Why a raw food diet is better than an antacid

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| By Dr. Stephen Sinatra

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This article originally appeared on Dr. Sinatra’s website.

If you’re one of the many people who suffers from chronic indigestion, you’re not alone. Just one look at the shelves in your pharmacy at all of the antacids is enough to show you that Americans are suffering from digestive ills in record numbers. But while an occasional antacid is okay, I don’t encourage you to use them regularly. That’s because many antacids contain aluminum which can actually contribute to chronic digestion and Alzheimer’s disease
 
ts_rawfood_sm2A far better solution for solving digestive problems is a raw food diet. Raw fruits and vegetables contain live vital organic elements, particularly enzymes, which help to digest proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Yet, many Americans don’t eat enough raw foods. Many of our foods are cooked, microwaved, and irradiated. Gamma radiation or high voltage X-rays used to kill microorganisms also destroys live enzymes. Plus, “dead food”—food with no caloric or phytonutrient value (like white table sugar, flours, most breads, or microwaved and processed foods)—drains precious digestion-boosting enzymes.
 

One of the Best Choices for a Raw Food Diet is Green Foods

One of the best ways to get more enzymes in a raw food diet is by eating green foods. Green foods, also called “super foods,” are concentrations of nutrients from the juices of highly nutritious foods like broccoli, carrots,beets, parsley, and celery, as well as young shoots from less common foods like barley and alfalfa. The concentration of nutrients helps to support your immune system, cleanse your body, give you energy, promote bowel function, improve the function of your intestinal tract, and even helps control weight. 
 
When you look for a greens product for your raw food diet, check to see that it contains at least the following:
 
  • Barley greens, wheat grass, and spirulina are loaded with chlorophyll that stimulates metabolism, boosts immune function, and detoxifies your system. 
  • Alfalfa has incredible trace mineral qualities that other foods simply cannot duplicate. Alfalfa sprout salads are an excellent way to get live enzymes.
  • Sea vegetables are one of nature’s richest sources of immune-boosting proteins, phytonutrients, and enzymes. 
  • Cilantro has been known to chelate mercury, thus reducing stress on vital organs. 
  • Fructo-oligosaccharides fertilize healthy bacteria like Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, and neutralize toxin-producing bad bacteria. Toxins in the bowel are the cause of 80–90 percent of all illnesses.

Juicing is also another good way to take in enzymes that support digestion in a raw food diet. While solid foods require many hours to digest, juice extracted from fruits and vegetables is digested and assimilated within minutes. Juicing simultaneously improves your energy and regenerates cells, tissues, glands, and even organs. It’s also great for detoxifying the body and cleansing the bowel. The benefits of juicing will be apparent immediately and will last as long as you continue to juice. 

Now it’s your turn: Have you found that a raw food diet has helped your digestion?

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