As our body's pH is made up of 80% alkaline and 20% acidic content, our food intake should be consistent with the inside of our bodies – 80% raw fruits and vegetables and only 20% cooked foods (considered acidic to the body).
The body's cells are designed to cook raw food and are not meant to handle food which, to the body, has already been digested. While a cooked meal may still have some vitamins and minerals, it is devoid of enzymes and therefore, requires that the body use its own enzymes, produced in the liver, to digest the cooked food. Seasonal changes should not influence the amount of cooked food we eat. Dr. Brian Clement provides evidence in support of the raw fruits and vegetables diet, concluding that when we eat a cooked meal:
Lastly, "cooking food above 200 degrees F causes a pathogenic response in the body called leukocytosis, whereby white blood cells are used to digest food as much as they would attack a foreign substance." -2007, Brian R. Clement, PhD, NMD, LNC Ever hear people complain, "I can't eat cooked food because I get stomach aches"? Or, "I can't eat broccoli because I'll get diarrhoea"? Exactly! That's the whole point!! Eating life foods encourages the body to clean and detoxify the system. Any doctor who tells you otherwise is looking out for your money, not for your health. Pain in any organ insinuates cleansing, and does not mean that something is wrong. Accept your punishment and eat to clean your cells, not to avoid pain. Thus, a healthy diet should consist of two meals that are alive (breakfast and dinner) and one meal that is cooked (lunch). In addition, when consuming a cooked meal, always have a fresh vegetable salad. Completely eliminate all ghost foods.