The Raw Food Detox Diet Explained

by Eat Raw on April 22, 2010

One of the easiest ways to detox and cleanse the body is to follow a raw vegan diet.  Raw vegan food helps the body to cleanse in these 5 ways:

  • Dietary Fiber: Raw foods, especially leafy greens contain high levels of dietary fiber which is absolutely critical for digestion and elimination.  The recommended daily allowance of dietary fiber is 27 grams, which is easy to achieve on a raw food diet.  Fiber is only found in plant foods and is only valuable as a cleanser when it is raw.  Cooked fiber becomes soft and passive and loses its magnetic cleansing properties.
  • Enzymes: Raw food that has not been heated above 43C or 118F for any significant length of time is still full of life giving enzymes.  Food enzymes help to break food down in the digestive tract fully and quickly, thus leaving the digestive system to function more smoothly and rapidly.   Enzyme therapy is sometimes used to help people start a cleanse and regain their health.
  • Water: Water is nature’s universal solvent, capable of breaking down anything in its path.  Raw foods contain high levels of water – up to 85% for some fruits.  This helps digestion and prevents dehydration, which allows for smooth and regular elimination.  Dehydration is considered to be a major cause of chronic constipation.   With a diet high in raw foods this is not an issue.
  • Chlorophyll: Chlorophyll from leafy greens is a fantastic deodorizer and detoxifier.  Fresh green juice made from grasses and leaves is particularly powerful as a cleansing tool.
  • Mucus: Heavily cooked foods and especially meat, eggs and milk products cause an allergic reaction in the body which creates mucus in the lining of the intestines and stomach.  Raw fruits and vegetables help eliminate this mucus.  Sea vegetables are particularly helpful for mucus detox.

If you want the best results on the raw food detox diet you should avoid nuts and seeds and focus primarily on eating these foods for a period of 7-30 days.

  • All fresh fruits (except bananas)
  • Raw vegetables
  • Homemade vegetable soups
  • Homemade fruit and vegetable juices
  • Unsweetened raw yoghurt
  • Herbal teas
  • Culinary herbs

In addition, my experience is that the more raw vegetables and fruits you include in your diet the better.  Raw food speeds up and intensifies the cleansing process. If you are fit and healthy you can aim for 100% raw.  However, you will still get great benefit by keeping to at least 80% raw foods.

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Treesha August 2, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Great summary of a raw food detox diet! In your list of foods, I would consider eating coconut kefir or coconut yoghurt instead of plain yoghurt made from cow’s milk — let’s leave cow’s milk to their own youngens!! 🙂

Eat Raw September 21, 2010 at 1:00 am

That’s a really good point. I enjoy making coconut yogurt regularly and it’s the only yogurt I eat. I’m glad you brought it up because now more people will know about the possibility. Thanks,

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