run, janelle, run!

How a Raw Food Diet Can Help You Improve Your Fitness

The following is a guest article, submitted by one of RJR’s readers. If you are interested in submitting a guest post, please email me:, and put “Guest Article” in the subject area.

Nutrition is closely linked to fitness. Not only does good nutrition support overall health and wellness, but it can also support the growth of healthy muscle tissues, strong bones, and processes in the body that can support and encourage physical fitness.

A raw foods diet is one that emphasizes eating raw foods only – or nothing cooked over 110 degrees. As expected, it is abundant in fruits and vegetables, but meat, dairy and most grains are not allowed on the diet.

Though it may sound limiting, proponents of the diet say that it can greatly improve overall health, even treating chronic health conditions or disease. Some benefits of the diet may even be able to help you improve your fitness. Here’s how:

Image courtesy of BrianHolm /

[Image courtesy of BrianHolm /]

Reduces Inflammation

Many people believe that inflammation is the source of most health problems, including chronic conditions and diseases. Eating a raw foods diet is said to reduce inflammation and to promote alkalinity in the body.

By reducing inflammation, you can encourage the growth of healthy muscle tissue and to reduce your risk of injury when you exercise, helping you to reach your fitness goals faster. Reducing inflammation can also reduce your risk of experiencing health issues that could derail or limit your fitness gains, such as heart burn, joint stiffness, or pain.

Speeds Recovery

Because a raw food diet helps to reduce inflammation and to encourage healthy muscle growth, it can help you to speed recovery after a hard workout. You may be able to minimize the time between workouts, helping you to improve your fitness levels faster. If you do become injured, a raw food diet may be able to help you recovery from your injury more quickly as it promotes healthy tissue growth.

Improves Digestion

It’s a little hard to get in your best workout when you are plagued by GI issues. Whether you feel bloated or are experiencing constipation or diarrhea, these issues can keep you from working out or from putting in your best effort or the time needed.

A raw foods diet can help you to improve digestion, reducing or eliminating bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, and pain. Not only are the foods you eat easily digestible, but the diet is also high in fiber. Reducing inflammation also helps to improve digestion. By improving your digestion, you improve your energy levels and your ability to perform, thereby improving your fitness, as well.

A raw foods diet may sound extreme to some. However, at its core, it emphasize a healthy way of eating that includes plenty of fresh, whole foods, including lots of fruits and vegetables. Eating a raw diet – or even a “high raw” diet that includes a lot of raw foods in addition to some cooked foods, meats or grains – can help you to achieve a healthier lifestyle and even to improve your fitness.

Have you tried eating a raw foods diet? Tell us about your experiences with it in the comments!


About the Author:

Bridget Sandorford is a freelance blog and culinary writer, where recently she’s been researching the best culinary schools. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.

One thought on “How a Raw Food Diet Can Help You Improve Your Fitness

  1. Kristin Horstman

    I love incorporating raw foods into my diet! I still consume poultry and fish but I still believe in incorporating raw fruits (smoothies for example), veggies (salads & juices), and nuts (mostly from nut milk) into my diet as well. I agree with the digestion part – raw foods contain all of their enzymes still so your body doesn’t have to do as much work to break down the food. Athletes Brendan Brazier and Scott Jurek would definitely agree with the speedy post-workout recovery, as I’ve read their experiences in their books.

    My advice is to people is that if they want to start a raw food diet then they shouldn’t just jump in “cold turkey” so to speak. If people are used to consuming a diet mostly consisting of animal products and processed foods then they should start incorporating the raw foods slowly as not to shock the system. They could experience withdrawal symptoms and may be inclined to want to give up raw foods altogether so just a warning! Raw foods are so good for you though that I highly encourage everyone to start swapping salads and juices (for example) for the junk processed and overcooked foods!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

8 + 1 =