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EAT: Monday Night Raw: 7 Reasons To Eat Raw Foods Every Day

If raw broccoli isn’t your go-to snack, you’re not alone. But don’t let one small, funny looking green vegetable turn you off to all raw foods. Research shows that including raw foods as a part of your daily diet helps ward off disease and improve your overall well-being.

If you swap out one unhealthy food choice each day with a raw replacement, you’re likely to notice that something wonderful happens over time—your health improves! Raw foods are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals (plant-derived compounds thought to help protect against disease), while often being low calorie. Still not sold? Check out these 10 reasons to add raw foods to your daily menu:

  • 1. Balance your body
  • Raw foods are more alkaline. Eating breads, meat, dairy, and consuming alcohol elevates the acidity level in your body. This can make you sick, cause skin problems, indigestion, and body aches, and speed the aging process. To keep your body balanced, infuse alkaline foods like raw veggies, fruits, and healthy fats like avocado into your daily diet.

  • 2. Satisfy your sweet tooth
  • When you consume fresh fruit throughout the day, you are less likely to get a late night sweet tooth. Fruit is hydrating, sweet, and packed with vitamins. By consuming these delicious snacks during the day, your body stays nourished, which reduces cravings and the likelihood of eating high calorie midnight snacks.

  • 3. Flu fighters
  • Digestive enzymes exist in food that isn’t cooked. When your digestive system is healthy, this boosts your immunity and your body’s ability to fight sickness is strengthened. Remember the old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? It’s true!

  • 4. Shrink your spare tire
  • Eating the complex carbohydrates found in vegetables and fruit instead of processed foods may help control your appetite and, when combined with other healthy behaviors, can help reduce overall body fat, including that spare tire.

  • 5. Natures multivitamin
  • 1. Raw foods hold the highest concentration of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Chomping on veggies, fruits, and herbs with anti-inflammatory powers (leafy greens, mushrooms, berries, ginger, and turmeric) help fight cancer and heart disease. Save money on multivitamins and eat a colorful salad instead!

  • 6. Clear skin
  • Raw veggies and fruit are made up of 80-95% water so they are very hydrating, which is good for your skin. The antioxidants found in vegetables and fruits can also help slow the aging process. Raw nuts or avocados packed with omega 3s will have you glowing from the inside out, as omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in the body and have been used to treat skin disorders like psoriasis.

  • 7. Eat your spinach
  • Popeye was onto something with eating all those greens! In addition to leafy greens, nuts, seeds, avocados, and figs are all great sources of raw protein and help support strong muscles.