'Clean Foods' is a term I use a lot. In short, it basically means foods that are unprocessed and as close to mother nature as possible. These consist of plenty of plant-based foods that include raw and living foods, fermented foods and cooked whole foods. One thing I have learnt is that there is no one size fits all when it comes to the foods we eat. While I enjoy a high amount of raw and living foods each day, I also feel grounded and balanced when I consume some cooked foods that are prepared in a way that retains many of their nutrients.
So what are raw and living foods? These consist of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted whole grains, seaweeds, fermented foods, freshly pressed juices and more! In a nut shell, they are mostly whole unprocessed foods that have retained their nutrients and enzymes by not heating them above a certain temperature (usually 48C, or 118F). Our digestive system has to work harder and longer to process cooked foods to get nutrition and energy from them. Constantly eating heavily cooked and fried foods can often make us feel heavy and deplete us of our energy. That said, cooked foods are not the enemy! There are ways to prepare cooked whole foods that still retain many of their nutrients and when combined with raw foods can offer us a lot more energy, vitality and clarity. It's important to find your own balance and this comes from your relationship and personal experience with various foods.
Raw foods are full of water and oxygen that are predominantly rich in green leafy vegetables which contain an abundance of chlorophyll. The chemical structure of chlorophyll is almost identical to the hemoglobin in our red blood cells with the only difference being that the hemoglobin molecule has iron in its nucleus and the chlorophyll molecule has magnesium. Chlorophyll detoxifies the bloodstream and every other part of the body! When you eat raw foods rich in green chlorophyll you oxygenate the blood and when you consume it in a smoothie, or a juice that are super easy to make the body is able to assimilate everything even more
Fibre, which is rich in whole unadulterated fruits and vegetables has the ability to act as a broom which sweeps the intestinal tract and keeps it clean. Raw and living foods nourish and improve the body's inner environment and can help to dislodge and expel accumulated wastes and toxins There are so many other reasons why adding in more raw foods each day supports your overall well-being and longevity. Remember, it doesn't need to be all or nothing. Find the balance that works for you where you are reaping the rewards of consuming clean foods so you feel your very best!