Drinking Raw Juices. Some Golden Rules

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Raw-Juices2_cBoth fruit and vegetable juices are strong alkalizers once they have been digested, which is a plus point for most of us, because the average diet of too much protein and too many refined, processed foods creates over-acidity. Like any other living thing, the body has a subtle pH balance between acid and alkaline, tipping the scales in favour of alkaline. Drinking a glass of juice a day can help restore this essential balance.


Easy to digest

Fruit and vegetable juices are easy to digest, and are ideal for people who can't cope with a lot of fibre, or who don't want to munch their way through a pound of carrots (remember fresh juices should not replace your dietary intake of whole fruits and vegetables, because the fibre they contain is essential for the efficient elimination of wastes). Because they are liquids, fruit and vegetable juices are quickly digested in the stomach, and the nutrients absorbed into the bloodstream.

The digestive process is also helped by the presence of active plant enzymes, which join with the stomach's own enzymes in breaking down the juke. The efficiency of these workers enables nutrients to be absorbed into the body within minutes of being eaten. Plant enzymes also help to neutralize excess proteins and fat from other foods. Some, like papain from papaya and bromelain from pineapple, are especially good at calming indigestion.

Super cleansers

Fresh juices have remarkable cleansing and restorative powers. To start with, fruits and vegetables all hold stores of pure water, which has been filtered and distilled through their complex structures. This means that the digestive system has one less set of impurities to deal with.

In addition, all fruits contain acid, which can help remove toxins from the digestive tract. Citrus fruits contain the strongest acid compound - citric acid - and other fruits contain the milder tartaric and malic acids. Some fruits, such as oranges and apples, also contain pectin, which can absorb fats and toxins from the digestive tract (as well as making jam and marmalade set).

Green vegetables are rich in chlorophyll (the substance mat enables plants to harvest energy from the sunlight), which also has cleansing properties. That's why greens like watercress and spinach can be so helpful on a detox programme. Certain other vegetables, such as carrot and tomato, have a reputation for acting as tonics to the liver too.

Keep the balance

Both fruit and vegetable juices are strong alkalizers once they have been digested, which is a plus point for most of us, because the average diet of too much protein and too many refined, processed foods creates over-acidity. Like any other living thing, the body has a subtle pH balance between acid and alkaline, tipping the scales in favour of alkaline.

Drinking a glass of juice a day can help restore this essential balance.

A good health guarantee?

Juices on their own own won't bring you perfect health but they can contribute to it. To increase your chances of a long and healthy life, you might like tp consider other beneficial changes you can make to your daily routine, such as:

  • stop smoking
  • cut back on alcohol
  • take regular exercise
  • cut down on animal fats (meat and dairy produce)
  • increase consumption of fruit and vegetables
  • drink 3-4 pints of water a day
  • put time aside to relax - properly

Some golden rules

Beginners should drink up to three 8 fl oz / 230ml glasses of juice a day. Veterans can up the amount to six glasses. Always dilute dark green vegetable juices (i.e. broccoli, spinach, watercress) and dark red vegetable juices (i.e. beetroot, red cabbage) by four parts to one. They are very potent in taste and effect. Drink vegetable and fruit juices in order to get the maximum nutritional benefit. Too many fruit juices will overload your system with the fruit sugar, fructose. Fruit juice causes a rapid rise in blood sugar, and anyone suffering from candidiasis should be cautious regarding excessive sugar intake. If you are prone to suffer from thrush, therefore, or suspect you may have a yeast infection in the digestive tract, you should take professional advice before increasing your intake of fruit juices (vegetable juices are, on the whole, not a problem in such cases). This advice also applies to anyone with low blood sugar or with diabetes.

Never mix vegetable and fruit juices together in the same glass or you may well suffer from embarrassing flatulence! The exceptions are apple and carrot, which you can mix with anything.

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