The science behind raw food diets

We’ve all been there: scrolling down our Facebook or Instagram feeds and seeing the infamous #raw hashtag next to a picture of a raw chocolate, vegetables, fruits, oats and nuts.  However, the raw food diet is made up of much more than pretty pictures social media. It is a lifestyle that can be enormously beneficial to your entire family.

I know from personal experience, but also evidence suggests that a raw food diet can be instrumental in fighting against and, in many cases, reversing a plethora of diseases including autism, diabetes, obesity, cancer and asthma. Not too shabby, raw veganism!

But, what is it exactly? Also, what effect does it have on the body?

At its core, eating raw basically means eating organic food that has not been cooked or processed in any way. Essentially, food should not be heated above 116 degrees F and it should not have been treated with preservatives or pesticides; and is GMO-free. The reason behind this is that raw foodies believe that cooking or processing food destroys enzymes – something our bodies cannot do without.

So, let’s check out some key ways a raw diet affects the body:

1. It improves brain function.

One thing’s for sure, if you go raw, your brain will thank you! How can this be so? Most people digest Raw food more quickly. This essentially means that energy is sent rapidly to the brain and other vital organs.

2. It gives you flawless skin.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it reacts very quickly to other changes in the body, almost like a warning system. Eating raw means you’ll be consuming more vitamins and amino acids, resulting to beautiful skin. Also, vegetables are mostly water, which your skin loves! Hydrated skin is beautiful skin.

3. It is a natural energy booster.

I mentioned above how beneficial increased energy levels are for your brain. Well, the same is true for the rest of your body. Enzymes play a crucial role for pretty much anything our body does. Unfortunately, there is only a limited amount on hand. Introducing more enzymes into your system means more energy.

4. Yes, your lungs will thank you too!

Going raw will make your body enter an alkaline state. Although that sounds pretty frightening like something you’d want to avoid, an alkaline system has its benefits. Your lungs will be freed from excess mucus produced by your current diet, especially if it’s heavy on meat.

5. Your heart won’t skip a beat!

A raw vegan diet is chock full of antioxidants, and they are right up there with enzymes when it comes to importance to your body. They lower free radical production, stopping them from wreaking havoc on your blood vessels and heart.

If raw food has benefited your families health or diet – leave your comments below and share your story with us,

Sarah x