Digestion is everything… Why? Because your body is not going to get much benefit from anything if you have digestive troubles; proper digestion is an important key to healing.
Raw food is easiest for digestion because raw foods have their own enzymes to help the food break down and metabolize. However, people with irritable bowel syndrome, colon cancer, or stomach issues often have trouble digesting all of the raw food we’ve talked about.
In fact, many doctors will tell people in this situation that they can’t have raw food at all – yet they have found another way to benefit from raw food… they juice it.
Since most of the nutrition in raw food is found in the juice, a cup of juice every hour, day after day, helps the digestive system to heal. And once it begins to heal, a person with digestive issues can begin to include raw foods that have been blended in a blender.
Why put raw food in a blender?
Well, blended food is much easier to digest because the blender has done much of the digestion work already. Blending breaks open the cells of the food in a much more efficient way than chewing, and as a result, it’s easier on your digestive system.
DID YOU KNOW?
Blended food can deliver as much as 7 times the amount of nutrition of food chewed in its whole form.
Quite often, even if a person doesn’t have a digestive-related illness, the very reason they have any illness at all is because they’re not absorbing nutrients, even if such a problem has never been diagnosed.
This is why many people who are fighting a chronic or life-threatening disease choose to add a digestive enzyme supplement and a probiotic supplement to their diet to help the body heal:
- Digestive enzymes give the body an extra digestive boost when eating raw foods and relieve the body of creating its own enzymes to digest cooked food (which has no living enzymes).
- Probiotics help to address any imbalance in digestive system bacteria. A proper balance of good bacteria and pathogenic bacteria is absolutely essential to be able to absorb nutrients and heal from disease.
Now, we’ve talked a lot about the importance of raw food, so just how much raw food are we talking about here?
The ideal scenario, in my experience, is about 85% raw food and 15% cooked, all plant-based, of course.
Why only 85% raw instead of 100%? First of all, it’s pretty challenging to do a 100% raw diet, and secondly, there are some benefits to cooked food even if some of the nutrients are destroyed in cooking or processing.
Cooked food helps some people feel fuller, longer, and helps prevent rapid weight loss that many people don’t want if they don’t have weight to lose.
But don’t worry about making your cooked food portion exactly 15%; that’s going to vary from person to person anyway.
An easy way to make sure you’re on track is to make every meal and every snack raw throughout the day, and add a cooked food portion to one meal after you’ve finished eating all the raw food first.