Dealing With Chronic Health Problems? Try Juicing
August 13, 2017 | 1,648 views
By Dr. Mercola
Chronic diseases have become rampant in both the young and the old. This is extremely alarming because the human body is actually expected to maintain a healthy homeostasis.
This may be caused by the excessive amounts of toxic substances in your environment. It’s in the water you drink, the air you breathe and even the medications you take to treat whatever is ailing you. They are found inside your home, where you’re supposed to be safe.
The fact is that these chronic illnesses can be prevented, but because people lack knowledge about the toxins that they are subjected to, they are oblivious to their effects on their bodies.
Some of the ways that this can be solved is by avoiding medications that mask the toxins’ effects on the body, eliminating or limiting toxins in your environment and increasing the nutrient density of your healthy food.
Fruits and vegetables are good sources of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which are essential in keeping the body’s balance and ridding it of the toxic substances you acquire each day. They also contain phytochemicals that help in healing and nourishing your cells.
Unfortunately, most people’s vegetable intake is limited by the amount of vegetables they are willing to eat, which is, give or take, about a few grams per day. This is where juicing enters the picture.
Juicing Provides You With Optimal Nutrient Absorption
Juicing allows you to ingest more nutrients as compared to eating vegetables alone or as part of a dish. Our ancestors’ diet consisted of high amounts of nutrients from fruits, vegetables and other sources. Their daily consumption of vegetables could not entirely be compared to modern juicing, because industrial farming practices have depleted the soil of microorganisms and vital nutrients.
Although today’s plants may lack nutrients compared to those foraged by our ancestors, juicing can make up much of the difference because it doesn’t need to be processed and broken down. The nutrients are also more easily absorbed. Because of this, juicing can actually provide profound and positive health changes to your body.
Caution should be practiced, however, because different toxins may still lurk in vegetables or fruits, especially if they were exposed to pesticides. I recommend that you stick to organic produce to prevent you from ingesting chemicals that may have been added to commercially farmed vegetables.
The Health Benefits of Juicing
In the documentary entitled “Super Juice Me,” produced by juicing expert Jason Vale, juicing was found to have a considerable effect on the management of diabetes and chronic pain.
The participants in Vale’s experiments showed an increase in energy and weight loss, as well as the gradual elimination of the symptoms that are caused by their conditions. Some of these participants even overcame their chronic illnesses and chronic pain. Other health benefits of juicing include:
- Helping absorb all the nutrients from your vegetables
Juicing functions as a kind of pre-digestion wherein you assist your body in absorbing the nutrients that are found in the vegetables you include in your juice. It also helps you consume a wider variety of vegetables instead of focusing on a particular vegetable, such as when you eat a specific dish.
- Boosts your immune system
Raw juice from vegetables supplies you with phytochemicals and biophotonic light energy, which is essential in revitalizing your body and boosting your immune system to fight off toxins and other pathogenic materials in your environment.
- Increases energy
By supplying the body with nutrients and minerals, you’re actually optimizing the body’s pH levels. Because of this, it is normal that you would feel more energized as compared to when you were not consuming enough vegetables in your diet.
- Helps in preventing Alzheimer’s disease
The Kame Project, which revolved around observing the difference between the cognitive function of people who consumed a considerable amount of raw juice per day, showed that people who consumed juice more than three times a week had a lower chance of developing Alzheimer’s.
Juicing, Intermittent Fasting and Weight Loss
To get the maximum health benefits of juicing, Dr. Andrew Saul recommends that you stick to green vegetables. This could also help in weight loss, whereas adding too much fruit can slow this down because of the high amounts of sugar. I am against the excessive intake of fruits because of their high amounts of fructose and net carb content.
Juicing is an excellent way to reduce weight and fat content. But if you want to lose weight without sacrificing the calories that you’re accustomed to, intermittent fasting may be the right choice for you.
Intermittent fasting refers to limiting your food intake to specific hours of the day and fasting for the remaining hours. This usually means that you fast for about 13 hours or more. This will help your body enter a ketogenic phase, wherein you start burning fat instead of the glucose. This type of fasting can also relieve your digestive system of excessive stress from the constant intake of food and the constant need to break down and process food.
For more information about juicing and its role in the prevention of chronic diseases, read “Juicing May Be the Answer to Many of Your Chronic Health Problems