Food As Its Own Medicine

 

In a day and age when the human population in developed countries are relying so much on medication, maybe it wouldn’t hurt to stop and think about how food could be its own medicine. Especially raw foods not heated over about 118 Degrees Fahrenheit can retain many of their beneficial nutrients, enzymes, and minerals. Sergio Cortes says enzymes are agents that trigger specific biochemical reactions and in digestion, they boost antioxidants protection and metabolism control. Without this, the aging process tends to accelerate and diseases tend to be at more of a high risk for manifesting. This is where ingesting green smoothies and raw greens overall, for example, comes in very handy. Eating a diet of up to 20 pounds of raw fruits and vegetables is also said to boost metabolism. As a result, this little step can help to prevent degenerative disease.

When it comes to cooked foods some of the nutrients in vegetables, such as the carotene in carrots and sweet potatoes significantly strengthen. This helps to promote the antioxidant protection in the digestive system. It is recommended to cook them by steaming, sauteing or blanching. What you don’t want to do is grill, boil and especially fry for lengthy periods of time as this is known to actually help build toxins in the body.