Having a balanced diet that will provide all the nutrition we need on a daily basis is a major challenge today, if not impossible. The very basic nutrient levels in our foods have greatly diminished due to over farmed soil and many other harmful techniques that have been adapted into our modern day life. We are bombarded by chemicals in the air and in our food, pollution, stress and lack of exercise among a few things. If our bodies are our temples, then the very foundation of our being is under attack. We have to protect ourselves and juicing is a great way to increase our antioxidants and balance our health.
Oxidative stress is on the rise. Our sacred Immune system needs extra support and protection and one way to do this is by increasing our antioxidant intake. First, what is oxidative stress? According to Dr. Ananya Mandal, ”Oxidative stress is essentially an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants.” So basically, oxygen which is essential for our survival, like most everything, has a “dark side”. Dr. Ray Strand, MD explains that ”oxygen is a highly reactive atom that is capable of becoming part of potentially damaging molecules commonly called “free radicals.”
Our largest organ, our skin, is a great indication of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is the cause of wrinkles and aging signs. Dr. Strand mentions that “this aging of the skin is an outward manifestation of “oxidative stress,” which is occurring within every cell in your body.” We need to stop these free radicals from attacking our healthy cells and damaging them and leading us down the road of disease and suffering. How are we going to do that? That’s where the antioxidants come in.
Antioxidants are either natural from foods or synthetic and taken in vitamin form. They can repair or slow cell damage by donating electrons and counteracting free radicals. There are thousands of antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, marine plants and seafood that eat marine plants. Some of the main antioxidants we hear hear about are vitamins A, C, and E, beta-carotene, and lycopene.
Our bodies are exposed to so many toxins in our world that whatever we can do to boost our immunity is good. If the general recommendation is to ideally have 8-10 portions of fruit and vegetables per day, mostly vegetables, many of us are grossly far from that reality. That’s where juicing can be of tremendous benefit.
When you juice natural foods that have not been processed in any way, you get an amazing host of benefits. You are starting your day with a cup full of antioxidants. Juicing is not a meal replacement but simply an addition to your diet. This way you will feel more confident that you are taking a more active role in taking care of your health. Here are a few tips when juicing.
4 Easy Steps to Juicing
1. Choose the vegetables, fruits and nuts that you want to juice.
2. Wash all fruits and vegetables well.
3. Pour in a bit of water then add all ingredients.
4. Blend for a few seconds and voila! It’s done.
Simple, perfect and oh so nutritious!
To Your Divine Health!