Cooked foods are stimulants and sedatives meaning that you may feel good for a minute when eating them but once you create mucus and acids in the body this will have an effect on your emotional and mental bodies and you will soon feel like crap. Whole cooked foods vs a SAD diet, of course, will improve your health but nothing like the raw foods.

Energy activates the nervous system and creates blood flow and circulation to the brain which helps the brain function better. Raw foods are nootropics they make you feel good. Dead foods lack energy, they are hard to digest, burn up your electrolytes, dehydrate you and in return will lower your energy and your mood!

The majority of raw foods are alkaline forming except for none sprouted nuts and seeds and your raw animal foods are not foods they are living beings that should not be eaten which means they don’t belong on the food group categories.

You must understand that your organs and glands when not functioning properly will affect your emotional body and lower your mood as a result. It’s the acids that are a problem and the lack of energy in the cooked foods.

If the food is acidic then the acids will create ash in the body and end up in your lymphatic system. If these acids don’t get properly detoxed out of your body through the skin and kidneys then they will end up in your tissue and when acids chew on your organs and glands this will cause the following reactions that will end up lowering your mood and much more.

When the parathyroid gland gets compromised from acids then this gland stops producing parathormone which is a hormone that helps the body utilize calcium. If you don’t utilize calcium properly and your body is acidic already then your body will steal calcium from bones and connective tissue to fight off acids and the result is going to lead to depression because not utilizing calcium can cause depression and this is common with mothers with parathyroid weakness after they have had a baby because they already are not utilizing calcium and the baby stealing your calcium as well can lead to postpartum depression. Another reason to clean the body with the fruit and raw food before having children so you can fix the body systemically for your greater good and to strengthen your child’s genetics as well.

Let’s say acids end up chewing on your liver!? Raw foods clean the liver and cooked foods overwork the liver and damage the liver over time. Have you ever meet a person with liver problems!? Angry people! A toxic liver can create anger problems in people. When the liver gets clean on a living foods diet people experience there temper going away and no longer deal with anger outburst anymore. If you are an angry person and have a short fuse go after to liver with herbs and fruit and see if your mood improves I’m confident it will.

If your dealing with anxiety and your always nervous and shaky and on edge then you have chronic adrenal gland weakness meaning acids and metabolic waste in the body has been accumulating in your body and they found homes in the spaces around the cells of your adrenal glands. When the adrenal glands go down you lose Neurotransmitters and you stop producing chemicals that keep you calm and feel good like dopamine and serotonin and many more. Cooked foods will only weaken your adrenal glands and chemicals and stimulate, stress and toxic environments as well.

If your nervous system is compromised and your adrenals are down then your mood is going to suck and the anxiety will lower your mood. Cooked foods may sedate you but this is only a temporary bandaid because the result will weaken your adrenal glands more and the result will clog up the kidneys as well because the adrenal glands are attached to the kidneys and if you don’t filter waste out of the lymphatic system you will back it up with acids and metabolic waste and when the glands go down and they fail to produce steroids and hormones your mood will be affected as a result.

Raw foods better your mood especially the fruits, berries and melons and the cooked foods lower your mood. It’s simple the more acidic you become the lower mood you will have. The more hydrated you are and alkaline then the better your mood will be. Your happiness will be found with spirituality and nature. Raw foods are natural and cooked foods are not it’s really that simple. Cooking is survival not essential. I’m just speaking the truth and I am not a purest ether. I do eat cooked foods sometimes but when I do I also experience a lower food vs when I am 100% raw and basing my consumption on mainly fruit.

Get back to nature my friends, get back to the diet your biologically designed to eat, tap into your intuitive consciousness, let your instincts guide you, surrender to the present moment, and I promise you my friends you will thrive!

Written by Jonathon RA Stearns AKA the Mangotarian

Maintaining the health of your gut is probably the number one thing you can do for your overall health. While you might think your gut is in perfect shape, it may not be! After all, the body is an integrated ecosystem, so imbalances in one area of the body can manifest themselves in an entirely different area.

