Monday, June 1, 2009

Juicing and the LIVER

Liver

Liver is one of the strongest organs of the human body. There is a saying about liver; “liver doesn’t break easily and when it does it does not heal easily”. With the world moving at rocket pace, we are forced to live unhealthy lives leading to toxic build-up in our body. The heart, kidney, and liver are at greatest risks of being damaged. They take a lot of functional load and literally run the entire machine between themselves. Liver secretes many enzymes which fights any toxic build-up. To stimulate the enzymes we take resort to various natural foods in fruits, broccoli, lemons, and so on. There are many juices which help the liver detoxify effortlessly. They help in activating those enzymes of defense that hibernate in liver passages otherwise. There are juice fasting and smoothie cleansing recipes which guard the liver against the toxin concentration. For juice fasting liver detox, it becomes important to invest in a capable juicer, one which has the ability to sift the pulp from the juice through centrifugal force. This is a health investment and must be done without two-thoughts. Few juices contain fruit essences comprising of rich traces of vitamins and polyphenols. It is thus important for the juicer to retain the entire paramount nutrient. Juices like apple-celery, cucumber, tomato, beet juice, papaya, and cherry grape help a great deal in enhancing liver’s defense system.

There is a liver clean recipe which impulse and practice both turn towards. It’s the alkaline recipe which has been successfully used for liver detoxification. Its active ingredients are 2 big grapefruits, 300ml of distilled water, 2 tablespoons of Udo’s Choice, 1-2 cloves of fresh garlic, 2 inches of fresh root ginger, 4 lemons. Experimental ingredients which can be used are acidophilus at 1 teaspoon and optional ingredient is cayenne in small quantity. The juices of grapefruit and lemon should be squeezed in a blender and kept aside. Garlic should be grated along with ginger and squeezed into the already blended juice (preferably through garlic press). Water must then be added along with Udo’s and acidophilus powder, and blended for another 30 seconds.

This is a potent remedy for detoxifying the entire system; liver gets a fillip, it has no side effects, and a little breath pile produced due to garlic is effectively taken care of by grape juice. This also is a great method to remove hangovers. The juice is recommended on the weekend mornings and should be prefixed with light exercises. It is also advisable to do some breathing after exercises to let the lymph flow properly into the system.

All these liver recipes make great forces of liberation for the body and let it dish out the necessary enzymes for detox. They keep liver in shape and help liver keep us going. Without the effective incorporation of these natural remedies, into our lifestyles we continually run the risk of being defeated by our metabolism. Times are such that external forces like pollution have already deflated our natural detoxifying mechanism. Let’s dutifully indulge in these liver detoxifying juices and guard ourselves from big cardiovascular and liver diseases.


Juicing For Nutrition Information

Fruits and vegetables are excellent choices of a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients, including phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are compounds that have been shown to combat cancer. Healthful substances are being discovered all the time in fruits and vegetables and so there is no one supplement pill that can contain all of the healthy compounds that occur naturally in our foods. Each plant seems to produce particular phytochemicals that work agains cancer in particular ways, it is suggested that a rich assortment of fruits and vegetables be included in your diet. It is also recommended that you should consume two glasses of live juices a day for health maintenance. Four glasses a day is recommended if you want speed healing and recovery from illness.

Juicing is an excellent means of adding fruits and vegetables to your diet. Since juice contains the whole fruit or vegetable - except for the fiber, which is the indigestible part of the plant - it contains virtually all of the plants' health promoting properties. Because fresh juices are made from raw fruits and vegetables, all of the components remain intact. Vitamin C and other water-soluable vitamins can be damaged by overprocessing or over cooking. Enzymes, which are proteins needed for digestion and other important functions, can also be damaged by cooking. Fresh juice, however, provides all of the plants' healthful ingredients in a form that is easy to digest and absorb. In fact, it has been estimated that fruit and vegetable juices can be assimilated in 20 to 30 minutes.

The juices listed should be made fresh in your kitchen and consumed immediately. Many commercial juices are heat-treated to lengthen shelf life. This process can destroy important nutrients. In addition, preservatives may have been added. This includes sugars, salt and other compounds. Freshly made juices can lose some of their nutrients by being allowed to sit for long periods of time. By buying the best produce available, properly preparing it for juicing, and processing it in your own juicer, you will produce the most healthful, nutrient-rich drinks possible.
There are generally three catagories of juices.

