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  • Enzyme Destruction Temperatures

    From Excalibur

    Something that has caused us a lot of concern, is the fact that we have heard so many conflicting opinions as to the temperature at which enzymes are destroyed. Twenty years ago Ann Wigmore spoke to our Founder Roger Orton personally and said that the food temperature had to go above 120ºF for a period of time before the enzymes were destroyed. Again in our discussions with Viktoras he said the same thing.

    Ann tested different dehydrators, and found that Excalibur was the best for living foods. She found that the best technique for saving enzymes was to set Excalibur on a higher food temperature setting in the beginning and then turn it down after a few hours. However because most people may not know when to turn it down, and by leaving it on the higher setting may kill the enzymes she said to set your Excalibur on 105ºF setting throughout the entire cycle. That way the food temp will never go above 120ºF even after it is dry.

    We believe this is why many have come to believe that 105ºF air temperature is the temperature at which the enzymes are destroyed, which is entirely inaccurate. We have also heard many people quote Dr. Edward Howell in his book Enzyme Nutrition that prolonged temperatures over 118ºF will destroy enzymes. We also read in his book where he says that the enzyme amylase can still convert starch to sugar at air temperatures up to 160ºF but will wear out after a half an hour. We have also read where he says that the optimum temperatures for enzymes are 45ºF to 140ºF.

    Just recently we spoke with Dr. John Whitaker who is a world recognized enzymologist, and former dean of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at U.C. Davis. He said that every enzyme is different and some are more stable at higher temperatures than others but that most enzymes will not become completely inactive until food temperatures exceed 140ºF to 158ºF in a wet state.

    We appreciate you taking the time to read this information, and urge you to help us in spreading it though out the raw food community. Please contact us if you have any questions, or you know of any further information you can share with us. We want to meet the needs of the raw food community, and are still doing research in order to make any necessary changes, but from what we have been told the present Excalibur is perfect. We hope that it has helped in answering your questions regarding your Excalibur Dehydrator. Please share this with any of your friends in your community.

  • The Thermomix

    Having had a Thermomix in my possession for a little over a month, I do think the name is a little misleading. I think a better name would be the Wondermix. Or maybe the Amazingomix. Because until you actually get to play with one in your own kitchen, you cannot imagine the excitement and joy that its versatility and efficiency can generate. Everyone I knew that had one verged on the evangelical when talking about it, and now I can totally understand why.

    Photo shows Jesus Loves You to Gojiness,
    from Raw Magic, made entirely in the Thermomix

    The Thermomix is a revolutionary kitchen tool, and that's why it is so perfect for raw food cuisine, the revolutionary way of eating. With the Thermomix, making healthy, nutritious, fresh meals has never been easier. Whatever you want to do in terms of raw food cuisine, the Thermomix does it triumphantly. Smoothies, milks, salads, soups, ice cream, chocolate, cakes, nut butters, all in minutes.

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  • Your Best Friend Is Your Enema

    Enema Bags

    OK, so this is not the most glamorous subject.  The enema is not up there with celebrity gossip, football or house prices as a favourite topic of conversation.  It probably ranks somewhere between tax returns and testicular cancer but let me evangelise for a minute, because you can potentially achieve a LOT with an enema bag.

    If you have explored the Raw Living shop you may have noticed that an enema kit is one of the items on offer.  In fact you may have noticed that quite a few raw food types seem to have a fixation about enemas and colonics.  There’s a good reason.  Cleansing the colon is just about the quickest and most effective detoxification tool available.  It’s also the first place I start if I or anyone I know has something like a headache or a cold or any other symptom of toxic overload.  The medical profession used to know this.  When anyone was admitted to hospital, it was common to administer an enema as the starting point of treatment.  When antibiotics came along and they found it was easier to just give the patient some pills, enemas fell out of fashion.  Colon cleansing of any kind is not just healing and cleansing but is also powerfully beautifying, though admittedly not while it’s actually in progress.  A clean colon means good skin.

