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Healing Benefits of Living and Raw Foods
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Wheatgrass is one of the more widely known living foods. Some of the benefits of drinking wheatgrass juice include improved digestion, increased energy, and a more restful night’s sleep.

People are finally starting to consume less unnatural processed foods and move towards healthier lifestyles. One way to do this is to explore the burgeoning availability of living foods and raw foods.

Raw foods are foods heated to less than 115 degrees Fahrenheit and living foods are foods that are in the middle of a growth process like sprouting or fermenting. Those who practice the raw food lifestyle are emphatic about the healing and health benefits of following this regimen.

Enzymes: Topics in favor of raw food living include enzymes. Cooking food destroys 100 percent of this valuable substance. There is an integral relationship between enzymes and digestion. Enzymes are needed to break down large molecules of food into smaller more digestible ones. However, enzymes also help to purify blood, sweep away toxic waste, and deliver nutrients. Raw food enthusiasts claim that by eating enzyme rich food we take some of the pressure off the body to produce enzymes on its own, and the outcome is more energy.

Alkaline: Most Americans eat a very acidic diet, which causes fatigue and increased susceptibility to disease. Alkalizing foods aid in detoxifying and balancing the body. A raw food diet includes green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits, which are alkaline.

Digestion: The benefit of living food and digestion is a hot topic. Raw food proponents suggest that cooked food takes longer to digest and our bodies get stuck with partially digested fat. A healthy colon should eliminate waste between 6-18 hours after a meal, so it stands to reason that raw food which usually completely digests within four hours would aid in maintaining colon health.

If you’re not sure how to start incorporating raw and living food into your diet, you may want to check out some of the classes and workshops available online or in your local area. If you live near Atlanta, the Living Foods Institute is a great place to start. Their two-hour introductory seminar is available for the small price of a 5-10 dollar donation that goes into their scholarship fund. To learn more about the Living Foods Institute, click here.

If you prefer to delve in at your own pace, then you can easily find books and recipes that will get you started. It’s not necessary to totally eliminate cooked food from your diet to achieve health benefits. Just adding 25% more raw foods to your diet can make a world of difference in your digestive and colon health.

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