By following the raw food diet, people have seen incredible improvements in their health and well-being. Type II diabetics on the diet are often able to reverse their condition completely.
Most chronic illnesses are either greatly improved or eliminated entirely. People who have had trouble controlling their weight for years shed pounds with ease, and quickly return to all around wellness. Those that remain on the diet find they have the most energy of their lives, and glow with energy, health, and vitality. Most cooked foods people eat are deficient of nutrients. Enzymes are catalysts that aid the body in digestion so it does no have to rely on its own source of enzymes. During periods of fasting those same enzymes bypass the digestive system and cleanse the organs, blood vessels and eradicate atypical cells which can result in disease.
Only humans apply heat to what they eat. Presently, humans apply heat to most of their food prior to consumption. Humans on average as a race, die at or below half their potential life span of chronic illness that is largely diet and lifestyle related. Research shows that the Hunza people of the Himalayans normally live an active 120 year lifestyle by primarilly being away from modernized, processed, nutrimental deficient foods.
By cooking our food, we are killing nutrients that keep us alive and healthy. Enzymes are the first to be destroyed, and what also is diminished are vitamins, polyphenols (contained in chocolate), flavenoids (the intense color of a fruit or vegetable that contains antioxidants), and photo-nutrients.
This is one of the reasons that fasting helps heal the body since the energies listed above are not used for digestion and instead help heal the body. It is known that over 30% of the bodies daily energy is used to digest food.
When foods are consumed in a juiced, or liquid form, the same principal applies and the body only needs to use a fraction of the digestive powers to digest that food in liquid form.
Most Americans do not eat the 5-9 recommended servings of fruit and vegetables each and every day. If you really eat 9 servings of fruit and veggies, you will likely not need or want anything else.
Healing thru raw living foods:
Why is raw and living food healthier than cooked food? Giving up cooked food and switching to a raw and living food diet has helped so many people feel well for the first time in their lives. Feeling healthier, losing weight and healing your body doesn’t take years or months or even weeks on this diet. Many people notice changes within days. When you eat a raw and living food diet you are feeding your body and your cells live foods filled with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other life giving substances that cooking destroys. There are many factors why raw foods improve health but enzymes and acid alkaline balance are probably the two most important ones.
When food is cooked at over 110 degrees (this temperature can be felt as warm to the touch) we destroy all of its enzymes. This is a problem because we need enzymes for every function in our body. To walk, to talk, to breathe and to move; life itself depends on them. As we age, our bodies natural source of enzymes becomes depleted and we need to replenish this source through the foods we eat. If we do not do this and we continue to eat cooked foods, then we eventually begin to use up our body’s enzyme reserves. Cooking makes it harder for our bodies to break up and digest the foods that we eat. This food then begins to get stored in our bodies as toxins; which can lead to all kinds of diseases and illness.
Our diet is the major factor:
A diet that is too high in acid forming food will cause the body to become too acidic. acid forming foods? Sadly, the typical American diet of high protein flesh foods, high sugar, high fat and low complex carbohydrates is acid forming. Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, white sugars, flour products, pasta, breads, most cooked grains, most beans, most nuts, candy, soda, coffee, tobacco, alcohol, chemical additives, preservatives, drugs and synthetic vitamins are all acid forming.
So how do we get our bodies at the right pH balance and create an internal environment that is
An overly acid body is found in most people with acute or chronic diseases. Some common symptoms of an overly acid body are arthritis, depression, headaches, lethargy, gastritis, dulled mentality, canker sores, fatigue, muscle stiffness, stomach aches, chest pain, constipation, irritability, sinus problems, acid reflex, restless sleep and so much more. But an overly acid body can lead to many more serious health problems. For example, cancer cells are able to live better than normal cells in an acid nvironment.AlsoYeast and Fungus thrive in a acid invironment and are now understood to be a precousor to cancer.There are many causes of chronic illness but it has been found that the when the body is acid it is in the most fragile state. Keeping the body in an alkaline state is extremely important.
We mantain a healthy alkaline state with a raw food diet and it is based upon the premise that the human body functions best when we eat a vegan diet (meaning no animal products of any kind), and only food that has not been heated above 110 degrees when food is heated above 110 degrees, many of the naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, and enzymes are either degraded, or destroyed completely. When fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, are eaten in their natural raw form, they are highly digestible and nutritious; this allows the body to expend less energy on digestion, absorb more nutrition from what is eaten, and concentrate on improvement of the immune system.
World Considerations for Vegan Lifestyles