By Bob McCauley, ND
1. Water. I promote Alkaline Ionized Water which is a powerful Antioxidant with an abundance of electrons and a negative charge (ORP). It is alkalizing, extremely hydrating and detoxifying. These are all the same quality as Raw fruits and vegetables. What is promoted now by Raw Food Gurus is “Raw Water”, unfiltered Spring Water that is “alive”, “conscious” that has “fructagenic energy” that levitates out of the ground. This is animism and confuses people as to which water to drink. They encourage people to travel to a “Natural Spring” in the middle of nowhere to fill glass jugs and “don’t drink anything else.” This is impractical and unnecessary. Water needs to be filtered and bottled spring water is fine to drink. How much water to drink each day is also ignored. 1 – 1.5 gallons per day, never around mealtime and never more than one liter per hour.
2. Chlorella – Spirulina” Superior Protein
These are the most powerful foods in the world. They are complete foods, that are the most nutritionally dense and diverse foods known. They are THE Ultimate Super Foods. We should use them for our protein instead of cooked animal protein, especially vegans and vegetarians. They are the kings of Protein, Chlorophyll and Nucleic Acids. Claims have been made that the amount of iron in chlorella is a problem for women. This is not true because it is a whole food.
3. Probiotics – Acidophilus and Bifidus
These are the friendly bacteria that I hear little about from the raw food gurus. They fight bacterial and viral disease, produce B-vitamins, help take in nutrients and keep our digestive tract clean. There is a lot of talk about fermented foods which I agree with, but almost nothing about “supplementing” with these two bacterium. If you don’t take probiotics, chances are you will end up with digestive problems.
4. Vigorous Exercise
We need 20 – 30 minutes of vigorous exercise daily. This builds our immune system and cleanses our organs. We need to raise our heart rate to 110 – 150 bpm and keep it there for 20 – 30 minutes daily. I hear little or nothing about vigorous exercise from the raw food community.
5. Angstrom Minerals
Minerals are the keys that start the engine of our health. There is a lot of talk about being properly mineralized, but angstrom minerals are not promoted as they once were. Even on a raw food diet it’s almost impossible to get enough of all the various minerals that we require. Angstrom is the answer.