10 Benefits Of Eating Raw Food

Natural foods give maximum nutrients, contain no additives, and they are easy for our bodies to digest. Replacing processed and heavily cooked foods with natural food choices is one of the best ways that we can obtain health. Among the well-known natural food diets are the raw food diet, the raw vegan diet, and the Paleo diet.

All of the natural diets include raw fruits and vegetables, but they do have their differences: The raw vegan diet does not include any meat or cooked food. A raw food diet, or “raw diet,” includes some animal products and some gently cooked foods in addition to raw fruits and vegetables. A Paleo diet includes much more meat than a raw diet does.

As you can see, the various diets are on a continuum, with the raw diet in the middle. Being balanced option, the raw diet will give your body all the nutrients that it needs to heal itself, function at an optimum level, and make you feel the best that you can feel. You will benefit most from the raw diet.

Following are 10 health benefits of the raw food diet:

• Lowers inflammation

• Provides dietary fiber and prevents constipation

• Improves digestion

• Improves heart health

• Optimizes liver function

• Gives energy

• Gives you clearer skin

• Prevents nutrient deficiencies

• May help prevent cancer

• Maintains a healthy weight

Let’s take a closer look at each of these benefits.

1. Lowers Inflammation

Most people who eat a standard American diet (SAD) consume way too many acidic foods, which causes inflammation and autoimmune reactions. These reactions happen because acidic foods ferment in the gut. Raw foods are better quality food. They alkalize the body and, therefore, don’t allow fermentation in the gut to occur.

People who suffer from obesity, hormonal imbalance, pre-menstrual syndrome, headaches, muscle aches and pains, joint pain, fatigue, food allergies, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson’s disease, gallstones, gallbladder disease, kidney disease, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, or cancer especially need to get on a raw diet.

One particularly helpful aspect of the raw diet when it comes to fighting inflammation is the replacement of unhealthy fats with healthy fats.

People who already have inflammatory bowel disease need to cook their food over low to medium heat (under 112 degrees) instead of eating everything in its high-fiber state. That is because these individuals lack the digestive enzymes that are needed to break down (digest) the diet’s high amount of fiber.

An inability to digest uncooked food properly means the person doesn’t get the vitamins and minerals they need, and that can lead to various illnesses. Light cooking predigests their otherwise raw food, solving the problem.