Raw juicing is beneficial, though not a requirement (for most people) for achieving Peak Health.
I have been drinking raw juices at least five days a week for most of 35 years! (And still using the same machine to do it, a 35 year old Acme Supreme Juicerator (centrifugal)!
However, sometimes I did NOT include raw juices in my diet. There were a few years when my body called for a very low carb diet. I found that listening to the messages of the body is more important than listening to 'authorities.'
Raw Juicing Benefits
One benefit of raw juicing is that raw, enzyme-rich, nutrient-rich juices are easily and quickly absorbed and require very little energy for the body to process.
You get more concentrated nutritional content in the form of vitamins, minerals and enzymes from raw juice than from whole fruits and vegetables.
Alkaline pH: While there are some other VERY important factors that determine pH balance in the body, fresh raw juices are alkaline and provide a balance to the tendency of our modern lifestyle (stress, cooked foods, etc.) toward excessive acidity.
Raw juices help to detoxify the body: Antioxidant vitamins, chlorophyll and enzymes as well as the water content of fresh fruit and vegetable juices help to cleanse body tissues of toxins.
Cancer patients following the Gerson protocol drink up to 13 full glasses of fresh, raw carrot-apple-celery juice daily, plus an intensive regimen of pancreatic enzymes and coffee enemas for liver detoxification, along with other natural therapies.
Delicious taste: Raw, fresh juices are most often delicious and vibrant to the palate. Drink immediately after preparation and you can taste the life energy in them!
Does Raw Juicing Have Any Disadvantages?
Raw juicing is beneficial for most of us. Depending if you do better on a high, moderate, or low-carb diet, how much and what kind of juice you make can be modified.
Raw juices must be consumed immediately for greatest nutritional benefit and best taste: You can't make large quantities to save time, or take raw juice on a day's outing or to work.
High glycemic index: Glycemic Index (speed with which carbohydrates are absorbed) of ALL fruits and vegetables is higher in the juice than the whole food. Even fruits and vegetables such as raw apples and celery, which are low-glycemic when eaten whole, yield juice that is more high-glycemic than the whole food.
A moderate amount (one large glass per day) of fresh raw juice is not a problem for the vast majority of people.
For some, too many raw juices, especially those rich in sugar such as apple, carrot, beet and citrus juices, combined with a high-carbohydrate diet, can aggravate blood sugar imbalances.
There are a wide variety of metabolic types; listen carefully to how your body feels. A balanced diet for YOU will leave you with sustained energy, clear thinking and calm, balanced mood.
A moderate amount of raw juice is an excellent addition to most peoples'diets. One 8 - 12 ounce glass per day of mixed vegetable juices such as celery, beet, parsley and carrot is great for getting some concentrated enzymes and cleansing chlorophyll.
Some people, like cancer patients, have extremely poor digestive and absorptive capacity. Copious amounts of raw juices give them a constant supply of nutrient-rich food that is detoxifying and requires almost no energy to absorb.
Many cancer patients die of nutrient depletion and its complications before they would die from cancer (or side effects of conventional cancer treatment). They tend to have VERY toxic livers.
When cancers are destroyed by either conventional or natural therapies, the toxic material has to be eliminated from the body fast. In addition to raw juices and other therapies, coffee enemas are ESSENTIAL to help cancer patients safely eliminate cancer toxins that could otherwise kill them.
As cancer patients on the Gerson therapy recover, they commonly include more whole foods, proteins and fats, while continuing to consume raw juices. Many of them continue coffee enemas as well because they love how good it makes them feel.
A Very SPECIAL Advantage of Raw Juicing!
Raw fruit and vegetable juices are rich in magnesium and potassium. Most people get plenty of the other two electrolyte minerals; calcium and salt, and not enough magnesium and potassium.
Why is this important..?
Because calcium and salt support the dominance of the sympathetic (fight-or-flight) part of our autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. Most of us are already too far in that direction!
More magnesium and potassium in our diet supports better functioning of the parasympathetic (rest-and-digest) part of our autonomic nervous system.
So raw juicing can contribute toward helping to balance our nervous system!
Raw Juicing in Moderation is Beneficial for Most People
Most of us need a varied diet that includes nutrient and calorically dense foods containing healthy fats and proteins.
Raw juicing provides liquid refreshment rich in enzymes, potassium, vitamins and some minerals.
NOTE: ALWAYS use locally grown and/or organic vegetables and fruits, NEVER conventionally grown - juicing concentrates toxic chemicals used in commercial agricultural operations.
For most people fresh squeezed juice is not necessary for achieving excellent health, but can be a delicious addition to a complete self-care program. We all need sufficient fluids, and low-glycemic mostly vegetable juice combinations are a great way to increase fluid intake.
(NOTE: For a variety or reasons, local farm raised non-organic is preferable to commercially raised organic).
The foundation of an overall healthy lifestyle is ESSENTIAL for you to achieve the best results from ANY nutritional or detoxification protocol.
I LOVE raw juicing! However for me, it is only a part of a balanced, very comprehensive Peak Health lifestyle.
Ideally, be open to trying a variety of powerful, time-tested therapies that provide outstanding benefits whether you are recovering from illness, or...
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Peak Health! However, it is more important to eat clean, whole foods, ideally locally farm raised and organic.