Eating food in its original state is simply a return to the way we were intended to eat. Raw food diets are based on the idea that the most healthy food for the body is uncooked. While the benefits of raw foods are plentiful, a well-balanced diet is key. You don’t have to adopt an exclusively raw food diet and turn off the stove-top forever, but your body will thank you for incorporating just a few raw selections into your everyday life.

Get in on the movement without making a huge dietary commitment. Here are just a few ways you can benefit from the basics during your next meal:

More enzymes.  Naturally occurring enzymes in raw foods help us digest and absorb nutrients, keeping our bodies regular and systems healthy. Cooking is believed to compromise the nutritional value of our selections by breaking down these enzymes, making our bodies work harder to produce more. Over time, a lack of enzymes from food is thought to lead to digestive problems, nutrient deficiency, accelerated aging and weight gain.

Digestive regularity. Keep your intestines healthy and clear by eating raw foods high in fiber such as broccoli, sweet potatoes, raspberries, blackberries, avocado, pears and strawberries.

Increased energy. The high enzyme levels and nutrition content present in raw foods is proven to boost energy levels and aid in weight loss.

Reduced risk of disease. Raw foods contain fewer trans fats and saturated fats than prepared selections and are lower in sugar and sodium. Eating foods high in potassium, magnesium, folate, fiber, vitamin A and antioxidants may reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer.