Consuming foods in their raw natural state is the most effective way of ensuring your body can digest and absorb the maximum nutrients.
You are what you eat is a well known phrase.
But we are not only what we eat, more importantly we are what our bodies are able to digest and so what we are able to absorb.
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So why choose raw food?
Processing food strips out many of the essential nutrients primarily through overheating of foods and oxidation and of course the addition of toxic materials.
Whole foods are naturally designed - natural and complete packages containing the nutrients required to sustain life as well as the enzymes our bodies need to healthily digest and absorb nutrients to help the body perform its functions effectively.
Removing or damaging raw foods through cooking and processing can result in these vital nutrients and enzymes being stripped out.
- Fresh Raw Whole Foods
- Fresh Raw Juices
- What about Frozen Food?
- Raw Foods that Lower Blood Sugar
- How Raw Foods can Ease High Blood Pressure
- Raw Foods to Help you Beat Stress
Choosing to eat a diet rich in fresh, natural, raw, organic foods, such as fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and pulses provides your body with the best and most natural diet.
If you can it is best to try to get your fresh organic produce from local farmers’ markets.
Remember to choose organic whenever you can.
Conventionally grown produce is often deficient in nutrients.
Overuse of soil results in depleted minerals and nutrients content would usually be absorbed into the crops.
Crops are often treated with pesticides and other chemicals such as fertilisers.
It can also be difficult to identify what chemicals and pesticides have been used with imported crops.
As well as eating whole raw foods, another way to extract maximum nutrition from your whole foods is to blend or juice whole foods and raw produce as we do at Amchara with our juice fasting diet.
Fresh raw extracted juices from raw fruit and vegetables can provide an easy-to-absorb instant hit of nutrients.
This is the only kind of fast food that you should eat if you want to live a healthier, longer life.
No matter how out of tune your digestive system is, juicing can be a useful way to ensure your body absorbs the highest amount of vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
Even compromised digestive systems can benefit hugely from juiced raw produce and many health and detox retreats globally incorporate juicing as an integral part of their healing and detoxification programmes.
There are many documented cases of serious illnesses and diseases, including various cancers and other degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and arthritis, being successfully treated and in some cases healed or reversed, with the nutritional support of fresh juices and foods made from organic, fresh, raw whole foods.
Make sure you consume fresh juices as soon as they are extracted as once the skin of a fruit or vegetable is broken, the process of oxidation commences and the food immediately begins to lose its nutritional values.
Our bodies need the live and active enzymes in fresh raw foods to rejuvenate and restore.
Enzymes can be overlooked by conventional doctors and nutritionists, but it should be noted that they play an important role in helping you regain and maintain the best health possible.
Aside from juicing, you can also choose dried and dehydrated fresh raw whole foods.
Drying fresh foods has been used to preserve food for thousands of years throughout the world.
Before the invention of the fridge, people would use the sun to dry out foods to eat later on and prevent them from rotting and oxidising.
Dehydrated foods can be stored for longer periods and are good for snacking on the go, but watch out for foods that have been dehydrated using chemicals and opt for organic varieties whenever possible.
In the winter months it is difficult to find fresh organic local produce so freezing your own when they are in season is a good option, as is buying frozen (again, choose organic when you can).
It is worth researching to find which companies freeze organic foods and which flash freeze immediately after picking the produce.
Frozen food can retain 70 to 95% of its nutritional value, depending on the freezing process used.
If you prefer the comfort of warm foods in the winter, you can still go raw by just lightly steaming them.
Only steam produce for a few minutes otherwise you deplete the foods of the essential nutrients and enzymes.
Leftover food heated in the microwave, tinned food and fried foods can lose nearly all of their nutritional value.
Processed foods that contain additives often have very little nutritional value. Chemical preservatives and additives can contribute to a toxin overload - some have been linked with cancers and other chronic diseases.
Always aim to eat a wide variety of fruit and vegetables and regularly include raw whole foods in your diet to maximise the health benefits they can give your body.
- Fresh Fruits: A few examples of such foods are berries, cherries and lemons which have low sugar levels, then apples, pears, peaches and oranges which have moderate sugar levels. These fresh fruits are rich in fibre and antioxidants and are excellent choices to help prevent sharp rises in blood glucose.
- Fresh Vegetables: Fresh vegetables can also help to lower blood glucose level. Choose sweet potatoes, garlic, onions, avocados, leafy green vegetables, green beans, cabbage, tomatoes and carrots. Rich in fibre and high in vitamin content, these super veg also contain a range of antioxidants.
- Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates such as whole grains, beans, barley, granola and oatmeal can help to lower the level of sugar in the blood.
- Proteins: Skinless turkey, chicken and fish are good options. Dairy products including milk and cheese also contain healthy proteins.
