How to Prepare Your Digestive System for Raw Foods
Published: (November, 2013)
The raw food diet doesn't seem to work for you? The challenge, I'll suggest, is not with raw foods, but with the digestive system. It must be properly prepared to welcome raw foods, especially if you are striving towards 100% raw.
Bloating, intestinal pain and gas rank high on the list of problems for people aspiring to go raw. Here's why. Each of us has, in our intestinal system, our own unique set of microflora, which have grown up there in response to what we've been eating. A sharp change in diet means the old microflora (it is actually microfauna) won't be happy.
There's no one-size-fits-all plan. Some folks will need to take very gradual steps to successfully transition to an all-raw diet and lifestyle-and all the more gradual the older you are. Folks who experience gastritis must proceed slowly and cautiously.
If you are having any trouble sticking to raw, here's the upshot of my own experience, thousands of my readers and a lengthy review of English and Russian-language sites I reviewed to see what advice I could add to my own. Consider these steps to make your transition to raw go smoothly and, most importantly, to help you stay raw for the long haul: Continue reading How to Prepare Your Digestive System for Raw Foods.
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