If you are eating the standard Western diet of cooked and processed food, it’s time to make a few healthy changes that will improve your health so you can feel better, less tired and get rid of most, if not all of your health ailments.

We hear we need to eat more vegetables and fruits each day but how often do we hear that we need to eat them raw? 

‘Raw’ refers to vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds that taste good to the majority of human kind in their basic simplicity – direct from tree, bush, and vine or from below ground.

Raw uncooked food is the star. It is super healthy and provides lots of vitamins and minerals that nourish the body and lead to a higher quality of health. Unfortunately in our busy modern lives it is far easier to buy prepackaged or prepared food that can be eaten right away rather than taking the time to prepare foods from scratch. However, although it may be quick and easy and possibly even cost effective in the moment, the real “cost” reflects as poor health years down the road and maybe even a shortened life.

Life Giving Enzymes

One of the main benefits of eating raw and uncooked food is that it retains the enzymes that are needed to digest it properly.

One of the main benefits of eating more raw and uncooked food is that it retains important enzymes needed to digest food properly. When food is cooked these enzymes are destroyed and makes our body work harder. This is because the body now has to tap emergency enzyme supplies in the pancreas to digest the cooked food. This, in turn, makes one feel tired and less energetic after eating.

Enzymes act as powerful catalysts in hundreds of thousands of chemical reactions that take place throughout the body. They are essential for digesting, absorbing and converting food into energy at cellular levels and are critical for most of the metabolic activities taking place in the body every second of every day.

Enzymes contain antibiotic properties which help fight free radicals in your body. This reduces the work load of the liver and pancreas. The reason this is so important is that when we grow older, the ability of the body to produce natural enzyme molecules diminishes, so the preservation of these live enzymes in uncooked food plays an important role in keeping you healthy.  

When food is cooked these enzymes are destroyed, making our body work harder. The body now has to tap emergency enzyme supplies in the pancreas to digest the cooked food, making one feel tired and less energetic after eating.

Enzymes contain antibiotic properties which help fight free radicals in the body. This reduces the work load on the liver and pancreas. As we grow older, the ability of the body to produce natural enzyme molecules diminishes, so the preservation of these live enzymes in uncooked food plays an important role in keeping us healthy.

Foods that are not alive are considered ‘dead.’ These include but are not limited to anything that has been altered – cooked, canned, processed, packaged or refined in any way by anyone other than nature herself.. They are easily identified  in their pretty boxes and packaging with fancy graphics and an ingredient list of multiple unpronounceable names of chemicals, additives, trans-fats, man-made sugars and empty carbohydrates. They usually are calorie rich and nutrient poor.

In order to keep the nutrients “alive” in living foods we need to ‘cook’ and dry them out at a low temperatures which is quite different from old fashioned high temperature cooking methods that render food very ‘dead’ and destroy much of its nutrient value.

Unfortunately, the few meals that we enjoy today do not include enough raw elements except for the leafy green salads we all know so well.

Along with improved overall health, weight loss, energy, detoxification, vitality, positive mental attitude, and longevity are some of the benefits gained by eating more raw grains, veggies, fruits, nuts, and seeds.

Adding fresh grains, vegetables, fruits, or nuts or seeds to each one of our meals that have not been destroyed by heat or processing. while slowly squeezing out processed and cooked meals is the sure path to increased health and vitality.

Foods considered “dead” include anything cooked, canned, processed, packaged or refined or altered in any way by man. They are easily identified by the pretty boxes and packets, fancy graphics and long ingredient list of multiple unpronounceable names of chemicals, additives, trans-fats, man-made sugars and empty carbohydrates. They are, for the most part, calorie rich and nutrient poor food choices that add little if any nutritional value.

Raw food benefits:

• Raw plant based foods have beneficial digestive enzymes to help break down the rest of the food you are eating

• The fiber in plant based foods expands in your stomach, filling you up faster so you won’t eat as much

• Pushes food through your digestive tract helping to keep you healthy inside

• Provides the body with much needed fiber, vitamins and minerals – nutrient dense

There are lots of interesting and delicious ways to prepare raw and living food, one is only limited by their own imagination. Some look and taste so incredibly good, you will scarcely believe they can be so healthy for you. Even grains that are currently suffering a severe bashing can be made healthy.

The principle behind eating raw food is that we need to eat foods that give us energy, not foods that deplete our energy. Living foods energize because they contain more energy than their cooked cousins. 

It’s time to boost your “health bank account” by eating more raw foods – 

“Wellness Wake Up Call”     can help you do just that…

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