The Raw Food Diet

Although cooking is important to make food palatable and also to kill any germs that may be kurking in the ra food, it destroys many vital nutrients that are necessary for good health. That is why it is important that one should indulge in a raw food diet once in a while to enable the body to gain those vital nutrients. The raw food diet is a highly effective way to not only refresh your body metabolism, but also to give your body a boost of healthy nourishment.

Lets take a look at some of the benefits of eating raw foods:

1. IMPROVED BOWEL MOVEMENTS

You might have observed that when you have an unpeeled raw apple, your bowel movements ease and you feel a lot more comfortable. That is the effect of the raw food diet. It has the ability to force the expulsion of all waste products from the body.

2. PROPER NOURISHMENT

The extra nutrients that the body receives from following the raw food diet is highly nourishing and fulfills the nutrient deficit of the body.

3. ENERGISES THE BODY AND MIND

The mind and the body suddenly feel active on following a raw food diet and thus you feel like indulging yourself in some activity. It thus drives off laziness and adds to your health by keeping you fit and active.

4. EASE PRESSURE ON THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

The digestive system of the body undergoes a lot of stress everyday due to the different kinds of foods that we consume everyday. The unhealthier the food, the more the stress on the system. When one eats only raw foods, it is easier for the digestive system to perform its functions and thus the pressure on it is greatly reduced and it can perform the repairing of the wear and tear that it has suffered.

5. GLOW ON SKIN

The positive effects of the raw food diet can be seen on the skin as it recieves a healthy glow due to all the cleansing that takes place in the body after following such a healthy diet.

Now, let us take a look at some of the raw foods that you can eat as well as relish:

1) Cheese
2) Fishes – ceviche, cold smoked, sashimi, or cured fish
3) Meats – steak tartar, cold smoked, filet americain or cured meats
4) Sprouts
5) Vegetables that have been dried
6) Fruits
7) Nuts – almonds, apricots, walnuts, etc.
8) Organic foods

One might argue that it is unsafe to eat raw foods since they might contain germs or dirt which cannot be safely eliminated by plain washing. This is quite true and it is unsafe to mildly wash raw foods like fruits and vegetables by washing with water. In such cases, one should first immerse the food product in boiling water for just a few minutes and then take it out and allow it to cool and then consume. This will not only make sure that all germs have been killed, but it will also give you the raw taste of the fruit or vegetable.

It should be noted that one should not make it a habit to eat only raw foods. The raw food diet is to be followed only once in a while and it is not a substitute for a balanced diet which has to include all kinds of foods and not just raw foods.