    An enema bag can be a vital tool to help a new raw fooder in transition from a mainstream diet stay on course.  The transition period can be difficult, mainly because all of the rubbish causes a lot of discomfort on its way out.  It can also cause cravings for the old food.  The quicker you can get it all out of you, the quicker you feel better.  So if you’re feeling headachey, nauseated, tired or gripped by cravings then grab an enema bag, retire to the bathroom and put things right before you weaken and grab the nearest doughnut instead.

    So once you have your bag at the ready, what do you do?  I’ll tell you what I do, since it works very well for me.  First I put a camping mat covered with a towel on the bathroom floor so that I’m comfortable.  I fill the bag with 2 litres of lukewarm filtered water or spring water.  Don’t use cold water, it’s painful and for obvious reasons hot water won’t be much fun either.  The water needs to be roughly at bodyheat and should be filtered because the chlorine in tap water will kill some of the good bacteria in your gut.  I put Adya Clarity in my water too (15 drops per litre) just to make sure the water is the best possible quality.  It may seem daft to worry about the quality of the water considering where it’s headed, but the colon environment is delicate and anything in the water will be absorbed pretty efficiently.

    The next thing I do is lubricate the nozzle with some coconut oil.  Use the smaller of the two – the larger is for vaginal douches.  I’m aware some people prefer to use the larger nozzle but if you do, don’t try to get more than 3 inches in or you’ll risk doing yourself a mischief.  I fill the bag and hook it over something handy at about waist level like a door handle.  At this point I get down on the mat, holding the nozzle up at the same height as the bag so it doesn’t start to flow because I leave the valve open at all times.  I used to close the valve and then open it when it was in situ but I always got an attack of some kind of 3D dyslexia that meant I couldn’t work out which way to turn the valve to open it.  You can’t feel the water flowing in because it’s so gentle so I’d always have to take out the nozzle and check, usually to find that yes it was flowing, all over the bathroom floor.  Eventually I found it was easier to just leave the valve open, hold the nozzle at bag level as I got down on the floor and then whip the nozzle in.  These days I barely spill a drop.

    I lie on my right side as the water goes in, that way gravity helps the water flow in further.  After half a minute or so you might feel gas starting to move around a little, or there might be some peristaltic feelings.  If you get an urge to expel the water, hold on and ride it out if you can.  Don’t worry if you can’t get all of the water in for your first few tries.  I used to only get half a pint in and it seemed to take ages.  It didn’t take many practice runs before I could pop 2 litres in quick as a whistle, so it’s worth persevering.

    Once all of the water is in (or as much as you’re comfortable with), roll onto your back.  If you can hold on to the water for a few minutes, so much the better.  If you can massage your stomach (counter clockwise) at the same time, better still.  Sooner or later – probably sooner – you’ll get the urge to expel the water.  Next comes the tricky bit ie getting yourself up and onto the loo without spilling a drop – hold on tight!

    One thing worth remembering is that you may not release all of the water in one go.  Not having been a spectator at anyone else’s enema procedure I can’t say whether it’s the same for everyone but don’t assume prematurely that it’s all over.  You may find there’s an Act 2 or even an Act 3 several minutes after what appeared to be the final curtain, so watch out for that.  Also don’t feel like some kind of failure if you don’t release a lot of old faecal matter.  Even if the water is coming out almost clean, your enema is still working hard for you because a lot of waste comes out in the form of tiny bubbles of gas.  Plus the enema stimulates the lymph system to flush and send toxins into the newly clean colon, so it’s always a valuable thing to do.

    A great thing to do after an enema or colonic is dry skin brushing, to encourage this flushing of the lymph.  After clean-up I like to dry skin brush and then get in the shower.  I come out with a great feeling of being all shiny and new inside and out.

    Finally I hang my enema bag up on a hook to dry out after I’ve cleaned it up, so that it doesn’t go mildewy.

    There is plenty of further information about colon cleansing out there if you want to go deeper into the subject.  Kate did a video on youtube called ‘raw food enemas for health’ and Matt Monarch’s site therawfoodworld.com has a lot of great information (click on Matt’s Articles).  There’s a good website at www.cleanse.net.  For books, I can recommend Bernard Jensen’s Guide to Better Bowel Care, and I gather Cleanse and Purify Thyself by Richard Anderson is a classic on the subject too.

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