Why eat raw?

Food sustains us,… Yet what we eat may affect our risk for several of the leading causes of death for Americans, notably, coronary heart disease, stroke, arteriosclerosis, diabetes, and some types of cancer. These disorders together now account for more than two-thirds of all deaths in the United States.” -former Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop

It is estimated that 60% of disease is caused by the SAD diet (Standard American Diet). If food is the culprit, I believe that food can be the answer. As we become mindful about what we eat, we can start to make choices that promote our health over illness. Food is consumed for nutrition but it is also consumed for pleasure. What happens if we learn how to satisfy our pleasure receptors with healthy food? Our lives improve.

What do our bodies need to eat raw?

What are the building blocks that our bodies need to function? Enzymes, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, protein, essential fats and fiber. These are all provided by our food and are involved in growth, repair and maintenance of the body. Let’s take a quick look at each of these and what they do for you.

Enzymes

Enzymes convert the food we eat into chemical structures that can pass though the membranes of the cells lining the digestive tract and into the blood stream. Their job doesn’t end there. Enzymes are the living proteins that direct the life force into our biochemical and metabolic processes. They help transform and store energy, make active hormones, dissolve fiber and prevent clotting. They have anti-inflammatory effects. Enzymes help balance and restore the immune system, and heal many diseases. Enzymes even help repair our DNA and our RNA.

When we cook food, we destroy many of the enzymes that help us naturally digest it.

Vitamins

Without vitamins our cells would not function properly and thus our organs would suffer and eventually we would no longer be able to survive. Vitamins help regulate metabolism, help convert fat and carbohydrates into energy, and assist in forming bone and tissue. Guess what happens when you cook food? You got it, a large percentage of the vitamins are destroyed.

Viktoras Kulvinskas in his book, Survival into the 21st Century, estimates that the overall nutrient destruction is as high as 80%. Tests have shown that we will lose 50% of the B vitamins while B1 and B12 can lose up to 96%. 97% of folic acid is destroyed as well as 70-80 % of vitamin C.

Minerals

Seventeen of the thirty elements known to be essential to life are metals. Mineral deficiencies cause disease in humans. Minerals also have a synergistic relationship with vitamins. They help each other help us. When foods are cooked, many of the minerals are destroyed, or altered, rendering them useless and also unable to assist our friends the vitamins.

Phytonutrients

Phytonutrients are what give fruits and vegetables their color. Phytos protect the body and fight disease. They also fight cancer and help your heart. Phytonutrient are at leading edge of research on nutrition. They provide medicine for cell health. And once again, Phytonutrients in freshly harvested plant foods can be destroyed or removed by cooking.

Why Eat Raw?

It just starts to make sense. If cooking destroys the vital and essential nutrients that we need to stay healthy, eating our food raw does the opposite. It provides us with what we need for our health and well being. I know from experience that when I am eating at least 80% raw, I have more energy, more mental focus.  So why not give it a try? you won’t lose anything by  trying but gained energy and health!!!! :) :)


Why is it important to eat raw vegetables?

Many people consider the raw vegetable salad to be optional or the least important part of the meal or even just an ‘appetizer’ before the main meal.  This popular belief is flawed because a good salad has all the nutritional components required by our bodies and this claim cannot be made for any cooked food.  There are many known and unknown nutritional components in a raw vegetable salad that makes it so valuable and necessary for good health.  Many studies have found that heat from cooking destroys all enzymes and most vitamins!!!  Additionally, while protein and minerals are altered by heat to a form that is not usable by the human body, the result could be considered a ‘death meal’.  When protein is heated or consumed in excess, it is harmful to the body and must be eliminated.  Excess protein feeds cancer cells, burdens the liver, is stored as fat, and causes numerous other problems.  While it is very common to eat vegetables cooked or steamed, you can rest assured that you will receive far more nutritional value when they are eaten raw. 

What would be some of the benefits of having a large raw vegetable salad as the ‘main meal’? Here are a few things to consider:

1.     They are easily digested by the body.

2.     Raw vegetables are extremely rich in minerals, vitamins, trace elements, enzymes and natural sugars.

3.     Raw vegetables will help stabilize and normalize your natural bodily functions.

At this point, you may be starting to agree with the idea that raw vegetable salads should be a regular part of your daily diet, however, you may be wondering how you will get your protein intake from salads.  Raw vegetables are an ideal source of protein, partly because this protein has not been altered by heat and amount of protein is not excessive that the body would not be able to digest it resulting in putrefaction.  The result of this digestion would bring healthy vitamins and minerals to each cell.  Raw vegetables contain their own digestive enzymes and these are the life-force that help nutrients work in the body and they are also among the first lost to heat or long storage.  Raw fruits and vegetables are composed of between 70 and 90 percent water.  Our bodies lose almost four-and-a-half liters of water a day which must be replaced.  The water from raw vegetables should account for most of this replacement.

Aren’t these strong facts in favor of eating more raw vegetable salads?  Let me add one last interesting fact, people are more likely to have deficiencies in vitamins, minerals, and enzymes than a protein deficiency.  Let us stop and think carefully about how we have been treating our bodies and if we may have nutritional deficiencies as a result of our eating habits.  Remember, eat foods that are alive because these are the foods that promote LIFE!!!

The smell factor

Did you know that Aromatherapy doesn’t only smells good but it also benefits you in many ways, some of those benefits that are known include:

  • Relaxation and stress relief
  • Boosting the immune system as well as respiratory and circulatory
  • Energize
  • Relax muscles
  • Improve skin tone
  • Relieve headaches
  • Kill fungal and bacterial infections
  • Regulates hormones

The Smell Factor

To better understand aromatherapy benefits, it helps to know how your body processes smells.

The sense of smell is pretty powerful. In fact, the body can distinguish around 10,000 different scents! Amazing, isn’t it? 

As scents are inhaled, the smell travels across the olfactory nerves located inside the nose and then up into the part of the brain that controls our moods, our memories and our ability to learn. This area is called the Limbic System and when stimulated it releases endorphins, neurotransmitters and other ‘feel-good’ chemicals.

What all of that means is that smells have a subtle way of effecting your mind and emotions.

Just think of the way you feel when you sniff the scent from a fresh bouquet of flowers versus your reaction when you smell something not so fresh like garbage or burnt toast. A big difference right?

Considerable evidence has shown that aromatherapy have a profound effect in our mind and behavior. So if you want to enjoy of the delicious benefits of aromatherapy do not hesitate, the improvements would be awesome and you will feel great!!!