Following a raw diet has many benefits such as increased energy levels. When you eat a diet high in raw foods your body digests and absorbs the foods at a more rapid rate. This is where the increase in energy comes from; that plus the fact you are consuming whole foods as opposed to cooked. Digestion is easier because raw foods still have their enzymes, which act as digestive catalysts. When we eat cooked food our bodies need to look within our own tissues for the enzymes required for digestion. In a sense we are giving our bodies only half the puzzle pieces required for optimal digestion and nutritional intake and expecting them to manufacture the rest. It is no wonder our bodies become so stressed and we seem to age so fast.
If you take a raw sunflower seed and a conventional one that has been pasteurized (or cooked) and plant them both in the ground what will happen? One will grow (the raw one) and one will rot and decompose. The raw seed has something the cooked one no longer has…LIFE. The life in raw foods nourish and improve the body’s internal environment and enable the body to rid itself of unnecessary waste that tends to accumulate in a body trying to survive on cooked foods.
The advantages of a raw diet far outweigh those of a diet consisting of all cooked foods. Even making 40 to 50% of your daily diet raw will truly help your body. You do not need to commit to an all raw diet to try raw foods. Just try it for a week or two and feel your energy levels increase, then try to include 1-3 raw foods into your weekly menu planning . You may be surprised at how amazing you feel.
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Guest writer Tiffany Washko is a freelance writer and journalist, the creator of the raw food blog Goddess of the Garden and owner of Nature Moms blog. She is a mom and a colon cancer survivor, which motivated her to learn about healthy eating and living.