Living and Raw Food Diets
by Matt Clementz

The mere act of heating food destroys many of its helpful enzymes. As the heat
goes up to 106 degrees, food enzymes start to degrade. While all cooked foods still
carry important food nutrients, they are practically devoid of the beneficial food
enzymes which happen to support virtually all of the important functions of our
body's systems. Furthermore, the act of cooking the food causes changes to the
molecular structure of food, which renders it to become toxic. In this light, the level
of nutrients sourced from raw foods is enormously higher than the nutritive values
they deliver when they are cooked.

The Raw Food Diet Philosophy

A diet based on raw foods also known as raw diet is presented as an effective
solution to man's addiction to cooked and processed foods. The convenience and
ease of preparation of cooked dishes and processed foods managed to gradually
make them become staples of modern diet. Give the busy schedules that most
working people are living these days, the turn for more convenient meals and food
options is inevitable. With that, people have lost grip of the importance of nutrition,
putting convenience and ease on their meal planning priority.

The result of this sudden shift to fast foods, instant foods and cooked foods is
evident on the medical reports that we read on the newspaper and internet. The
medical community ranks obesity, heart disease and cancer as the leading cause of
deaths. In fact, these diseases share common grounds. Aside from genetics, these
diseases are more commonly caused by bad food choices.

Raw and living foods make up 75% of the food eaten by man. All of the known diets
followed by man involve raw foods in hope of enjoying the benefits delivered by food
enzymes. Food enzymes are considered life force. To its number of significant health
benefits, the most important would be their role in aiding food digestion, which
ultimately results to more energy, strengthened immune system and generally a full
life.

Living foods naturally have fewer saturated fat or trans fat and low in sodium
compared to a typical Western diet. They promote better digestion thanks to live
food enzymes; it sufficiently meets the recommended daily vitamins and minerals as
well as caloric allowance needed by the body. Since they more efficiently deliver
many of helpful plant chemicals such as phytochemicals and their antioxidant and
anti-cancer components, they help improve the conditions of people who have heart
and cholesterol problems. As a result, raw food-ist or people who follow raw diet
reduce their risk of developing diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart problems.

Benefits

The benefits of raw diet are practically boundless. The diet would bring in more
benefits with organic food selections. Being easier to digest and chemical-free has its
advantages. For one, it optimizes the energy sourced from food given that it needs
minimal bodily effort to be digested. In delivering more of the essential nutrients and
amino acids that are vital to healthy growth, the diet helps alleviate many of the
common illnesses such as allergies, digestive disorders, weak or weakened system
and high cholesterol. It also promotes faster and proper healing in promoting cell
rejuvenation and regeneration, which also prevents cancerous cells from turning
healthy cells into malignant cells. In addition, raw diet also supports natural body
detoxification processes.

Caution

While raw diet is extremely healthy, it is not ideal for children, pregnant or nursing
women, and people with anemia or those who are at high risk of developing
osteoporosis. In following raw diet, there is a possible risk of for calcium, iron,
Vitamin B12 and protein deficiency. To prevent nutrient deficiencies, careful attention
must be given in selecting the living foods to complete the body's needed nutrient
levels. With that, one needs to be committed to be healthy while on raw diet. Getting
more exposure on other food sources is advised. This way, you can add variety to
your usual raw and living foods selection.


About The Author

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Evidence has shown that unheated
plant-based foods are known to carry
more of a food's essence within
them. They contain a wider range of
essential food nutrients with live
enzymes that aid food nutrient
absorption. The usual raw food
selection include fruits, vegetables,
nuts, seeds, sprouts, grains, legumes,
herbs and spices as well as
seaweeds, microalgae and fresh
juices. Also included are dehydrated
or dried fruits, vegetables and herbs.
They were found to support the
needs of human bodily functions
better than their cooked version.
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