In this article I thought I would talk about juices. We have all had such a long hot summer and many people have been feeling overly tired from the effects of the heat. I have had practically every person who has come in for a Live Blood Analysis complain of being excessively tired. Lots of people have been dehydrated, even though they seem to be drinking more water than usual, and most are mineral deficient, especially in Magnesium, a water soluble mineral.

A lot have been suffering the effects of toxicity, due also to dehydration. We’ve probably all had a toxic headache  from not drinking enough water at some time in our lives), as toxins are concentrated when we are dehydrated. It is very difficult to drink enough when it is so hot.

This is where the Ionised, alkaline water can help, as the smaller molecular structure helps the water to enter the cells of the body more easily, so it’s easier to stay hydrated (ring for more info if required).

Also fresh juices can help act as a “wetting” agent in the body. The best juices for this is apple juice, with it’s high pectin concentrations, also anything with chlorophyll in it, such as liquid chlorophyll, or anything green, such as wheat grass, barley grass, alfalfa, spinach, bock choy etc. and these also contain a rich source of magnesium. Fresh juice provides us with minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids, carbohydrates, proteins and much more.

All these factors are vital to maintaining good health.  Although eating fruits and vegetables in their natural state provides us with adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals, we only obtain the maximum benefits from them when they are juiced, as much of their goodness is locked in the fibres which the body eventually expels.  However, when they are juiced, their goodness is released from the fibres and we are able to drink their highly concentrated nutrients which is then able to enter our bloodstream.

Very few people in today’s society eat enough raw fruit and vegetables.  The easiest way to start accommodating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet is through juicing.  Juicing provides a quick and easy way to increase your consumption of these foods which would otherwise be hard to eat.  You will find when making your own fresh juices and including them in your daily diet, that you will have increased energy levels, a glowing complexion,  strengthened immune system, stronger bones and a reduced risk of disease.

Juices can also flush toxins from your body, are good for your weight, heart and circulation and general well being.  Juices contain no saturated fats or added sodium and can be helpful with lowering cholesterol.  Enzymes are also found in raw foods.  They are the life principle in atoms and molecules that make fresh “living foods” so easy to digest.   The quicker “living food” is eaten after juicing the more enzymes and nutrients are present.

There are many bottled juices available on the market today.  One of the problems with these bottled juices is that many of the valuable nutrients contained in fresh juices are lost during the bottling process.  Making your own juices and drinking them whilst still fresh ensures the control over the quality of the fruits and vegetables you are consuming as well as saving you money. Another way to utilise juices is in fasting programs.  

Juice Fasting is the most effective way to restore health and rejuvenate the body.  Although the old, classic form of fasting was a pure water fast, all the leading fasting authorities today agree that juice fasting is far superior to a water fast.  Fasting on fresh raw juices of fruit and vegetables, plus vegetable broths and herb teas, result in more effective cleansing and rejuvenation of the tissues than does the traditional water fast.

During the juice fast, the process of elimination of the dead and dying cells is speeded up, and the new-building of cells is accelerated and stimulated.  At the same time, the toxic waste products that interfere with the nourishment of cells are effectively eliminated and the normal metabolic rate and cell oxygenation are restored.

Vitamins, minerals, enzymes, trace elements and natural colorings of fresh, raw vegetable and fruit juices are extremely beneficial in normalising all the body processes, supplying needed elements for the body’s own healing activity and cell regeneration.  These juices require no digestion and are easily assimilated directly into the bloodstream. 

Mineral imbalance in the tissues is one of the main causes of diminished oxygenation, and consequent disease and premature aging.  Generous amounts of minerals in the juices help to restore the biochemical and mineral balance in the tissues and cells.  Also, raw juices contain an as yet unidentified factor which stimulates a micro-electric tension in the body and is responsible for the cells ability to absorb nutrients from the blood stream and effectively excrete metabolic wastes.

Here & Now Magazine March 2004

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