Why Eat A Raw Food Diet?

If you're reading this article, you may be wondering about the benefits of a raw food diet, right? Well, the benefits of eating more raw foods are numerous and once you understand them you'll probably wonder why you haven't eaten more raw in the past. You'll also think twice about eating dead cooked foods ever again.

Raw Foods Give You More Energy

I don't think I know of a single person who eats at least 80% raw foods who doesn't enjoy far more energy than the average person. I know that when I transitioned away from eating a diet made up of breads, dairy, and cooked foods, and adopted more of a raw foods diet, my energy went through the roof. And I'm not talking about the quick surge you would get from an espresso but rather long-lasting energy that enables you to do more with less.

For instance, eating raw will allow you to sleep less and have far more energy than you ever thought possible. When I'm eating at least 80% raw, I can easily function on just 4-5 hours of sleep. I literally bounce out of bed and don't require any naps throughout the day. Oh yeah, did I mention that I workout every single day as well? Sometimes, even twice!

Energizing Enzymes

There are several reasons why a raw food diet will give you more energy. First, raw foods are rich in food enzymes. Enzymes are required for every single reaction in the body. Unfortunately, our bodies only have a finite number of these enzymes, so when we run out, we run out of life!

To add to this, when you heat foods above 118 degrees fahrenheit, you destroy the food enzymes that are naturally present in all raw foods. Therefore, if you eat a predominantly cooked foods diet, you're not getting enough food enzymes, which means that your body will have to produce and use more of its own to digest and metabolize your foods.

The more energy your body needs to divert towards digestion, the less energy you will have for other activities. You will feel more lethargic and tired as your body is trying to breakdown "dead" foods and figure out what to do with them.

So, the food enzymes inherent in raw foods are a big reason for boosting your body's energy. They are the spark plugs and are intricately related to the next property that make raw foods so energy-boosting.

Life Force

When raw foods are left intact, they are also known as living foods. They are called "living" because they carry an incredible amount of life force.

Now, since every living being has an aura or energy field illuminating from their body, which foods do you think would enhance yours? High energy raw foods or cooked foods that dead? I think we both know the answer.

As I like to say, "eat alive and you will thrive".

Weight Loss and Beautiful Skin

The other highly sought-after quality of a raw foods diet is its ability to help you lose weight and beautify your skin. Almost all raw foodists have reported losing weight they could never lose. At the same time, they notice an instant improvement in their skin. They look younger and have a natural glow that comes about because of the "living" nature of raw foods, their abundance of enzymes, and of course the plethora of nutrients that are ingested when eating more fruits and vegetables.

You will find it easier to lose weight on a raw food diet because your getting more nutrients and, therefore, your body won't crave "dead" foods. Second, the enzymes help to breakdown the foods you are eating and excess energy and fat stores in your body. Third, raw foods are water-rich, which helps you feel more satiated, as well as hydrated.

Many of these reasons also help us explain why living foods make you look younger and beautify your skin. Enzymes, life force, water, and high quality nutrients all play a role in natural skin care.

We could talk about the benefits of a raw food diet for hours but the only to truly understand them is to experience them for yourself. So why not take action today and enjoy the health, the body, and the vitality that you deserve!

Yuri Elkaim is a registered holistic nutritionist, former professional soccer player, and the author of the web’s best-selling raw food program – Eating for Energy. Visit the Eating for Energy site today to learn 3 powerful tips to make raw food work for you.

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marsay007, posted on October 16, 2011

This is so true. When I started juicing raw, organic produce, my laugh lines disappeared and my skin looked amazing. I feel like I've taken off 5 years just by juicing a good pound of fruits and vegetables each day. I also lost 10 pounds without any effort. Great article!

vdoncaster, posted on October 13, 2011

I agree taojo. Raw foods are great for many reasons, but I know MANY people who are 100% raw and still have awful skin, breakouts and hormonal issues, so often it is a little more complicated than just eating fruit or drinking raw juice. Certainly is part of a clean overall diet though.

taojo, posted on October 13, 2011

This is more of a one-person's- explanation article. I agree with "vdoncaster". As a food sci/nutrition major ( with a 4-year degree) I stand on science to help me balance my whole food diet. The diet yields wonderful benefits, but not for some of the erroneous reasons mentioned in this article. And the best way to have great skin is by hydrating, balancing your diet, exericsing in the fresh air when possible, managing emotions and good genetics. With skin, it may be 80% genetic and 20% life choices --including screening out those bad rays. All of it worth it tho'.

vdoncaster, posted on October 12, 2011

I am really disappointed you argue that the enzymes in food are a benefit to eating raw food... I have a raw food company and talk about the true benefits of raw food while dispelling the misleading myths many newcomers believe and spread about raw food. Eating dehydrated food for enzyme retention is silly.

The term "finite" is not being used correctly. Of course we do not have an infinite supply of enzymes at this current moment for digestion, some get used up, but with proper nutrition the body has no problem replacing those digestive enzymes for the rest of our life.

The enzymes in fruits (like amylase) turn the unripe starches into sweet sugars. They are used for the food itself. They do not get "added to the pile" once they hit your stomach acid and aid in digestion. 80% of the digestive enzymes we have are primarily for digesting plant food, you do not run out simply by eating all your plant food cooked instead of raw.

And another thing it actually takes less energy to digest a steamed potato than it would a raw potato (which has a high amount of raw starches) so, some foods are better eaten cooked and some better eaten raw.

I promote and support raw foods, but I don't continue to perpetuate nonsensical arguments that are easily disproven by science. Please look into this. It will really help the raw food movement of the future to be more credible than sounding good in theory.

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