Benefits of Raw Food
When we consume raw foods we are eating life force. Plants convert the sun’s energy into an organic structure, a living form which is more than simply an aggregate of minerals. This life force not only sustain us; it is the essential subtle power that promotes our physical and spiritual evolution. Without it we succumb to mental imbalance, disease and death.
A balanced plant-based diet has a slightly alkalizing effect for our blood. Our cells require an alkaline environment for proper function. Processed and refined foods such as sugar, refined grains, and alcohol cause an acidifying effect, which the body struggles to counteract. There are well-established links between the long-term over-consumption of acid-forming foods and modern degenerative diseases.
Enzymes for Proper Digestion
An important but often overlooked aspect of nutrition is digestibility. Does the body efficiently absorb the food we put into it? Even though chemical analysis may show certain nutrients are present in our food, if these are in an unnatural form (e.g. synthetic multi-vitamins) they cannot be used properly by the body and may even have a toxic effect.
We need food enzymes to facilitate the job of digestion and this is one of the most important reasons for eating most food in its raw form. All foods in their natural live state contain the enzymes needed for their digestion. In order to digest cooked or otherwise de-natured food the body depletes its own enzyme reserves. This may be no problem for an otherwise healthy person, but when the body is burdened in this way for many years the result is premature aging and susceptibility to a host of degenerative diseases.