Thursday, February 18, 2010

Power of Raw Juices


Running a google search on my laptop for "Benefits of raw juices" over 2,710,000 results appeared. Heading to my local health food section of the library and general book store the shelves are over flowing with published books about health benefits of juicing. Juice bars have become our corner store and are popping up everywhere.

So, Why is juicing so good for us? What is it about a juiced piece of fruit or vegetable that is so amazing? After doing some personal research i really like this article that Scott Malin wrote because it is very easy to read and answers my questions - i wanted to share it with you for interest;

"Fruits and vegetables are being studied in the medical community, because of compounds known as phytochemicals, which have a wide range of disease-fighting properties. Coincidentally, many of the phytochemicals that nutritional researchers are focusing their attention on are the enzymes that play essential roles in protecting cells from damage. The problem lies in the medical community's propensity to attempt to isolate which compounds actually aid in disease control. For example: A tomato, along with vitamins C and A, also has 10,000 other chemicals in it, most which researchers are trying to isolate, identify and study. Science has begun to find that using an isolated nutrient has a much lower ability to heal and protect the body than the whole symphony of nutrients found naturally in the whole food. Therefore, we strongly recommend eating the fruits or vegetables instead of a pill that isolates out a few nutrients. And one of the best ways to distill out these nutrients is by juicing.
Juicing is also a tremendous aid in detoxifying and cleansing the body. Fresh juice naturally detoxifies and heals the body by stimulating and healing the elimination and detoxification organs such as the gall bladder, liver, intestines and kidneys. It is also one of the best ways to build healthy and powerful blood. Fresh juice helps to concentrate large quantities of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other life giving nutrients that can be easily assimilated. Fresh fruit and vegetable juice is also highly alkalinizing which facilitates the white blood cells to clean the blood and tissue of harmful bacteria, virus, and cancer cells.
Most people don't eat enough fruits and vegetables to reap the benefits they offer. For example, The National Cancer Institute recommends eating five servings of vegetables and three of fruits each day. However, the average American eats only 1 1/2 servings of vegetables and less than one serving of fruit per day. Juicing is an excellent way to incorporate more raw fruit and vegetables into the diet easily and quickly. This is not meant as a substitute for eating raw fruits and vegetables, but it is helpful as a way to incorporate more of these incredible foods into your diet.
In addition to it's many other benefits, fresh raw juice is a tremendous source of enzymes. Enzymes are important because they are the main catalyst for chemical reactions which run your body. Raw juice by definition has not been processed in any way, nor has it been heated or pasteurized. Pasteurization is the process of heating the juice to kill bacteria, but it also kills all of the beneficial enzymes in the juice. A strong push for the pasteurization of fruit and vegetable juices comes from the fact that once the juices are pasteurized they retain a much longer shelf life. A juice that is 100% juice that can sit on the shelf for an extended period of time means one thing- that juice is now dead! All the beneficial living components of the juice have been destroyed.
In my opinion, the best way to consume fresh, raw juice is go to a restaurant or shop that juices the vegetables and fruit in front of you or better yet, do it yourself! Consuming raw juice is one of the healthiest things that any person can do. Try to buy organic fruits and vegetables at local farmers markets and wash them well. Then, include a diet of eating them whole as well as juicing them for maximum health benefits. You will love the results!
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Article Source: http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Scott_Malin

Also, I was lucky enough to recently meet Joe Cross and watch his documentary about himself and his journey with health issues and coming to terms with the fact that if he didn't start to look after himself he was going to die at a very early age. Joe used the power of raw juice to get him back on track. Here is a synopsis about Joe's film;

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
Overweight, on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope. With doctors unable to help long-term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.
At a truck stop in Arizona, Joe meets Phil, a morbidly obese truck driver who suffers from the same rare condition. As Joe is recovering his health, Phil begins his own epic journey to get well. What emerges is nothing short of amazing – an inspiring tale of healing and human connection.
Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fat-Sick-Nearly-Dead/215671830451?ref=ts
Website link: http://fatsickandnearlydead.com/

So, ladies and gents a fresh raw juice is waiting to be drunk today!

Mich xx

Image by http://www.foodmag.com.au/

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