In an ideal world, you would be able to get all the vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients needed by your body on a daily basis from living and raw foods grown yourself under organic conditions. However, in the modern world, this is rarely a realistic possibility for most people.
If we consider that human beings are thought to have evolved over a thousands of years period, it is interesting to note that it is only very recently (relatively speaking) that we have begun to eat cooked or heated foods.
It is also worth noting that studies of other mammals in their natural habitats have not revealed any major incidences of the many diseases that now plague the human race. For example, ailments such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and stroke are fairly uncommon in the animal kingdom.
Arguably, one decisive factor is diet. It is thought that the nutritional significance of living and raw foods lies in accessing simple, natural and ideally organic foods replete with active digestive enzymes and amino acids.
Cooked foods cannot usually achieve this because, once heat is applied, the food is denatured. For example, cooking food destroys about half of the protein content, around 60% of vitamins and renders about 60% of the minerals non-absorbable.
Cooking food also depletes its inherent enzymes, making it much harder to digest and meaning the body has to call on its own finite supply. The digestive enzymes supplied by the body cannot always match those originally present in the foods, which means that their digestion is often incomplete. This can potentially lead to problems, such as blockages of the digestive tract and arteries.
Together, living and raw foods are said to make up a cornerstone of many therapeutic and naturopathic regimes. This is because proponents of living food protocols claim that living foods are truly “whole foods”, in the sense that their life-force remains intact and they are therefore enzyme-rich and nutrient dense.
Arguably, the best living foods are grown on organic farms, because the full complement of nutrients in the soil are preserved and there are no toxic chemicals to negate their potential benefits.
Fans of living foods, particularly those with medical conditions, claim that one of their key reasons for routinely choosing these foods is the ability of the body to incorporate them into a failing system, with minimal reliance on digestive energies. In other words, it is suggested that living foods place a lesser burden on the digestive system than other food types, without continually depleting our own bodily stores of digestive enzymes.
Supplementing your varied and balanced diet with high quality, nutrient-dense, organic food form supplements can provide your body with the additional support it might need.
So, whether you are simply looking for an additional and convenient source of nutrients, or have a specific health goal in mind (such as following a living foods protocol), food supplements can be of help. They offer a great means of accessing concentrated levels of fruit and vegetable nutritients, without having to buy them in huge quantities in whole food form (saving you time and money).