Published: 05/17/2009 - Updated: 02/07/2018
“We should follow nature and not contrary it: it is the teacher.” Paracelsus
When we talk about a raw diet we are speaking of all those foods can be eaten raw and without preservatives, or fermented, or cooked, which practically are many: the vegetables (carrots, celery, sprouts, soybeans, cabbage, etc..) fruits (orange, fig, lemon, mango, strawberries, etc.), seeds like sesame, sunflower, amaranth, and oilseeds such as walnuts, almonds, pistachios, peanuts, etc.
A raw food has not been changed by temperature, i.e. that has not been cooked in any way and that, moreover, contains no chemicals, preservatives, artificial colorings or flavorings. Such foods are indeed a great advantage over the human body, as they are not going through a heating process, they keep intact their physical-chemical properties (nutrient), and source of essential elements (such as vitamins, essential fatty oils, mineral , proteins, etc.) for the general health of the body.
Here is just a small table that highlights the virtues and advantages of the raw food against cooked:
Foods are alive, still possess vital energy, avoid leukocytosis, vitamins and minerals are not lost, have their natural flavor and aroma essence, their digestion is easier, increase vital energy, do not cause sleep or heaviness after eating, help eliminating bacteria to create a favorable and colonic flora.
This food is died (while passing through the cooking lose all vital energy), produce postprandial leukocytosis (abnormal increase in white blood cells, white cells, because the body does not recognize the cooked food, so by eating the body starts digestive process with a kind of defense before the cooked food.) loses almost (or all) vitamins and minerals, it loses its natural scent and taste and are difficult to digest, instead of providing the vital energy consumed, causing fatigue and heaviness after eating, and it inflames the mucous, in addition to that increase bacteria in colon.
Raw food and enzymes
The enzyme activity is of paramount importance in the body, and we need to know that every time a food is cooked this important enzyme for digestion activity is lost. This is why raw foods are easier to digest that cooked by the presence of enzymes involved in cellular catabolism of tissues that form the food.
People who consume raw food
The human body is well prepared to digest and absorb raw foods. This person has habits according to a harmony with nature, which maintains a raw diet, natural and as simple as possible, based on consumption of fruit and vegetables, including nuts and seeds.
The raw diet can take many forms and at different levels. Some people advise to consume half of the cooked food and other raw foods, forming a balance in the body. There are practitioners, may also include a strict diet with your meals only fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as seeds and nuts. Those who follow these diets are very aware of seasonal food.
There are those who carry out following the vibrational frequency of food, which, by its color determines what features are in the body and organs and systems that nurture and vitalize. The "Rainbow" diet is based on natural principles. This diet is explained by Dr. Nuria Roig, director of the Center of Quantum Medicine and " in Caracas, Venezuela. She talks about the 'vibrational frequency' of the food rather than the typical theory of proteins, fats or carbohydrates.
This theory is based on the idea of maintaining an energy balance to ensure the health of the physical body.
Benefits of raw diet:
Body free of toxic: consuming the food in its natural state, one avoids any type of poisoning that occur when one eats cooked or processed products that have substances of all kinds such as artificial colors and flavorings, thickeners and chemical, conservatives, as well as sweeteners and spices that carry excessive and unnecessary things in many food preparations, not to mention all the chemicals that the food has good in the texture and appearance, as well as saturated fats that have products cooked and fried .
Clean intestines: this diet is great for keeping the intestinal environment in excellent conditions.
No allergies and less susceptibility to the diseases: keeping clean intestines, the body has no atmosphere to generate or maintain allergies or any type of diseases, and stomach will work wonderfully.
Beauty and youth: a diet based on raw foods gives whoever carries out a skin, hair and look really cool and nice, with a very special natural energy.
Save time, gas, money and effort: it almost obvious that if you do not cook the food, there is a significant savings of time, labor, gas and effort. The preparation of the diet is based on raw, washing the fruit or vegetables and place on a serving dish.
It is recommended that if you follow this diet you consult a specialist, especially in the case of children in development stage or in pregnant women, so as to avoid nutritional deficiencies due to inadequate integration of food.