The raw food diet is pretty self explanatory. This is a diet free of gluten, dairy, GMOs, and anything heated over 115 degrees Fahrenheit in order to preserve vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.
This diet originated in the 1800's when Dr. Maximilian Bircher-Benner used raw apples to heal his jaundice. Many individuals testify to reversing severe diseases, while other report rapid weight loss. Bircher-Benner was influenced by Charles Darwin's ideas that humans were just another kind of animal; noting that other animals do not cook their food.
The reason raw food is so beneficial for healing is the enzymes make it a living food. Live food contains everything your body needs to obtain optimal health. Cooked foods are more difficult to digest, because the heat from cooking inactivates enzymes in the food. Enzymes bind to molecules in our bodies and enable molecules to get rid of toxins.
We don't give our very intelligent bodies enough credit. The body is a very smart machine that can heal itself if you detoxify the right way, and consume highly nutritional food. There is no better choice to heal our bodies than eating a raw vegan diet. Raw food is loaded with vitamins, minerals, oxygen, enzymes, complex carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants, and amino acids. Real food is vegan, plant based food grown in its original and organic states without modification of any kind.
However, there are some raw foods to avoid. In addition to why we should avoid gluten and dairy.
Gluten- Gluten negatively impacts the lining of the gut, creating "leaky gut", even in those who do not have celiac disease.
Dairy- No one over the age of 5 produces lactase, the enzyme needed to digest dairy products. Dairy products promote cancer, allergies, and autoimmune diseases.
Some other foods to avoid:
GMOs- Genetically modifying foods should not be consumed for obvious reasons. Some common GMO foods are corn, soy, tomatoes, dairy, canola oil, papaya, sugar, salmon, golden rice, and potatoes.
Peanuts- Create a toxic mold that causes liver cancer.
Nightshades- White potatoes, tomatoes, green bell peppers, and eggplants are high in solanine, which is a toxic alkaloid that causes inflammation.
Cashews- Have a tendency to form kidney stones, and they produce urushiol, which is the same chemical found in poison ivy.
Honey- Is high on the glycemic chart and it's not vegan.
Grains- Contain phytic acid, which is a mineral blocker that prevents the absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, and zinc. Grains also convert to sugar in our bodies.
Beans- Also contain phytic acid and contain lectins- a highly toxic protein for gut health.
Vitamins- Make sure you are not taking synthetic vitamins. Most supplements on the market are synthetic.
Eating raw food connects you with nature, gratitude, and appreciation for what God created. The foods we consume play a vital role in healing the body, mind, and soul. After all - you are what you eat!