Eating Raw for Beauty

by Elysia Samarodin

An Introduction:
Is the new way to look beautiful emerging thru raw and specially formulated foods and drinks? Is the essential foundation of beauty; Health? The skin is the largest organ of the body and needs the same high quality nutrition internally as it does topically. Feed your skin as opposed to treating your skin…hmmm…

Over the years I have seen first hand what an eating template of whole, raw, unrefined foods can do for your hair, skin, nails, overall health, and energy. You’ve probably heard of the raw food movement: Raw foodism (or following a raw food template) is the dietary practice of eating only uncooked, unprocessed foods. The food choices may include a selection of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and various types of sprouted seeds, fermented foods such as kefir, kombucha or sauerkraut. Eating this way can take you beyond a lacklustre appearance and mediocre health. An increased consumption of raw foods can result in pure radiance and abounding vibrancy, and it can also provide the healing nutrition your body needs to prevent or even reverse some chronic diseases. Did you know that eating fresh fruits and vegetables can boost your energy level, supercharge your immune system, and maximize your body’s healing power? Who says so? The world’s top scientists and medical researchers, the world’s top doctors and nutritionists, and me!

The nutrient energy derived from the foods consumed in our daily eating shapes, forms, and derives all systems within our bodies. I can’t state that fact more simply or accurately. The quality of food consumed is the catalyst that affects one of three end results: a body exhibiting radiant health, beauty and vitality; a body coasting along through life with mediocre health, appearance, and energy levels; or a body suffering with disease, discomfort, and exhaustion from malnutrition.

Raw foods are high in fibre, filling, and full of cell-satisfying nutrition for your body. Loaded with enzymes; mother nature’s “life force”, Life could not exist without enzymes. Just what are enzymes? Humbart Santillo, author of “Intuitive Eating” and expert on raw foods describes the constructive effects that live enzymes have on our health as follows:

“An enzyme is said to be a protein molecule, and each enzyme acts in certain ways in the body doing specific jobs such as digesting food, building protein in the bones and skin, and aiding in detoxification, to name a few. Once we cook our food at high temperatures, the enzyme is destroyed. Although the physical protein molecule remains, it has lost its “life force”. Nature has placed enzymes in food to aid in the digestive process instead of forcing the body’s enzymes to do all the work. It is to be remembered that we inherited an enzyme reserve at birth and this quantity can be decreased as we age by eating enzyme-deficient foods.”

Enzymes are the spark of life! The significant, health-promoting difference between live (raw) and cooked food is the enzymatic activity contained within the cells of raw food. All foods untouched by a heat source over 120 degrees F (49 C) have an abundance of enzymes.

Enzyme-Rich Plant Foods: The following tasty plant foods are noted for their high enzyme content when consumed in raw, unheated form: avacados, bananas, cranberries, dates, extra-virgin olive oil, figs, grapes, kiwifruit, lemons, mangoes, papayas, pineapples, unfiltered raw honey.

Many health professionals say that eating 50 and 75 percent of vegetables and fruits should be raw food, IF we are to enjoy optimal health and abundant energy. Leslie and Susannah Kenton, authors of the book” Raw Energy”, state that “ a vast quantity of evidence exists showing that the high–raw food intake cannot only reverse the bodily degeneration, slow down aging, bring you boundless energy, raw eating can even make you feel better emotionally. Not only does science, research, and people from all over the world attest to the countless benefits, I too have lived it and overcame personal challenges.

Beauty bonus: Visible effects from the added raw nourishment will quickly become noticeable. Your skin, hair, nails, and eyes will glow. It just makes sense that if you eat better, you’ll feel better, and you’ll ultimately look better, too! The Essential Foundation to beauty is Health. This month’s beauty tip includes one of The Raw Beauticians Elixers:

Life Force Smoothie

4 cups filtered (unchlorinated) water
1 bunch of Kale
½ bunch spinach
½ cup pineapple
1 half avocado
4 soaked dates
(soak in warm water for several minutes or overnight)
1 head of Parsley

Book of the Month: Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe

~Elysia Samarodin
Founder of The Raw Beautician

Licensed Esthetician,
Blanche Macdonald Centre, Vancouver, Canada
Raw Food Educator/ Instructor/ Wellness Entrepreneur
Raw Foundation Culinary Arts Institute,
Living On Live Food Instructor,
Vancouver, Canada
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