There are many detoxes and cleanses suggested for helping your body function optimally and losing weight, but finding one that works best for you personally can be overwhelming. One of the most popular diets right now is the raw food diet, which promotes just what the title states, eating only foods in their raw state. In gaining an understanding on the raw food diet, you can be better prepared to see if this is a detox that may be a fit for you.
The raw food diet purports that when we cook our food, the cooking process takes out the enzymes that our bodies need to detoxify themselves. Therefore, by eating only foods in their raw state, your body is able to ingest these enzymes and help your body to detoxify.
This detox choice is very straightforward in what is allowed and what is not. Eating a part of this detox consists of nuts, fruits, seeds, grains, beans, fruits and vegetables. Meat and dairy are not allowed, and with good reason, as one could easily get sick ingesting these foods raw, although some do eat raw eggs and cheese made from raw or unpasteurized milk.
The diet may be difficult for some people, as nothing can be warmed or roasted. Food dehydrators are widely accepted as a great way to partake in the raw food diet, allowing partakers to dry out fruits for fruit leather and making chips from vegetables as long as the temperature does not rise above 115 degrees.
There is not much medical literature on the raw food diet to produce evidence if the diet is a healthy selection or not, but like everything else, moderation is key. It’s important for anyone considering this detox, to make sure that they are consuming a variety of foods to reach their daily vitamin and mineral needs and that special attention is paid to consuming enough protein and making sure that their food is washed and prepared properly.
Devotees of the raw food diet insist that eating raw leads to a leaner body, clearer skin and higher energy with lower risk of disease. If interested in pursuing the raw food diet, consider starting out by adding more raw fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts to your diet and slowly start increasing the amount of raw foods you include in your diet until you find a level that works for you.