Raw Food Diet for Detoxification
By Yuri Elkaim BPHE, CK, RHN • September 29th, 2011 • 12710 Views
When we look at detoxification, the combination of insoluble and soluble fiber help to move things out through the digestive tract and it is one of the most important ways that the body detoxifies. Simply by getting more fiber in your diet by way of fruits and vegetables you allow things to move through your body a lot easier.
Another way raw foods help the detoxification process is by being water rich. Fruits and vegetables have a lot of water in them. When you soak your nuts and seeds, you increase the water concentration in them as well. Water helps flush toxins out of the body.
Water is a component to raw foods that helps you detox and cleanse your body. These are two very basic things that people are taking supplements for when they really do not need them. Simply eating more natural, raw foods will help your body eliminate in a much more efficient way.
When we talk about detoxification we are really talking about elimination.
To really be considered “regular”, you should be passing 2-3 bowel movements every day. And by bowel movements I am not talking about diarrhea but good, well-formed stools.
Good elimination is a sign of a healthy bowel and healthy digestive functioning. If you are not there now, it will take a bit of time for your digestive system to get back to normal, but raw foods will help.
They will give you that soluble fiber to help form a good, solid mass. They will give you insoluble fiber as well which will act with water to help sweep the mass through. You want to eliminate frequently. You need to eliminate a little more often than most people think is normal.
I have worked with people who thought they were regular, and they were eliminating only once a week! Going once every few days is not good for your health either. If toxins and waste do not leave your body regularly, they will build up in your body.
In such a case, your liver must now deal with new foods coming in AND toxins coming back into the blood stream from the colon. Your liver gets heavily burdened and worn down. If this constant “bombardment” persists, your liver...