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A raw foods diet, often called ‘Living Foods,’ consists of eating mostly uncooked, unprocessed and mostly organic foods. Raw food theory suggests that cooking natural foods over 115 degrees Fahrenheit destroys the natural enzymes that our bodies need (exact temperature varies among raw food theories from 104 -118 degrees Fahrenheit). According to Raw Food theorists, the enzymes found in natural foods aid in digestion, absorption and processing of food and nutrients. Eating a diet of raw food increases the amount of enzymes needed for good digestion and results in increased availability of vitamins and minerals for absorption. This higher concentration of nutrients from natural raw foods has been suggested to prevent disease, reduce the aging process, increase energy and promote overall health.
Raw food theory suggests that when food is cooked over 115 degrees, the enzymes are broken down and we are unable to utilize them, making digestion more difficult and harder for our digestive systems to properly extract and use food nutrients. When these enzymes are destroyed in cooking, our bodies have to work harder to break down food and this may accelerate the aging process. Without proper absorption of nutrients, health may begin to degrade and toxins will build up. Extremely high cooking may even be carcinogenic. Overtime, continuously eating highly cooked and processed foods could lead to deficiencies in key nutrients and lead to major health problems such as cancer, heart disease, and degenerative diseases. Most raw foodists eat at least 70% raw foods, most of which are organic (no irradiation, preservatives, pesticides or genetically modified products).
A Raw foods detox is a short term diet to cleanse the body of toxins. This diet follows a strictly raw food diet for 3 to 21 days to replenish the body with natural enzymes, vitamins and minerals. This detox is designed to rid the body of built up toxins accumulated from eating a diet high in highly processed foods.Read more about: