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Juicing = Longevity

Juicing For Thriving In a Toxic World

vegetable juice

We need around (6-8 servings!) of vegetables and fruit every day. Eating cooked vegetables doesn’t fully count as typically many nutrients are lost during the preparation and cooking process. Fruit in general contains high amount of fructose and we need to be careful and limit the intake.  This all means we need to consume a tons of vegetables, which may not be an easy task especially if you live a busy life or don’t particularly fancy eating them.

That’s why juicing tends to be the easiest way to reach our daily requirement.

Juicing also helps us better absorb the nutrients from the vegetables as well as using a wider variety of vegetables than we would typically eat.

When you drink freshly made green juice, it is almost like receiving an intravenous infusion of vitamins, minerals and enzymes because they go straight into your system without having to be broken down. When your body has an abundance of the nutrients it needs you will feel energized and your immune system will get a boost.

Green vegetable juicing ensures enough nutrients for optimal health, including about 300 mg of potassium per glass. By removing the fiber we are able to consume large volume of natural potassium.

  • For juicing beginners (those in good health) it is acceptable to include both fruits and vegetables otherwise it may become difficult to get used to green juicing. Juicing fruits is somewhat controversial due to high amounts of fructose that can be harmful especially if you are overweight, have high blood pressure etc.
  • Organic vegetables and fruits are free of pesticides and our best choice.
  • If you don’t have a juicer please consider getting one, it is one of the best investments for your health and if you are sick it may as well save your life!
  • You don’t need a fancy and super expensive one, but you do need a good quality and strong juicer (at last 700W) to be able to get the full benefit and also juice leafy vegetables, wheatgrass etc.  I have a Samson and pretty happy with its performance. Alternatively you can use blender, add some water and pass the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer.
  • If you are new to juicing, take it easy and mix it with some fruits at the beginning. Take couple of “lighter” taste  vegetables (e.g. cucumber (peel it), fennel, carrot or spinach) and add lemon, lime, apple or ginger to improve taste.  A great recipe for beginners is a “Miracle Drink” – juice from apples, beet root (with leaves) and carrots.  It’s a powerful detox, immune system booster, great for eyesight, low hemoglobin, anemia, leukemia and cancer.
  • Follow these links to find few good recipes for juicing beginners. Jamie Oliver Juicing Recipes  or Gwyneth Paltrow Juice Recipes
  • When you get used to juicing, shift slowly towards more vegetables and less sweet fruits. Lime and lemons will always stay a great addition even for “hard core nutrition connoisseurs” as they contain limited amount of fructose.

Juice In, Love Out  🙂 

Food Supplements and Vitamins – Do We Really Need Them?

How to choose vitamins and supplements?

The nutrition we need can be in principle fully obtained from wholesome, organic food.

However, for people on the go and especially frequent travelers it can be quite challenging to get all the nutrients that body needs.

Even the wholesome organic food is depleted if compared to the food our ancestors consumed, plus up to half of its nutritional value may be lost through the preparation and cooking.

As a result, we can, indeed, somewhat benefit from supplements.

As a general guideline, supplement should be from natural origin and high-quality. Synthetic types are cheaper and can do more harm than good, so best to avoid them.

I enclose below my list along with some key considerations.

The list can be much longer and rather overwhelming so I stick with those that worked well for me and my family and group them in Core (absolutely essential to be used every day) and Optional (occasional use when/if appropriate).

Core

1. Vitamin D

This vitamin is extremely important for our well-being. Deficiency of the vitamin D is associated with a large number of diseases like cancers, heart disease, autism, multiple sclerosis, cold, flu, eczema, depression, obesity and many others.

A proper sun exposure is absolutely the best way to get your daily requirement of vitamin D.  I enclose some basic guidelines here.

If/when you need to supplement vitamin D, make sure you go for the best quality. The oral supplement needs to be in natural form of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), the same vitamin our body makes when exposed to sunshine. It is important to avoid vitamin D2 (Drisdol).

2. Vitamin C

Vitamin C  promotes tissue growth and repair and have multiple health benefits. Vitamin C received probably the highest media coverage ever and its benefits are rarely questioned so I am not going to dwell on its importance any further. Few considerations to have in mind:

    • A colorful diet of raw vegetables, preferably organic, provide our body with the vitamin C it needs (acerola, pepper, guava, green leafy vegetables, kiwi, berries, broccoli, citrus fruits are some of the foods with highest vitamin C content)
    • As anti-cancer treatment, mega doses of vitamin C are sometimes given intravenously (to maintain the high levels in the bloodstream).
    • Liposomal technology of producing vitamin C has been used to help increase absorption of nutrients and may work better even when compared to intravenous vitamin C. You can buy liposomal vitamin C on the internet but it is fairly expensive and good quality is not easy to find. In Europe you can buy Lipolife Gold and in the US Liposomal Vitamin C.
    • If you can’t find or afford the liposomal type, make sure you look for the vitamin C that is

a) in form of Ascorbyl palmitate which is fat soluble, stable and extremely good for your skin. Alternative form L-ascorbyl palmitate should be avoided at all costs as it is highly acidic and can damage the sensitive skin.

b) made of natural ingredients (not synthetic chemicals) and

c) does not contain any soy emulsifier (soy lecithin).

3. Probiotic

Also known as “good” bacteria, probiotic is extremely important for our immune system, digestion, detoxification etc.

It is best to get it from fermented food like yogurt made from dairy or nut milks, kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi, other fermented (“cultured”) vegetables and juices etc.

Alternatively you can supplement with a high quality, high potency probiotics. Good probiotic is typically expensive, and you need to make sure that at minimum –

  • contains wide multiple strains of bacteria
  • is acid resistant (able to resist stomach acid)
  • doesn’t need refrigeration (typicaly a good indicator that product is of good quality).

Dr. Mercola’s Probiotic, although expensive, is difficult to beat. I now use not as good but of solid quality and more affordable Bifibiol.

4. Omega 3 

Western diet in general is lacking Omega 3 and many articles have been written about importance of Omega 3. Supplement in form of Cod liver oil or Krill oil is therefore often necessary.

Krill oil, although expensive is preferred for few reasons. Krill are small, shrimp-like creatures harvested from the cold Antarctic waters and probably the best sustainable source of Omega 3 on the planet. Besides Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA & DHA), krill oil contains vitamins A and E, plus astaxanthin (a powerful antioxidant).

5. Mutivitamin

Vegetable juice is by far your best “Multivitamin”. I know it is not easy to get used to juicing and takes some practice. If you are on the road, traveling or not able to juice for whatever reason, the chances are that you will need to supplement.  A  good, high-quality multi-vitamin you can find Dr Mercola Multivitamin

Optional Supplements

1. Iodine.

If you live in the Western world, the probability that you are iodine deficient is high. Iodine deficiency causes cancer, ADHD,  Hypothyroidism and Retardation. Read more about Iodine Deficiency Epidemic.

Therefore it is important to optimize your iodine levels through the natural intake of foods. Toxin-free sea vegetables like kelp and spirulina are among the best natural dietary sources of iodine in food. Celtic salt is all-natural, pure source of iodine that contains up to 350mcg per 1/4 tsp. Recommended daily supplementation of iodine is around 800mcg.

2. Chlorella.

Chlorella, a single-celled micro-algae, is one of the most powerful detoxification tools available as a supplement that is used to eliminate accumulated toxins, including mercury. You should look for Broken Cell Wall chlorella and be sure it comes from clean waters.  You need to start small and increase supplementation  gradually.  I use Organic Broken Cell Wall Chlorella.

3. Vitamin E.

Antioxidant that supports cardiovascular health; promotes healthy skin and hair. Look for a natural complex, free of soy (hard to find in Europe). I particularly like and use Unique E, that is indeed free of soy.

