Here is a piece of information that may give you a quick scientific explanation on what exactly veggies & fruits do to your body. After hours of research online, this was a great summerized find and my turning point and I am happy to share it with you! The website is : http: //www.herbsarespecial.com.au and you can find more info there if you wish:
The foods we eat are either, predominantly, acid or alkaline. Foods create an acid or alkaline state in the body, after digestion. These classifications do not refer to how food tastes to the palate. It does refer to the chemical nature of ash residues.
Alkaline and alkalising foods include all sprouted seeds, most vegetables and salad greens (particularly asparagus, watercress, cucumbers, fresh peas and beans, lettuce, parsley and other culinary herbs, onions, carrots, celery, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and other brassicas); fruits (particularly lemons, lime, oranges, pineapples, kiwi fruit, cherries, strawberries, melons, paw paws, apples, apricots, avocadoes); raw goat and cows milk, whey, kefir, yoghurt, and herbal teas.
Acid producing foods are generally concentrated sources of starch and protein and contain more acidproducing minerals than alkaline, and include meats, refined sugar and grains, like cereals, canned, cooked and processed foods. Tea, coffee, soft drinks, beer, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, refined common table salt, and man-made processed foods are acid producing and cannot adequately regenerate human cells. Stressful situations and negative emotions like anger, hate, depression, jealousy, etc, may be acid producing in the body; while positive emotions of happiness, kindness, etc, will help build an alkaline environment. Generally all seeds, grains, legumes and nuts are acidic, unless they are sprouted. When the seeds are soaked, and they swell and break the hull (skin) to emerge as a sprout, an extraordinary action takes place & they become alkaline.
A way must be made to rid the body of acidic wastes, so that it can be alkaline again. By eating alkaline-rich foods we will gradually reduce the acid state. It is most advisable to increase alkaline foods, especially sprouts, drink plenty of water, practise deep breathing, deal with stress levels and get adequate sleep. It is the alkalinity of the blood and body tissues that provides a state of health and strong resistance to disease. Therefore, we need to concentrate 75-80% of our daily food as alkaline forming, providing the alkaline-forming minerals to neutralise the acid wastes produced by 20-25% acid foods and numerous acid-producing stresses in our daily life. An alkaline body is a clean system that is able to play a vital role in maintaining natural immunity and optimum health.
Any of numerous proteins or conjugated proteins produced by living organisms and functioning as biochemical catalysts. All Mammals - including Human Beings - and many other living creatures, require Enzymes for ALL cellular function. No Enzymes = no life.
There is a theory which says humans have a given amount of Enzymes (like women have all their eggs at birth), that we MUST consume Enzymes to survive and prosper. Enzymes come from raw and living foods. Eating raw and living foods provides us with these vital proteins. Eating dead food uses our body's limited store of Enzymes. Eat More Sprouts!