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Raw Food and Why You Should Eat More Of It

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Diet today is one of the main topics in the health industry, you have Paleo, Keto, Mediterranean, you name it. However the biggest question most people who are considering dieting is, “Which one?” Some people want to lose weight, some want to gain it, some want to feel healthier overall, some want to gain muscle mass, the list goes on. It seems that everyone has an answer these days but the truth is very cut and dry, a lot of them are selling an idea without telling you the core reasons why you should truly consider dieting: nutrients.

NUTRIENT DENSE FOOD IS THE KEY TO PROPER HEALTH IN ALL AREAS.

Today our world is full of fast food, convenience products, refined carbs and sugars, you name it. Industry has completely separated us from farm to table. Due to this disconnect we accept food that have been long perished after harvest through many steps along the way. Their natural nutrients and vitamins have long been depleted. This is why cereals are “fortified”. Products need to have vitamins and minerals added back to them because they don’t provide the trace nutrients that our bodies need. Our bodies need a really wide spectrum of these nutrients as well.

Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.
Hippocrates

Proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. They tell you eat less fat, lose weight. However this couldn’t be further from the case. There are a lot of trace minerals that the body needs to operate fully and having a diminished amount of these could leave the body vulnerable to disease. Vitamin A, B complex, C, D, potassium, and iron are just some that come to mind, and there are much more that the body requires to operate at 100% efficiency. Many people though aren’t operating at that level and actively seek methods to fix it, and this article will give some insight on the topic and shed some light on whats really healthy for you.

The Color Spectrum Diet

A popular trend in the diet world right now is following the “color spectrum” of raw vegetables of fruits. In plants raw form, they contain the maximum amount of “phytonutrients”. They are natural chemicals and compounds in raw fruits and vegetables that protect the plants from disease and insects and can also protect you in the very same way when you consume them. The problem with the world’s diets today is that they do not contain the variety of phytonutrients needed to assist the body in preventing disease. A 2009 report (this knowledge has been studied for quite awhile now) shows that:

  • 69% of Americans are falling short in green phytonutrients
  • 78% of Americans are falling short in red phytonutrients
  • 86% of Americans are falling short in white phytonutrients
  • 88% of Americans are falling short in purple and blue phytonutrients
  • 79% of Americans are falling short in yellow and orange phytonutrients

This demonstrates a very important issue in terms of American health: people are not getting the spectrum of defense that they require to fend off disease. If you’d like to look through the report, here is the link: https://www.pwrnewmedia.com/2009/nutrilite90921nmr/downloads/AmerciasPhytonutrientReport.pdf

 

The Red Phytonutrient Group:

Consuming red fruits and vegatables can be an amazing way to consume lycopene and ellagic acid which are powerful warriors against cancer. The lycopene in tomato sauce has been proven to be an extremely valuable compound in the fight against prostate cancer. It has also been found the watermelon has an even higher amount of lycopene and may be in a more bio-available form. This probably explains why we all feel so good after a nice slice of watermelon. Its thirst-quenching and gives us that phytonutrient our body craves. Watermelon also contains citrulline which can aid in the treatment of erectile disfunction. Also, strawberries have been found to prevent esophageal cancer.

  • Red peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Watermelon
  • Apples
  • Cranberries
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Red onions
  • Pomegranate
  • Beets

The Orange and Yellow Phytonutrient Group:

The word “orange” for many of us is immediately linked to “vitamin-C”. This is a great correlation and is absolutely true, oranges contain which is an amazing immunity boosting known as “ascorbic acid.” Other orange foods such as carrots contain carotenoids such as beta-carotene which converts to Vitamin A in the body which supports the eyes and promotes healthy cell growth. Citrus fruits also contain a special nutrient called “hesperidin” which increases blood flow in the body. So if you want to boost your immunity and get your blood flowing, eat an orange a day. It’s a tasty and convenient way to get these nutrients flowing through your body.

  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Mangoes
  • Papayas
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Winter squash (butternut, kabocha, delicata, acorn)
  • Yellow summer squash
  • Corn
  • Cantaloupe
  • Orange and yellow peppers
  • Golden beets
  • Pineapple
  • Peaches

The Green Phytonutrient Group

We have all heard the phrase, “eat your greens.” Well this is very sound advice, considering healthy greens are one of the most nutrient dense things we can consume as they are very rich in lutein, isothiocyanates, isoflavones, and Vitamin K, which all aid in blood and bone health. Vegetables like broccoli are called “cruciferous vegatables” and they aid in improving ones immune functions. Kale is known to be very nutrient dense and healthy and improves mood. Kiwi’s are also known to be very strong for the immune system and can protect against the common cold. It’s even been found to help aid in DNA repair.

  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Collard greens
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Green grapes
  • Green apples
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • Arugula
  • Green beans
  • Peas
  • Zucchini
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Avocado
  • Edamame

The Blue and Purple Phytonutrient Group

These nutrients are very specifically famed for their “antioxidant” counts. They have some of the highest rankings in this department. These compounds fight “oxidative stress” in the body and absorb free radicals, lifting a weight off your body’s immune system. A couple of these compounds known as anthocyanins and resveratrol are widely known to fight cancer and have anti-aging effects.

  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Red (purple) grapes
  • Red (purple) cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Plums
  • Prunes
  • Figs

The White And Brown Phytonutrient Group

These nutrients deserve even more attention than they get, especially when it comes to raw garlic. It contains a compound called “allicin” which reduces inflammation and is a natural anti-biotic and anti-cancer compound and has many other very beneficial effects which has been widely studied. Mushrooms and cauliflower are also known to be anti-cancer, and various mushrooms have been linked to all sorts of effects, from adaptogenic to brain boosting and much, much more.

  • Cauliflower
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Potatoes
  • Parsnips
  • Daikon radish
  • Jicama

Including The Rainbow Spectrum In Your Diet:

When going out grocery shopping, consider the rainbow spectrum in mind while shopping and try to purchase fruits and vegetables with a variety of colors in them. Looking up vegan recipes is a good start for ideas on what exactly to buy, and you can also make fun treats such as smoothies and other fun ideas to start including more fresh food into your diet. Make more salads with plenty of variety, try making veggie wraps and stir fry vegetables with alot of different vegetables such as carrots, snow peas, brocoli, onions, and much more. You’ll eat the whole plate and feel GOOD afterwards unlike most processed meals today that taste good but leave you feeling lethargic.

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