One of the questions I get asked a lot is what are the health benefits of going on the raw diet. We all know the standard american diet sucks. Research has shown that the standard American diet has been linked to disease, low energy, obesity, food addictions, food allergies, and high blood pressure. But a lot of people still aren’t really clear on all the many benefits of being on a raw diet.
So, what does consuming a plant-based diet, in its original, un-heated state involve?
First let’s define what being raw means. The basic principle of eating raw is to consume a diet of primarily (or exclusively) un-cooked whole plant food (75-100%). The diet is centered around:
- nuts (in moderation)
- seeds (in moderation)
Show me the benefits!
Here are some of the amazing benefits of the raw food diet. Besides being cost effective, simple to prepare, and easy to digest; eating raw foods vs. cooked foods increase one’s energy, vitality, can help alleviates food allergies, digestive issues, strengthen the immune system, lower cholesterol, normalize weight problems.
Additionally, raw foods aid in firmer, youthful skin, radiant appearance, stronger nails and hair, alleviation of migraines, and can alleviate depression anxiety, and lethargy.
Not convinced yet? Below you’ll find my top … powerful benefits of being on a raw diet
Powerful Benefit #1 of Being Raw — Better Digestion
All those fruits and greens in the raw diet go a long way to keeping the body’s digestion and elimination on track. Most raw foods contain ample amounts of fiber as well which helps keep the body naturally detoxed and cleansed and aids in regeneration and rejuvenation. So there are tremendous benefits to your digestive system by being on a raw diet.
Powerful Benefit #2 of Being Raw — Natural Hydration
Because our bodies are comprised of 70% water, one of the biggest mistakes people make is replacing the lost fluid through liquids (such as soft drinks, alcohol, and caffeine) containing large amounts of sugars, additives, coloring, preservatives, and a host of other chemicals and toxins. Eating fruits and vegetables aid in keeping the body hydrated naturally.
Summer is the best time to consume these types of raw foods due to their natural high water content. Fruits and vegetables that are vibrant in color contain higher amounts of nutrients, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. Examples include: apples, berries, bananas, melons, mangoes, dried plums, tomatoes, citrus fruits, Broccoli, carrots, greens, spinach, eggplant, and peppers.
Powerful Benefit #3 of Being Raw — Beautiful, Glowing Appearance
Life, weather, stress, unbalanced emotions, and toxicities found in cooked foods all add to a worn and aging appearance. Consuming raw foods counterbalances these adverse effects and allowing the body to release its natural glow. Why spend thousands of dollars a year on lotions and potions that promise to keep you beautiful when you can nourish your beauty from the inside out with a raw diet.
Powerful Benefit #4 of Being Raw — Improved Memory/Concentration
Your mind is the key to healing your body, emotions, which in turn rejuvenates the soul. Eating foods that are natural, unprocessed, and free of chemicals allows for clearer focus, concentration, and overall brain functioning.
Powerful Benefit #5 of Being Raw — Energy, Vitality, & Healthy Weight
Since consuming a lot of raw foods, I personally have found my energy level to sky-rocket, my weight goals reached, and attitude become optimistic! I credit this to the elimination of high sugar, fat, and chemicals found in cooked and processed foods, and increased raw foods allowing my body to function on a level that increases fitness, flexibility, and sustained energy to push myself beyond my present mental, personal, and fitness goals.
So, whether your motivation for going raw is weight loss, youthful appearance, a healthier body, or simply personal evolution; the benefits are enormous! Eating raw can cost just pennies a day and a simplistic eating and lifestyle can alleviate daily stress, allowing your energy to be directed to accomplishing the important things in your life.
Until next time, stay motivated and stay raw!