Achieving longevity would be a hollow victory indeed if all it gave us was more time on this earth. The goal of having a long life goes hand in hand with the idea of a vital, happy and healthy life. In fact, enjoying excellent health is probably the most important factor in achieving longevity. If you think about it, would you really want longevity without quality?

Your odds of achieving optimal health will profoundly increase by eating a high quality diet. A high enzyme diet consisting of raw fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and grains has proven to be the most healing and cleansing diet possible. Why is this so? Consuming a mostly raw diet allows the body to cleanse, heal and build, while eating a diet of predominately cooked food puts a tremendous strain on the body.

To understand why eating a diet high in cooked foods is harmful, it is necessary to understand the role enzymes play. Enzymes are in the cells of every living plant. It is enzyme activity that accomplishes all biological work from blinking the eye, to lifting a finger, to having a thought. Scientists now agree that enzymes are 'the stuff of life'.

When we eat, we need enzymes to help digest food. If the food we are eating is raw, whether it is an apple, a carrot, a lettuce leaf or a strawberry - if it is really fresh, it will contain all the enzymes we need to aid in digestion, assimilation and elimination.

However, when food is cooked beyond 118 degrees F the heat kills all naturally occurring enzymes and our body must manufacture its own digestive enzymes to do the job. Although our bodies are designed to manufacture all the enzymes it needs, constantly calling upon it to create enzymes for the digestive process poses a problem. When the body is busy digesting food, it is unable to divert the necessary energy to make the type of enzymes needed to do other tasks. There is a tug of war between the demands of the digestive system for a constant supply of digestive enzymes and the needs of the body for the metabolic enzymes vital for cleansing, healing and building. Without an adequate supply of metabolic enzymes, over time, we suffer.

What does this suffering look like? It looks like aging, it looks like disease, indigestion, constipation, acid reflux, age spots, fatigue, lethargy. wrinkles, bad skin, bags under the eyes, declining eyesight, aches and pains, declining memory, mood swings, irritability, allergies, weight gain, brain fog, candida, certain cancers, gallbladder surgery, heart attacks, arthritis, depression, and the list goes on and on. This decline in health and vitality is usually considered to be a normal part of the aging process. But it is really the result of two facts; over time, the body loses its ability to manufacture enzymes and, when we eat food that is cooked, it forces our bodies to manufacture enzymes for digestion, instead of enzymes that could be used for healing. Ultimately when we don't have enough enzymes to carry out the basic needs of life, we die.

How can you begin the process of eating high enzyme foods so that your body will be freed up to manufacture the enzymes it needs to cleanse, heal and re-build? - Easy! Consume 70-100% of your food raw, taken from the fruit, vegetable groups, sprout your nuts, seeds and grains. You will be surprised at the tremendous selection of wonderful foods to choose from, and at how quickly your taste buds convert from liking processed foods to craving fresh unprocessed healthy fare. Knowing that even in the most frightening of circumstances a programme of clean food and living can allow the body to create a miracle of healing, think how it will affect you to embark on this lifestyle before the signature symptoms of so-called old age appear. Taking matters of health into your own hands is also an act of empowerment and healing on its own.

Life is indeed an adventure of wonder and joy - no time for dress rehearsals, no time to waste feeling like a caterpillar who yearns to fly. You just cannot UNknow what you've learned so far, and you can't kid yourself either! Now you have the information, just what exactly are you going to do with it?!

Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it - Action has grace, magic and power in it.

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