Juicing as a Healing Therapy. Ever since I started my healing journey, juicing has been one of my favorite healing therapies. Juicing has helped me boost my immune system, increase my nutrient intake and helped with detoxification process. It is said that juicing can reduce your risk of chronic illnesses such as cancer, boosts your immune response, help remove toxins from your body, aid digestion and even help with weight loss.
Juicing can be a terrific addition to any healing protocol as well as a preventative lifestyle approach. Nutrients from fruits and vegetables in your diet can help you keep your health strong and ward off disease. You can make juice at home with a juicer, my personal favorite is the Norwalk or Omega but there are many good ones out there that will do the job. You can also try a trendy juice bar, or purchase freshly squeezed juices at the supermarket. Follow the steps best suited for your lifestyle to implement juicing in your daily routine. It may be a good idea to consult Consumer Reports to find the best juicer for you.
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Drinking freshly juiced fruits and vegetables promote many health benefits. It’s also a great way to add nutrients from the fruits or vegetables that you normally wouldn’t eat. Juicing facilitates the intake of many vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that would be found in the whole versions of those foods. Juicing provides nutrients that can help lower the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and arthritis, improve heart health, skin health, boost the immune system, improve circulation, hydrate and detoxify the body. Valuable compounds called flavonoids and anthocyanins are abundant in a variety of fruits and vegetables and guard against oxidative cellular damage, which comes from everyday cellular maintenance and is exacerbated by exposure to chemicals and pollution.
Chronic illness is very common nowadays. The sad truth is that cancer is a major health problem in the developed world, just after aging-related cardiovascular disease, with 14 million cases worldwide and 8.2 million of deceases just in 20121. This cancer epidemic has a considerable social impact with high socio-economic costs. The fight against cancer is realized by developing innovative drugs and novel therapeutic strategies aimed to cure the disease, as well as to prevent it.
However, during the last decades, a huge body of evidence has been accumulated suggesting that Citrus fruits and their juices might have a role in preventing many diseases including cancer. A recent study published in June 2017, summarizes the numerous pieces of evidence on the potential of Citrus juices and their extracts as anticancer agents.
I personally like to implement citrus juices in my everyday diet. It is so easy to add to any recipe in juicing or other deliciously healthy dishes. As a Peruvian native, my personal favorite citrus juice is Camu Camu, of course, the fruit is difficult to find in the US but I enjoy my Camu Camu powder as a Zesty lemonade especially in the summer and other tasty recipes. You can find some delish juicing recipes here or my personal favorite in my shop.
Also remember juice safety, juice that isn’t consumed right away can harbor bacteria and cause food poisoning. Exposure of the drink to air, bacteria and other pathogens can not only make you sick but threaten the nutritional value of the juice as well. Remember to wash your produce thoroughly to remove any dirt, pesticides or bacteria and make sure your cutting board and utensils are clean as well. Other than that enjoy and happy juicing!