I’ve used the raw food detox diet several times over the past 10 years to improve my health. Using it I’ve lost weight, eliminated allergies and overcome some depressed times in my life. I now teach about the benefits of this simple way of eating.
Raw vegan foods cleanses and detoxes the body in the following ways.
Raw foods, especially leafy greens contain high levels of dietary fiber which is absolutely critical for digestion and elimination. The recommended daily allowance of dietary fiber is 27 grams, which is easy to achieve on a raw food diet. Fiber is only found in plant foods and is only valuable as a cleanser when it is raw. Cooked fiber becomes soft and passive and loses its magnetic cleansing properties.
Raw food that has not been heated above 43C or 118F for any significant length of time is still full of life giving enzymes. Food enzymes help to break food down in the digestive tract fully and quickly, thus leaving the digestive system to function more smoothly and rapidly. Enzyme therapy is sometimes used to help people start a cleanse and regain their health.
Water is nature’s universal solvent, capable of breaking down anything in its path. Raw foods contain high levels of water – up to 85% for some fruits. This helps digestion and prevents dehydration, which allows for smooth and regular elimination. Dehydration is considered to be a major cause of chronic constipation. With a diet high in raw foods this is not an issue.
Chlorophyll from leafy greens is a fantastic deodorizer and detoxifier. Fresh green juice made from grasses and leaves is particularly powerful as a cleansing tool.
Heavily cooked foods and especially meat, eggs and milk products cause an allergic reaction in the body which creates mucus in the lining of the intestines and stomach. Raw fruits and vegetables help eliminate this mucus. Sea vegetables are particularly helpful for mucus detox.
If you want the best results on the raw food detox diet you should avoid nuts and seeds and focus primarily on eating these foods for a period of 7-30 days.