Stop Living to Eat, Start Eating to Live!

by Optimum Nutrition Admin

Eating all raw food is the only way to maintain a youthful appearance and avoid health problems later in life.

What most people do not realize is that any food that has been heated or cooked has lost much of its nutritional value and has been rendered indigestible. Over time, daily consumption of cooked food will compromise the digestive system to the extent that the body becomes incapable of producing its own digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid. This typically occurs in one’s 30′s or 40′s, for some much earlier, which is when most begin experiencing “the signs of aging” such as weight gain, hair loss, wrinkles, diminishing energy levels, joint pain and the like. However, this is not the body aging, it is simply succumbing to the burden of the continual intake of indigestible toxic food that is nutritionally deficient. Fortunately, the effects of this unhealthful lifestyle can be reversed and the earlier one institutes the necessary changes, the faster, easier and less expensive the process will be.

One of the most important components to attaining ideal health, longevity and youthfulness is to eat food raw. Our bodies were not engineered to ingest cooked food, let alone all the processed junk we eat. If cooked/processed food continues to be the majority of a person’s diet, health problems will persist despite all efforts to avoid or correct them. We should only be consuming food that is energetically strong which, one will discover after extensive applied kinesiological testing, will be predominantly raw food. Raw food should be the primary source of life-giving nutrition. All fruits, vegetables and herbs should be the original, God created species and not a hybrid or genetically modified organism. All plants should be grown in nutrient-rich soil that is toxin free. Unfortunately, very little of the fruits, vegetables and herbs available to us today are in the form that God created. Due to pesticides, fertilizers, fumigation, GMO toxins and countless other contaminants, all raw produce, including organic, needs to be remediated. Even then, our bodies will require supplementation because there is no way of adding the missing nutrients due to mineral deficient soil, hybridization and incomplete growing cycles.

Having established that the available food supply, even in its natural raw state, is already nutritionally weak and toxin laden; we further denature the nutrients by processing and/or cooking it. Heating any food above 109º F, plant or animal, destroys the live enzymes necessary for the food to be properly digested. Additionally, cooked and processed food, which is devoid of enzymes, requires an inordinate amount of hydrochloric acid to break down the fats and proteins. Over time, the body’s ability to produce hydrochloric acid (HCL) and digestive enzymes is exceeded by the demands placed on it. Without enzymes and sufficient HCL levels, even the best food cannot be properly digested nor can the body absorb the nutrients, particularly protein, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and B-12. HCL is also one of our body’s first lines of defense against microbes and parasites. Therefore, low HCL increases our exposure to these disease causing infections.


  1. DAVE August 12, 2013 at 2:49 am

    I never was looking to be a competitive bodybuilder, but after I went raw and found Quantum supplements, my body fat drop to 5% and muscle mass and vascularity went up. I now compete against bodybuilders who definitely take steroids and I’m 100% clean and natural.

  2. sflorida442 August 12, 2013 at 3:27 am

    Very informative!

  3. brian August 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    I guess this is what’s called the caveman diet?

  4. happychick! August 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I tried eating all raw food but I always felt hungry. I definitely lost weight but I couldn’t stick to it because I felt like I was starving. Why would that be?

  5. Optimum Nutrition Admin August 17, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Hunger pangs can be caused by one or more of several factors. As detailed in this article, all commercially grown food in the U.S. is nutritionally deficient. Consequently, the body will not receive all that is needed without proper, high-quality supplementation. You may also have been suffering the symptoms of chemical addiction. Due to the constant ingestion of toxic food additives and preservatives over your lifetime, the resulting brain damage manifests in withdrawal symptoms not unlike those of an alcoholic or drug addict. The cravings can be overwhelming and uncontrollable. Finally, your digestion system may be compromised which will prevent the necessary food breakdown and nutrient uptake. Without proper digestion and nutrient absorption, all the food and supplements in the world will not provide the body its daily essentials. Check back for an upcoming article that will address the repair of the gastrointestinal tract.

  6. Thomas August 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Very enlightening. I don’t know if I could go all raw because I like my treats, but it certainly makes sense.

  7. add1to1 August 21, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I went all raw a few years ago. I used to like my treats too but nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels. It took a while to get used to it but I’ve found raw foods I really enjoy.

  8. Montanagirl August 25, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I’ve heard about an all raw diet before, of course, but I could never figure out what the benefit would be. I mean, I would much rather eat cooked vegetables than raw vegetables, they just taste better to me, and I couldn’t see the difference between a raw carrot and a steamed carrot. I can see the difference between raw veggies and veggies fried to a crisp in a bucket of oil, sure, but the benefit of eating raw over steamed, boiled or baked didn’t make sense to me. Well, no one ever explained to me that eating heated, enzymatically deficient food would damage my digestive system over time. If this is really the key I’ve been missing no wonder I’m still fat! I’m going to take the next step and go completely raw and see what happens. Maybe I’ll dump my cook ware at my sister’s for a while and eliminate the temptation to make a baked potato. I’ll be loading up on fruit. There’s no way I can stick to a diet of only raw, plain vegetables.

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