Benefits Of Juicing

What does juicing fruits and vegetables have to do with organic gardening?

Simply this.   Just like plants and vegetables must be well fed with organic nutrients in order to grow lush and healthy, we humans must also feed our body well in order to be without disease.

Therefore I am in full agreement with Leiba Washington when she says that juicing is a great method which everyone should consider in order to give our human bodies maximum ability to improve its immune system.

For the last seven years, Leiba Washington has made natural methods of treatment her passion.  She finds the human body to be amazing because of its extraordinary capability to maintain health and sustain life despite ill treatment. Now she is in her first year of study to become a homeopathic doctor in her quest to help people get better naturally.

So with her permission, here is the article about juicing she wrote in the Winter Wind Chronicle, December 2010.  It gives great insight on not only why people should be juicing their fruits and vegetables but also good resources you can use to start juicing and building up your own immune system.

Juicing carrots and other vegetables or fruit helps immune system

Juicing carrots

According to Victoria Anisman-Reiner in the article “10 Ways to Boost Immune Health”, one suggested way to boost your immune system is to “Stock up on raw fruits and vegetables for their antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fibre, and enzymes. The nutritional content that you receive from raw fruits and veggies is unparalleled.”

A strong immune system is important because it is the first line of defense against foreign invaders like bacteria, viruses, parasites or anything that can potentially cause disease. Juicing fruits and vegetables will not only improve the effectiveness of your immune system but improve your overall health as well.

Although eating raw fruits and vegetables is great, juicing your fruits and vegetables and drinking the juice is even better because  consuming juiced fruits and vegetables has many benefits.

First, juicing makes it easier to consume your daily required amount of fruits and vegetables.

According to Canada’s Food Guide, the daily recommended amount of fruit and vegetables for an adult female is 7-8 servings per day and for males it is 8-10. For many of us, the numbers are daunting because who has time to sit and eat all those fruits and vegetables let alone prepare them!

If you juice fruits and vegetables, you can get many servings into one glass. For instance, I usually juice 1 beet, 2 carrots, 2 stalks of celery, a small piece of fresh ginger with a little squeeze of fresh lemon juice. This one drink alone covers about ½ my daily serving of vegetables, and it is devoured in less than five minutes! Juicing makes the goal of consuming 7-10 servings of fruits and vegetables highly attainable.

Second, juicing provides living enzymes and spares your body the task of having to break-down the fibrous part of foods.

The job of an enzyme is to assist in the absorption and digestion of food. Processing (adding additives and preservatives) and heating (pasteurizing, steaming, and frying) foods kill the living enzymes within the food; thus, most of the foods we consume are life-less. As a result, our bodies have to work harder to process the food; that is, instead of being assisted by the living enzymes in the food to help break down the food, the body now has to provide all the enzymes from within the body to process the food.

In addition, the fruit or vegetable has already been liquefied, and our body does not have to go through the process of actually breaking down the fibrous part before it assimilates the nutrients for usage; therefore, absorption of the nutrients happens quickly.

Third, juicing can help to alleviate or even cure symptoms of many chronic illnesses because you can drink juices specific to your ailments and nurse yourself back to health.

By no means is this a replacement for a doctor’s advice and care, but juicing can help. In 1949, Time magazine published an article called “Medicine: U for Ulcers” explaining a study that was done by Dr. Garnett Cheney of Stanford University’s School of Medicine about the effectiveness of juiced cabbage in healing ulcers. Dr. Cheney believed the reason cabbage healed ulcers was because of its high vitamin U content.

All participants of the study suffered from ulcers in different regions of their digestive tract. Some people had ulcers in the stomach area, and some people had ulcers in the duodenum (the beginning of the small intestine). The participants were divided into two groups, a study group that would receive the cabbage juice and a control group that would be treated with milk, alkalis (medicine to relieve burning), and a diet changed to bland, non-acid causing foods.

The study group participants made no changes to their lifestyle; they continued to smoke and eat their regular diet of cooked food and were given no alkalis. The study group was given one litre of fresh cabbage juice broken down into 5 servings throughout the day. Repeated X-rays were used to track the progress of the ulcers and all ulcers were healed in an average of 10.4 days for the duodenal ulcers (compared to the control groups 37 days) and 7.3 days for the stomach ulcers (compared to 42 days with the control group).

The results of the study proved that ingesting cabbage juice will heal ulcers faster than the conventional methods used back then. The high vitamin U content in cabbage makes it the ultimate juice for ulcers. The process of matching the healing power of the nutrients within the fruit or vegetable to the disease works with all fruits and vegetables. Juicing a specific fruit or vegetable best suited to heal a specific disease or ailment can reverse the damage done by a disease.

Finally, because raw fruits and vegetables provide an abundance of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, they enable the body to stay young and healthy.

Free radicals (products our bodies produce during normal activity) damage our skin and muscle tissue which leaves us vulnerable to disease and aging. Antioxidants act as scavengers of free radicals thereby preventing or slowing the damage free radicals do to our skin and muscle tissue.

Vitamins and minerals are essential for good health because they boost the immune system, support normal growth and development, and help cells and organs do their job. Increasing the intake of raw fruits and vegetables is an exceptional way to increase and maintain good health.

Juicing is not only quick, easy, and incomparable in nutrition content but also a first-rate way to get the necessary nutrients into our body. If you are interested in gathering more information about juicing, a few good sites and books are listed below.

Recommended Sources:

Books:

The Juicing Bible by Path Crocker
Excellent book – with great information about the healing properties of specific fruits, vegetables and herbs. Best for people who want to go beyond the standard juicing of apples and carrots.

The Juiceman’s Power of Juicing: Delicious Juice Recipes for Energy, Health, Weight Loss, and Relief from Scores of Common Ailments by Jay Kordich
Great recipes – in depth analysis of nutritional values of assorted fruits and vegetables and information about buying and storing produce.

Ultimate Juicing: Delicious Recipes for Over 125 of the Best Fruit & Vegetable Juice Combinations by Donna Pliner Rodnitzky

Fabulous recipes for the novice and veteran which also include a section of alcoholic juice combinations.

Websites:

www.juicing-for-health.com
This site is not completely finished, but it has good information about many topics of juicing including an in depth breakdown of what fruit or vegetable helps specific ailments.
www.juicers4life.com:
This is a great site and store. One on one advice about juicing and juicers is available over the phone, in person or by e-mail.

Since juicing your fruits and vegetables is definitely the ultimate way to get all your nutrients that can boost your immune system, why not try it?

Marcie

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  6. paul says:

    Thanks for posting this great information I have to admit I don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables so a juicer would be the best way for me to get those needed vitamins and minerals. Thanks

  7. For a start, try juicing a large apple, carrot, alfalfa leaves, zucchini, and celery sticks, you’ll love it! It can provide you with a full day serving of nutrients and enough energy for the whole day.

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  9. Shawn says:

    I’ve been gardening organically for years and I just started juicing. I wish I had done it sooner. GREAT ARTICLE!

  10. Juicing is such a convenient way to add more fruits and veggies in your diet since it can be difficult eating the quantity you would drink. Just make sure you buy a good juicer that makes “whole juice”.

  11. Great blog! It made me realize how important fruits are for our body. Starting today I would incorporate fruits in my daily diet.