Raw Foods

A diet of raw foods is thought to be the best way to improve your health.

Are they healthier than other diets? Well, yes, eating these foods can be very good for you because of all the nutrients that are in their original state. Since it hasn't been heated, there are enzymes and vitamins that will be retained. This might be a vitamin such as Vitamin C for instance in unpasteurized milk. Commercial milk doesn't have Vitamin C because it is lost during the pasteurization process. Heat can also change the molecular structure of food. This makes the calcium in dairy foods almost unusable by the body.

Yet, in spite of all this, some people would do better by being wary of going COMPLETELY RAW, as they say. Who should be cautious? People who have poor digestion. In order to properly digest whole foods in their original state, it requires you to have a robust digestive system. If you don't, eating too many uncooked foods may exacerbate an already weakened system. It's just too much to ask of a weak stomach. This means that you won't even see the benefits of eating this way.

Instead, you may end up bent over in painful agony by cramping, diarrhea and constant gas and burping as a result of food staying too long in the intestinal tract. This could also lead to the very food you eat being your worst enemy causing burning pain and irritating the stomach lining by sitting too long because the body just can't break all the undigested fibers down without help.

So what can you do?

I suggest you combine the best of raw, with certain key foods thrown in. It is also advisable to consider which foods and their types are the most important to eat in their uncooked splendor.

List of Raw Food

Unpasteurized whole milk, for instance is a wonderful healer. Why? Because it is a liquid and has all the enzymes included to break down the milk sugars and vitamins, minerals and other factors for the maximum absorption and benefits for your health. Lactose intolerance, for example, really is not an allergy. It just means that most likely the person cannot eat milk products UNLESS they are in their original state.

It is a fact that when young calves are fed heated milk, they become weak, and eventually can't stand and die. So this is a good example of foods to eat unheated.

Here are some more.

Whole milk and dairy products such as butter, cream, raw cheeses and cultured dairy made with raw or at the very least not homogenized or raised commercially. Make sure it is antibiotic and hormone-free. This also means you won't probably gain weight eating these because antibiotics are growth enhancers. I have lost 20 pounds the last year eating lots of whole butter and cream. I wasn’t trying to lose any weight, I was just trying to get healthy!

Eggs whole or just the yolks for those concerned with biotin deficiency or heat slightly.

Fermented fish and cod liver oil is easier to assimilate by the body than normal fish and cod liver oils. They also have about 2 1/2 times the vitamins.

Uncooked meats and fish - from sources such as sushi-grade fish and meat from animals raised without the use of antibiotics and overcrowding and disease. It can also be frozen as insurance before eating in its raw state. Getting sushi from a reliable Japanese sushi bar can be a real health treat if you’re up for it and like adventurous eating. (Sushi is one of my favorite things to eat.)

Fresh cabbage and vegetables should be eaten after they have been soured by fermenting with the milk whey from cultured dairy such as kefir whey or just salt where it is brined for several weeks and then cold stored in the refrigerator to age further and mellow the flavors. This is real artisan food that just happens to heal and nourish while being extremely pleasurable to enjoy. At the very least mix them with mayonnaise (homemade of course) or another dressing and let it stand a few hours in the refrigerator to break down the vegetables and increase the enzymes.

Spinach can be enjoyed in small amounts but beware because of the oxalic acid. Better yet is to lightly steam it and serve it with butter or whip it into a lovely cream soup with a fresh dollop of crème fraiche on top. (or kefired cream)

Same with kale, which also makes a delicious soup.

Don't forget homemade chicken stock. The gelatin and collagen are very soothing to the stomach lining and coat and help it to heal.

Berries are good raw but if you have stomach upsets a better choice would be to stew it with spices such as cinnamon, clove and maybe even a little curry if you like it. Then stir in butter and some sweetener such as sucanat. It will be like a cobbler without the crust!

So as you can see, there are lots of delicious things to eat raw or lightly cooked so your digestive system can heal and the stomach lining can repair.

Word to the wise when it comes to going raw. Figure out if it's right for you and enjoy eating again.

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