Raw Carrot Salad Benefits and Recipe
The benefits of eating a raw carrot a day are numerous; it is known to help balance your hormones, decrease endotoxins and estrogen levels and increase gut health and improve digestion.
Carrots contain a unique fiber that binds to toxins (including excess estrogen) in your intestines and carries them out of your body. If you don’t have enough fiber in your diet, you are not able to eliminate the excess hormone waste stuck in your body, which can then be reabsorbed in the gut.
According to Dr. Ray Peat:
Endotoxin formed in the bowel can block respiration and cause hormone imbalances contributing to instability of the nerves, so it is helpful to optimize bowel flora, for example with a carrot salad; a dressing of vinegar, coconut oil and olive oil, carried into the intestine by the carrot fiber, suppresses bacterial growth while stimulating healing of the wall of the intestine. The carrot salad improves the ratio of progesterone to estrogen and cortisol, and so is as appropriate for epilepsy as for premenstrual syndrome, insomnia, or arthritis.
There are many recipe variations on the raw carrot salad, but the main things that you should include in your dressing are vinegar and olive or coconut oil to increase its antiseptic qualities. You can either chop or shred the carrots (I prefer the carrots chopped). I like to take things up a notch with my dressing and I also include sprouts and microgreens for even more of a nutritional punch. My homemade mayonnaise contains olive oil and we are adding vinegar to the dressing to make sure that we will get all of the benefits from this salad.