A Fresh Look at the Raw Food Movement
While it may not be the latest health movement, the raw food diet is one that continues to gain popularity, with promises of greater health, beauty, detox, weight loss, and more.
But how healthy is a raw food diet?
The benefits of a raw diet depend on a number of factors. For many people, though, eating 100% raw over the long term can stress digestion and may negatively impact health.
The theory behind the raw diet is that it provides an abundance enzymes and nutrients necessary for digestion and vibrant health. Raw enthusiasts assert that cooking food above 104° F destroys these enzymes and important nutrients, and believe the body receives optimal nourishment when food is consumed in its uncooked, unadulterated form.
From the views of traditional Asian medicine, the raw food philosophy is not completely accurate. These traditional medical systems assert that cooking food is beneficial: It breaks down nutrients so they’re easily digestible and more bioavailable. These traditions also state that eating cooked food protects the digestive capacity (“digestive fire”) of the body, whereas raw food weakens it.
A key feature of the raw movement can be observed geographically, with a higher popularity in warmer climates (for example, Hawaii, Florida and Southern California). This correlates with the principles of traditional Asian medicine—specifically, that raw foods have a “cooling” effect on the body. Someone with a lot of inflammation, or someone living in a warmer geographic area, may find better success with a raw diet. In contrast, someone who is sensitive to cold temperatures, or lives in a cold climate, may become weak if they eat exclusively raw foods for a prolonged period.
The Enzyme Debate
It is important to note that with today’s diets, many people are enzyme-deficient and can benefit from supplements that support digestive enzyme production. Enzymes are important regardless of your diet, for similar reasons: We all need extra digestive support, some of us more than others.
However, many enzyme supplements are too strong, and can cause the body’s own enzyme production to slow down or stop altogether. So, it is important to find the right balance.
Healthy Digestion: The Foundation of Vitality
Regardless of the type of diet you choose, supporting digestion with a small amount of natural enzymes, targeted herbs and essential nutrients can optimize health in a number of ways. *
Together with digestive-supporting herbs and nutrients, ecoNugenics Integrative Digestive Formula® contains a small number of digestive enzymes: Amylase, alpha-galactosidase, protease, phytase, invertase, and lipase. This unique formula is designed to benefit the body’s own enzyme production, while actively promoting overall digestive function. Pomegranate, cinnamon, ginger, galangal, cardamom, and other targeted ingredients work together to support optimal nutrient assimilation, ease occasional digestive discomfort such as gas, nausea or acid indigestion; and promote long-term digestive health, naturally.*
There isn’t one type of diet that guarantees optimal health, nor does one type of diet work for everybody. The best dietary advice is to strive for well-rounded eating habits that incorporate a balance of high quality protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, colorful fruits, and plenty of vegetables. By choosing the right digestive support and emphasizing nutrient-dense, unprocessed foods, you can give your body the optimal nourishment needed for long-term health and wellness.
Integrative Digestive Formula® contains key herbs, minerals, medicinal mushrooms and enzymes that balance the digestive process and promote healthy digestive function.*