Cancer & Juicing March 01, 2017 10:57 2 Comments
I have the opportunity to help many patients going through chemo. Here is my recent letter to a new customer:
I’m so happy you reached out to me. I have had the opportunity to help many patients with cancer and those going through chemo.
My goal with a chemo patient is to build up the immune system as high as possible, making treatments much easier on the body. I often start before chemo is administered in most patients helping with immunotherapy (now a primary course of treatment at many hospitals)
I agree with you on the lower fruit content juices being better for chemo patients. Any alkaline juice, those being very high in root based vegetables are going to perform better for the body and you will see optimal results. These are your carrot, beet, celery, ginger based juices. I try to stay away from the citrus juices as they are acidic.
What we have recently learned about the PH of the body and juicing is that when your body is in an alkaline state disease can not grow and thrive. Your body pH affects everything. Research has proven that disease can not survive in an alkaline state, and that viruses, bacteria, yeast, mold, fungus, candida, and cancer cells thrive in acidic, low pH environment.
With this being said my hope is to help build up the immune system for our cancer patients that we service, while potentially helping to shrink cancer cells. Though this research hasn’t been proven.
The only fall back with chemo patients is that often have a heavy sensitivity to cold while they are undergoing treatment. This can sometimes make it painful to drink juices.
In this case we often look at pure shots of ginger and turmeric.
My recommendation starting out would be to try to do 6 juices a day, I would recommend the Green Goddess(kale, apple, spinach, romaine, cucumber, celery), Go Green (kale, spinach romaine, lemon, celery, spinach), Liver Cleanse(beets, carrots, apple, aloe, ginger), Wake up(carrot, apple, ginger, watermelon), Greenology(parsley, cucumber, kale, pear, lemon). I would also recommend doing a shot of turmeric /ginger daily. While turmeric is new to treating cancer it is currently in 16 clinical trials around the country and is also a root based vegetable that has many healing properties.
I’m happy to bring by some samples for you to try at your convenience or I’m happy to host you in store to go over more details.
Please note our juices and the juices I recommend for chemo patients are not the tastiest things in the world. Unfortunately since they are loaded with veggies they are often an acquired taste so depending on your diet you may have trouble with some.
It takes about 1-2 weeks to start to see and feel the full effects of juicing but when you do begin to feel results you will be able to bounce back from treatment very quickly and be able to sustain a very high immune system.
Please let me know if I can answer any additional questions and let me know what we can do to service you.
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.