New to Juicing? May 16, 2015 06:12
New to juicing? Juicing has been used for years and it is easy to find people who claim to be healed of cancer by drinking fresh raw juice everyday. Juicing is the foundation of some alternative cancer curing protocols.
Selecting a juicer is the first step! There are many juicers available on the market today but not all of them are appropriate. The two types of juicers recommended are masticating juicers or grind and press juicers which Roots Juices use. These are also the most expensive to buy, cheaper juicers are centrifugal juicers and the blades whirl at such rates of speed that the juicer heats up and kills vital enzymes.
THE POINT OF JUICING IS TO FILL THE BODY WITH LIVING ENZYMES! For this, Juicers like the Champion and Norwalk work the best! The type of produce used also makes a big difference. Fruits and vegetables must be ORGANIC. Fruits should be used sparingly, for drinking large quantities of fruit juice is not recommended since fruits contain a large amount of natural sugars. Assembling, juicing and cleaning equipment is a lot of work. Best results are achieved when the body receives a constant supply of living nutrients from fresh juice to heal itself. Juicing alone isn’t enough for cancer treatment. The entire diet should be cleaned up and harmful habits such as cigarettes and booze should be stopped. While juicing for cancer, one may choose to consume only fresh living each day or add other wholesome foods to their diet. It goes without saying that other foods consumed should also be organic and free from chemical additives. A huge plus from juicing is that the digestive organs can rest due to the lack of work caused by consuming solid food, in which case solid food should be limited. As always, it is best to seek a physicians opinion before starting a juice diet. Nutritional needs need to be met so that your body may continue to run effectively. In most cases, juicing works well with a traditional treatment. Juicing overall is a lifestyle that every person seeking great physical health should consider adding into there everyday routine.
How Stress Messes With Your Stomach May 16, 2015 06:08
The enteric nervous system, or the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, is often referred to as the “second brain.” That’s because much like your brain, the GI tract relies on the same types of neurons and neurotransmitters to complete specific functions, as well as maintain communication with the central nervous system. Have you ever noticed that fluctuations in your emotions cause a reaction in your stomach? You may feel butterflies with love, nausea with anxiety, or gut-wrenched with fear. This is because the brain has a direct effect on the GI system.
This also means that when you’re experiencing stress—whether chronic stress or ongoing tension from small daily stressors—your gastrointestinal health is impacted. Psychological stress can impair contraction of the GI tract, induce inflammation, and increase susceptibility to infection.
The GI tract/brain connection is so intense, in fact, that research has shown that patients who seek therapy for stress and mental anxiety see a reduction in GI symptoms. The reverse has also been shown: Changes to your diet, such as eliminating certain foods, can improve your mood and energy levels.
Is it stress?
Chronic upset stomach, irritable bowels, and other unpleasant symptoms of the digestive system are the gut’s natural reaction to stress. To minimize the damage to your mental and physical health, you need to identify the source of your discomfort and when it began.
Then, try these strategies for reducing stress:
- Meditation. Try quiet meditation exercises, join a yoga class, or simply find a quiet time and space to unwind. Be sure to take quiet time for yourself on a weekly basis.
- Journal. Sometimes you just need a space to “let it all out.” The pages of a diary can be a great way to rid yourself of stress and free your mind and body from what’s bothering you.
- Make a list. Sometimes managing stress is as simple as writing down and prioritizing what needs to be done.
- Therapy. Talking to a trusted advisor or professional counselor can help ease stress.
Is it diet?
If the stress in your life seems to be under control, yet you still suffer from moodiness, feelings of anxiety, or lack of energy, it may be related to food sensitivities. Food sensitivities are different from food allergies, in that the reaction isn’t as severe and often doesn’t manifest itself for up to three days. Processed foods, gluten, dairy, peanuts, alcohol, soy, sugar, and artificial sweeteners are the top culprits of GI discomfort and diet-related mental anguish.
To determine the source of your GI distress and related symptoms, try an elimination diet. Develop a healthy eating plan that eliminates food items over the course of three to four weeks. This should sufficiently rid your body of the harmful effects each food may be having on your GI tract.
After the 21 to 28 day period, start adding back each food item one at a time, watching for discrepancies in your mental and physical state. Reactions may include—but aren’t limited to—mental fogginess, fatigue, depression, abdominal cramping, upset stomach, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, or acne. If effects aren’t observed after one week, the added food item is a safe part of your intake, and you should choose the next food on the list to add back to your diet. If effects are observed, cut that item out of your regular dining rotation.
Once you’ve finished the elimination diet, you can devise a balanced diet eliminating the foods that cause you distress. Removing these foods from your diet will enhance your energy, improve weight management, boost mental clarity, and may even help you sleep.
Guest Blogger Crystal: My Favorite Cleanse May 16, 2015 06:08
Spring and Summer are right around the corner! It’s beautiful outside today and I can’t wait for the warmer weather to arrive! Kicking your winter hibernation habits and getting back into pool party shape can be a difficult thing. A Roots Juices cleanse is the perfect “jump start.” Trying one of the many refreshing flavors would be a great addition to any diet. I have found that one huge benefit to drinking at least one fresh pressed juice per day is that my energy level has increased, I feel more alert and not to mention healthier! Juicing is also a great source of your daily fruits and vegetables, who doesn’t need that? We do cleanses per day – so if you aren’t sure you want to commit to a full 3 or 5 day cleanse you can always just try out a single day. You can also find us at tastings and samplings around town, we have a really fun one coming up at Mockingbird Station Saturday the 23rd at 9:30AM. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you! My favorite cleanse is a juices cleanse.