Nutritional Energy From Raw Food!
Try the raw vegan diet for more nutritional energy. In fact, some of my fellow raw foodists have conducted tests wherein they would switch back and forth from one diet to another. They do this just to be sure that the new found energy they’ve been getting is not just something they imagined. And true enough, the noticeable difference is hard to miss. I, myself, can attest to that. After switching to a raw veganism lifestyle, my energy has been at an all-time high. Not only did I experience physical energy but my state of mind is sharper and clearer. There has been a lot of skepticism from other people that perhaps it is just a state of mind. I, however, beg to disagree. Research shows that there is a direct correlation between raw veganism and nutritional energy.
Intuition tells us that raw foods are a more direct link to nutrition because extraneous processes and ingredients aren't required to add taste and presentation to the food. There are more enzymes available, and there are less preservatives and saturated fats. Preservatives, i.e. chemicals simply cannot be good for our bodies, and undoubtedly sap energy either processing them or filtering and eliminating them. We know saturated fats are artery clogging, robbing our heart and circulatory system of efficiency.
The explanation on how raw veganism significantly increases nutritional energy is actually not rocket science. The key is in understanding macronutrients and the kind of macronutrients present in a raw vegan diet. It is also important to understand how antioxidants in a raw good diet work in the production of energy in an intracellular level. There are 3 macronutrients that provide the bulk of the body’s nutritional energy source – protein, carbohydrates and fats. One of the benefits of a well balanced raw vegan diet is that it provides an adequate amount of protein instead of excessive amount usually present in a regular diet. Plant-based protein sources include legumes, soy, grains, nuts and seeds. What this means is, your body is just getting what it needs and won’t have to work overtime excreting the excess. Less work for the body means more energy saved!
Let’s go to carbohydrates in plant-based raw food. Majority of the carbohydrates in plant-based raw food are from dietary fiber. What does this mean to you when it comes to energy production? Dietary fiber is an extremely complex carbohydrate. They are not broken down by the body into glucose or sugar. Ever experienced a sudden boost of energy after eating a sugar-rich food and eventually come crashing down after a few hours? This is what happens when you consume simple carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates, on the other hand, are more sustaining. It slowly breaks down and produces just enough energy you need. Together with dietary fiber that slows down glucose absorption, level of glucose in the bloodstream is regulated. In turn, the body achieves peak energy levels. As a result, you have energy to last you the whole day!
Another way a raw food vegan diet is capable of providing you more energy compared to its counterparts is through the presence of antioxidants in vegetables. Antioxidants such as vitamins C, E and glutathione are found in abundance in fruits and vegetables. Eating a food raw enables you to maximize the vitamin and mineral intake. Why?—because a maximum of 80% of the nutrients are lost during the cooking process. However, if you consume it raw, a lot of antioxidants are preserved. These antioxidants play an important role in your body’s energy production. A distinguished professor of Biochemistry, Donald J. Reed Ph.D. published an article discussing antioxidants and energy loss. Major portion of our body’s energy is generated in each of our cells. Antioxidants provide protection to our cells by combating free radicals. Free radicals cause cell degradation which consequently affects intracellular energy production. With that said, it is easy to conclude that the more presence of antioxidants in the body, the better the protection. Healthy energy-producing cells will consequently result to more nutritional energy produced. So, what are you waiting for? Go Raw, Live Raw--for a more energized you!