Our bodies don’t just need food, they need nutrients from that food to enable the body to perform properly.
Have you ever felt that the food you are eating isn’t perhaps as nutrient rich as it could be because of the intensive methods used to gain maximum yield from the crops/animal, the pesticides used and the fact that soils get depleted overtime anyway, then there is the fact food is stored in gas environments or chilled to be transported across the World. We were told the other day that its actually cheaper to pick crops and send them to Europe to be processed/packed and transported back than to keep them here throughout – how crazy is that ?!!!!! Its no wonder that by the time we get the food into our homes that its not as nutrient rich as it could be.
What do we do then? we cook it and that destroy even more nutrients. We have heard the term enzymes come up in several articles. Our bodies need these enzymes and our bodies can manufacture them ourselves. Apparently cooking food destroys these enzymes in the food which aid digestion and so our bodies have to work extra hard to manufacture the enzymes so eating raw and ideally local and organic makes sure the food keeps all those enzymes your body needs.
So eating a part based raw diet is very beneficial. I love eating a raw organic carrot, stick of celery or apple and know people who have said that apples, carrots etc just doesn’t taste like they did years ago and that they find eating them boring because of it.
I personally think that there is a huge difference in taste between non organic and organic food, particularly carrots, celery and apples and find them so much tastier, so much so in fact I feel my body really appreciating them and a feeling of enjoyment and happiness comes with that.
We have come to the conclusion that back in the 1940s was probably the last time the Planet and people were at their healthiest, animals grazed naturally, were fed normally and being grazed on grass was considered normal, there were not as many pesticides, produce was local grown and consequently fresher when we get them on our plate which has to be a good thing from a nutritional point of view which seems to be overlooked over convenience and price!
An increase in population means more pesticides have been developed to increase yield, animals have been given growth hormones and fed differently to ensure a higher yield, people have become cash rich but time poor so many have turned to processed food to save time, fresh produce has travelled many miles to the supermarket before we buy it or has been treated to preserve it longer.
Short cuts ALWAYS have a price to pay at some point.
We have also decided that you can’t live totally healthily on a “sick” Planet as we can’t control things like environmental pollutants There are many factors which affect our immune systems, diet, stress, pollutants, chemicals as well as environmental factors. We now have a lot of radio waves transmitting around us, wireless networks, mobile phones and so on and we won’t know for many years how and if these are affecting us in a negative way but we can limit the damage by doing what we can and we believe it is something everyone should think about. Two factors we can can control is what we put on and in our bodies.
Many tinned and processed items have hidden sugars so its always wise just to glance at the label and see how much sugar it contains, when I started doing this it was a real eye opener. Watch out for another blog post on sugar soon.
Basically our way of life and diet in the Western World has led to our immune systems being compromised and without a healthy immune system you are more likely to develop disease and be ill.
A good general rule to go by is eat lots of colours, a rainbow diet and include raw foods.