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In keeping with my mission to help people understand raw and living foods better, I’ve decided to start a weekly series here on Raw Food Switch.
This week I will be focusing on the benefits of raw food for the elderly. A lot of these benefits are especially important for the elderly, but they also act as a preventative measure for us younger folks. Eating raw food definitely helps to allieviate many of the issues that we commonly associate with growing old.
1. Enzymes to Digest
Most people eating a Standard American Diet, which is low in enzymes, develop digestion issues. These digestion issues are really caused by using the body’s enzymes to digest food, instead of taking the enzymes that come with the food.
By choosing to eat more raw and living foods, which are full of enzymes, you give your body everything it needs to digest food. You are then providing your body with enzymes every time you eat, instead of depleating your supply of enzymes.
So what happens if an elderly person has been eating a highly processed diet with few whole foods or raw foods? Eating raw foods then gives their digestion system a break, and allows them to fully absord all the nutrients in the food itself!
2. Helps With Elimination
I’ve spoken to many an elderly person who has said that moving their bowels every day is an issue. Some turn to prune juice, laxatives, suppositories, and other means while some just suffer through it.
Daily elimination doesn’t need to be such a struggle, no matter your age. Diet and exercise are so important when it comes to a healthy colon that can eliminate effortlessly. That’s why eating lots of roughage like green leafy veggies is great for the eldery who have elimination issues!
3. Rich in Water Content
For some reason the elderly don’t like to go to the bathroom to pee often. So they tend to avoid drinking a lot of water. We all know how important it is to drink enough water, but if you can’t convince a stubborn elderly person to drink more water, the least you can do is help them eat foods that are rich in water content.
When someone’s skin gets wrinkly and saggy, it’s not just because he is getting older. It’s a sign that his body might be lacking water. Green leafy juices and cucumber juices will also help keep skin looking young.
So don’t let “going to the bathroom too often” be an excuse for your elderly relatives. Get that water rich raw food into them and they will thank you with more energy, improved moods, and increased vitality.
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This post is part of the Raw Food Benefits Series.