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Health Benefits of a Raw Food Diet

As more and more people are turning to more organic lifestyles and trying to improve their health through adopting better eating habits, there are also many people going one step further and enjoying the health benefits of a raw food diet. In this article I am going to firstly look at; why so many people are choosing raw foods over cooked, what the benefits are, and give you tips on how to start eating a mainly raw food diet.

In my experience people who are “raw foodists” mainly eat 75% raw foods and their reason for doing so are, when foods are raw they are in their most natural state and how nature designed them, thus meaning they are biocompatible with our bodies and are easier for us to digest. This is because when we cook food this creates new compounds in foods which our bodies can?t always process, therefore adding to our toxic load and making it harder for our immune system to work efficiently. Our immune systems are affected because when foods that are cooked enter our bodies it leads to our white blood cells becoming more active which means that the food is seen as an invader in the body.

Furthermore raw foods maintain their enzymes and because enzymes are our life force and our bodies need them in order to absorb vitamins and minerals. When food is heated over a certain temperature the enzymes die and it becomes harder for our bodies to assimilate the nutrition from foods.

A major benefit for many is the fact that raw foods replenish our enzymes store and help us to remain healthy and slow down the aging process whereas cooked foods speed up the aging process as they deplete our bodies of enzymes.

However many people are put off eating a raw food diet as they imagine they’ll just be eating salads all day long and what they do not realise is that in fact they can have a whole variety of grains, nuts, seeds, and a vast array of delicious products.

It is always wise to start with a few simple steps and slowly increase your raw food intake for example start by adding salads to all your meals, even if you are eating pizza having salad with it will help your digestion. Breakfast is a great place to start, by having a raw food smoothie, with fresh fruit, nut milk and adding in chia seeds and spirulina this gets your day off to an excellent start.

9 Superfoods you should be eating

Superfoods are foods that contain a high level of various vitamins, minerals and other components that are beneficial for one’s health. These foods have a great nutritional value and protect us from various diseases. Keep reading in order to find out what are the foods you should definitely include into your diet.

  1. Acai

This fruit belongs to family of berries and we are all aware of the amazing health benefits of various members of berry family. Acai originate in South American rain forests. It is widely believed that acai berries aid in weight loss and anti-aging process. They are rich in antioxidants in the form of anthocyanins that prevent cancer and protect our heart. Moreover, acai berries are one of rare fruits that contain oleic acid which is a heart-healthy fat usually found in olives. It has more antioxidant level that other commonly eaten berries like cranberries or strawberries. Acai berry is used for the treatment of ulcers, diarrhea and many other infections.

  1. Goji berries

Goji berries are native to Asia, more precisely Himalayan Mountains, Mongolia and China. Now, they are eaten worldwide due to numerous health benefits. Goji berries contain a high level of Vitamin C, protect our heart health, aid in weight loss, and according to some studies they prevent cancer. Gogi berries are consumed by people on daily basis as it is proved to be a cure for many common problems such as it improves eyesight, hair discoloration, enhances mood, has anti-aging properties, etc.

  1. Cacoa powder

Yes, this is correct. According to the recent studies, cacoa powder can be safely included into group of super foods. Cocoa powder contains flavonoids which lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation to the brain and heart. One tablespoon of cocoa powder has less than 15 calories and almost no fat. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder showed antioxidant activity in studies that was equivalent or even higher to the antioxidant activity of acai berries, cranberries, blueberries etc. The study that discovered the amazing benefits of cocoa powder was conducted by Hershey Company and findings were published in Chemistry Central Journal.

  1. Seaweed

Seaweed contains Omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for our overall health. It is also rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, iodine, iron, potassium, and zinc. Some health benefits of seaweed include: improved memory, good eyesight, strong teeth and bones, healthy thyroid function, improved immune system, reduced risk of allergies and infections, lower blood pressure etc. Moreover, seaweed is beneficial for the skin and regular consumption can give us that healthy glow we always want, and it improves the quality of our hair.

  1. Mangosteens

You have, probably associated this fruit with mangoes, but they aren’t related. The kind of this fruit contains compounds called xanthones which have anti-inflammatory properties and reduce the risk of getting cancer. Mangosteen is a juicy, delicious fruit which is rich in fiber and has no cholesterol.