Researchers are becoming increasingly aware that an unhealthy gut can compromise things like immunity, cognitive function, healthy weight, hormonal balance and much more. One of the easiest things you can do to heal your gut is to add beneficial bacteria, known as probiotics, to your daily diet.

Enjoy Greater Immunity

Surprisingly, 80% of our immune system is located in our digestive system! That means by boosting gut health, we naturally boost our immunity too.

Many studies have shown that regular intake of probiotics has a positive effect on immune health. Even when our bodies are under extreme pressure probiotics can give us a much needed boost, with research showing that long-distance runners who supplement with probiotics enjoy greater immune function.
Treat Inflammation

Chronic inflammation in the body is linked to a multitude of illnesses like asthma, allergies, heart disease, cancer, premature aging and more. Probiotics may actually help quell this excess inflammation and prevent or improve its associated conditions.

One study, carried out in Ireland, found that certain probiotic bacteria can help treat patients with inflammatory conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, psoriasis and ulcerative colitis.
Reduce Blood Pressure

A review of nine studies has shown a definite link between consuming beneficial bacteria and lower blood pressure levels – something that should be of particular interest to the one in three Americans suffering with hypertension.
Lower Cholesterol

Probiotics may be one of the many foods and drinks that can help lower cholesterol, according to a study of middle-aged men. They found that a daily fermented milk drink (a natural source of probiotics) reduced total cholesterol and LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol levels by 6% and 10% respectively.

It should be noted that not all studies have achieved these positive results, leading researchers to think that only certain strains of the bacteria are effective at reducing cholesterol.
Improve Learning and Memory

The brain and gastrointestinal system share an intimate connection – known as the brain-gut axis – which is why a healthy gut leads to a healthy brain. In one piece of research, healthy women given a probiotic-rich yogurt for four weeks displayed improved brain function when compared to either the placebo or control groups.
Boost Mood

The brain-gut axis may explain why probiotics have been found to help fight depression and anger too. In a study carried out in the Netherlands, scientists discovered that participants who took probiotics had a significant reduction in negative and aggressive thoughts.
Alleviate IBS

Some probiotics can alleviate the inflammatory and digestive symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) according to a review of 19 studies. These friendly bacteria may also maintain remission of Crohn’s Disease and avoid the recurrence of pouchitis – a complication of the surgery used to treat ulcerative colitis.

Prevent or Treat Diarrhea

Taking probiotics increases the ‘good’ bugs in your system, which work to crowd out the ‘bad’ ones – the ones that lead to diarrhea and other stomach problems. It’s no surprise then that several studies have found probiotics shorten the course of diarrhea in sufferers, particularly those with antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

It’s also a good idea to load up on probiotics before traveling, as they are a safe and effective way to prevent infectious diarrhea, says an analysis of 23 trials.
Cure Urinary Tract Infections

Some research says UTIs – which affect over 50% of women – can be prevented with regular intake of probiotic foods, drinks or supplements.
Prevent Childhood Eczema and Allergies

Childhood eczema is an early sign of allergies – and probiotics may just help prevent both conditions in infants.

In a study of 241 women, scientists discovered that those who took probiotics while pregnant experienced a decrease in the occurrence of childhood eczema in their babies. While 71% of infants in the placebo group suffered eczema at least once, just 29% of infants in the probiotic group did.
Lose Weight

At least one piece of research suggests it may be possible to use probiotics to treat obesity. Keep in mind that a sluggish digestive system (which can be improved through probiotics) hinders weight loss.
Improve Oral Hygiene

There is a growing body of research to highlight the beneficial role of probiotics in taking care of your pearly whites – particularly when it comes to preventing and treating oral infections, dental caries, periodontal disease and bad breath.

