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RAW JUICE THERAPY

Raw juice therapy is a method for the treatment of disease through a diet that includes the juices of fruits and vegetables. It is the most effective way to restore health, rejuvenate and detoxify the body. To truly benefit from fruits and vegetables it is wise to purchase a minimum 900 watt electric blender, purée them all and drink immediately ensuring no loss of nutrients. Forget buying ready-made juices and 'smoothies' because the contents are full of preservatives, colours and various other unhealthy and artificial ingredients, many of which are necessary to allow for transportation and storage. Juices need to be consumed soon after being made as oxidation takes place and the nutrients dwindle fast. Most also contain huge amounts of sugar which completely defeats the object of consuming them. Plus, the most important part of many natural foods is the skins, as the best nutrients are often concentrate there, and these are often omitted in shop-bought juices. All vegetables and fruits begin to deteriorate as soon as you cut through the protective outer skin which means that most premade store bought juices and packed chopped fruits and vegetables are also of less value nutritionally.

During raw juice therapy, the cleansing capacity of the organs of elimination, namely lungs, liver, kidneys and the skin is greatly increased and masses of accumulated metabolic waste and toxins are quickly removed. It also allows the digestive and associated organs to take a rest. After the juice fasting or raw juice therapy, the digestion of food and the utilisation of nutrients is vastly improved.

Specific juices are beneficial for specific conditions but overall, raw fruit and vegetable juices have an extraordinary revitalising and rejuvenating effect on all the organs, glands and functions of the body. Live probiotic yoghurt can be added with honey, coconut milk, nutmeg and cinnamon for additional health benefits.

Note 1: Always add avocado or a teaspoon of olive or coconut oil to the juices as many fat-soluble nutrients (vitamins A, D, E and K) will not be absorbed into the body without oil.

Note 2: Do not replace all meals with a blended juice for longer than two days. It is important to consume whole foods too as a total liquid diet can lead to bladder, kidney and gallstones. Oxalic acid, found in cooked spinach, kale, cabbage and other foods listed in the Oxalic acid section, can block calcium absorption which can also lead to kidney stones, gall stones, thyroid problems and other conditions.

 

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Weight loss

When trying to lose weight, people often cut back on food intake whilst increasing their physical activities. Due to this, there is a danger of losing excessive amounts of water-soluble nutrients through perspiration, such as vitamins C and the B complex and important minerals, which they often fail to replace. This can lead to many health disorders including weakening of the immune system, slower repair of tissues, lack of energy, mental problems including anxiety, depression and insomnia, bone and joint issues and so on. This is because these nutrients are absolutely vital to many important processes within the body.

One of the fastest ways to lose weight, but still maintain nutrient levels, is to purchase a powerful (minimum 900 watt) Nutribullet blender which can puree fruit, herbs, vegetables, seeds and spices together. This can provide a highly nutritious and enjoyable way to consume the foods that will not only enable faster weight loss but also help the body cleanse itself of toxins. Think of it like your daily natural medicine in a long refreshing drink that is going to enhance your immune system and metabolism (and hence energy levels) and help to flush waste products from the blood, kidneys and liver.

Nutribullet blending recipes

Raw juice benefits

The favourable effect of raw juices in the treatment of disease is attributed to the following facts :

  • Raw juices of fruits and vegetables are extremely rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes and natural sugars.

  • They exercise beneficial effect in normalising all the body functions.

  • They supply needed elements for the body’s own healing activity and cell regeneration, thereby speeding the recovery.

  • The juices extracted from raw fruits and vegetables require no digestion and almost all their vital nutrients are assimilated directly in the bloodstream.

  • Raw juices are extremely rich in alkaline elements. This is highly beneficial in normalising acid-alkaline balance in the blood and tissues as there is over-acidity in most conditions of ill-health.

  • Generous amounts of easily absorbed organic minerals in raw juices especially calcium, potassium and silicon help in restoring biochemical and mineral balance in the tissues and cells, thereby preventing premature ageing of cells and disease.

  • Raw juices contain certain natural medicines, vegetal hormones and antibiotics. For instance, string beans are said to contain insulin-like substance. Certain hormones needed by the pancreas to produce insulin are present in cucumber and onion juices. Fresh juices of garlic, onions, radish and tomatoes contain antibiotic substances.

Juice treatment of diseases

Some common ailments and fruit and vegetable juices found beneficial in their treatment:

NOTE: Avoid grapefruit if taking any medications

Cruciferous vegetables

Goitrogens, found most commonly in cruciferous (brassica) vegetables can affect thyroid function in some individuals. If you do not currently have thyroid issues and follow healthy eating habits by rotating greens this should not be an issue.

