Posted By JenniferHogenson on December 3, 2010
Organic, living, and raw..that's how I like my food. To be honest this is how everyone should eat their food; this is how our bodies were meant to receive nourishment. Pure, whole, unadulterated, with all of the essential vitamins, minerals, and enzymes our bodies need to maintain good health while fighting off illness and disease. When we cook these food, we damage the nutrient content considerably. In fact, when vegetables and fruits are cooked they lose 100% of their enzymes and between 30% -50% of their vitamins. Remember, if these foods are not organically grow, they have far less nutritional content to begin with. This is simply not enough nutrients to nourish a healthy body; and the body will eventually become ill without them.
Living foods add an even greater benefit to ones diet because they contain more enzymes than raw foods. What turns a raw food into a living food is the act of sprouting. This can be done very easily by soaking the food in water. The enzymes in raw nuts, beans, and seeds remain dormant until they are reactivated by being soaked in water. Once sprouting occurs, (usually in less than 24hrs) these foods are then turned into living foods. Oh what a little bit of purified water can do! There are many other forms of living foods; such as grasses (wheat, rye, barley, spelt, oat etc.) that add even more variety to a living foods diet. Most of these sprouts are quite flavorful; in addition to adding the vital element of nutrition to the diet.
In addition to eating all of these amazing foods they can also be juiced. Juicing is an amazing way to ingest a mass amount of nutrients without having to eat all of the bulk that comes with them when they are eaten. Juicing allows one to ingest far more nutrients than they could ever physically eat. It is, however, extremely important to select an appropriate juicer that extracts all of the nutrients without damaging them in the process. A two- step grate and press juicer is recommended for ideal juicing.