When you look at raw food, you’re seeing and getting exactly what nature intended—no more and no less. Neatly presented in its natural “packaging,” you know you’re getting all the goodness that RAW has to offer.
And it’s a lot of goodness, too. In fact, you might say that eating raw food—pure, deliciously fresh live food—leads to radiant results. Of course, you need to choose clean, organic, non-GMO raw foods. Otherwise, you will be taking in unwanted toxins, pollutants, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and other “dirty” dangers.
Some benefits raw food eaters have experienced or mention frequently include:
- feeling lighter in body, mind and soul.
- increased energy
- having healthier skin and stronger, thicker and more lustrous hair.
- feeling excitement about this new life with living, raw foods.
- feeling good in your own skin.
- sensing that you’re more purposeful and clear on the direction in your life.
- gaining two hours or more in your day from not having to cook foods.
- loving being alive, passionate and “connected” to the earth and others.
- having hope for great health and happiness.
All of those outcomes, of course, are often subjective, even though they are frequently cited by raw food eaters. However, scientific studies and research also reinforce the benefits of eating raw food. For example, a study in The Journal of Nutrition found that following a raw food diet over the long haul can help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower the levels of total cholesterol and triglycerides.
Another study conducted by Luigi Fontana, M.D., Ph. D., a research assistant professor in medicine in Geriatrics & Nutritional Science at Washington University School of Medicine, along with his team of researchers, found that those who eat a raw food diet have a low body mass index (BMI), high vitamin D levels, low levels of C-reactive protein (CRP)—an inflammatory molecule linked with the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic disease—and lower levels of IDG-1, which is a growth factor linked to the risk of breast and prostate cancer.
Additionally, Dr. Fontana and his team found that eating a raw food diet can lead to strong, healthy bones. In short, those who adhere strictly to raw food vegetarian diets are thin, but they also have surprisingly robust bones.
All summed up, this means lower risks for poor health.
Likewise, a study conducted over a period of two years on those following a raw food diet showed some noteworthy outcomes for women, in particular. There was a substantial improvement in women’s menstrual cycles and a lowering of overall stress levels. They also experienced a decrease in the amount of sleep required in order to feel well rested.
Then there’s the “body friendly” element of raw foods. Raw food eaters typically have higher blood levels of key nutrients, since raw foods’ vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber, protein and healthy fats remain intact because they’re not heated above a certain temperature.
The truth is that most cooking or processing of food destroys nearly all enzymes in foods, and without those enzymes, our digestive systems work harder to digest food. The pancreas and other organs feel the strain, too, as does your body’s ability to rebuild cells and tissues or to keep the immune system strong.
That’s why eating raw is body friendly. The body responds favorably to raw foods, but not to too many cooked foods. Too many cooked foods can cause the blood to increase in white blood cells, mimicking an infection or toxin-fighting response. This was thought to be a normal reaction until researchers noted that this response didn’t occur when people ate raw foods.
So, there you have it—reasons to be radiantly RAW.
This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.