Friday, September 16, 2011
Advantages of Eating Organic Raw Foods
by Jeri Spencer
Eating organic raw food is as old as the human race. Long before cooking food was even considered, man ate the food God provided in its natural state. Genesis 1:29 states: "Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food." Long ago man learned that cooking some foods, especially meats, extended the time in which it was safe to eat it without becoming sick. This became the first step to processing and preserving foods.
As the population of the world grew, providing food to the masses living in the city became a problem to be resolved. The development of freezers and chemical preservatives extended the shelf life of many foods. Super markets came into being and a revolution in eating habits took place. Unfortunately, along with the change in food choices also started the deterioration in health and the beginning of chemically preserved foods, pharmaceuticals and western medicine.
The human race learned long ago that cooking meat before eating helped keep them from getting sick. Since then, the practice of cooking has expanded to include all types of foods and is now considered an art. Very few Americans eat meals which include raw elements, except for the leafy green salad, and it is usually made of iceberg lettuce. In a country where ketchup is considered a vegetable in school lunches, it is time for another revolution in eating habits.
Eating organic raw food brings Nature's intentions into focus. Eating raw refers to fruit, nuts, and vegetables, in their natural state, direct from tree, bush or vine.
It isn't easy to simply abandon years of tradition and revert back to 100% raw food. Margaret Mead once said, "It is easier to change a man's religion than to change his diet." Those looking for better heath can begin by incorporating more organic raw foods into their daily lifestyle. Following are several advantages to eating organic raw food.
Raw foods are complete foods and come packaged with their own digestive enzymes; therefore you do not need to eat as much to satisfy your nutritional needs. The heat of cooking depletes vitamins, damages proteins and fats, and destroys enzymes which benefit digestion.
Organic raw foods do not put chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides into the body reducing the stress on the liver.
You can lose weight. As your percentage of raw foods increases you feel satisfied and have more energy on smaller meals because raw food has the best balance of water, nutrients, and fiber to meet the body's nutritional needs.
Raw foods have more flavor than cooked foods so there is no need for additional salt, sugar, or other processed condiments that can irritate the digestion system.
Even a child of 5 or 6 can prepare most of the items for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This gives children a sense of self-esteem and independence, not to mention the break it gives Mom and Dad.
Eating a diet of organic raw foods can reverse or stop the advance of many chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Remember, cooking creates free radicals, which are the major cause of cancer. Chemicals also increase free radicals. When you lower the number of free radicals your cells are bombarded with, you lower your risk of cancer.
Eating organic raw foods eliminates the processed foods and chemicals typically found in American diets which can create inflammation and clog the arteries.
An organic raw food diet can protect you from acute diseases such as colds, flu, allergies, etc. Raw foods maintain a nutritionally sound, healthy body and with sufficient nutrition the body will not become diseased. Elimination of chemicals reduces mucus production and allergies.
Heartburn, gas, indigestion and constipation are eliminated. As long as you combine raw food properly, eating fruit alone, digestion improves and the food no longer sits for long periods in the digestive system fermenting and rotting.
Elimination and absorption are improved. With the increased ability to digest food, the body is able to utilize nutrition betters, absorbing nutrients into the blood stream instead of the toxic chemical overload from processed foods. With the better digestive ability of raw food, the colon cleanses itself and after all the old foul smelling garbage is cleaned from the colon and eliminated, bowels move easier and no longer stink up the restroom (or whole house).
Eating raw saves you money on doctor bills, drugs, and health insurance.
So don't waste your food, yourself, and our planet by cooking what you eat. Fruits, nuts, and vegetables which are whole, fresh and raw are brimming with life and have the ability to transmit their life force directly to you.
Changing your lifestyle to include raw, organic whole foods is the first step on the road to a healthier body. Take charge of your life and choose to have a healthier body and lifestyle today.
I try and eat organic and raw wherever I can. Feel much better for it. I know organic is a bit pricey but not so much for the veggies. So I usually get them organic and some fruits. Also dairy.
Have a great day - nice to have a bit of time to post a thing or two! Donna