"Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy
Hippocrates - The Father of Medicine
There is a saying, "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will
eventually come to believe it." This can be no truer than our health
industry. Modern medicine tells us that all cures can only come from modern
medicine, and that all natural forms of treatments are quackery.
Doctors who swear by the "Hippocratic
Oath" are really being "hypocritical" when stating, "I will
give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel."
According to the book Death By Modern Medicine by Dr. Carolyn Dean, "The
American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United
And keep this fact in mind .... even though we live in an electronics age, the number one
money-making business in the world is the pharmaceutical business.
God has blessed us with foods to prevent and cure all disease, and we must convince
ourselves of this fact. Fruits and vegetables (organic whenever possible)
provide us with most of the vitamins and minerals that our bodies require.
If you can remember back to your high school
days, you may recall reading about the many explorers that lost entire fleets
due to scurvy. Eventually it was discovered scurvy was due to a deficiency of
vitamin C. All accounts of scurvy plummeted once this fact was realized, and
ships began to include oranges, lemons and lime juice with their food supplies.
Fruits and vegetables are also very rich in enzymes. When these beneficial
foods are cooked, or heated above 110 to 120 degrees, their enzymes are destroyed.
Enzymes are the body's life force. They are essential for digestion and
absorption of food, converting foods into body tissue and for producing energy.
They are vital for most of the building and rebuilding that goes on constantly
in our bodies.
One of the best methods of flooding your body with nutrients and enzymes is juicing.
Good juicers start at around $100, (centrifugal juicers), and are used to
extract the juices of both fruits and vegetables using a spinning blade with
"teeth". If you are serious about juicing, you might want to consider
purchasing a masticating juicer, which begin around $300, and can get
quite expensive. They make their juice with a chewing or squishing
action, resulting in more juice from your product. Some nutritionists also
claim these juicers retain more enzymes. (Bottled and canned juices in our
supermarkets have been pasteurized for longevity, or undergone a similar type of
heat treatment, therefore killing all enzymes.)
There are just too many benefits of juicing to be ignored .... here are a few of them:
To begin with, it would take several meals to consume the amount
of fruits and vegetables that you can drink in just one large glass of juice.
Because the fruits and vegetables are juiced raw, you are
benefiting from their active enzymes.
Juicing allows you to absorb all of the nutrients.
Ordinarily most of the nutrients go right through our bodies and are flushed down the toilet, due
to our damaged digestive systems.
You can easily enjoy the benefits of a wide variety of fruits and
vegetables. Don't let your body get stagnant with the same 2 or 3 vegetables,
meal after meal.
Juices can be made to taste great, which should result in everybody in
the family getting more than the recommended daily intake.
Another big plus of juicing is its ability to detoxify, or cleanse your system of its
build-up of toxins. While it is important we try to eat and drink the right
foods, it is just as important that we periodically rid our body of these
toxins. Therefore juicing with the right vegetables will assist to break down
toxins, cleanse the body, carry oxygen and nutrients directly to the cells and
tissues and once again allow nutrients to be better absorbed.
Juicing has also been known, in many documented cases, to cure diseases.
There are countless number of books and webpages on the topic of healing cancer naturally, and juicing plays a
prominent role in many of these. Juice fasts are frequently recommended,
sometimes getting the patient to drink as much fresh juice as possible
throughout each day.
I recall reading about Dr. Lorraine Day a while back, a prominent medical doctor in the
United States, who was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. Knowing the
suffering she had put her cancer patients through with chemotherapy and
radiation, she began to seek natural cures for herself. There were times
where the cancer seemed to be defeating her, at one point she was only given a
few days to live. But she continued to juice, even though at times she was
only able to digest a spoonful at a time. Now this lady is a well known
advocate of natural and alternative therapies, and claims "Cancer doesn't
scare me anymore! You can read about Dr. Day at www.drday.com.
Can a juicing diet solve all of your medical problems? Perhaps, perhaps not.
But fasting with juicing has indeed shown to improve and cure many health problems, while at the same time
improving your overall well being. As one natural health doctor states,
"When you don't feel well, stop eating and go to juices."
Here are a few things to keep in mind when juicing:
Juice organically as much as possible.
Be sure to clean all fruits and vegetables thoroughly.
Fruits such as oranges must be peeled first, but leave as much
of the pith on as possible. In most fruits, the best vitamins and minerals are
found just underneath the skin.
Avoid juicing bananas or avocados as they are often too soft and will
clog the juicer.
Drink the juice immediately after making. The juice will start to
oxidize after that, losing valuable enzymes and vitamins.
Vegetables are generally lower in sugar and higher in nutrients
and enzymes than fruits, so vegetable juicing is an especially good way to
nourish the body, especially when you are sick.
Keep your vegetable and fruit juices separate.
Vegetables require different enzymes for digestion than fruits. When you combine
the two, you could possibly create digestion problems. Apples are the only
exception, they are considered neutral, and can be juiced with vegetables.
(Therefore avoid following the juicing recommendations that come with the
juicer, as they most often emphasize "tasty" fruit and vegetable combinations).
Some fruit and vegetable juices are
known to be good for everyday health, others are best-suited for specific
needs. The carrot is the universal vegetable for juicing. Carrot juice is a
cancer fighter high in beta-carotene and very rich in many essential vitamins
and minerals. So are many green vegetables, including bok choy, broccoli and kale.
Beets are an excellent cleanser, but should be used in small amounts. And cabbage is
excellent for treating stomach ulcers.
If you are new to juicing, begin with your favourite foods, as their juice will smell
and taste very similar. Then experiment to broaden your intake and variety. Whenever the juice is too strong
to swallow, add an apple or two to sweeten the taste.
Incidentally, you can use the pulp, the "leftovers" from the juice, to
bake with, add as a topping to your salads, or put in a slow-cooker to
compliment your favourite soups and stews.
In closing, I just read this quote recently by the late, great baseball player
Mickey Mantle, and thought it was worth sharing: "If
I knew I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself."