Potential Health Eventuality
Potential Health Eventuality
Whatever one’s reasons to go raw and maintain a raw food lifestyle, in line with the ‘human as fruigivore’ position, there are certain inescapable facts to consider, some of which by writing this article I hope to cover.
The term ‘toxemia’ has recently found sanctuary in my mind as a word that almost exemplifies what a raw food lifestyle means, or more to the point, doesn’t mean! To rehash what may already be common knowledge in raw circles, but strike a position of ‘devil’s advocate’ amongst those unaware of this way of eating, toxins seem to lie at the heart of a move into raw. These toxins are readily found in cooked and/or processed foods that contain salts, sugars, fats and a whole host of chemicals, which also covers grain and dairy products.
Stated generally, toxins diminish the body’s ability to allow a free flow of blood and oxygen to and from the cells, reducing the immune and digestive systems, where enzymes are destroyed. Any nutrition the body does receive is not assimilated accordingly. Therefore ‘toxemia’ involves a state of continuous enzyme deficiency and gives rise to anything from the common cold to infectious viruses, which are sub-strands of the original disease; ‘toxemia’, arising from the simple act of eating. Controversial to say the least, it is a common source of motivation to remain raw because it promises to offer an almost ‘super’ health that some would say is humankind’s actual birthright.
Yet there is one question that can so easily be lost in the well meaning power of belief to eat only raw food: is all raw healthy? The simple answer is no, and the perfect health that is promised through a non-toxemia propulsion is cast into doubt. However, the complicated answer could be yes. What, how much, when and in what combination, order or time of day are all factors that if not taken on board, can compound people for years before they give up and go back to what everyone else does, which seems perfectly normal considering the popularity of cooked food.
It seems that to succeed in this way of living one first needs the right information. This can come freely from various ‘raw gurus’ and raw forums/ social events or through the many hundreds of books on the topic of raw living. Yet what is the right information? With so many conflicting views, ideals and beliefs, one can become down trodden and live in a state of utter confusion as to the ‘best’ way. The fact of the matter is, the raw food movement, if there is such a thing, is in its infancy and despite this ‘movement’ rebelling against 12,000 years of cultivation and eating habits, it has the power to both diminish and vastly improve health at the same time.
It can therefore be a force for positive revolutionary change, or a path to further nutrient deficiency that is already rife in today’s society.
Care then needs to be taken to find a path that resonates with the individual, and more importantly, one that is both realistic and affordable! Certain people who claim and may indeed have found perfect health can act as mentors and equip one with the right reasons as well as the right methods on a potential perfect health eventuality.
The only certainties with this ‘humans as fruigivores’ compounding view involves the absolute necessity to exercise, a powerful sleep system, eating only when hungry and most important of all, a positive reference group. One could succeed alone with sheer discipline, but where’s the fun in that?