|Can Detoxing with raw food help us look younger?
Raw Food Detox and Anti-Aging
Raw food diets have become quite popular. Many people swear that they have
lost weight, cured chronic diseases and improved their stamina by switching to a
diet consisting of mostly raw food. Scientific findings seem to support the raw
food enthusiasts: there are many beneficial enzymes found in raw foods that are
fundamentally changed during the cooking process, and these changes often reduce
or eliminate the benefit of consuming them. Raw foods contain more water and
fiber, both of which contribute to a feeling of fullness and therefore tend to
reduce the number of calories consumed. This naturally results in healthy,
sustainable weight loss for the person who adopts the raw food diet.
Admittedly, this diet is difficult for most people to sustain. Many people
are too fond of certain cooked dishes, or simply crave more variety. The social
implications of this diet can be awkward, as well. Going out for a bite to eat
with friends becomes difficult; the whole point of restaurants is that they
prepare food for you, and it’s nearly impossible to find anything in its
unprocessed, natural state unless you have a very understanding waiter and chef.
Being entertained at another person’s house for dinner brings up a similar
issue. Another problem with switching to this style of eating permanently is the
difficulty of obtaining enough protein and iron. Those who know that they are
unable to commit to this diet in the long term may try this diet as a detox and
only change their eating habits for a short time.
It is quite simple to follow the raw foods diet. Exactly as you would expect,
you are only supposed to eat raw food. Some people adopt a ratio of eighty or
ninety percent raw food. Plenty of water and fresh vegetable and fruit juices
are recommended, with no added sugar or anything else processed. The anti-aging
benefits of such a detox are phenomenal. There are several key minerals and
antioxidants present in fresh fruits and vegetables whose benefits are
diminished or even destroyed by heating, and eating them in their unprocessed
form can help you turn back the clock.
Enzymes that the body needs in order to digest food properly can be destroyed
when heated to just 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooking reduces the number of
useable enzymes by so much that the digestive systems of many people are
sluggish and unresponsive. The accumulation of toxins that results causes extra
wear and tear on body systems and signs of premature aging. Greatly increasing
your intake of raw foods replenishes these enzymes, improves digestion, and
reduces the toxin load on the body.
Antioxidants, which clear free radicals, are also often destroyed by heating.
Free radicals cause a number of problems associated with premature aging and
disease, including wrinkles, dullness and sagging of the skin, and cancer.
Silicon is needed for shiny hair and nails, and for strong healthy bones. This
is found in raw foods in trace amounts, but cooking diminishes its ability to be
used by the body. A raw food detox can improve the look of skin, hair and nails,
and keep bones strong by supplying these important dietary elements.
A raw food detox can also give you the energy you had when you were younger.
Coenzyme Q10 is used throughout the body to keep skin firm and cellulite at bay,
but also to keep energy levels high. Eating a variety of raw fruits, vegetables,
seeds and nuts will help you keep your Q10 levels higher than if you eat all
processed and cooked food. Looking and feeling younger are fantastic side
effects of this detox.
As long as you include vegetables that are high in iron, like spinach, and
consume enough legumes and nuts to get adequate protein, it is safe to rely on
the raw food diet indefinitely. Therefore, if you intend to use it as a detox,
the length of the detox is entirely up to you. You may decide to go raw-only for
3 days, a week, or two weeks. If you find that this eating pattern is easy to do
in small bursts as long as you can enjoy your favorite dish once in awhile, you
may want to consider alternating weeks of “normal” eating with raw food
detoxing. The more raw food you eat, the more anti-aging benefits you will see
The raw food detox takes us back to a more natural state. From the dawn of
time until only comparatively recently, raw food was all humans had to eat, and
that is what our bodies were accustomed to. We adapted to work most efficiently
when consuming raw foods, and those foods can have your body working better in a
very short period of time. Not to mention the time you save when you don’t have
to prepare elaborate meals! This detox has a large number of benefits and is
highly recommended by proponents all over the world.