11 Health Benefits of Eating a Raw Food Diet
Healing Yourself with Raw Foods
WebMD.com has an article on this called Raw Foods Diet. It says that you must be out of your mind to try a diet like this! They say that drugs, not foods make you healthy. Just kidding! They say:
The idea is that heating food destroys its nutrients and natural enzymes, which is bad because enzymes boost digestion and fight chronic disease.
You'll probably lose weight on this diet.
Most of the people that I hear about starting to eat a raw food diet had terrible health problems. They have some miraculous stories. Kristina (in picture) eats a fully raw diet but there is a Christian group called Hallelujah Acres that has experimented with this.
They found that it was easier and worked just as well to eat an 85% raw diet with 15% cooked healthy plant-based foods at the end of the day as a reward for eating raw food all day. Most people that eat raw foods eat a vegan or plant-based diet.
Carnivorous animals in the wild love the taste of blood. If you give them a nice piece of cooked meat, they will not even eat it. Some say that raw foods are sometimes not as good as cooked food. But there are millions of animals in the wild, that have never, ever eaten any cooked food. Most pets eat only cooked, processed foods and most pets die of cancer.
According to The Examiner (August 29, 2009) Demi Moore eats a raw food diet. Actress Demi Moore stays slender from her raw food diet is the name of the article. It says:
In addition to Demi Moore, Alicia Silverstone, and Woody Harrelson, all of whom are "raw foodists," Susan says that "model Carol Alt was about to lose her career as a supermodel when she was age 34. She was getting puffy eyes and wrinkles. Her doctor told her to eat what she normally did, but eat it raw! She did, and her wrinkles disappeared."
In addition, Carol Alt subsequently "posed nude in Playboy magazine at the age of 47 to show the world how a raw food diet can preserve you!
Watermelon is almost all water so when you eat it, you are mostly drinking watermelon juice and it tastes good to us. It is red just like blood. The lycopene in it makes it red and it provides health benefits. This is why red grapefruit has lycopene but grapefruit does not have lycopene.
They say that cooked lycopene is more bioavailable than raw lycopene. The U.S. government was testing the lycopene in watermelon since watermelon has more lycopene than tomatoes. They expected the raw lycopene to be less bioavailable than the lycopene in cooked tomatoes. Their study showed that this was false. Cooked lycopene was not more bioavailable than raw lycopene even though it says this all over the internet.
Since this well accepted fact is wrong, you have to wonder about other well accepted facts. Watermelon also has other things in it that make it great for cardiovascular health and ED (erectile dysfunction). To learn more about this and see the government study on lycopene, see Health Benefits of Watermelon.
Here is an analogy to the above. This would be like me saying some people are smart even if they do not have a brain. My example of this is the strawman on The Wizard of Oz. He sings If I Only had a Brain. Click on link.
Let nothing which can be treated by diet be treated by other means. ~Maimonides
Dr. Joseph Mercola (D.O.-- doctor of osteopathic medicine) says in When Fire Met Food:
For starters, ancient humans ate a largely plant-based raw food diet. They may have had raw meat occasionally, but this was not significant portion of their diets.
I personally try to eat about 85 percent of my food raw.
Please note that vegans can eat anything that is not an animal food so that includes chemicals that are not foods like salt. But salt is not raw since it is not a food. They also refer to raw foods as living foods. If you put 4 ounces of salt in a pint of water and drink it, you will die. For more on salt see Can Salt Make You Overweight.
Also more research has shown conclusively that salt is the sole cause of high blood pressure! Wild animals do not get high blood pressure. That is known as correlation. To prove causation they gave rats and chimps salt and they got high blood pressure. The more salt they gave them, the higher the blood pressure. There is also a tribe of humans that never eat salt. Their blood pressure is the same when they are old as when they are first born.
