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
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
Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin
it - Action has grace, magic and power in it.
whether you are taking the correct supplements?
you were less stressed?
with motivation to keep with your diet?