Eating raw foods is one of the biggest crazes in the nutrition world over the past several years. Everywhere I turn, nutrition “professionals” & “experts” are recommending raw foods to the masses. Absolutely, eating foods uncooked offers many health benefits, like more enzymes, higher nutrient content, increased fiber content, etc. All these benefits are exactly that, benefits, for an already healthy person.
I speak with women regularly who tell me, “I eat pretty healthy. I eat a lot of raw foods.”
My thoughts are, “well, if you still have digestive issues, thyroid problems, adrenal fatigue, poor energy, bloating, constipation, dry hair and nails, unhealthy skin and joint pain, or other health imbalances, how’s that raw food nutrition working for you?”
Contrary to what so many are claiming, raw foods are just not healthy for everybody.
In fact, if you’re not already in optimal health, raw foods can actually prevent you from improving your wellness.
Here’s likely one of the biggest problems. If you have any of the symptoms mentioned earlier, your body is going through a healing crisis. It’s focusing all its efforts and energy on bringing the body back to balance.
When you ask it to then shift its focus to breaking down high fiber foods, it’s taking a ton of energy away from healing, which is the body’s number one priority at this day and time. In other words, the healing process may either take much longer, or stop all together, because you’re interfering with the work of healing by increasing metabolic demands on your body by the raw foods nutrition you’re consuming.
Cooking your veggies helps to initiate the breakdown of the fiber, thus allowing for better absorption of the nutrients, especially the minerals.
Also, most people in today’s world don’t have the stomach acid, or produce enzymes sufficiently to help breakdown the veggies into small enough particles for the body to absorb. And, because so many have overly permeable gut linings, those undigested particles are entering the body’s general circulation, causing an autoimmune response, because the immune system views these particles as a threat, and begins attacking them.
Uncooked veggies also harbor thousands of different bacteria, fungi, yeasts, parasites and other pathogens, and the further the food has to travel to get to your table, the worse it is. A thousand years ago, well before antibiotics were developed, this wouldn’t have been an issue. The mucosal lining of the gut was bullet proof, so to speak, and the good bacteria in the gut and stomach acid were abundant enough to kill off those microbes.
Today, however, it’s a different story. Most people’s immune systems are already overworked, and have a very difficult time dealing with these additional invasions.
Cooking your veggies also condenses the volume of the veggies, allowing you to eat more of them without getting full. The more veggies you eat, typically the better. Salads and other raw veggies take up a lot of real estate in the stomach, which prevents you from eating enough of them.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, raw veggies are considered very yin, which is not helpful when trying to heal. Cooking them causes them to become more yang, which the Chinese believe is much better for your body when in a state of needing to heal health imbalances.
If you, like so many, suffer from thyroid or adrenal issues, digestive issues, or metabolism blocks, try cooking your veggies. Use methods like sautéing or stir frying, steaming, roasting/baking, lightly grilling or use a crock-pot. Do not use a microwave, as it emits additional toxins into your food and further destroys all the beneficial components.
Though eating more cooked veggies can aid in the healing process, it’s in most cases not nearly enough. But it is a good start.
If you do suffer from health imbalances that you and your doctors just haven’t been able to figure out, we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to send us a message or schedule a consultation to speak with us so we can dive deeper into your health history to uncover all the things still blocking your wellness & metabolism from being perfectly balanced for you.
Author: Damian D. Dubé, FDN, NASM CES; BS, Exercise Physiology and Fitness Management is a Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, former NPC Bodybuilding Competitor & Contributing Expert Magazine Writer with 24 years experience, and Co-Founder of the e3 Energy Evolved™ System.
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