GREEN JUICES or "GREEN DRINKS"

Green juices cleanse the body of pollutants and have a rejuvenating effect. Made from a variety of green vegetables, green juices are rich in chlorophyll, which helps to purify the blood, build red blood cells, detoxify and heal the body, and provide the body with fast energy. Green juices can be made with alfalfa sprouts, cabbage, kale, dandelion greens, spinach, and other green vegetables, including wheatgrass. Wheatgrass juice is particularly important in any cancer treatment, especially when radiation therapy is involved. To sweeten and dilute your green juices, try adding fresh carrot and apple juice. No other fruit juices should be added. Steam=distilled water is another good addition. Although green juices have great health benefits, they should be consumed in moderation. Try drinking about 8 to 10 ounces a day. The following is an excellent "green drink":

VEGETABLE JUICES

Fresh vegetable juices are restorers and builders. They boost the immune system, remove acid wastes, and balance the metabolism. They also aid in the control of obesity by removing excess body fat. Among the most healthful and delicious of the vegetable juices are beet, cabbage, carrot, celery, cucumber, kale, parsley, turnip, spinach, watercress, and wheatgrass juice. Carrot juice is probably the most popular of the juices, and is packed with beta-carotene, the vitamin A precursor that helps fight cancer. Because carrots are the sweetest of the vegetables, their juice is not just delicious on its own, but is great for mixing with other vegetables to increase their appeal. On the other hand, strong-flavored vegetables - broccoli, celery, onions, parsley, rutabaga, and turnips, for instance - should be used in small amounts only. Garlic is a great addition to vegetable drinks. Before juicing, drop the garlic into vinegar for 1 minute to destroy any bacteria or mold on the surface. To avoid irritating the lining of the intestinal tract, use only 1 clove of fresh garlic in 2 glasses of juice. For the greatest health benefits, use many different vegetables when making your juices. That way, you will provide your body with a variety of important nutrients.

FRUIT JUICES

Fruit juices help to cleanse the body and nourish it with important nutrients, including cancer-fighting antioxidants. Although any fruit can be used, certain juices are particularly healthful and delicious. One favorite cleansing juice is watermelon. To make this refreshing drink, place a whole piece of watermelon - with rind intact - in the juicer. Other delicious juices can be made with apples, apricots, bananas, berries, citrus fruits, kiwi, melons, pears - with just about any fruit that you want to use. You can enjoy fruit juices at any time of the day. About 10 to 12 ounces per day is recommended. The following is just one of the delicious fruit juice drinks you can make at home.

Preparing Produce for Juicing

Juicing is an easy way to make delicious drinks that can boost your health and help you treat a number of disorders. By following these guidelines, you will ensure that your juices are as pure, nutrient-rich, and appetizing as possible. Whenever possible, buy and use organically grown produce. This is produce that is grown without the use of pesticides and other harmful chemicals. This prevents chemical residues from ending up in your juice. If you are unable to obtain organically grown fruits and vegetables, peel or thoroughly wash the produce, using a vegetable brush to remove chemical residues and waxes. Most health food stores carry vegetable washes that will help remove any residues. When purchasing potatoes for juicing, avoid those with a green tint, and be sure to remove any sprouts or eyes. The chemical solanine, which gives the potatoe the green cast, can cause diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. When using organically grown produce, feel free to leave the skin on in most cases. Do remove the skin, though, before juicing apricots, grapefruits, kiwis, oranges, papayas, peaches, and pineapple. The skins of oranges and grapefruits are quite bitter, and also contain a toxic substance that should not be consumed in large amounts. Because kiwis and papayas are tropical fruits, their skins are likely to contain residues of the harmful sprays often used in foreign countries, where some chemicals outlawed in the United States may still be legal. The skins of pineapples are too thick to be processed by most juicers. When juicing fruits, leave in small seeds, except when using apples, apricots, and peaches. These fruit seeds (pits) actually contain cyanide, a toxic substance. Because of their size and hardness, all pits must be removed. Juice most produce with stems and leaves intact. However, remove carrot and rhubarb greens, as they contain toxic substances. When using soft fruits that contain very little water = avocados, bananas, and papayas, for instance - prepare these fruits in a blender rather than using a juicer. Then stir these fruits into other juices.

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