Imagine that the entire digestive tract from the mouth all the way through the body is one big muscle. Over a lifetime of eating cooked foods lacking in fiber, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, various nutrients and enzymes, the digestive "muscle" becomes weakened. A weak "muscle" may not be able to handle a large quantity of nutrient-rich, fiber-rich fresh fruits and green leaves immediately.
Therefore, it is best to ease a more mature digestive system on to raw plant foods in a manner which allows strengthening and progress without shocking the system. I have found this principle of comfortable transition particular applicable to those over the age of 40 on macrobiotic diets who are switching over to raw foods.
By consistently eating fiber-rich foods (such as green-leafed vegetables) and chewing them very well before swallowing, the digestive "muscle" will be strengthened and cleaned over time.
Elderly people are typically not as active as the younger generations, therefore I recommend less sweet fruit in their diet. The soft, comforting fruit fats (especially avocado) help soothe the more mature digestive system.
Chlorophyll: Green-Leafy Vegetables
Sugars: Sweet Fruits
The Elderly can center at 40:20:40 Ratio Key: (Chlorophyll:Sugar:Fat)
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