Cancer & Juicing March 01, 2017 10:57
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.
Juicing for Health: Ingredients Make the Difference September 09, 2015 17:07 4 Comments
Compared to other methods, juicing for health can be very unique. The juice cleansing process works in multiple ways. By drinking the juices your body absorbs the nutrients, minerals and enzymes. You might ask yourself why is this important? In order to live a healthy life our human bodies require these components. Each of our twenty-three different ingredients we use to make the juices can have a positive effect on your health. As previously mentioned in an earlier blog many of our ingredients are even known to help fight cancer.
These same ingredients can help prevent other common health issues as well. Citrus fruits like limes are high in Vitamin C and limonene which may help prevent breast cancer. One speciality of Roots Juices is that because of the juice press we use, we’re able to use almonds in our juices. Almonds provide many health benefits that include easing the effects of heart disease, diabetes and anemia. Trying a juice cleanse may be the remedy you’ve been looking for!
Whether or not juicing is better for your health than eating the whole fruit or vegetable itself is up for debate. According to the Mayo Clinic, supporters of juicing say your body can absorb nutrients better and it gives your digestive system a break from the fiber found in pulp. If you’re worried about the effects of a juicing cleanse, it’s always better to ask a doctor if it’s the best thing for you. We want our customers to feel comfortable about trying our products.
Although there are many reasons for someone to begin a juicing for health, there is one universal important thing to remember, research the health benefits of the ingredients used to understand what’s best for you. Every combination Roots Juices offers can be specifically cater to an individual’s needs.
Try one of our juice cleanses, we’d love to be part of helping you achieve a healthier you!
New to Juicing? May 16, 2015 06:12 3 Comments
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.