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The Benefits of RAW Cleansing
By Jordan Rubin

Why RAW?

If you haven't noticed, more and more people are going raw. Raw foods. Raw lifestyle. People can't seem to get enough raw in their lives. For those who eat raw—fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes—it's about making a healthier choice about what they put in their bodies. Raw food eaters believe that heating food greatly diminishes or "leaves for dead" the nutrient and enzyme content of food. That's why they'll choose raw "living food" over and above "dead" cooked food any day.

Health-food enthusiasts aren't the only ones who are climbing aboard the proverbial raw food lifestyle train, though. Raw food is appearing in gourmet restaurants, on airline menu options, at raw food consortiums, and in cookbooks.

Even doctors are weighing in. Joel Fuhrman, M.D., a boardcertified family physician who advocates a high raw, plant-based diet, says, "Obviously, raw foods are an important part of an optimal diet. Any diet that doesn't contain a significant proportion of raw plant foods isn't an optimal diet." Fuhrman continues, "Many vitamins are heat-sensitive. Twenty to 60 percent of vitamin C is lost with cooking and 20 to 40 percent of minerals are lost in many cooking methods." Then he brings it home, "We should strive to eat a diet with lots of raw food."

Why Cleanse?

During an average lifetime, 60 tons of food passes through the digestive tract, so it better be in tip-top shape. Without proper digestion, the body can't have optimal health or get the nutrients it needs—and our modern lifestyle doesn't help. Eating highly-processed and nutritionally-depleted foods, reduced physical activity, exposure to chemicals or other toxins, and stress can all negatively impact digestive health.

The longer those toxins hang around your body—including inside your gut—the greater their potential for causing an unhealthy state and the greater the need for the body to get rid of them. That's why your digestive system needs a periodic cleanse.

If the digestive system isn't given a chance to restore itself through cleansing, then the immune system and nutrient absorption can be negatively affected. A healthy immune system begins in the gut where the digestive system produces up to 75% of immune system cells. Long story short, the intestinal tract is the body's first line of defense and the body's source of growth, repair, and energy. It covers a significant area, too, constituting the second largest body surface. A lot rides on digestive health, so be intentional about an occasional cleanse.

Why RAW Cleanse™?

RAW Cleanse from Garden of Life features uncooked, untreated, and unadulterated ingredients designed to support your body's natural digestive and detoxification systems. Designed as a fast-acting internal cleansing system that works in synergy with your body's own detoxification system, it's an easy-to-use, triple-detox formula that defends, detoxifies, and eliminates toxins from the body in one week's time.

Step one contains a unique combination of oral and intestinal probiotics that work in the mouth to help inhibit harmful toxins from traveling further in the body†. Step two is rich in antioxidants, enzymes, and amino acids to support a healthy liver and excretion of environmental toxins†. Step three helps to catch and hold undesirable compounds in the digestive tract and facilitate fi nal transport from the body†.

Continuing the RAW Life

If you enjoy the RAW Cleanse, you may wish to continue the raw journey! Containing 26 superfoods from raw organic seeds, sprouts and greens, Garden of Life's RAW Meal provides 33 grams of protein, 14 grams of fi ber, and four grams of healthy fat. It satisfi es hunger and provides energy, while also supplying the protein, fi ber, vitamins, and minerals you would fi nd in a healthy meal of raw foods. The RAW Protein is an outstanding source of complete protein, providing 18 grams, or 35% of the Daily Value, plus all essential amino acids. You will surely feel the nutritive power of living seeds and grains with this certifi ed-organic, raw, vegan protein powder.