With obesity becoming one of the world’s biggest health problems it’s no wonder that illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, autoimmune diseases, allergies and skin irritations are on the rise.
And what is one thing that can link all of these illnesses?
I understand that it is not the only cause. Please don’t think me so ignorant that I don’t believe that people who eat healthy can’t get ill. What I’m trying to put across here is that eating healthily can significantly reduce the chances of becoming ill.
Think of it like smokers being more likely to get lung cancer than non-smokers. Obviously people who don’t smoke can get lung cancer, but it’s less common in non-smokers. Similarly people who are receiving vast amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes from their diet are more likely to be able to combat diseases. Obesity is less likely which reduces the fatty deposits around the heart, liver and kidneys and type 2 diabetes is less likely to occur.
Generally the immune system of a healthy eater is also better, therefore combating illnesses such as the common cold faster and more effective than an unhealthy person.
So why are we living longer?
Years ago we used to live off the land. We would pick and eat fruits and berries; these were our sugary treats with fresh honey as out natural sweet nectar. It is this kind of diet that I’m talking about now. It is the natural, healthy way to eat.
And yes you could argue that our longevity has increased since this time, average life expectancy from birth is up at somewhere in the 80’s whereas in medieval Britain it was set at 30. But many people are living prolonged life through fabricated medication that was not readily available in the Stone Age.
Personally I think that people live a longer life in today’s society because of scientific progress; there are pills for everything. I’m not against taking medication to feel healthy, far from it. But there are other ways to help prolong your life and the easiest and best way is through a healthy diet.
Think about it!
Fast food restaurants and ‘convenience’ meals are slowly devouring our health and out energy so by the end of a working day we’re too tired to do exercise. We don’t sleep as well and then wake up tired. It has become a vicious circle and unless we do something about it the problem will only continue to increase.
You all know I follow a raw food diet and I’m telling you, I sleep like a baby and I wake up raring to start the day! What does that tell you?
Looking back at our histories it is clear that a lot of people died due to things such as poor sanitation and detrimental living conditions so we fixed that by the invention of indoor plumbing, proper flooring, bedding and of course cleaning products such as the vacuum have brought us a long way. Therefore I don’t see why we can’t do this with our diet.
What I am going to try to do here is convince you to become a partaker in raw juice. Juicing raw fruit and veg gives you all the goodness you can out of them in large doses. It’s a fantastic way to start the day.
Why are people always so surprised by the knowledge that eating a raw food, highly nutritious diet is the healthiest food plan a person could follow.
You are probably wondering how on earth following a raw juice diet has anything to do with what I have been discussing. It does, trust me; I have just been plumping up my argument.
www.superjuiceme.com is a fantastic site that revolves around the idea that drinking raw juice made from veggies and fruits, which are naturally high in vitamins, minerals and nutrition, could reduce a vast amount of chronic diseases caused by poor diet.
Jason Vale took 8 people with over twenty diseases on a journey of juicing for four weeks to change their lives. Take a look at the fantastic results by following the above link.
What is in a raw juice?
You can juice raw fruits or vegetables. Carrots and tomatoes are my favourites, but I use a good mix. Cucumber (without the skin), lettuce, celery, apples, grapes and melons are great to juice and if you want a nice zesty juice don’t forget oranges, lemons and limes.
When I’m in the mood for something sweet, fresh pineapple juice works for me.
You don’t have to stick with one type of veg or fruit per juice either. In the summer I love to mix up an orange, lemon and pineapple juice with a hint of ginger or a tomato and cucumber blend.
And the best thing is you can drink as many as you like. If you’re feeling hungry have a juice, if you’re feeling thirsty have a juice. At the end of the day you are technically consuming raw food and getting all those lovely enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals into your body.
No wonder they do so much good.
Are there any drawbacks?
You will no doubt need to pee more – you’re drinking a lot of liquid so this should not be a surprise.
You may also need to poo more – you’re tidying out your body after all. Think of it like cleaning out that cupboard you’ve been meaning to do for years; there are bags and bags of rubbish in there you need to take out to the dustbin!
The ‘super juice me’ plan my sound far-fetched to some of those cynics out there, but let me list the benefits and you can read for yourself why this juicy plan works.
What are the health benefits?
• The intake of raw juice straight from the fruit and vegetables means that you are gaining important nutrients you may not have been ingesting previously.
• The number of fruit and veg you are supposed to eat on a daily basis (what are we up to, 9 now?) as part of a healthy diet may be a figure too difficult to reach, especially if a person has a hectic lifestyle and eats on the go. This is something that can be easily accomplished by juicing.
• Mix up the fruit and veg you eat. Try something new in a raw juice even if you don’t like it whole – you might be surprised how different it tastes.
All these factors improve health and well being.
Lets get juicy: Why don’t you try it out for a week and see how you get on. Share your stories and your favourite recipes below.Google+