13 Cavities on a Fruit-Based Raw Food Diet

After eating a fruit-based low fat raw food diet for over 5 years, my dentist told me that I had several cavities.

Here’s why I believe I’ve developed these cavities and what I’ve been doing over the past year to fix the problem.

Your Advice?

Please share in the comments below! :)

Go raw and be fit,
Swayze

P.S. Despite what you’ve been told, avoiding digestive leukocytosis is not a valid reason to eat a raw food diet. In fact, there are many claims made by raw foodists that are just downright wrong.

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Is Salt a Health Food?

There is no reason, other than taste, to consume salt. And that includes ANY sodium chloride, such as table salt, kosher salt, sea salt, Celtic sea salt, Himalayan salt, fleur de sel, etc.

Why?

Because salt is not a health food.

Many people do not believe this because it seems that we can eat sooo much salt and still live to tell the tale.

Just look at the United States. The average American consumes 3,466 milligrams of salt each day and while our health is anything but lively, we still live to be almost 80 years old on average!

But that does not mean salt is healthy. Here’s the proof:

Salt Makes You Thirsty

What happens after just one bite of a salty meal like popcorn, pizza, or Chinese take-out? You get terribly thirsty.

Okay, pretty obvious. But this thirst is actually telling you something very important.

It’s a sign that your body is doing everything it can to get rid of the irritant, namely by creating thirst so that you’ll drink something (hopefully water and not cola) to dilute the substance you’ve just ingested.

When you ingest salt, the delicate sodium/potassium balance is thrown out of whack. To compensate for the extra sodium in your blood, water molecules move from your cells into the bloodstream via osmosis in an attempt to restore balance. This leaves a water deficit in the cells, aka dehydration.

Dehydration is never a good thing and is why your body calls out for more water. If you ever feel thirsty, it is because you are dehydrated. Salt is dehydrating.

Salt Makes You Sweat

So what happens after a few more bites of that salty dish? You get seriously sweaty.

Another no-brainer, but do you know the reason? It’s because in addition to the liver and kidneys, your skin is a major source of detoxification. In other words, sweating is simply another way for your body to eliminate the salt.

Don’t believe me? Eat a salty meal and then taste your sweat. Pretty salty, eh? Now you know why.

And yes, when you give up salt for good, your sweat will no longer taste like a salt lick. Definitely a plus! :D

Salt Makes You Burn

And in more ways than one! Not only does salt in an open wound hurt like a you-know-what, but it also burns your tongue.

Contrary to popular belief, salt does not “enhance” the flavor of the foods you eat. What it does is chemically irritate your taste buds. This makes them more sensitive to the food, ultimately dulling your sense of taste.

This is why chronic salt users need more and more and more salt added to their foods to receive the same flavor hit that they used to receive from lower doses.

Salt Makes You Vomit

Okay Swayze, now you’re talking crazy. I just ate an entire dish of salted peanuts and I don’t feel the urge to upchuck one bit. Explain yourself!

“Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink.”

I’m sure you’ve heard that bit of poetry before, but do you know what it’s referencing? It’s the vast and mighty ocean.

Why not a drop to drink? Because at around 3.5% dissolved salts, seawater is extremely salty! Drink enough of the stuff and you will vomit it up.

Similar to the urge to drink water after a salty meal, the urge to vomit after consuming an even heavier dose of salt is your body’s attempt at getting rid of the stuff. When ingested, heavy amounts of salt water induce retching by irritating your gastrointestinal tract.

Your stomach contracts and you vomit.

And while unpleasant, vomiting is a life-saving reaction. If you were to keep this large amount of salt in your body without access to any pure water, you would become extremely dehydrated, your kidneys would shut down, and you would die.

Salt Makes You…Dead!

Yep, salt’s a killer too. And not just for those crazy enough to sample the salty sea.

As I said, Americans consume 3,466 mg of sodium a day (the government recommends 1,500-2300 mg, or 1/2-1 teaspoon). This seriously unhealthy practice has been linked to big killers such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and (no surprise here) kidney disease.

But We Need Sodium!

Yes, we do. Sodium is absolutely vital for regulating body fluids and maintaining your muscular and nervous systems.

We also need chloride, as it is necessary for regulating body fluids and forming stomach acids.

What we don’t need is salt. So then where do we get our sodium?

From fresh produce, of course!

Our sodium and chloride needs are very small.In fact, pretty much any diet sufficient in calories will provide enough sodium, even a diet predominated by fresh fruits and vegetables.

But the best part?

Tangerines won’t make you thirsty, strawberries won’t make you sweat, bananas won’t burn ya, peaches won’t make you puke, and cantaloupes certainly won’t kill you.

You may go a little fruit-happy, but consider it a good thing. ;)

But I love Salt!

I know, giving up salt is hard. By far the easiest way to reduce your intake is to limit or even avoid processed foods like chips and pastries. Even so-called healthy packaged foods like soups are often brimming with salt, along with the neurotoxin MSG. Just giving up these foods will lower your sodium intake significantly.

From there, you can work on using less salt in your recipes. A really great healthy and delicious salt substitute is celery salt. Seriously, if you haven’t tried it, you really need to. It’s so good!

If you just can’t bare to part with salt, that’s okay. Just be sure to keep your daily intake below 1500 mg per day (1/2 tsp = 1000 mg).

Go raw and be fit,
Swayze

P.S. Think raw foods only taste good with a little (make it a lot) of salt and other condiments? You’ve got it all wrong! In fact, raw foods only taste good WITHOUT salt and spices!

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Post Updated: 4/3/2013

Should Raw Foodists Medicate With Herbs?

Medicinal HerbsNo, they shouldn’t.