Whole grains are an important part of a Vegan and plant-based lifestyle. Consuming at least three servings of whole grains per day can reduce the risk of some chronic health conditions like cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and certain cancers. Studies also showed that eating whole grains in place of refined grains can reduce potentially dangerous excess abdominal fat, a buildup that can raise blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and even cause insulin resistance (potentially leading to diabetes)…..Don’t think of these grains as a side dish. I eat these grains as my main dish…

Here are 14 organic whole grains that I stock in my home and eat at least three of every day :

1. Amaranth
Once considered a weed, amaranth is now known for its killer nutritional value. This grain is high in fiber (21 percent of the daily recommended value per cup), and it’s also a great source of the amino acid lysine and nutrients magnesium, calcium, and squalene, a compound that may help prevent cancer. Plus, it’s also a protein powerhouse: In one study, rats that consumed amaranth grew more than those that were fed maize thanks to the grain’s 9 grams of protein per cup. It also has cholesterol-lowering potential….I mix it with quinoa, it takes the same amount of time to cook……

2. Kamut
Kamut is the brand name — and most commonly used name — for the ancient Khorasan strain of wheat. It’s a great source of protein, with 11 grams per cup, as well as nutrients like selenium, zinc, and magnesium. One study even showed that rats that consumed kamut had better responses to oxidative stress than those that had eaten wheat, which basically means kamut has is higher in antioxidants than regular wheat. Kamut should be soaked for 24 hours. I mix kamut with whole barley, spelt and wheat berries along with beans like mung, adzuki, and garbanzo…Rinse them thoroughly after soaking them and simmer for about 40 minutes. Turn the heat off and add vegetables and allow them to steam…….delicious!

3. Millet
Formerly used primarily as bird feed in the U.S., millet is increasing in popularity among humans, whether it’s prepacked like rice or made into flour and used in baked goods. It’s a good source of protein (6 grams per cup) and has been shown to help control glucose levels. Another benefit of keeping glucose levels in check? When blood sugar levels are steady, energy levels are steady….Millet is another grain that takes 15 minutes to simmer, mix it with the quinoa and amaranth…..You can also add lentils, top it off after it is done with chopped tomatoes, parsley, and lemon…….

4. Teff
These teeny tiny grains pack a sizable nutritional punch: Teff is surprisingly high in calcium (one cup contains 12 of the daily recommended value) and vitamin C, a nutrient not often found in grains. Plus, it’s gluten-free, making it perfect for those with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. Teff is primarily made of high-resistant starch, which can help prevent colon cancer. Resistant starches aren’t immediately digested when traveling through the small intestine. Instead, they hang out in the large intestine, where bacteria feed on them and create fatty acids that make the environment less welcoming to bacteria that can harm the colon[13]. A study also showed that people who ate muffins high in resistant starch felt fuller than those who ate muffins without. Teff’s tiny size (about the size of a poppy seed) allows it to cook quickly compared to other grains, ranging from 12 to 20 minutes depending on desired texture…..Teff can be combined with the 15-minute grains ……..

5. Quinoa
Quinoa is an excellent protein source and contains all essential amino acids (useful for vegans and vegetarians). One cup of ready-to-eat quinoa has nearly 10 grams of protein or twice the amount of protein found in other cereal grains, it also has 5 grams of fiber, for just 220 calories.

Quinoa is also a good source of beneficial minerals, including copper, manganese, iron, and magnesium, plus B-complex vitamins. All of these trace elements and nutrients are necessary for chemical reactions for producing energy out of your foods. Quinoa also offers potassium and good fats that are beneficial for your blood pressure and heart.

6. Farro (aka Emmer)
Same grain, different name (depending on location) — emmer is the American term for while it’s known as farro in Italy, where it has a rich history: This ancient strain of wheat was rationed to Roman soldiers thousands of years ago! A half-cup of farro has more fiber and fewer calories than brown rice or quinoa,….Love Farro, it takes 30 minutes to simmer, I add raw vegetables at the end and an avocado with lemon….. If you can’t find it in the U.S., buy it directly from Bluebird organic farms. They are a great family owned business and will ship it same day…

7. Whole Barley
Barley dates back to the Stone Age and can take on many roles. It can be ground into flour or meal for baked goods, added to soups and stews in its pearled form, and (of course) malted to make beer or whiskey. Since it’s high in fiber (almost a quarter of the daily recommended value in one cup of the pearled stuff), it may help prevent some chronic diseases and lower cholesterol….I love whole barley, make sure to buy it in bulk and organic and don’t confuse it with pearl barley. Pearl barley which is barley without the nutrition, kind of like white rice compared to brown rice…..

