What Are Live Superfoods?
The Wonder of Natural Foods
Nature is perfect. I’m in awe every day about the workings of the human body, the workings of the world around us, and the interrelated workings of our entire ecosystem.
However, when we try to change natural foods to make them taste better or make them easier to consume on the go, we change the very ability for the foods to provide us what nature intended. Eating highly processed foods like this is NOT how to eat healthy.
Just think about this… we add preservatives in the form of chemicals to food to increase shelf life. Now, nobody wants to eat food that has spoiled. But how much sense does it make to continually consume foods that weren’t meant to be on the shelves that long to begin with?
In nature, we were meant to consume fresh foods that are LIVE. Live foods are those that still have live enzymes in them – unadulterated plant material.
We now know that heating foods to a temperature of 130 degrees or more kills the very enzymes that we need for sustained health. If they’re not live, they can’t really be called live superfoods!)
I am not saying that a raw foods diet is for everyone. Heck. It’s not even for me, but the more you can strive to replace “dead” food with raw, live foods, the more healthy you can be.
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that there ARE foods in which the cooking process does release some hard-to-reach nutritive value. But, for the most part, over-processing foods doesn't promote health.
Frying, boiling, broiling, baking, and even pasteurization kills the enzymes that our body seeks to maintain a healthful state. (So I don’t get nasty comments about the benefits of pasteurization, it certainly does have a place in our society; no doubt, it’s saved thousands of lives since Louis developed the process and provided his microbial germ theory and changed the history of medicine.) Yet, even when we buy fruit juices that we think are healthy, they are not able to provide the live enzymes our bodies seek since they’ve been pasteurized.
To simplify, “live” means fresh, cut from the vine, tree, bush, or pulled from the ground in the same state that nature intended, with enzymatic material still in tact. Eating more of these live foods, and less dead, or highly processed foods is what is meant by eating clean.
(For more information on the necessity of live enzymes in our diet, read up on Dr. Edward Howell, who did extraordinary research in the 1930’s and 40’s in this field)
Let's Look at Some Superfoods
Live superfoods are those fruits and vegetables which, when the cell walls of these plants are opened, provide us with an array of vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids, and essential oils.
- Goji Berries
- All Other Greens, particularly leafy greens
- Beans / Lentils
- Some Nuts
(This is my list of superfoods; you will get an array of foods listed by others)
Now, there is no way I could eat the amount of these foods every day that is needed to provide the nutrients the body needs. Many of these foods can make absolutely delicious drinks that provide those live superfood values because the cell walls have been broken, and the good stuff inside has been let out in the way of juice, but I still can't get everything needed by juicing, and juicing, while good, can be high in sugars, albeit natural sugars.