Many people throughout the world have come to realize the benefits of adopting a raw food diet. This kind of lifestyle entails eating the clear majority of your food from uncooked fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds and sprouts. You may think that this diet is restrictive and limited but you would be wrong. Eating this way opens the doors to an enormous amount of variety. There are thousands of varieties of recipes available. All it takes is a little knowledge and understanding. The benefits of this lifestyle are worth it. Diseases seem to disappear for people on this diet and it has an incredible body cleansing
effect. The biggest trouble with a raw vegetable diet is that is in uncommon and as a result, it may be difficult for your family and friends to accept.
Alkaline diets consisting of raw living foods and superfoods, has a profound detoxifying affect.
One of the biggest advantages of being on a raw diet is that done properly, it tends to be an alkaline diet. If you remember from high school chemistry, you measure the pH of substances by comparing it to water. Some substances are acidic, like vinegar, and some are alkaline, like soap. The pH of your blood is slightly alkaline. When you eat a diet high in acid, you body must work to keep your blood pH constant or else you can get sick or even die. It is just as important as your body temperature. The good news is that vegetables, sprouts and some low sugar fruits all add to the alkalinity of your blood. When you eat an uncooked diet, your body can naturally detoxify itself and keep you healthy.
A raw vegetable diet has another benefit in that it is loaded with living foods and antioxidants. When you heat a vegetable or fruit, the live enzymes and some vitamins are destroyed. We still get the calories from the food but the cleansing and protective parts are now inert. Sprouts, vegetables and low sugar fruits are rich in vitamins and enzymes. The important part to remember is these foods tend to have a short shelf live. That means you need to use them soon after you buy or pick them. If you warm them, they cannot be heated too high or they lose their value. A good rule of thumb is … using your thumb. If you cannot put your thumb in the pot with the warming food for 10 seconds, then it is too hot.
There are numerous items you can buy online to make your transition to a raw lifestyle a pleasant one. Specifically, getting a juicer will really help you to increase your consumption of fruits and veggies. Growing sprouts allows you to have a constant supply of nutrient dense superfood handy for any soup, salad or sandwich. For an added bonus, you can try adding wheat grass juice, either using a juicer or in a powdered green drink. Becoming a raw foodist will give your body the nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for a long and healthy life.