Because they allow our bodies to function in the way they were designed to in caveman days – raw foods are one of the keys to a great anti aging diet.
In recent years there’s been increasing interest on the benefits of raw food and its effect on some of the worst modern disease like cardiovascular disease and cancer.
You may have caught some of the flurry around the so called paleo or caveman diet or maybe you’ve seen articles on raw foodist blogs claiming that we should all switch to eating most of our food raw.
Whilst we may not want to go that far – there is certainly enough scientific research to back up the claim that raw food does us good and more of it ought to be included in our diets.
A recently published study showed that following a diet based on foods our ancestors could have speared or picked – lean meat, vegetables, berries and seeds – resulted in weight loss, lowered blood sugar levels and reduced blood pressure over a three week period.
So why is it a good idea to introduce more raw foods into our diets?
Whenever you cook vegetables you destroy much of their antioxidant value. for instance when we cook over heat – we lose up to 97% of the water-soluble vitamins – vitamins B and C and up to 40% of the fat soluble vitamins – vitamins A, D, E and K. These are key antioxidants vital for anti aging health and we are wasting them.
Cooking also alters the proteins in food to such an extent that they become difficult for the human gut to digest. Frying, high roasting and char-broiling are the worst – causing oxidization of food leading to the production of damaging free radicals which we then eat.
If you’re still not convinced that living foods are healthier consider the fact that enzymes are completely destroyed when any kind of food is heated above 118 degrees. Enzymes – are very important for health and longevity. They are vital to cell renewal and division without which our immune system is unable to function properly – energy levels drop and brain function is impeded.
As we grow older our bodies run out of natural enzymes so our cells stop dividing and renewing themselves. This effects every organ in our bodies – from our internal organs to our skin, eyes and nails.
Eating plenty of living foods replenishes these vital enzymes so your body is better equipped to continue the renewal process for much longer – keeping you looking and feeling younger for longer.
This doesn’t mean eating nothing but grated carrot, nuts and seeds – unless you want to of course. What a good anti aging diet should look like is a healthy and delicious balance of cooked and raw food. Most of us could probably increase the amount of raw food we already eat – take a look at your diet currently and work out how much is raw compared to what is cooked – and then go for ways to increase the raw food part.
Eating more raw food is easy and there are so many ways in which raw food can become a delicious part of your normal diet. Think about a fresh juiced drink for breakfast, a mid morning smoothie instead of coffee, natural yoghurt with fruit berries as a desert.
Salads present lots of opportunities to eat raw – either as a main meal light supper or a lunch. There are so many different types of salad leaves, sprouts and vegetables you can grate and slice to create colorful salads with superb salad dressings. Create your own dips like guacamole or tomato salsa and have lots of raw sliced vegetables instead of potato chips to dip.
If you like any of these things then you are already on the way to a good balance of raw and cooked foods in your diet. All you need to do is eat more of the raw!
Aim to eat something raw with every meal to boost your intake of antioxidants and preserve all their anti aging power. You’ll soon look and feel better for it.