mainly on unprocessed and uncooked plant foods, preferably organic, such as the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, dried fruits, fresh juice, and purified water.
Why raw food?
Essentially a vegetarian diet, the raw food diet encourages the eating and drinking of ‘raw’ foods. Fresh foods and juices contain the required amount of fiber found in raw produce, and this fiber will be lost during the food processing process. Such foods are easy to metabolize and tend to have fewer calories than a normal diet.
Heating food above 116°F destroys enzymes inside the food that aid in the digestion and absorption of food nutrients, reducing its nutritional value.
Benefits of a Raw Food Diet
A diet of at least 75% fresh foods offers many health benefits, such as increased energy, improved skin appearance, better digestion, weight loss, and reduced risk of serious diseases. Such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and a lot more.
The raw food diet contains little or no saturated fat, is low in sodium, and high in potassium, magnesium, folate, and fiber.
A good raw food diet is also a great detox diet for healthy living. Various combinations of Raw foods and juices are good for kidney, bowel, skin, and liver cleansing.
Basics of Raw Food Diet
Any fresh fruits, legumes, fannels, grains, nuts, beans, seeds, vegetables, young coconut milk, dills even seaweed can be part of a raw food dieting plan. Your food choices may depend on the reasons for your diet, for example:
-Sprouted brown rice slows down glucose absorption and improves food metabolism.
-Cabbage supports healthy cell function; Radish leaves act as an antioxidant, as does Shitake mushrooms.
-Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A that promotes healthy vision and a healthy cardiovascular system.
You can use a Sprouter like the Automatic Easy Green Sprouter to sprout seeds, beans, grains – even wheatgrass. Sprouts can be called a ‘superfood’ – organic sprouts contain large amounts of protein, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, chlorophyll pigments, and enzymes and are the ideal natural food supplement.
Sprouts can be used in soups, salads, or can be juiced. Freshly made juices are a great source of good energy drinks, and good-quality juicers, like the Kempo Greenpower juicer, make freshly good juices full of essential nutrients.
A good juice recipe to supplement a raw food diet is carrot juice with fennel, apples, and potatoes. Simply juice four medium carrots, two apples, one small potato, and one stalk of fennel.
Fennel has proven to reduce and control the inflammation of arthritis. It helps improve mood swings and depressive states and has a rare nutrient called manganese, along with zinc and B vitamins. The nutritional value of grains and seeds are impressive, and it contains most of the vitamins – especially A, B, and E. It is also an excellent natural source of unsaturated fatty acids, lecithin, and a good source of protein.
You can even use soy milk makers (such as the SoyQuick ) to make non-dairy beverages from beans, rice, nuts, seeds, and breakfast cereals. If you want something a little more than soy milk, you can make tofu (or visit a health food store).
The idea of the raw food diet is to eat unprocessed foods at least 75% of the time. If the idea of raw food doesn’t make you happy, you can reheat the food a little as long as it’s not heated above 116°F.
As with any dietary change, you should consult your doctor before starting a special diet. It is especially true for children, pregnant women, anemia patients, and anyone with a pre-existing condition.
Even natural foods can conflict with some medications, so ask your doctor or pharmacist if you’re taking any.
Because a raw food diet is detoxifying, some people experience mild detoxification reactions, including mild headaches, nausea, and food cravings. These symptoms can last for several days, and you’ll be more likely to enjoy a raw food diet if you cut back on things like meat, sugar, and caffeine for two weeks or so before starting the diet plan.
Last but not least
The raw food diet is one of the ways to improve your overall health and wellbeing. Like anything worthwhile doing, it takes a lot of time, commitment, and energy. Because many foods for this particular type of diet are made from scratch, and some preparation time is required. Many great products on the market can help you prepare raw foods and save you time.
Combined with regular exercise, raw food diet is also a great weight-loss method. If you’re feeling ‘a bit tired’ or need a snack and extra energy, the raw food diet is a better way to go.
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