4. Evening Primrose Oil (for women). 

This is the supplement I have been using incessantly for ten plus years. It is extremely good for female organs health and promotes hormonal balance. I use this product Be-Life Evening Primrose 1000

5. Vitamin B.

Vitamin B promotes brain health, hair and nail growth. Folate (a water-soluble B vitamin that is naturally present in some foods) is replenished easily and naturally by eating nutritious diet, rich in raw vegetables (best form of folate) and it is our best bet to get the necessary B.

If you really need to supplement then look for a B complex that contain folate (natural form) as opposed to folic acid (synthetic type of B vitamin).

6. Magnesium.

Magnesium is often insufficiently supplied by a regular diet. The magnesium deficiency is difficult to define, however some signs like painful muscle spasms, muscle cramping, eye twitches, or involuntary eye movements, anxiety, maybe be attributed to lack of magnesium. Also, both physical and emotional stress and hyperactivity can cause lack of magnesium.

Fresh, pure vegetable juices are the absolutely the best and preferred source of magnesium.

Occasionally you can take magnesium supplement orally, but it’s important not to use it on a long-term basis, as it may cause imbalances in the calcium/magnesium ratio.  The best way is use magnesium oil through skin application (transdermal magnesium mineral supplement) and the best i know of is Ancient Minerals

 

7. Calcium.

Contrary to popular belief that calcium is good for bones, a new research claims that supplemental calcium may cause heart attacks, accelerate vascular calcification and create many other issues.

Therefore the best would be to avoid calcium supplements and use food as undisputed and best source of calcium.  The good sources include leafy green vegetables, wheatgrass etc. Other important sources of calcium are: raw dairy, bone broth, natural unprocessed salt (e.g. Himalayan salt)

8. Fiber.

Regular and easy bowel movement is very important and supplementation helps in case of issues.  You can either take ground organic flaxseeds (flax is also source of omega-3) or Organic Psyllium. I use Organic Psyllium by Organic India.

 

Coconut Oil is Made in Heaven! Top 3 Virtues of Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil Made In HeavenTop 3 Virtues of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been consumed in tropical places for thousands of years. Studies done on native diets high in coconut oil consumption, show that these populations don’t suffer as much from the modern diseases known to the western nations where coconut oil is rarely consumed.

There are countless of uses of coconut oil, from health promoting to topical beauty applications to first aid treatments to household cleaning.

I’ll mention here only few most important benefits.

1. Ideal Cooking Oil. 

Coconut oil is an ideal cooking oil, as it is one of the very few that withstands the high cooking temperatures without being damaged.  Furthermore, coconut oil does not go rancid.

2. Medicinal Purposes.

    • Coconut oil has strong antimicrobial and antiviral properties; it destroys all kinds of microbes, from viruses to bacteria: e.g. HIV and herpes, influenza, measles, gram-negative bacteria and protozoa.
    • Coconut oil promotes heart health (coconut oil is “good” fat), healthy brain function, proper thyroid function, strengthens immune system, supports strong metabolism that aids weight loss etc.
    •         Coconut oil is easily digested and does not produce an insulin spike in the bloodstream.

3. Beauty and Personal Care.

Coconut oil aids restoring skin’s youthful appearance and as such can replace or use as a base for most of the beauty and skin care products.

It can be used alone or as a base ingredient in homemade body moisturizer, eye cream, facial cream, deodorant, toothpaste and many more.

It is also known for its hair benefits and used to restore tired hair, as a pre-shampoo conditioner or against dandruff.

Key Things to Remember

  • Not all coconut oil is created equal. You need to look for organic, cold pressed, unrefined, extra virgin coconut oil. I currently use  Amanprana and quite happy with it, otherwise Biona has a good quality one too.
  • It is an ideal oil used for cooking, baking, frying (if you really need to fry ;))
  • Coconut oil can be used as base or replacement for most of your skin care products.
  • Add it to your tea or coffee, smoothie, juice or food and it will act as an appetite suppressant.

Credits and Sources

http://products.mercola.com/coconut-oil/

http://coconutoil.com/

Food In, Beauty Out 🙂