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Juicing For A Better Health
By now, it’s very likely that you have already heard or read about words such as juicing, green juices or juice fast. It is said that celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore and Sarah Jessica Parker have tried it. Let me pinpoint that, according to the title of this page, my approach within the topic of raw juices is that everyone should try juicing for a better health, at least once in a lifetime.
In fact, the first time I found something about juicing the terms I googled were not exactly “juicing for a better health” but they were related to health indeed. I was searching for natural ways of decreasing high levels of transaminases (enzymes whose activity is often measured to determine liver function) since a blood test had revealed that mine were a little high. Then I got more interested in juice fasts and I started to read books and articles written by medical doctors, such as Sandra Cabot. They all praised the wonders and benefits of drinking freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juices so I convinced myself that it could enable me to kick-start a new, healthier lifestyle as well as give my system the detox that it was crying out for. It turned out that, for me, losing weight was suddenly the side effect of taking good care of my body and my health.
For The Sake Of Health
As I have told you above, at first, I was looking for something that could help me with my high levels of transaminases. But then I read the story and books of author, motivational speaker, and lifestyle coach Jason Vale. I also saw the film Fat Sick and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross (Australian entrepreneur, author, filmmaker, and wellness advocate). Both Jason Vale and Joe Cross suffered from health problems: Vale had severe asthma, eczema, mild acne, bad hay fever, and very severe psoriasis; Cross suffered from an autoimmune condition, chronic urticaria, for which he had been taking prednisone for years. After doing a juice fast, Cross reported a complete loss of his urticaria symptoms and Jason Vale stated in his book 7lbs in 7 Days Super Juice Diet that
my asthma has vanished, my eczema and acne have gone, my psoriasis has cleared by over 90% and I am no longer overweight. In fact, on the health front I’m one happy camper! (Vale, 2009, p. 2)
When I read the book of Sandra Cabot, Raw Juices Can Save Your Life, I finally understood that having fresh juices would be, for me, a matter of reclaiming my health and getting increased levels of energy and vitality. Medical Doctor Sandra Cabot assert that “raw juicing can save your life” (Cabot, 2001, p. 8). I felt moved by the story she tells about her grandma, Susannah, who was struck with a very severe kidney disease. There was nothing further the doctors could do to save her life. But Harry, Sandra’s grandpa, started to give Susannah a glass of raw vegetable juice every hour and the miracle then occurred: over the next 6 weeks she gradually regained her health.
I’m sure that, properly done, a juice fast can be a good catalyst to permanent weight loss and to a healthy lifestyle. I’ve tried it myself with amazing results 😉 (my transaminases went back to normal levels after completing 10 days of juicing!). Let me also clarify here that I’m not saying that juice fasts should be adopted as a permanent lifestyle or that you should consume nothing but juice, who on earth would want to? And, of course, you should always consult with your medical practitioner before starting any weight-loss programme, or if you have any medical condition or concerns about your health.
I hope you have found this post helpful and informative. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any doubt or if you want to share with me any insight it will be more than welcome 🙂
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Vale, J. (2009). 7lbs in 7 Days Super Juice Diet, HarperCollins Publishers
Cabot, S. (2001). Raw Juices Can Save Your Life: An A-Z Guide, SCB International