JUICING FOR HEALTH
October 29, 2010 on 5:22 pm
Sometimes it takes an unpleasant event to remind us that, ‘the best things in life aren’t things’. We all lead busy lives and it can be difficult to find five minutes of quiet just to enjoy where you are, never mind work out your priorities for the future, but if you do sit down and take the time, it’s likely you’ll realize that your health is important.
The health of a family is one of most parents main concerns, but if you are to care for your family and enjoy them, you have to look after yourself. How many mothers spend time encouraging their children to eat fruits and vegetables, but fail to take all the nutrients they need themselves?
Taking care to eat the right things is very important, but these days it is an almost impossible task. How much time are you supposed to spend checking the labels of the food you buy, deciding which of the many food additives are harmful and which are not, and trying to make sense of the vast number of conflicting pieces of information distributed by the media.
One moment we’ll all die if we eat too much fat, the next it’s carbohydrates. One day it’s ‘Don’t go out in the sun’ the next we’re all Vitamin D deficient. Why? Because we don’t go out in the sun. It’s a complicated world and there are many vested interests spreading false or at best biased information.
One thing all doctors are agreed on is that fruits and vegetables are good for you. One way to avoid worries about additives and preservatives is to create food yourself from those fruits and veggies, and if possible, to grow them yourself.
A vegetable juicer is an important part of this more self-sufficient lifestyle and can make a huge contribution to your fitness level, allowing you to eat food filled with far more of the good things; vitamins, and minerals, and far less of the bad; chemical additives, food colorings, added sugar and pesticides. We all know the benefits of a good green salad, but using a good fruit and vegetable juicer you can create healthy drinks from green vegetables.
One excellent example is broccoli. Filled with vitamins C and A as well as most of the B’s, broccoli is also an excellent source of minerals such as iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Every one of these is absolutely vital to good health, but these essential elements can be completely destroyed when the food is cooked.
The answer is to eat the vegetables raw, and there are several ways to do this. For many the best solution is to drink the juice. A vegetable juicer separates the juice and the pulp which means you really can make use of all the healthful properties of fruits and vegetables.
Apples and carrots make very tasty healthy juices, but did you know you can use the pulp to create face masks? Tomatoes can be juiced and the pulp (plus some horseradish, onion and yogurt) makes a delicious dip for pieces of raw vegetables. Broccoli or cabbage pulp can be mixed with white vinegar and mayonnaise to create a salad.
There is nothing more important than your health. A vegetable juicer will help you preserve your health by eating the right foods, prepared in the right way.
October 13, 2010 on 5:57 pm
A report entitled “The Health Benefits of Citrus Fruits,” released in 2003 by The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, reviewed 48 studies that showed a diet high in citrus fruit provides a statistically significant protective effect against some types of cancer, plus another 21 studies showing a non-significant trend towards protection.
A great deal of consumer literature attributes this to the large amount of vitamin C in citrus juices, however research shows that in some cases no protection is obtained from taking vitamin C itself, while there are considerable benefits from drinking fresh, organic orange juice.
In oranges, vitamin C is only one part of a complex matrix involving many phytochemicals such as flavanones, cyanidin-3-glucoside and carotenoids. There are over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids in an orange, many have demonstrated anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot inhibiting properties.
But perhaps the most interesting and useful vegetable of them all is the humble carrot. Carrots have been cultivated for thousands of years, although the original carrot was almost certainly a purplish color, and not the yellow orange variety most of us know today.
Carrots are filled with Vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K; they also contain a substance called falcarinol which, according to some studies provides protection against forms of colon cancer. With a degree of built in sweetness, carrot juice is also pleasant to drink and combines well with other healthy juices from a carrot juicer, such as apple and tomato.
October 7, 2010 on 7:02 pm
Which brings us to minerals. Minerals are also important at every age, but recent discoveries point to their central role in many age related problems. For many, one of the first signs of aging is stiffness, not in the joints but in the muscles. This may be due to one of two conditions.
The first is Fibromyalgia which is indicated by a number of tender points in specific muscles and may be due to a problem in the energy metabolism of the muscle cells. Magnesium has been shown to be very effective in relieving this, along with a supportive diet. The other condition, known as Polymyalgia responds to antioxidants.
Since every person’s vitamin and mineral profile is different, we experience their depletion in different ways. For some, the first effect of aging is a reduction in the sense of taste and smell which we now know is due to lack of zinc in the diet.
The result is often a yen for strongly flavored foods, others just begin to experience a loss of interest in eating which, if ignored can lead to significant health problems. Zinc is present in most meats, however once the appetite has gone, juices are the simplest way to increase consumption.
Fresh Juices contain high concentrations of vitamins minerals and antioxidants that fight the free radicals that cause disease. Vegetables such as spinach and squash are good sources of zinc.
A simple way to get your juices is to try juicing with a Breville Juice Fountain juicer.
October 5, 2010 on 6:53 pm
The production of stomach acid and enzymes declines with age. A very important result of this is that the body is less able to absorb vitamins and minerals from food. It becomes more and important to take in adequate quantities of essential nutrients and to do so in a form which is easy to digest.
The essential ant-oxidant vitamins, A, C and E are all found in quantity in raw fruits and (in the case of vitamin E) seeds, but they are, typically, rapidly destroyed by heat, making fresh juice an ideal way to add these vital substances to your diet.
Carrot juice, for example, is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C, citrus juices and tomato juice are an excellent source of bioflavonoids and the humble watermelon makes an ideal all round health filled cocktail. The flesh is full of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A) and Vitamin C while the seeds contain vitamin E as well as the essential minerals zinc and selenium.
Watermelon also contains the amino acid lycopene which has been extensively studied in humans and found to protect against a large and growing list of cancers. Watermelon also has a high water content and is low in calories (compared to other fruits) making it an excellent candidate for regular consumption, both whole and in juice form.
Watermelon makes a wonderful salad mixed with red onion and a little salt and if you’ve opted for a vita mix blender, rather than a l equip juicer, watermelon pureed with some cantaloupe, kiwi fruit and a tiny dash of lime makes a wonderful fresh summer soup. Watermelon also contains several of the B vitamins plus both magnesium and potassium.
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