Cancer Cure: Raw Vegan Diet
Cancer is a life-threatening disease that claims thousands of people every year. While several people have been cured through various combinations of drugs, tests and chemotherapy, others have not been so lucky. Over the years, people have turned to several alternative therapies, which have varying degrees of success. One such form of therapy for cancer patients is adopting the raw vegan diet.
The raw vegan diet is a diet regime where you have to give up any food that is processed and eat only raw fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts. To be even more effective, the diet should consist of only organic fruits and vegetables, rather than regular ones, in order to avoid the pesticides and insecticides that are usually sprayed on all our produce. All dairy products, grains, meat and eggs are forbidden.
How does the raw vegan diet work?
The raw vegan diet has been based on the assumption that anything that has been processed in any way is bad for you, since it is loaded with sugar, salt and artificial chemicals like flavours, colours and sweeteners. The nutritional value of the food gets destroyed during the processing, and so artificial vitamins and minerals are added in order to try and restore the nourishment. These are not even half as healthy as the real thing. While some of these artificial substances manage to pass through your body, others get stuck in your vital organs and tissues, clogging them.
Similarly, cooking also changes the organic structure of food, destroying the enzymes present in it and reducing its nutritional value. Cooking also raises the acidity levels in food, making it harder to digest. On the other hand, the nutrients in raw fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts are bioavailable. This means that the plants absorb vitamins and minerals from the soil and convert them into a form that can be processed by humans. When they are cooked, these same vitamins and minerals are altered, making them unavailable to us.
Meat, dairy and grain products are also considered to be processed foods, because they have to go through various procedures before we can eat them. Milk has to be pasteurised and homogenised and then further processed into other forms like butter, cheese, ice cream and ghee (Indian butter). Grain is polished, ground and cooked into various forms and meat too has to be processed and cooked before we can eat it. Furthermore, meat and dairy are very high in protein and very low in fibre. They stimulate the growth of the cancer cells, for they move through your digestive very slowly, releasing several toxins along the way. Grain consists of carbohydrates, or sugar, which leads to increased insulin production in your body, resulting in weight gain, cardiovascular complications and diabetes.
Is the raw vegan diet effective?
Cancer is a difficult disease that manifests itself differently from person to person. While there are several clinical and non-clinical ways to tackle cancer, their success rates vary. This diet has worked for some people and has failed others, however it is one possible solution that people suffering from cancer can consider, either as a treatment by itself, or in conjunction with other treatments. This diet is also recommended as a way to prevent cancer.
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