Well, you survived the apocalypse and the holidays - don't push your luck. Have another look at raw foods!
Alexander Ugolev, a famous Russian scientist who devoted his life to studying human digestive physiology, conducted an interesting experiment using two dead frogs: one cooked and one raw. He placed each into a beaker filled with a carnivore's stomach acid (principally hydrochloric acid, HCl) and recorded the results. The raw frog was completely dissolved, while the cooked frog underwent only a moderate surface change and remained largely intact.
The way most of us have conceived the digestive process since junior high school "health" classes is something like this: Food goes in...body's acidic gastric juices go to work...juices break down food...body absorbs the good stuff, expels the bad stuff. Implicit here is the notion that food itself is passive in all this, that food gets digested, but doesn't itself do anything.
Ugolev showed that (apart from the most obvious mode of digestion via our own digestive enzymes) there is also a process of self-digestion of food-"autolysis" is the technical term-carried out by enzymes within the food itself. Here's the key: While ordinary digestion takes place no matter what we put into our mouths, autolysis happens only when the food we consume is raw.
We do not digest by gastric juices alone. Every living cell is equipped to self-destruct when the conditions for that process are met. The agents of that self-destruction: those very enzymes which are part of every cell's makeup. A seed, for example, when soaked, uses its activated enzymes to digest the nutrients inside, providing the new seedling with the boost of energy it needs to grow. The seed itself ceases to exist, while the seedling takes off and becomes a new plant. Or think about the carcass of a dead animal: Give it some time, and it will be literally "digested" by its own enzymatic activity, initiated from within.
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So what, exactly, happened to the frogs? Once the raw frog made contact with the HCl, Ugolev noted, hydrogen ions from the acid immediately started permeating the animal's cells, destroying the cells' lysosomes and releasing the powerful enzymes within. Those enzymes got straight to work, digesting the frog's body-the very body of which they were part. Working together, the HCl and the animal's own enzymes were able to completely digest it.
In the case of the cooked frog, its enzymes had been destroyed by heat, and thus the HCL could only affect the external tissues of the animal. When the HCl was chemically exhausted, that was the end of the digestive process. If the hydrochloric acid was solely responsible for digestion, then both frogs would have been totally digested. The raw frog underwent a total digestion thanks to the process of autolysis.
The reason...When you eat raw, you're eating living food. Food whose enzymes remain ready to work and to extract the
full measure of nutrition available in what you've so wisely chosen to consume. You'll enjoy eating nutritious raw foods. But moreover, by lessening your body's digestive load in this way, you'll also benefit from a feeling of lightness, bountiful energy, and an almost indescribable sensation of quiet comfort.
It's a natural law-all life forms were meant to exist on live food. Humans are no exception. Though we're capable
of using cooked food for our needs to some degree, we pay for this compromise in the currency of deteriorating health and hastened aging. Consider this: relentlessly consuming cooked meals is quite literally following the path of our own self-destruction.
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If you've ever doubted whether you can choose to "age agelessly," watch this short video...Matilda Klein is 94 years of age, and just a bit devious. She enters the dance floor with a walker, and it all looks a bit embarrassing at first. But keep watching!
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Recent Blog Articles
This past month we had posted several new articles which many of our readers found interesting. Perhaps you will enjoy reading them when you have a few spare minutes.
Chewing Your Juice: What it Can Do for Your Health and Beauty
I have been vegetarian since 1995 and 100 percent raw since 1997. I have tried many practices in my health journey, enjoyed many successes along the way, tripped over a few failures, and achieved some remarkable results. But if you ask me what has been the single most beneficial constant throughout my health journey, there'd be exactly one answer: juicing. Read More...
Why You Need to Soak Your Nuts
A reader wrote: I don't understand the value of soaking raw nuts before eating. Nuts have such mild flavor to begin with-aren't we just watering that flavor down? Tree nuts and seeds are highly concentrated fat and protein, given by nature to ensure that an actively growing sprout will have all the nourishment it needs. Just like any other raw foods, nuts and seeds contain enzymes. Read More...
Radish Flowers and Zucchini Leaves
This simple garnish can be used as a plate decoration, or as part of a fruit and vegetable arrangement. Radishes are easy to find year round, cost very little, are very versatile and look very festive as part of any holiday decoration. You can make these carvings a few days in advance and store them in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge until ready to display. Read More...
We will use the same crust recipe and a variety of fruits for garnishing to create the tartelletes - festive holiday finger food. Use any fruit you have access to at this time of the year. The more colors, the merrier!
Fermented veggies promote good digestion and healthy gut flora, and even make some nutrients more bio-available. Your colon, heart, liver and skin will love the beets and carrots whose texture and edibility has been boosted by the fermentation process, with the taste transformed from sweet to savory.
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