Fruit and vegetable juices may be divided into six main types

(i) Juices from sweet fruits such as prunes, raisins and grapes.
(ii) Juices from sub-acid fruits like apple, plum, pear, peach, papaya, apricot and cherry,
(iii) Juices from acid fruits like orange, tangerines, lemon, grapefruit, strawberry and pineapple.
(iv) Juices from vegetable fruits, namely, tomato and cucumber.
(v) Juices from green leafy vegetables like cabbage, celery, lettuce, spinach, parsley and watercress.
(vi) Juices from root vegetables like beetroot, carrot, onion, potato and radish.

Generally speaking, fruit juices stir up toxins and acids in the body, thereby stimulating the eliminative processes. Vegetable juices, on the other hand, soothe the jaded nerves and work in a much milder manner. They carry away toxic matter in a gentle way.

The following broad rules apply when using mixtures of juices

A proper selection of juices in treating a particular ailment is very essential. Thus, for instance, juices of carrot, cucumber, cabbage and other vegetables are very valuable in asthma, arthritis and skin disease, but juices of orange and mosambi aggravate their symptoms by increasing the amount of mucus.

It is important when blending natural foods to consume one of three different colours throughout the day. For instance,

Start with one that is made of mostly yellow and orange foods such as:

Apricots, carrots, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, mango, nectarines, orange, peaches, peppers (yellow and orange), tangerine and turmeric

The second one should be of green foods such as:

Apples, algae and seaweed, cucumber, grapes, green beans, celery, kiwi fruit, leafy vegetables, limes, pears, peas and peppers (green).

The third should be of red, blue and black coloured foods such as:

Apples, beetroot, berries, cherries, currants, grapes, pears, peppers (red), plums, radishes, tomatoes and watermelon.

The following foods can be added to any of the above and will sweeten the drink such as:

Apricots (dried), bananas, dates, figs, raisins and sultanas.

Note: Diabetics should avoid these high-sugar fruits.

Dried powders and spices can also be added which makes a very quick and simple way to add those ‘super foods’ to the diet.

For the green juice: Dried algae such as chlorella and spirulina and full of minerals and other important nutrients.

For the blue/black juice: Maqui powder is a purple dried fruit powder that has one of the highest anti-oxidant content of all foods.

Herbs and spices

Raw juices are also a great way to break down the (often false) barriers between culinary and medicinal herbs, by bringing highly nutritional natural plants and herbs into the diet. Add any spices or herbs of choice but only add two or three strong flavours at a time.

NOTE: Due to the high levels of estragole in herbs such as basil, fennel, star anise and tarragon, they should not be used as a medicine for more than 10 days and should be avoided by pregnant women.

 

To find out the many other herbs can be added for various health disorders see The A-Z of herbs and spices.

 

Seeds and nuts

 

Adding nuts and seeds can also be very beneficial due to the minerals, omega-3, protein and vitamin E content and these can also be ground into a fine powder in a coffee grinder first to make a smoother drink.

 

Best seeds to consume

 

Best nuts to consume

Nature Cures juice recipes

A warm glass of water mixed with lemon juice, one teaspoon of honey, a dash of apple cider vinegar plus a small pinch of cayenne pepper may be taken first thing in the morning before consuming anything else to aid with a toxin cleanse.

Top up your blends with mineral water, ice, cold green or herbal teas or coconut water or make them creamy with yoghurt or almond, coconut or rice milk after adding the ingredients of the following recipes. If too sour add one teaspoon of raw honey. If too sweet add half a lemon.

Consume the following blends three times a day for maximum benefit unless otherwise stated.

Ingredients are all optional and any can be omitted or added as desired. Search the rest of this website to find the natural foods for a particular health disorder and add them. Imagination can be used to make blends that suit the palate and health disorder but below are some recipes to get started with:

Cleansing Recipe 1
To alkalise the body and boost the immune system

Cleansing Recipe 2
Detoxifier, immune system and energy booster, pick me up and can improve iron absorption which is especially useful for individuals with anaemia

Cleansing Recipe 3
Nutrient-rich cleanser to boost the immune system

Cleansing and Rehydrating Juice
When the body is dehydrated, especially after intense exercise, diarrhoea, fever or alcohol consumption, this juice can fix it quickly and help rebalance electrolytes..

Cholesterol Lowering Juice
This can lower the LDL cholesterol levels, thin the blood and reduce plaque on the arteries.

Liver Tonic
To detoxify the liver drink this juice daily first thing in the morning.

Immune System and Liver Booster

Liver Cleanser
To detoxify the liver drink this juice daily first thing in the morning.

Liver Cleanser 2
To detoxify the liver drink this juice daily first thing in the morning.

Cleansing and Alkalising Juice

Green Power Cleanse
This green power blend is rich in chlorophyll, which helps support the digestive tract and promote healthy intestinal function. This action is supported by both oregano and basil. Dandelion leaves, spinach and courgette stimulate the kidney function, carrot nourishes the liver. All of the ingredients have cleansing and rejuvenating action. Avocado helps the absorption of the fat-soluble carotenoids in carrots.

