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The origins of the raw food movement

Everyone followed a raw food diet back in the day. And by ‘back in the day’ we mean before man (and woman –  actually, it was probably woman!) discovered fire and learned to control it. But modern interest in a raw food diet started to emerge at the start of the 20th century. The raw …

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What happens if you don’t produce enough enzymes?

There are times when the body doesn’t make enough digestive enzymes. This will obviously have an impact on the digestive process. So, what happens when you don’t produce enough digestive enzymes? If you don’t make enough lactase, you will not be able to digest lactose effectively, which is the sugar found in milk. Lactose that …

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What are probiotics?

Probiotics are micro-organisms that provide big health benefits to those who eat or drink them. They are often referred to as friendly bacteria. The World Health Organisation definition of probiotics is that they are live micro-organisms that provide a health benefit to the host. There are a large number of different kinds of bacteria in …

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Is a raw food diet healthier for you?

We admit it. Science has yet to fully throw its weight behind some of the bolder claims of a raw food diet being healthier for you. But there is evidence supports the argument that you are better off being a follower of a raw food diet. A study in The Journal of the American Medical …

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When should I take digestive enzymes?

For people who can’t make enough digestive enzymes because of a serious health condition, GPs prescribe enzyme medication. These conditions include pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis or cancer of the pancreas. Usually, the cause of digestive enzyme deficiency is more general and more subtle. But the impact can be significant. Have you had bloating, flatulence or feel …

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Is it safe to take probiotics?

The simple answer is ‘yes’. It is safe to take probiotics.  A major 2014 study, A Systematic Review of the Safety of Probiotics, concluded: “The overwhelming existing evidence suggests that probiotics are safe.” Probiotics are safe because they are micro-organisms that live in the body naturally. You will often hear them referred to as friendly …

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What is a raw food diet?

What is a raw food diet? Well, raw food is not just raw food. It means anything that has not been refined, chemically processed or heated above 48C. The theory behind raw food is that cooking above this temperature starts to destroy the enzymes in food that aid digestion. We need enzymes to help us …

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Are digestive enzymes safe to take?

You can buy many forms of digestive enzyme supplements and they are considered to be safe when they are taken as recommended. It has been found that bromelain thins the blood, which means people with serious health conditions who are taking blood thinners should avoid it. On the flip side, blood thinning can be beneficial …

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What are the side effects of probiotics?

A major 2014 study, A Systematic Review of the Safety of Probiotics, found: “The overwhelming existing evidence suggests that probiotics are safe.” But that does not mean there are no side effects of probiotics.  It may take a little while for the body to get used to changes in the gut when you are taking …

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How do I improve my digestive enzyme levels?

As with most health matters, there are two ways of going about replenishing the enzyme levels in the body. There is the ‘chemical route’ of prescription medication and the more natural way, through supplements. Digestive enzyme supplements can be got from plant, microbial or animal sources. Plant-derived enzymes are thought to be more stable in …

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What do probiotics do?

Probiotics are micro-organisms that provide big health benefits to those who eat or drink them. You will often hear them referred to as friendly bacteria. The World Health Organisation definition of probiotics is that they are live micro-organisms which provide a health benefit to the host. Probiotics can have a big impact on the health …

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What do you eat on a raw food diet?

Sometimes a list works best. Here is what you can eat on a raw food diet.  purified/filtered water organic foods fresh fruit and raw vegetables freshly-made fruit and vegetable juices soaked raw nuts and seeds freshly made nut and seed mylks water from a young coconut soaked and sprouted beans, grains, and legumes dried fruits …

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What are digestive enzymes?

Digestive enzymes are naturally occurring and help break down food so the body can absorb nutrients. The body produces digestive enzymes – some in your mouth, stomach and small intestine – but most are made in the pancreas. The pancreas delivers enzymes to the small intestine whenever food is eaten. These enzymes are: Proteases and …

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The challenges of switching to a raw food diet

Time Some parts of switching to a raw food diet require more time than you would need with your current diet. But, like most things, if something is worth doing, then it is worth doing properly. Fuelling our bodies is one of the most fundamental things we do. Motivation We say that you should not …

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Will going raw vegan save the planet?

One word: yes. Going raw vegan can save the planet.  A paper published in the journal Science last year came to this conclusion – we have to embrace veganism to save the world from climate disaster. The study led the acclaimed Oxford environmentalist George Monbiot to write: “Whether human beings survive this century and the …

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What are friendly bacteria?

There are a large number of different kinds of bacteria in your digestive system at any one time. But for the system to work properly it is important that you have the right balance of bacteria in there. Friendly bacteria are, as the name suggests, the micro-organisms that you want plenty of. They are also …

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My Raw Food Lifestyle – Frequently Asked Questions

In today’s blog I thought it might be helpful to address some of the typical questions that I often get asked.  People frequently seem intrigued by my raw food lifestyle, so I always welcome questions and comments. I hope you enjoy reading my answers below… Why have you decided not to eat meat, fish and …

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My raw food lifestyle… in a nutshell!

Let me introduce you to my raw food lifestyle. It probably won’t surprise you that I hear the question below a lot… “So, what exactly do you eat in a typical day then Phil?!”   It’s a great question, firstly because I’m passionate about the foods I choose to eat, and secondly because the way …

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Seven Proven Benefits of a Raw Food Lifestyle

Have you ever noticed that diets don’t work? How can you adopt a new raw food lifestyle? As you may have discovered if you’ve had ago at depriving yourself of those delicious goodies you succumb to, diets don’t work. The main reason diets don’t work is because they are not sustainable. So what’s the alternative? …

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Do One Thing – Change Your Life for the Better!

How would you like to change your life for the better one step at a time? The Raw Builder’s ‘Do One Thing’ philosophy is the simplest way to make the raw food lifestyle work for you; instilling smart habits into your daily routine that will become central to your life – for the rest of …

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