Increased energy, restful sleep, weight loss and overall vitality – what’s not to love about a raw food diet?! Add an organic growing environment to the equation, and daily yoga practice, and you have a lifestyle rich in everything that is good for you.
According to fans of raw food, enzymes are considered the life force of a food, helping us to digest and absorb nutrients. When we regularly eat cooked food, our bodies are forced to work harder by producing more enzymes. Over time, this is thought to lead to digestive problems, nutrient deficiency, accelerated ageing, and weight gain.
The good news is, adopting a raw food diet, even for part of your day, can have a positive impact on the quality of your life – and your yoga sessions. Here are six good reasons to inspire you to eat raw food.
Raw Food Benefit #1: More Nutritional Value than Cooked Foods
Most vitamins and phytonutrients are destroyed or damaged when cooked or processed above 45-50 degrees Celsius so they’re less available for assimilation. In short, when you cook your food, you’re destroying the nutrients. It’s like eating empty foods, or empty calories, that just fill you up temporarily without getting any nutritional benefits.
Raw Food Benefit #2: Fast & Efficient Digestion
Digestion can be one of the most energy draining activities for your body, especially when we eat highly processed food. Raw foods, on the other hand, contain living enzymes – the ones that are destroyed when food is cooked above 45-50 degrees Celsius – that help your body digest food quickly and eliminate it more easily.
Raw Food Benefit #3: More Energy
Since less energy is required for digestion and elimination, you’ll quickly notice the extra energy you have throughout the day. Plus, eating fresh, raw fruits and vegetables will boost the vitamins and micronutrients in your diet, and raising energy levels in the process.
Raw Food Benefit #4: Deeper Sleep
Eating large amounts of cooked food taxes our digestive system, which can often cause us discomfort at night as our bodies slowly breakdown and process what’s in our stomachs. Not only does this result in disrupted sleep patterns but can also lead to lethargy during the day. Eating raw, live food enables our digestive system to process it quicker during the day, which means deeper, restful sleep at night.
Raw Food Benefit #5: Continuous Detoxing
Raw foods are rich in fibre, which is an essential element in the detoxification process. Instead of having to focus on digesting unhealthy, over-cooked, artificial foods, your body is free to release mucus, toxins, and naturally accumulated waste. Good health requires good elimination—and fibre assists in that process.
Raw Food Benefit #6: Healthy Weight Management
Another fantastic benefit is raw food weight loss because it doesn’t contain junk food, harmful additives, hydrogenated oils, or lots of empty calories. Raw food provides maximum nutrition for minimum calories. Plus, fruits and veggies are naturally low in fat.
In addition to delicious raw food recipes, Yoga Health Retreats provides fresh, organic food during our Byron Bay Yoga and Bali Yoga retreats. Not only do they nourish the body throughout the day but also showcase locally grown produce.