The Healing Properties of a Raw Food Diet
There is overwhelming evidence to support the benefits of a raw food diet, but a raw food diet can do more than just make you feel good – it has healing properties too!
Just some of the benefits of a raw food diet are:
• Increased energy
• Better digestion
• Weight loss
• Reduced risk of heart disease
• Reduced risk of diabetes and cancer
• A great sense of wellbeing
• Improved skin appearance
The Living Light Institute in Southern California (where our very own Chef Tom Donnelly trained!) point out that “organically grown raw and living foods provide high-quality nutrition while naturally supporting both proper digestion and a well-functioning immune system. Eating these life-giving foods helps to alkalize the body, a key factor in building excellent health. When the body is in an alkaline state, it is better able both to absorb nutrients and to expel toxins more efficiently. The SAD (Standard American Diet) of meat, bread, dairy products, processed/cooked foods, caffeine, and alcohol creates an acidic state in the body, which contributes to a variety of health problems.”
But what about our pre-existing health conditions? Can a raw food diet help those of us suffering from the likes of fibromyalgia and arthritis? Yes, it can!
A 2001 study by Donaldson, Speight and Loomis titled “Fibromyalgia syndrome improved using a mostly raw vegetarian diet: An observational study” was published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal which confirmed that many fibromyalgia sufferers could be helped by a mostly raw vegetarian diet.
To find evidence of the benefits of a raw food diet for arthritis sufferers, you need go no further than Google! Type in “raw food arthritis” and your search engine will return hundreds of pages of testimonials from arthritis sufferers’ raving about the difference a raw food diet has made to their lives. Don’t be surprised to see quotes like "I have the look of someone who has arthritis, because my fingers are twisted a little bit, I've bumps and swelling, but the pain, the incapacity is gone." or “I still have some degree of discomfort, but if I would've done this a couple years back, I'd be having some seriously painful consequences from so much high impact exercise. Instead I'm experiencing LESS pain”.
Unfortunately, to date there are few clinical tests and studies on raw food and arthritis but one possible explanation for why the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may vanish after someone starts a raw food diet is because it can eliminate "unfriendly" intestinal bacteria. The abundance of anti-inflammatory components and protective anti-oxidants — like vitamins A, C and E — found in uncooked vegetables and fruits are also likely contributors to recovery.
All in all, a well-balanced, vegan raw food diet can be a gateway not only to a healthy, happier lifestyle – but also to a healthier, happier future.