More and more stories and experiences of raw food diets and their benefits are coming out. But can a raw food diet help with anxiety?
I've been experimenting with a raw food diet over the past few weeks.
Well, OK, let me rephrase that.
I've switched my usual snacks (typically crisps) to carrot sticks and swapped other treats for fruit.
Listen – I'm only human. I'm no hippie living off the land. The thought of living on a rabbit diet is quite depressing. Bakery is a weakness. When I go shopping, I like to visit all the isles – not just fruit and veg.
But with just these few basic changes, there is something in it. That makes me wonder. How far could the benefits of a raw food diet take you?
Do I feel different? Not ever so much, but the stomach is certainly going in the right direction. Trips to the loo have been healthily frequent, and there's a bit of a twinkle in my eye. (Thinking about it, that has probably always been there.)
Anyway – forget about my limited experience when it comes to a raw food diet. Let's listen to an expert.
I'm a huge fan of Dr Bruce Lipton.
Bruce is a developmental biologist.
With such a fancy, science-based title, you would expect him to be promoting research that most of us wouldn't understand. But that is what I particularly like about Bruce – his common sense approach. He also isn't afraid to stick the middle finger up to the 'establishment' when airing his views.
He says that one of the main reasons your doctor might not tell you to go on an immediate raw food diet and, instead, opt for medicine, is based on profit.
First of all, if we all went on a raw food diet when an illness arose, assuming it worked, your doctor would be out of a job. Not good for him. Secondly, the billions of profit made by the pharmaceutical industry would take a sharp decline. Not good for business.
It's not nice. It's horrible, in fact. But even when it comes to something as important and life-changing as your health, it's worthwhile considering what industry is built on – commerce and profit. Health, like any other industry, is built on the same.
Where there is obscene amounts of money to had, views and opinions on what is best tend to take a biased slant.
BIOLOGY AND COMMON SENSE
Back in the day, we foraged for food and we got what was given. When we picked the apple, it was raw and mostly fresh. Untouched, unwaxed, unsprayed – just as nature intended.
In a biological sense, we haven't evolved much, meaning our bodies aren't well designed to digest the shite that is put in our foods today – man-made preservatives; gluten; trans fat; just a few examples.
Common sense should then tell us the more raw and natural we can consume our food, the better it is for our body. The more enhanced, modified and processed a food is, the worse it is for us.
With processed food, your body is having to work extra hard to deal with all the manufactured stuff that comes with it.
How does this all relate to anxiety?
When it comes to the link between what you consume and how you feel (your levels of anxiety), you can reduce your anxiety by making the route from consumption to toilet easier. You do that by making your food as raw and natural as it comes.
SIMPLE FOOD = SIMPLER DIGESTION PROCESS = CALMER MIND
The body and mind are entwined. When you do your body a favour, you're doing your mind one too. For anxiety, that has to be good!
When you have better things to be worried about than your indigestion or constipation issues, you'll have more time to focus on the worries that count.
Going back to the original question – can a raw food diet help with anxiety?
In conclusion, a raw food diet can:
- Help you trim up.
- Improve your digestion.
- Increase your energy.
- Reduce the toxins going in.
- Increase the good stuff (nutrients) going in.
- Boost your health (mental and physical).
Making the answer a straightforward, yes. A raw food diet can help with reducing anxiety.
The more you can cut out enhanced, modified and processed food and the more basic and raw you can consume your food, the better.
Aim to strip your food back to its origins, and you will do your body (and mind) a big favour.