Ok so Ol’ Dirty Bastard was probably not singing about food in his song Shimmy Shimmy Ya but that doesn’t mean raw food isn’t something to sing about. When plant based foods are consumed raw (below a temperature of 108-116 degrees, but not frozen either) the enzymes remain intact. Enzymes are what break down our food into something our body can use. When food is cooked most of it’s enzymes are destroyed and our bodies have to work harder to digest it. The immune system reacts to the cooked food as a toxin and your body has to create it’s own enzymes to break it down. This can deplete energy and leave you feeling tired after a meal. Eating raw foods removes this burden. Keeping the enzymes intact provides us with maximum energy and 100% of the food’s nutrition while using minimal body effort. Eating 51% raw foods each day can have a huge impact on your immune system. An 80% raw, organic, plant based diet is ideal for an abundantly healthy lifestyle.
Using raw foods to detox
Want to help out your digestive system even more? Make a shake. Blending or juicing your fruits and vegetables before ingesting them takes half of the work out of digestion because you have already pureed them up. Drinking green shakes are a great way to detox, get many different types of nutrients into your body at once and reboot your health.
Reasons to detox:
– You consistently eat foods that produce inflammation (foods that contain white flour, white sugar, unhealthy oils, high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives, additives, etc. )
– You have a high stress lifestyle and/or negative thoughts & emotions.
– To eliminate toxins that have entered your body from poor quality air, alcohol, prescription drugs, allergens, contact with chemicals, etc.
You have to get the toxins out of your body in order for your body to be able to absorb nutrients.
***Another great way to detoxify everyday is to drink 1-2 liters of warm water (the addition of lemon is also great for your urinary tract) before you eat or drink anything in the morning. This wakes your organs up, that have been asleep all night, to start working efficiently and flush out toxins.
*Favorite brand –
At OMpower’s OM-made To Go Fuel Bar (where I sell my line of healthy pre-packaged foods) we carry a line of cold-pressed juices from Urban Remedy. They taste great and are ideal either for a cleanse or a boost of nutrition in your day.
Check out Urban Remedy’s website or pick up a bottle at OMpower located at 66 Townsend St. San Francisco, CA
Sarah Burchard is the author of The Healthy Locavore, a natural foods chef and experience host whose writing focuses on cooking, holistic health, supporting community and eating locally grown and made foods.