Now I know this is a very big part of lifestyle. So was black slavery. They did not want to give it up. To do that they had a war that killed more Americans than any other war. Michael Greger M.D. has a 5 minute video that shows the above and how he finds that over 1,000 Americans are killed everyday from consuming salt. This article shows that and has a link to a webMD article that says that consuming salt is worth for your health than smoking. See How to Live 30 Years Longer.
Salt has no calories like some drugs (medications) that have no calories but make you fat. Note that the word 'fat' is a slang word for overweight and has nothing to do with the type of food known as fat. Matt Monarch (see below) is a 100% raw food eater but does not recommend it for 99% of the people since there are so many possible mistakes someone can make. But anyone can benefit from eating more of their food raw. Note that Melissa Ramos, in picture, eats a 75% raw diet.
Note that before Kristina started eating raw foods she had hyperglycemia that is the beginning of type 2 diabetes, she was very underweight (5'7" 87 pounds), had chronic fatigue, terrible migraines and was nauseous every morning. These symptoms go along with diabetes. All these problems are gone and she now weighs 102 pounds (gained 15 pounds). To contrast this Victoria Everett (mentioned below) lost 120 pounds by eating a raw food diet.
Matt Monarch's blog (linking to this site gives me a warning as being over-promotional) says:
Matt Monarch is a 100% raw food eater; his diet consists of only raw vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and seaweeds. He has been eating this way for eight years and enjoys extraordinary good health, bountiful energy, clarity of mind and a deepened connection to nature.
Prior to going raw, Matt worked in a demanding corporate environment and ate a standard American bachelor’s diet, including cooked meats, dairy, bread, greasy foods and candy.
Matt did not go raw therefore to relieve any major health issues – he simply received and whole-heartedly embraced the raw lifestyle as something that made complete sense to him. He was particularly attracted to the fact that this lifestyle offered increased longevity and freedom from degenerative disease.
Here is another article showing that if you eat a single food raw, just like animals in the wild do, then your instincts take over and you will never eat too much of that food. The Animal Instinct Diet.
1. Raw Food is a Cure for Diabetes
There is a whole article on Gabriel Cousens M.D. curing hundreds of people of diabetes with a raw food diet. He is also a psychiatrist and a rabbi. It even has a video on it following 10 people who went through the process and the results. This applies to virtually everyone with type 2 diabetes. One of the 10 had type 1 diabetes and his insulin was reduced. See M.D. Cured Hundreds of People of Diabetes. Technically diabetes is incurable.
When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need. ~Ayurvedic Proverb
2. Change the Color of Your Eyes
This benefit is like the opposite of the above one that works on virtually everyone since this one is rare. You can watch the video below for more about this. If you look closely at the eye, you see that it is more than one color. Since it happened with one person it is possible to happen with someone else. The reason for this is unknown.
Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot if you can heal the patient with food. ~Hippocrates
3. Prevent Cancer
Harvey Diamond wrote Fit for Life I and II that sold about 8 million copies. He says that you can prevent cancer by eating only raw foods for 10 days every 4 months. Also the animals in the wild do not eat cooked foods and cancer is not a big problem for them. But cancer is the number one cause of death among pets according to a veterinarian. Pets are fed cooked foods.
Note the video below on how a raw food diet cured terminal brain cancer in Megan, a 13 year old girl. Of course it was not the raw food that cured the cancer. Only the body itself has the power to cure itself. But people prevent this from happening by their lifestyle and that especially includes the diet.
She learned about this from Arnold Kauffman of Arnold's Way health food store in Lansdale, PA near Philadelphia. He also told Megan Elizabeth about this who lost a lot of weight from a raw food diet (in video below). I know him from when I lived in Philadelphia.
And we have made of ourselves living cesspools, and driven doctors to invent names for our diseases. -- Plato
4. Prevents Obesity and Being Overweight
Obesity is closely tied into getting type 2 diabetes. In the United States, 35% of the people are obese and it is growing. The animals in the wild are rarely obese but this is a big problem with pets. Part of this problem can be due to digestion of foods. The 80/10/10 Diet says to get 80% of calories from carbs, 10% from protein and 10% from fat.
