The verdict is in: juicing fights inflammation at its source!
Dan McDonald is a leading advocate for consuming raw food, including juices. Similarly, the good people at The Comfort Life Channel are also advocate of the anti-inflammatory benefits of raw juicing. And, of course, there are many, many more — come to think of it, it’s probably why you’re here!
So, you’ve gotten the hint that juices have a profound healing effect in the body. But why?
Fundamentally, there are two reasons why juicing fights inflammation:
- Juicing floods the body with nutrition-packed, high-quality hydration. The plant cells are “homes” to the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and co-factors your body needs to survive. And, high-quality hydration releases toxins, absorbable minerals and vitamins that let the body relax.
- Juicing alkalizes the body — in other words, fruit and vegetable juices reduce acid in the body. And, being to acidic (acidosis) = inflammation. That’s bad.
Simply put, there are only a handful of vegetables that form acids in the body.
Think about high school chemistry class: acids can burn. They scald and scar your tissues.
Think about how this works in your body — eating especially barbequed red meats (even as much as I love the flavor) requires your body to generate more acid to digest the meat. To do so, your insides experience a self-induced chemical burn. It’s a leading cause of esophageal cancers
Fortunately, alkaline fruits and vegetables help neutralize the acid, and give the body both the time and tools to heal.
Here’s an analogy: think of your body like a house. Acids are like little fires burning in your home. Rather than putting out the fires, most common drugs simply take out the fire alarms. They don’t fight fires or finding their sources, they’re merely making you unaware of the symptoms.
They treat or numb the symptoms … yet, somewhere in the back of your mind, you know something’s wrong. It’s like being in that house and thinking: hey, man. I still smell smoke!
As David Wolf notes, we are living at the best time ever for learning how to live and eat healthfully. Unfortunately, because of the accessibility of processed foods, and even more so the lack of good, solid nutritional education in our schools, it’s also the worst time ever to try to eat right.
So, let’s close that gap and get down to specifics . . .
Juicing To Fight Inflammation Is One of The Smartest Things You Do.
Top athletes understand the importance of anti-inflammatories because extreme physical activity requires the rebuilding and cooling of the tissues for proper, injury-free recovery.
What are some of the most basic juices to keep in your life if you’re interested in keeping the body flush with alkaline nutrients? Greens (of course).
Combos of kale, celery, herbs, bitter greens, lettuces, are powerful on their own or added to your juices. You can even make salad juice! You can juice ginger, garlic, and dandelion greens (but whoa! Use just a little – that stuff is super-bitter!).
What about tomato, cucumber, basil, lettuce, garlic, bell pepper and celery?
Beets (I’m always trying to get folks to turn up the beet. (link)), turmeric and apples, too! Carrots (link) are another great alkalizing juice that brings down inflammation in the body.
And who can forget turmeric? It’s been shown to work as well as NSAIDS (a pharmaceutical), without all the nasty side effects.
Lemon juice (link) is also a reliable anti-inflammatory alkalizer. You can add lemons to green juices, or juice shots like wheatgrass or kale to cut through the grassier tastes.
I’ll close with aloe vera. Aloe vera has long been used to cool inflammation and soothe overheating — for sunburns it is considered nearly magical. And, inside the body studies have shown its efficacy in treating inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s and colitis. In fact, because I have Chron’s disease, after researching for this article I ordered a gallon of aloe vera juice and am drinking aobut six ounces daily. Keep reading BeFitAgain to lean how it works!
So, go grab a fresh, raw, cold-pressed juice . . . it REALLY does your body good!