  1. Kefir

Kefir is an ancient drink that originated in Russia and is most widely used in Eastern and Southeastern Europe e.g. Balkans region. It is similar to yogurt and slightly sour. Kefir is also more powerful probiotic than yogurt; it has powerful antibacterial properties that protect us from various infections, improves our bone health and lowers the risk of osteoporosis. Moreover, kefir has cancer-fighting characteristics too, improves our digestion, and eases symptoms of allergies and asthma. Another great benefit of kefir is the fact it is well tolerated even by people who are lactose intolerant.

  1. Avocado

Avocada is originated from Mexico. They are an excellent source of healthy raw fat. Avocado also contains fiber, potassium, Vitamins E and B, and folic acid. Moreover, avocados have the ability to enable one’s body to more efficiently absorb fat-soluble nutrients like alpha and beta-carotene etc.

  1. Kale

Kale contains antioxidants and fiber. It is, also, one of the best sources of Vitamin A which promotes healthy eyesight and strengthens immune system. One-cup serving of kale has the same amount of Vitamin C as an orange. It is rich in minerals such as potassium, calcium and zinc. Kale is a vegetable and can be consumed on regular basis as it lowers the risk of cancer, high cholesterol and has anti-inflammatory properties.

  1. Kiwi

Kiwis are rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants that flush away toxins from our body and protect us from various diseases and infections. Additionally, kiwis have more nutrients that some other fruits and according to a study whose findings were published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition consumption of kiwi promotes sleep due to the fact it also contains serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that helps induce and maintains sleep.

Reasons to include Organic fennel in your diet

Fennel has become a common word in shows that air lifestyle news. It is a fresh vegetable that belongs to the Umbelliferae family. Physically it composes of three parts; a bulb that is white or pale green closely arranged stalks growing from the bulb and feathery green leaves. Its flowers sprout above the leaves where they produce the fennel seeds. All the parts of fennel are edible. The vegetable is slightly sweet and crunchy and mostly associated with Italian cooking. The season for this vegetable is from the autumn through to the early season of spring.  Food rating systems have rated fennel as either a good or excellent source of nutrients. This article discusses the various nutritional benefits that one derives from eating fennel.

Prevent against inflammation and occurrence of cancer

Fennel is known to contain a unique combination of phytonutrients that act as antioxidants that protect the body against inflammation. Anethole is the most active phytonutrient component in fennel. It is the primary element in the oil produced by fennel. It is this Anethole that help in reducing inflammation and preventing occurrence of cancer. Anethole triggers the shutting down of an intercellular signaling system that in turn prevents activation of a potential gene-altering and inflammation triggering molecule. This destructive molecule is called NF-kappaB.  In animals, Anethole helps in protecting the liver of experimental animals from the toxins in the sedation compound. By reducing inflammation, Anethole contributes in brightening of dull skin.

Support immunity and protect against antioxidants

The bulb of fennel is a rich source of Vitamin C, which is the main water-soluble antioxidant in the body. Vitamin C helps in neutralizing the free radicals found in the liquid environment of the body. The free radicals may cause damage to human cells that may result in pain and deterioration of joints.  People can prevent conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis through increased uptake of fennel. In addition to the antioxidant activity, Vitamin C in the fennel bulb helps in fighting microbes in the body. Vitamin C is antimicrobial that fight micro- organisms in the human body, therefore, increasing the functioning of the immune system. By acting as an antioxidant, Vitamin C prevents skin damage by the sun and smoke. It also promotes smooth skin and improves the skin texture through enhancing production of collagen.

Enhances cardiovascular and Colon Health

Fennel bulb is a rich source of fiber that helps to reduce elevated cholesterol levels in the body. Fennel has the capacity of preventing colon cancer. The fiber contained in the fennel bulb helps in removing the potential carcinogenic toxins from the colon. The fennel bulb is also rich in folate that is a vitamin B component. Foliate help in changing homocysteine that is a dangerous molecule in the body into helpful molecules in the body. Homocysteine is known to increase the risk of a heart attack as it damages the blood vessel walls. The risk of heart attack increases proportionally with the increase in the levels of homocysteine in the body. Fennel also contains potassium, which helps to lower high blood pressure. It is important to note that high blood pressure is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke.

Enhances the health of the bones

Fennel provides the minerals required by the body for efficient functioning. The minerals present in fennel play a key role in building and maintaining the structure and strength of the bone. Iron and zinc help in the production and proper maturation of collagens in the bone. Manganese is important in the formation of the bone matrix. Phosphate and calcium present in fennel help in developing the structure of the bone. Fennel also contains vitamin K, which helps in preventing bone fractures. Vitamin K provides support to the minerals that form the bone matrix. It also improves the absorption of calcium and prevents calcium loss through urinary excretion.