Why Raw Foods? Or Pass the Apples, Carrots and Nuts please…
Want to shed unwanted pounds, enhance your mental capacity, and improve the condition of your skin?
Especially at this time of year with all the fresh local produce available… A good way to stimulate most of the biological processes in the body is to eat more raw food. This is the fuel that contains enzymes. They are the LIFE FORCE in our bodies. As busy as the Eveready Bunny, enzymes turn the food we eat into energy and unlock this energy for use in the body. Who wouldn’t love having more energy?
Why are enzymes important? They are responsible for running all the biological processes in our body. They deliver nutrients, carry away toxic wastes, digest food, purify the blood, deliver hormones by feeding and fortifying the endocrine system, balance cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, feed the brain, control the functioning of RNA and DNA and importantly, cause no harm to the body.
Although some foods are more easily digested and absorbed when cooked, science has proven that the cooking of food, especially meats, some vegetables, fruits and grains, destroys most of the nutrients and enzymes and breaks down the molecular structure. A large percentage of vitamin and mineral content of the food is completely lost. The refining of food and fast-high heat cooking methods have rendered the modern diet mostly enzyme deficient. Because enzymes are so heat-sensitive, they are the first to be destroyed during cooking, pasteurization, canning, microwaving, and fast food processing or heating above 118 degrees Fahrenheit.
According to Kim Williams, an expert in raw food preparation and owner of Nur-Ish, a local raw food shop in Carbondale, CO, Nature intended for us to eat a largely plant-based diet which includes enzyme rich foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and un-processed nuts and seeds. All of these foods, in their natural state, bring into our bodies not only enzymes, but the full array of all plant nutrients. Kim prepares delicious, enzyme-rich raw foods that ensure us adequate amounts of anti-oxidants to fight free radicals, anti-aging, and the nutrients to keep us strong. Check around your area for local shops that carry and promote FRESH raw foods, including milk.
As we age, our ability to produce adequate enzymes may decrease. It’s a natural process that varies in each of us and is dependent upon our individual DNA. It is not necessary to always eat a 100% raw diet, but it is important to have about 60 – 80% enzyme-rich live food. Many of us are familiar with pepsin, trypsin, lipase, protease, amylase, digestive enzymes that break down certain foods into absorbable nutrients and waste. Other important ones include bromelain, derived from the pineapple stem, and papain, from papaya.
Your optimal choices for enzymes are from whole grains, veggies and fruits in their natural state – ripe and raw. A good quick source of enzymes and whole fruits is Zrii*, a delicious incredibly healthful combination of great fruits & veggies.
Just a few things the enzyme “delivery system” does: Lipase breaks down fat and takes stress off the gall bladder, liver and pancreas. and help us shed those extra pounds. Glucose, released by enzymes from the liver, enhances mental capacity, feeds the brain and helps balance our emotions. Enzymes are essential to increase blood supply to the skin and carry away waste products that make skin look dull and lifeless – so your skin ages slower and you look and feel better. And that’s only the beginning!