Since it is a vegan diet, the only foods that would have too much fat or protein would be nuts, seeds or avocados. So if you avoid eating them in excess, then the foods that are left are fruits and vegetables. Eating them raw you will have more difficulty getting enough carbs from them and not getting too many carbs. On this diet you have to eat mostly fruit to get enough carbs.
5. Better Digestion
This benefit is one of the reasons that raw foods help people lose excess weight. When foods are cooked, it kills the enzymes in them and these enzymes help people to digest foods. What about foods like beans? They would not be good to eat raw. Since they are still alive (also called viable) you can sprout them and bean sprouts taste great in salads and are super healthy. They add a little crunch to the salad like raw seeds and nuts.
6. More Energy
Many people report having more energy from eating raw foods. Many of these benefits are strongly interrelated. For example people who sleep better have more energy. Digestion requires a lot of energy and cooked foods require more energy to digest. People report that this extra energy gives them a craving to exercise.
7. Better Sleep
The internet says that most Americans have trouble sleeping. This is due to many things but many people report that they sleep better when eating raw foods. I have also seen that raw foods can help you get to sleep quickly. Note that Kristina in the pictures does yoga and this is a great exercise to reduce stress and help you to sleep better.
I have a very popular article called 23 Very Popular Celebrities That Do Yoga. It includes Hillary Clinton who has been doing yoga since law school. If you have trouble with sleeping, see 9 Ways To Sleep Much Better.
8. Less Depression
The Hallelujah Acres website has testimonials of people that were on medication for anxiety and depression and got off of the medications and cured these things with an 85% raw food diet. One of the above was a minister (Pastor Alvin Tallant) and it was no wonder that he was depressed with all the health problems that he had like bad surgeries, skin cancer, kidney stones, bipolar and more.
For more about healing yourself of mental health issues with natural methods including fasting, see Natural Healing. Also Debbie Pierce (Rose Goddess) is not associated with Hallelujah Acres, but she was depressed and cured it by switching to an all raw vegan diet.
There are pictures of her with a link to her blog on this article, Does a Vegan Diet Make People Look More Beautiful. This article also has picture of other women that eat a raw vegan diet so you can see how good they look.
9. Look More Beautiful
This is of course a very subjective thing but if you look at pictures of women on a raw vegan diet, you can decide for yourself. The above website has pictures of Freelee, Victoria Everett and Megan Elizabeth that eat a raw vegan diet. Freelee is in video below with 13 year old girl who cured her brain cancer.
Below is a video with Megan Elizabeth and Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram together called Kristina & Megan Make Raw Love Pies! Note that you will find that a lot of women on a raw foods diet, that love making videos. Like there is a video of Freelee (the banana girl) dancing in her underwear. On the above article there is a video showing before picture of how heavy Freelee was before adopting a raw food diet. She also had anorexia nervosa and other problems before going raw.
Here is an October 25, 2013 article on Huffington Post about the model or supermodel, Carol Alt switching to a mostly raw food diet. She has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated. It is called Becoming Raw Changed My Life. It says:
At the age of 52, I'm in the best shape of my life, and I'm healthier than ever. It wasn't always that way, though. In fact, when I was in my 30s, everything seemed to be coming undone. I experienced health problems, gained weight and my career was unraveling.
I was so afraid that if I put anything in my mouth I would gain weight, so I hardly ate anything. My body started getting used to a small amount of food. I was working so hard every day that I didn't even realize I was not eating. Then, at one point in my career, while filming a documentary, I overheard one of the producers tell my manager, "She is not in bathing suit condition."
It was actually really easy for me to transition into eating raw. For the first time in years I was eating a lot of food, and more importantly the right kind of food. I felt wonderful, and it reflected in every area of my life -- physically, mentally, career, relationships, etc.
Alkaline vs acid: You want to keep your blood PH balanced. When you eat raw, you're usually consuming a lot of fruit and vegetables; most are alkaline.