- Nuts: Healthy choices include cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts and pecans. Always be mindful of portion size as nuts are high in fats and choose plain and unsalted.
- Spices And Herbs: Cinnamon, cloves, oregano, sage and fenugreek are all thought to help with lowering blood sugar levels.
- Water: Another simple way of lowering your level of blood sugar is by drinking 8-10 glasses of water daily which helps to flush the toxins from the body.
High blood pressure can be a warning bell as it can lead to serious heart problems, from arterial disease to strokes or even heart attacks.
A modern lifestyle, heavy on processed foods and low on nutrition and exercise, is a significant contributor to heart issues, but by paying attention to your diet and lifestyle, you may be able to manage your blood pressure, without resorting to medication.
Stock up on Omega-3 and good fats to boost heart health
- Omega-3 and essential fatty acids can actually the level of fat in your bloodstream, reducing fatty plaque build-up in your arteries. Supplements might seem like an easy short-cut but can lead to overdosing on omega 3, which can be counterproductive.
- Instead, obtaining omega-3 directly from food helps your body absorb the right amount needed, and break it down easily.
- Spirulina algae is a perfect source, combining omega-3 fatty acids with essential amino acids and other nutrients.
- Oily fish such as sardines, mackerel and salmon are some of the best sources of omega-3. White fish does contain omega-3 but in low levels. Plants including avocados, flax seeds, chia and walnuts also contain omega-3, but only the least beneficial kind called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).
Fresh foods to detoxify you
- Improve arterial health by boosting your intake of vitamin C, this slows down the process of plaque build-up and encourages a healthy heart.
- As well as the ubiquitous orange, mix it up with other great sources of vitamin C like strawberries, broccoli and papaya.
- Fruits and veg are rich in detoxifying antioxidants, which boost heart health by improving blood flow in arteries and reducing cholesterol.
- Try fresh juices and include a rainbow of brightly coloured foods to ensure a varied mix of nutrients in your diet.
Get active and feel good
- Regular exercise can help you lose weight and boost your heart circulation, improving heart health.
- If you haven’t been active for a while, ease into fitness gently - try yoga or Pilates - remember that even going for a walk counts as exercise.
- Ease into fitness with gentle but effective techniques, like yoga or Pilates.
- Combining gentle stretches, movement and deep breathing can help you regain flexibility, build strength and reduce strength and naturally reduce your blood pressure.
With our modern super busy, hectic lives, stressful situations seem to exist around every corner, creating strain and pressure on our mental and physical health.
Stress can be more than just feeling a little overwhelmed. Chronic stress can take its toll on health, lead to depression and anxiety, and contribute to the development of chronic conditions.
But a nourishing, easily absorbed diet can work wonders on your stress levels. By eating to meet your body’s needs, you can feel in control and enable calmness and clarity to return.
Free Yourself from Addictions
One of the biggest pitfalls of stress is how we tend to reach for the things that actually exacerbates stress, such as fat, sugar and salt.
A refreshing stress-detox retreat is the perfect way to boost your digestion and cleanse yourself of toxins built up over the years from these, with reviving fresh juices and delicious raw food meals, you’ll find that over the course of your retreat, both your body and mind start to feel lighter, clearer and more able to cope with challenges.
Boost your Energy
Feeling stressed can leave you feeling tired, anxious and super-irritable, made even worse when you can’t sleep.
A raw-food detox will help you overcome that, by cleansing your body, you’ll find your energy levels increase.
A diet rich in fresh, raw fruit and vegetables will provide plenty of minerals and nutrients, boosting your physical health, immune system and brain function.
Better Sleep for Better Health
As well as a feeling of renewed energy, one of the first things you’ll notice with after trying a raw food detox is how much better you sleep.
Sleep is a prime factor to help you overcome stress, when you’ve slept well, you feel physically and mentally rested, prepared and more alert.
Fruits and nuts like bananas, walnuts and almonds are rich in vitamin E and potassium, helping your body to recover its strength by promoting nourishing, restful sleep.
Top Raw Foods to Beat Stress
Raw cacao nibs are rich in chemical compounds that are naturally stress relieving and rich in magnesium, sometimes referred to as nature’s tranquilliser.
Bananas are versatile fruits - perfect as a quick snack and they make a great base for smoothies and desserts.
Almonds are rich in serotonin, promoting healthy sleep and mental relaxation. They are also a good source of vitamin E, zinc, magnesium and antioxidants. These humble nuts are delicious raw, blended into butters and smoothies, and will make you look and feel great, inside and out. These nuts are delicious raw, blended into butters and smoothies, and will make you look and feel great, inside and out.
For an easy stress-busting raw food recipe, try a deliciously indulgent and healthy raw banana, almond and cacao whip by blending almond milk with banana and cacao powder.
We hope you enjoyed this article.
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