Spring is right around the corner, and if you’re looking to boost your energy after a long winter, then you may want to think about adding more raw foods into your diet. A raw foods diet consists mainly of uncooked foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains that haven’t been heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
Raw foodist believe that cooking destroys enzymes that are vital to our health as well other essential vitamins and minerals. The more raw foods in our diet, the healthier we will be. “There is some magic in raw fruits and veggies,” says specialist in nutrition medicine and visiting teacher, Joel Fuhrman, MD. He recommends consuming a mix of cooked and uncooked foods to get maximum nutritional benefits, since some nutrients in foods like tomatoes can be made more absorbable after being cooked.
A great way to start incorporating more raw foods in your diet is to make the salad the main dish during meals. Here are some of the benefits of eating raw foods:
High in fiber—Fiber rich foods like vegetables, fruits, seeds, and beans are associated with a number of health benefits including: weight control, cardiovascular health, disease fighting phytochemicals, and digestive health among many more.
Weight loss—Raw foods are low in calories, so incorporating more raw foods in your diet can help aid weight loss and help detoxify our bodies. However, our caloric needs cannot be met through fruits and vegetables alone. To make sure you’re maintaining a healthy weight on a raw foods diet, it’s important to consume a large amount of nuts, seeds, and avocado.
Vitamins and minerals—Certain vitamins in foods such as vitamin C and folate are destroyed by heat. Research shows that cooking certain foods like broccoli destroys its cancer-fighting properties.
Cooling and hydrating—Raw foods contain a high water content which helps to cool down your body and keep you hydrated. Snack on fresh fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumbers, pears, and leafy greens to stay hydrated and energized during the hot summer months.
Increased energy—Since they are closer to their live natural states, raw foods can provide us with a higher quality of energy to help us feel more alive and ready to take on the day.
Interested in learning more benefits of eating living foods? Every prospective student who enrolls by March 7 will be invited to join an intimate online session with superfoods expert and top IIN visiting teacher David Wolfe. In this exclusive session you’ll learn how to use living foods to boost your health and so much more!
What’s your favorite way to add raw foods into your diet?