What are the Benefits of Eating Raw?
Do you want to achieve optimal health? The best way to do that is to eat a high enzyme diet consisting of raw fruits and vegetables, sprouted seeds, nuts, grains and some seaweed.
Eating predominantly cooked food puts a tremendous strain on your body. To understand why this is true, you need to understand the role enzymes play. Enzymes are in the cells of every living plant and animal. It is enzyme activity that accomplishes all biological work from blinking an eye, to lifting a finger, to having a thought.
When you eat, you need enzymes to help digest the food. If the food you eat is raw-whether it is a rutabaga, a carrot, a lettuce leaf or a banana-all the enzymes you need are right there in the food itself, ready to go to work for you.
If the food is cooked beyond 104 F, however, these naturally occurring enzymes are killed by heat, and your body must manufacture its own digestive enzymes to do the job.
Is this a problem? Raw fooders believe it is. The father of the food enzyme concept, Dr. Edward Howell, explained that when your body is busy digesting food, it is unable to divert the necessary energy to make the type of enzymes needed to do other tasks. There is a tug-of-war between the demands of your digestive system for a constant supply of digestive enzymes and the needs of your body for the metabolic enzymes vital for cleansing, healing, and building. Without an adequate supply
of metabolic enzymes, over time, you suffer.
What does this suffering look like?:
· Age spots
· Bad skin
· Declining eyesight
· Poor memory
· Mood swings
· Brain fog
· Tumors and Cysts
· Irritable Bowel Syndrome
This decline in health is usually attributed solely to 'aging'. But it is really the result of two facts: Over time, your body loses its ability to manufacture enzymes (young adults have thirty times the enzymes of the elderly); and, when you eat food that is cooked, it forces your body to manufacture enzymes for digestion, instead of enzymes that could be used for healing. Ultimately, when you don't have enough enzymes to carry the basic needs of life, you die.
Health and Wellness Consultant