8. Bulgur
Bulgur, another derivative of wheat, it’s the result of boiling, drying, and cracking wheat kernels. It’s incredibly versatile in dishes and cooks in about the same amount of time as pasta. With 8 grams of fiber per cup or 33 percent of the daily recommended value, bulgur beats out quinoa, oats, millet, buckwheat, and corn in that category.

9. Spelt
Spelt is a type of wheat that is higher in protein than other types, and — in flour form — can easily be used as a substitute for wheat flour in recipes. There is some evidence that those with sensitivity to wheat can tolerate spelt, but other research suggests those with gluten intolerance might still want to hold off.

10. Buckwheat
Native to Russia, buckwheat is actually not a type of wheat at all — it’s a herb! More closely related to rhubarb than to wheat (making it gluten-free!), its seeds are ground into flour or crushed to make groats, which are cooked like rice. Buckwheat may also help lower cholesterol levels by binding to cholesterol molecules and dragging ‘em out of the body on its way through the digestive system. It can also be helpful in treating diabetes because it naturally contains a compound that lowers blood glucose levels]. Buckwheat is the main ingredient in most soba noodles and these pancakes, but pairing it with pickles could also work…..Another favorite of mine that takes 15 minutes to simmer. I add lentils and top it off when serving with tomatoes, lemon, and an avocado….

11. Red rice
A type of yeast growing on rice grains yields this fun colored food — and the health benefits are pretty astounding. Long used for its medicinal properties in Asian countries (back in the 1300’s), it was used in China to aid in digestion, blood circulation, and spleen health), red rice extract is gaining popularity in the US for its cholesterol-lowering properties. Red rice can also refer to a type of rice with a red husk, which is high in fiber, has a nutty taste, and, when mixed with other foods, can turn the dish a festive shade of pink or red.

12. Rye berries
Everyone knows about rye bread, but the grain can also be eaten in its berry form. Rye berries can be cooked like rice or barley in pilafs or soups, though cooking can take up to an hour. Not a fan of rye bread? Don’t be discouraged — that distinct flavor comes from caraway seeds added to the bread, not the rye itself, so dishes made with rye berries won’t have the same taste. As for health benefits, it’s hard to beat rye: One study showed that rye contains a peptide called lunasin, which could play a role in cancer prevention. Another showed that rye fiber appears to be more effective than the wheat fiber in improving bowel health. Another grain that can be simmered with whole barley, wheat berries, kumut, and spelt…..

13. Wheat berries
Wheat berries are a way to get wheat in its most natural state — whole kernels with only the hull removed. This means they contain all the grain’s nutrients and minerals. One half-cup serving is a great source of selenium, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, and lignan, a phytochemical that may help protect against breast cancer. Once cooked (simmered in boiling water for up to an hour should do it), they are a great addition to soups, stews, and salads (like this wheat berry salad with strawberries and blueberries). Since wheat berries are quite literally whole wheat, they may be more filling than a similar amount of food made with wheat flour.

14. Forbidden Black Rice
The Long-Lost Superfood”, a treasure house of antioxidants, fiber, nutrients, minerals and amino acids capable of combating and preventing a host of health problems ranging from cancer, diabetes, and heart disease to Alzheimer’s. Apparently, the emperor’s of ancient China was right. The black, outer layer of this rice, contains antioxidant-rich bran. The purple and reddish pigment of this rice, which gives it its black appearance, contains Anthocyanins, the same antioxidants found in such prominent superfoods as blueberries, Acai berries, and grapes. Forbidden Black Rice is one of my favorite grains. It takes 30 minutes to simmer. I either eat the black rice by itself or I mix it with Farro. I add tomatoes, lemon, parsley and an avocado when I serve it…..Really delicious and a great replacement for brown rice.