By F. Andrews
Well raw food would include any naturally grown edible
food, vegetables, fruits, sprouted grains and shoots, nuts
and seeds. Some raw diets now include meats, fish (i.e.
sushi) and raw milk. It is food which has not been treated
with any chemical process, pasteurization or has been
damaged within the heating process of cooking.
Raw food has been popular with some groups throughout
history, but in the 90s, a real movement took hold and a
body of evidence began to grow showing the undoubted health
Cooking food destroys the natural enzymes and molecular
structure. Our bodies have a limited amount of natural
enzymes and these help with the digestion of food when we
eat; these enzymes are used up in the digestion process and
may become depleted over time.
Enzymes are also used to keep our bodies naturally
balanced within the ph (potential hydrogen) scale; this is
a measurement of acid and alkaline within our body. It is
believed that a natural balance of ph is shown as 6.5 to
achieve optimum health, (0) is shown as the most acidic
state and (14) is seen as the most alkaline.
Some lifestyles and eating habits - cooking food,
additives, preservatives, smoking, drinking, high levels of
caffeine intake and saturated fats all assist in raising
the acidity levels.
To keep our bodies in a more neutralized alkaline state,
our body uses minerals naturally from our bones, body
fluids and tissues and these become depleted. Thus leading
to increased early aging of our bodies, arthritic
conditions, viruses etc. which lead to more long term
serious illnesses, chronic disease's and suffering.
Cooked food also creates an increase in white blood
cells when eaten, which causes your immune system to work
harder. (Combining cooked with raw food can prevent this).
Not a problem for most people, but it is easy to see that a
raw food diet can have a huge impact on those with a
compromised immune system.
Most people who have started a raw diet have noticed
themselves feeling healthier, have increased energy levels,
marked changes in their appearance, a sense of feeling
years younger and even weight gain or loss, dependent on
what the body requires. In addition, some of these changes
have been noticed within days or weeks rather than months
So, eating more healthily with a raw diet will aid in
building up the immune system, add more vitamins, will
nutritionally balance your ph level and help to prevent
An entirely raw diet may be undesirable for many, and
even staunch proponents often consume around an 80 - 90%
raw diet. But for everyone, incorporating at least a few
raw elements can have significant impact on all round
It can also have benefits on the environment, with less
use of chemicals and pesticides by farming more
organically, using more traditional farming methods, less
packaging, produce being purchased more locally, leading to
less transportation, which in turn would lead to less
So, Raw Food? Healthier, all round.
And raw food health supplements can of
course also have a role to play