And She Blushed, Beet Red
April 25, 2012 § 2 Comments
The most compelling item on my lunch menu was by far a glass of anti-cancer juice. No one’s marketed this, and I’d be suspicious if anyone did. Most packaged and pasteurized juices – Tropicana, Ribena, and Ocean Spray – provide little more than dead vitamins and minerals. Even if all of the right ingredients were thrown into a bottle, labeled and sold at the grocery, the length of time between creation and consumption guarantees that the enzymes once alive in the vegetables would no longer be active. To make matters worse, juice companies more often than not add artificial sweeteners and other chemicals to marketed juices, turning what was once life giving into a substance that contributes to disease.
I’ve been meaning to get a “real” juicer for years. Back in the days before cancer, I used to chop up fruits and vegetables in a blender, and then strain the juice from the pulp into a bowl from a nut mylk bag – all with my bare hands. It’s not a bad way to start, and it’s a sure way to develop biceps. But a sturdy juicer like the Oscar Vital Max will save you some mess, vegetable-stained hands, and the tiresome process of juicing-out your blenders until they bust. I hate clichés, but health is wealth, and investing in good juicer is way help boost your body with all the nutrients singing life derived from the rainbow colours of the earth.
So, what are some of the benefits of getting your vegetables through fresh, raw juice? Juices give the body an instant boost of nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and minerals in a form that can be easily assimilated, absorbed and digested. Freshly made and consumed within thirty minutes, raw juices cleanse the cells and clears the liver, which detoxifies the blood. Raw fresh juices provide a magnificent source of vitamins and minerals, trace elements and nutrients needed for the body’s healing process and cell regeneration. They proved natural medicines such as natural antibiotics and organic minerals that help restore the tissues to prevent aging of the cells and disease.
There are countless websites and books attesting to the benefits of juicing. I’ll leave it up to you to research and experiment. In the meantime, I’ll share the ingredients of my juice today – The Secret Crimson Potion, The C-Killer Parade, The Love-Your-Life Elixir – ripe with vitality straight from the mother. I call it a recipe, but when it comes to juicing, (and I’m the same with cooking), my view is: recipes schmecipes. They’re a good starter to learn the ropes, but throwing anything natural and organic and green into your mix and you can’t go wrong. Experiment.
The Ingredients, (With just some of their healing benefits)
Beetroot: Sweet; strengthens the heart; sedates the spirit; improves circulation; purifies the blood; benefits the liver and moistens the intestines.
Celery: Cooling; calms an aggravated liver; improves digestion; dries damp excesses; purifies the blood.
Carrot: sweet; strengthens the pancreas; improves liver functions; stimulates the elimination of wastes; dissolves accumulations such s stones and tumours; alkaline forming and clear acidic blood conditions; rich with anti-oxidants and beta-carotene, (vitamin A), which protects against cancer; good for the skin.
Cucumber: Cooling; sweet; diuretic; counteracts toxins and lifts depression; cleanses the blood; purifies the skin.
Broccoli: Brightens the eyes; from the cruciferous family, known for fighting cancer, abundant in vitamin A and more vitamin C than citrus; a natural source of iron and B vitamins
Parsley: Improves digestion; uber-high in vitamin C; high in vitamin A, chlorophyll, calcium, sodium; good for all kidney difficulties; strengthens the adrenal glands and benefits optic and brain nerves, (Caution: should not be used by nursing mothers_
Raw Turmeric: Anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities; protects the liver from toxins
Raw Ginger: Feeds the properties of herbs to the lower extremities; used for nausea, cramps, aches and spasms.
Radish: Removes stagnation and detoxifies; used regularly,
Lime: Cooling antiseptic; therapeutic for people who have eaten high fat diets; anti-microbial; mucous-resolving; improves liver functioning; improves absorption of minerals; cleanses the blood; calms the nerves
Before drinking, I added 25 ml of aloe vera juice, which is good for detoxifying, boosting the immune, regenerating cells, reducing inflammation and strengthening the joints.
So there’s some food for thought. Digest, and I’ll see you at dinner!