Raw food consists of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds in their natural, unprocessed state. The benefits of eating raw food go beyond esoteric concepts like detoxifying or alkalizing the body. Whether you’re a committed vegan or a meat-and-potatoes omnivore, here are four compelling, everyday reasons you should consider adding more raw foods to your diet.
Have you ever eaten a large, rich meal, only to feel pangs of regret – literally – shortly thereafter? When you overload your system with heavy, cooked food (especially meat, dairy, and processed carbohydrates), digestion becomes a laborious task. When you eat raw, however, not only is digestion speedier and more comfortable, but your body is better able to assimilate the unadulterated nutrients the food contains. The fiber and enzymes in raw food also help ease your body’s digestive process.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are low in calories but high in vitamins and minerals. The more produce you include in your daily diet, the less room there will be for your old, unhealthy standbys (which were almost certainly higher-calorie!). Better yet, you won’t feel deprived, since nuts and seeds contain protein and healthy fats and are extremely filling. Not only will you feel nourished and satisfied, but effortless weight loss is highly likely.
After an initial detox period, when the body is adjusting to a higher intake of pure, nutritious food, most people who transition to a raw diet experience a surge in energy. Is it any surprise that when you feed your body more vibrant, live food, you feel more vibrantly alive? The abundance of vitamins and minerals and the lack of empty calories will combine to make you feel lighter, happier, and more energetic. You may even find you have better-quality sleep, smoother skin, and a sharper memory.
A raw diet naturally supports the immune system, decreases inflammation, and floods your body with free-radical-deactivating antioxidants. As a result, eating raw food can help decrease your susceptibility to common ailments like colds, the flu, and fatigue, AND to more severe and chronic conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. In giving your body better nutrition, you’re also increasing your own longevity!
Eating raw food is not a black-or-white decision, but rather a matter of proportions. Every raw snack, side dish, or meal you add to your day will lend your body the benefits I’ve described here. And luckily for us, there are numerous healthful and convenient packaged products these days that are raw, like Tempt protein powders and hemp oil! Simply put: the more raw foods you eat, the better you’ll feel. With rewards like these, you may very well find yourself falling head over heels in love with the raw side of life.