Green Power Iron Juice
Full of vitamin C and iron for healthy blood.

Red Power Cleansing Juice
Beetroots possess betacyanin which gives them their deep red colour and provides the essential ingredient which can assist the body with recovery from many ailments. It stops the spread of cancer tumours, prevents diseases of liver, kidney and pancreas and treats ulcers in the stomach. It also strengthens the immune system, improves the vision and is good for eye redness treatment. It can also help to reduce pain after intense physical training, eliminate hard stools, positively affects the colon, strengthens the lungs, regulates high blood pressure, eliminates bad breath which occurs due to indigestion of food, helps treat acne and creates healthy skin and reduces menstrual pain.

  • 1 beetroot

  • 1 carrot

  • 1 celery stick

  • 1 apple

  • 1 lemon

Red Power Iron Juice
Rich in iron, vitamin B9 (folic acid), vitamin C, Vitamin E and magnesium.

  • 1 beetroot

  • 1 red apple

  • Handful of broccoli tops

  • 2 kale leaves

  • Handful of radishes and leaves

  • 1 avocado (stone removed)

  • 1 carrot

Aloe green high nutrient juice
Aloe boosts the immune system, reduces inflammation, improves skin health, stabilises blood sugar levels in diabetics, lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and amplifies the antioxidant effects of vitamins. This is also a great juice for the relief of heartburn and for vegans as it contains vitamin B12. Aloe vera gel can cause a loose stool so should be increased gradually from one inch to two inches over a period of a few days. The aloe gel can be scrape from the leaf after peeling the outer layer of skin.

Berry Juice
Cleans lungs and urinary tract of infection and congestion and good for the skin

High Potassium Juice

Bladder and Kidney Cleanser
To help burn fat, detoxify and clean the urinary system.

  • 1 burdock root

  • 1 dandelion root

  • Handful basil

  • 1 beetroot

  • 1 apple

  • 1 carrot

  • 1 celery stalk

Bladder, Gall and Kidney Stone Remover 1
Drink this juice 3-4 times per day. Also drink 1 the juice of a lemon and half the grated zest in 1 cup of hot water 3-5 times a day

Bladder, Gall and Kidney Stone Remover 2
Drink this juice 3-4 times per day. Also drink 1 the juice of a lemon and half the grated zest in 1 cup of hot water 3-5 times a day

NOTE: Avoid grapefruit if  taking ‘Statins’ to lower cholesterol or medications for blood pressure and some other medications as it can interact.

Juice to dissolve calcium oxalate stones

Herbal juice to remove stones and heal the inflammation

Colon Cleanser Juice 1
For the relief of constipation.

  • 14 fresh figs

  • 2 apples

  • 1 rhubarb stalk

Colon Cleanser Juice 2
For the relief of constipation and elimination of parasites

Heart, Colon and Prostate Protector
Kale a rich source of carotene, indoles, vitamin A, vitamin C, the B vitamins, vitamin K, calcium, iron and together with the other ingredients can prevent heart, colon and prostate disorders.

Heart, Colon and Prostate Protector 2

Anti-inflammatory Pain Relief Smoothie

  • Handful of sour cherries

  • 5-8 basil leaves

  • 1 inch of ginger

  • 2 sticks of celery

  • 1 coconut (remove flesh from shell and stir in the coconut juice)

  • 1 tablespoon of ground flax, hemp or chia seeds and

  • Pinch of cinnamon

Sleep Enhancing Recipe
The high magnesium content in spinach, and the nerve-calming properties in celery helps to improve sleep quality if consumed just before bed.

Cancer fighting recipe
The monounsaturated fat in avocado helps absorption of the fat-soluble and cancer fighting carotenoid lycopene in tomatoes making it four times as effective.

Other sources of lycopene that can be added.

NOTE: Avoid grapefruit if  taking ‘Statins’ to lower cholesterol or medications for blood pressure and some other medications as it can interact.

Cancer fighting recipe 2
This juice will purify the body and relax the mind. Wheat grass is traditional ingredient for serious detoxification and rejuvenating regimes. It is well worth growing your own wheat grass sprouts but the web has plenty of suppliers of organic wheat grass and wheat grass seed suppliers. Dandelion supports toxin elimination through increased urination and fennel through stimulating the lung function and clearing the phlegm. Thread like fennel leaves also enhance the sweet flavour provided by the wheat grass. Lemon balm and perfumed rose petals relax the mind sharpen ability to think and soothe the heart.

Ingredients

Method

  1. Use scissors to cut the wheatgrass blades from the tray just above the planting surface.

  2. Remove the petals from the rose heads.

  3. Wash and drip-dry the herbs.

  4. Blend all ingredients and drink immediately.

Find out more about health giving, detoxifying, and cleansing natural foods to use with your blender/juicer here

NOTE: Anyone suffering from a serious medical condition or on medication or pregnant should not attempt raw juice therapy without consulting their doctor.

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