Don’t Go Raw Too Fast!

26 06 2009
Depending on what you read, you’ll get different advice on how quickly you should transition to an all raw food diet.  This is not a haphazard decision.  Several things must be in place to make this change. Not the least of which is the right attitude.

I suggest a gradual shift from a cooked food diet to a raw food diet.  I don’t believe in going completely raw for myself.  You may have a different feeling on this, and that’s ok for YOU.

Going raw too fast leads to several ailments that are usually attributed to detox symptoms.  Remember what is happening to your body at a cellular level as you eat different types of foods.  Raw foods contain the enzymes your body needs to process and digest them.  Cooking foods destroys these enzymes forcing your body to work harder producing the enzymes to digest them.

Another function of raw food is the cleansing of cells.  Your cells readily pass their waste into your bloodstream and lymphatic system once introduced to the enzymes in raw foods. This waste has to go somewhere.  Your bowel movements do a good job of removing waste, but if you go all raw too fast, the waste can build up causing your body to react in strange ways.  Some symptoms of raw food detox include headache, acne, pain, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and constipation.  To relive these symptoms simply introduce a little cooked food or more liquids when you are not eating.

Switching to a raw food diet offers many benefits, don’t introduce unnecessary problems by going raw too fast.

B12 Deficiency.

25 06 2009

Symptoms of B12 deficiency

If you don’t get enough b12, you might become anemic. You don’t carry enough oxygen to your blood. You look pale and your immune system might become weak.

But there are be many other signs of B12 deficiency:

  • Tender or sore muscles;
  • Lack of energy, anxiety;
  • Irritability;
  • Poor hair condition;
  • Eczema;
  • Depression;
  • Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet;
  • Impaired memory;
  • Infertility;
  • Impotence.

In babies or toddlers, the child may start to look pale, fail to thrive or have weak muscles.

There can also be many “slow” symptoms. Symptoms that you don’t notice immediately, but show only over time.

Actually, it might be a reason why some people don’t feel well on raw, vegetarian or vegan diets.

Causes of B12 Deficiency

The main causes of b12 deficiency is age. As you get older, it becomes harder for your body to absorb B12.

This may be due to low stomach acid that comes with age or intestinal problems such as ulcers or having part of the intestine removed or taking medications such as antacids and laxatives on a regular basis.

Other causes of B12 deficiency: when you don’t eat meat, fish or dairy. Because these are vitamin b12 foods and you don’t find this vitamin in fruits or plants. That’s why 80% of all vegans – who don’t supplement – are deficient in this vitamin.

What does vitamin B12 do?

Why is vitamin B12 so important? What does this vitamin do? It supports our nerves, energy production and red blood cells. It helps to decrease our homocysteine and thereby the risk of heart disease and weakening of the arteries and nerves.

Best B12 supplements

If you’re on a raw vegan diet causes of b12 deficiency can be prevented by taking supplements. You don’t need much vitamin B12. David Wolfe eats ants occasionally. This provides him with sufficient B12!

If you don’t wish to eat ants like he does, methylcobalamin – 1000 mcg (sublingual) is a great source (i.e. from Natural Factors). Nano B-12 is another good source. This is the best B12 supplement because they are absorbed easily.

Rejuvenac (fermented wheat drink) is also a good source of vitamin B12. However, though this is a natural and vegan drink, you should know that the Hippocrates Health Institute (Raw food institute in Florida) advises not to drink this because of the high amount of fermentation.

If you prefer to get it from (raw) food: the best food sources are:

  • Oysters (15 mcg)
  • Sardines (28 mcg)
  • Tuna (5 mcg)
  • Salmon (6 mcg)
  • Lamb (trace)
  • Eggs (1.5 mcg)
  • Milk (0.3 mcg)
  • Turkey and chicken (2 mcg)
  • Cheese (1.5 mcg)
  • Ants.

Some people believe see vegetables are a good source of B12, but there is not sufficient research that shows sea greens contain b12. Especially if you are breasfeeding or are pregnant, I wouldn’t take the change. Take supplements.