You shouldn’t take St. John’s Wort for depression, echinacea for colds, black cohosh for hot flashes, or any other herb to cure any other illness.

But herbs are harmless, you say? They’re natural, non-toxic, and have healing properties, you say?

Let’s look at these claims from an objective point of view.

But Herbs Are Natural!

So what? Poison ivy is natural. Death cap mushrooms are natural. Even cow feces is technically natural!

Just because something hasn’t been altered in a laboratory doesn’t automatically mean it’s good for you to eat.

But Herbs are Non-Toxic!

Really?

Then why are medicinal herbs prescribed in such small amounts? Why do herbal supplements like St. John’s Wort, Echinacea, and Black Cohosh require a warning label?

Hmm, maybe it has something to do with all of these potential side effects…

St. John’s Wort – Can cause trouble sleeping, vivid dreams, restlessness, anxiety, irritability, stomach upset, fatigue, dry mouth, dizziness, headaches, skin rashes, diarrhea, and tingling. It is possibly unsafe when taken in large doses or while pregnant and may result in infertility.

Echinacea – Can cause fever, nausea, vomiting, unpleasant taste, stomach pain, diarrhea, sore throat, dry mouth, headache, numbness of the tongue, dizziness, insomnia, disorientation, and joint and muscle aches. Use is not recommended for people suffering from an auto-immune disorder or allergies.

Black Cohosh – Can cause stomach upset, cramping, headaches, rash, a feeling of heaviness, vaginal spotting or bleeding, and weight gain. Use may be associated with liver damage and is not recommended for pregnant or breast-feeding women.

Headaches? Dizziness? Skin rashes? Vaginal bleeding?!!!!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen a warning label on an apple, orange, or a head of lettuce. ;)

Side effects aside, perhaps an even better judge of toxicity is your tongue. Have you ever tried St. John’s Wort, Echinacea, or almost any other medicinal herb? Probably not, which is a good thing because they are known for being bitter and foul-tasting.

This is a sure sign that these plants are indeed toxic and should be avoided.

But Herbs Have Healing Properties!

No, they don’t. In fact, no foods have healing properties because foods cannot heal. It is the body alone that digests, absorbs, assimilates, and eliminates any and all substances that are introduced into it.

Don’t let herbalists, holistic healers, or raw gurus fool you. Ingesting some infusion of herbs in order to cure a particular ailment is no different than taking a pill to suppress some unpleasant symptoms.

So then why do so many people seem to heal more quickly when taking herbs than when relying on conventional medicine?

It’s simple. While still toxic, the herbs are far less so than traditional allopathic drugs. This results in less stress on the body, allowing it to heal itself more speedily than if you ingested a pill from your doctor.

So then why do people feel noticeably better soon after using certain herbs like chamomile or ginseng?

Feeling calm after a cup of chamomile tea or giddy after a bit of ginseng is not a good thing. In the case of chamomile, the herb is doing nothing more than suppressing your nervous system. In the case of the ginseng, it is stimulating it.

It’s just like when you drink coffee. You feel a surge of energy at first, but once the caffeine has left your system, your body returns to normal (aka “coming down”) and you feel even worse and less-energized than before.

Also just like with coffee, the more ginseng or chamomile you use, the higher dose you will need to achieve the same outcome. The higher dose you ingest, the greater strain you put on the body.

Regular and long-term use of Panax ginseng could possibly produce harmful hormone-like effects, allergic reactions, or even liver damage.

But Herbal Teas Are Awesome!

Don’t believe the marketing hype. There is no reason to consume tea, herbal or otherwise unless you just like to do so. It is nothing but dried herbs and warm water.

The best beverage? That’d be plain ‘ole H2O of course!

Only You Have the Power

Drugs of any kind, including herbs, do not remove the cause of disease. They only serve to suppress the symptoms and give the illusion of good health.

If you really want to cure your candiasis, insomnia, depression, etc., you can! But it doesn’t take pills, powders, or herbal infusions to do it.

It takes healthful living. It takes removing toxic substances and practices from your life so your body can go about its daily processes unencumbered.

Primarily, this means:

  1. Avoiding alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs (prescribed or otherwise)
  2. Avoiding meat, eggs, dairy, grains, and cooked foods
  3. Eating a healthy low fat, high carb diet made up primarily of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
  4. Drinking fresh water
  5. Participating in regular vigorous exercise
  6. Getting deep and restful sleep
  7. Exposing your skin to the sun

If this looks like too much to accomplish at once, then start with your weakest link. For most people, this will be diet. Cut out the crap and switch to the least toxic diet of all: a low fat, high fruit raw food diet.

Your body will thank you.

Go raw and be fit,

Swayze

P.S. As I’ve said before, not all raw food diets are the same. And I’m not afraid to say that there is only one way to go raw that will give you the radical raw results your looking for, and that’s a raw diet predominated by fresh fruit and low in fatty foods like avocados, nuts, and seeds.

But there’s a problem…recipes!

Many people think that on a low fat raw diet, they must mono-meal (i.e. one food at a time) everything. You know, a bunch of bananas for breakfast, a mountain of mangoes for lunch, and a tower of tangerines with a large head of lettuce for dinner.

What they don’t know is that you CAN make delicious raw food recipes that are actually good for you. To prove it, I put together this little gem:

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Delicious and Healthy Raw Vegan Favorites for Every Meal

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Each recipe in Low Fat, Fruit Filled, High Fun Raw Recipes is 100% raw vegan, 100% low fat, and 100% healthy. Plus, they’re all easy to make, take little time to prepare, and use ingredients that are easy to find.

I’ve even included lots of tips and tricks (like tasty variations and ingredient substitutions) as well as a 7-day meal plan to help you get started as soon as possible.

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