It's easy! I'm not saying eat raw 100 percent of the time -- just eat mostly raw.
Note that most means over 51% raw but on the video below she says that you are allowed to eat 75% to 95% raw.
10. Increased Mental Clarity
Many people report more mental clarity and feel like a fog has been lifted when they start eating raw foods. B vitamins have to do with mental fitness and many vitamins are destroyed in the cooking process. Minerals are not destroyed but if a food is boiled, then a lot of minerals will be poured down the drain that came out of the food. This is why steaming is better than boiling. For more information on making sure that you are getting enough nutrients on this diet see The Essential Supplements and the Dangerous Ones.
11. Protection Against Toxic Plants and Unhealthy Foods
Say that you are lost out in the wild and need to find food to eat. Well here is how the theory goes. Animals in the wild know instinctively what to eat and what not to eat. This works by them tasting the food. Humans also have this instinct. This is why babies will put everything in their mouth.
But this will not work with cooked foods or salted foods or combinations of foods. Animals eat all food raw and only eat one food at a time. So if you cook and salt the poisonous toadstool mushroom, then you can eat it and die.
But if you try to eat it raw by itself then the bitter taste will cause you to spit it out. So this is the theory about how you can identify healthy plant foods. Also this same rule about eating one raw food at a time means that the foods that taste best to you are the healthiest foods for you.
This then addresses the issue of a certain food being good for a certain person at a certain time. Now the above is a theory but the following is very easy to test out. If you eat a single raw food at a time, you will never overeat that food. When mixing foods this can happen but with a single food, you just eat as much as you want of it and that will be the ideal amount of that food to eat.
So if you start eating a certain fruit, you do not need to decide before hand how much to eat. You can eat as much as you want and stop eating it when you have no taste for more of it. A good example is the trail mix with raisins, seeds and nuts (all raw). You can overeat that mix. But if you try eating one of them at a time, you will not overeat it.
Many got started on a raw food diet from the book The 80/10/10 Diet by Douglass Graham (Doctor of Chiropractic). See below to buy it. The title means 80% carbs (carbohydrates), 10% protein and 10% fat. It says:
The switch from cooked to raw is actually a fairly easy one. It is simply a matter of increasing the percentage of raw foods in your diet. Some people find it easiest to begin by simply eating raw for breakfast while leaving everything else the same as always. When they get comfortable with that, they add in raw lunches as well.
Many people experience temporary symptoms of detoxification when they begin a raw diet, as the body is no longer being overloaded each day with so much toxic residue. The symptoms arise as the body cleanses and heals naturally, releasing toxins into the bloodstream that may have been buried deep within the tissues and organs for many years.
A normal white [blood cell] count is around 3 million. If toxic substances enter the bloodstream, the white blood cell count will rise, rapidly and dramatically, in order to clean up the blood. After eating a cooked meal, the white count typically rises as high as 15 or 18 million, and even higher. After eating a meal of raw fruit, there is usually no discernible rise in the white count. So the rule is this: If we can't eat the food "raw," if it is not delicious and palatable in its natural state then it is not food for us.
Palatable: definition-- having a pleasant or agreeable taste. For more information about detoxification from MDs (medical doctors) see the Many Benefits of Fasting.
How My Eyes Changed Color Eating FullyRaw
The 80/10/10 Diet by Dr. Douglass Graham (D.C.)
Dr. Douglas Graham, a lifetime athlete and twenty-seven year raw fooder, is an advisor to world-class athletes and trainers from around the globe. He has worked professionally with top performers from almost every sport and every field of entertainment, including such notables as tennis legend Martina Navratilova, NBA pro basketball player Ronnie Grandison, track Olympic sprinter Doug Dickinson, pro women's soccer player Callie Withers, championship bodybuilder Kenneth G. Williams, Chicken Soup for the Soul coauthor Mark Victor Hansen, and actress Demi Moore. As owner of a fasting retreat in the Florida Keys for ten years, Dr. Graham personally supervised thousands of fasts.