Leonora’s Mission – Out Now

As the years pass by, the more amazed I am that what I have learned over the years, (and continue to learn about the huge part nutrition plays in our health and wellbeing, both physically and mentally) hasn’t become main stream for everyone. Our children spend the most formative years at schools so why are we not teaching them these simple basics, it would only take a few generations to get this amazing world back on an even keel.

There have been many books written by amazing pioneers who have discovered the “long lost” secrets to living a long healthy life with the help of plant foods. These people spend their whole lives educating, changing lives, making a huge difference to you and me. It takes just one book to kick start the thirst for more knowledge. As many of you are aware, for me the book was 7 lbs in 7 days by Jason Vale but it didn’t stop there, over a 100 books and 11 years later I am still studying and learning about the value of using plant foods in my life to stay healthy.

They say there is a book in everyone, so with the ongoing encouragement from family and friends I finally decided to put pen to paper, however, there are so many books written for adults on the very wide subject of health and wellbeing I decided to write something for children.

Available to buy now, this is the first book in a series which is aimed at teaching children the importance of eating plant foods, the benefits they will gain from learning about where, and how plant foods are grown and most importantly how they will take care of their bodies physically and mentally from the inside out.

“LEONORA IS A WITCH, NOT A REGULAR, SPELL CASTING OR SCARY WITCH, BUT ONE WHO DISCOVERS SHE HAS A MOST UNUSUAL TALENT, A TALENT THAT GIVES HER THE ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE WITH EVERY LIVING THING ON THE PLANET.

THIS DISCOVERY WILL SET LEONORA OFF ON AN INCREDIBLE, LIFELONG JOURNEY AS SHE FULFILS A MOST IMPORTANT MISSION. TO TEACH THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD HOW THEY CAN HELP SAVE OUR AMAZING PLANET FOR THE GENERATIONS YET TO COME”.

Cost £6.99 plus £1 postage

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

 

 

Kentish apples are abundant at this time of year, if you are lucky enough to have a couple of trees in your garden you will no doubt be juicing, eating and enjoying all the benefits these amazing fruits are giving you.

If you don’t have at least one tree, I can highly recommend popping along to your local farm shop and buying a tree to plant. It won’t be long before you are rewarded with your stock of homegrown apples. Being able to go into the garden and eat an apple straight from the tree is just bliss.

My freezer is being filled daily with ginger shots, juices, smoothies so I don’t waste a single apple, picked as they become ripe and nutritious, making me feel good on every level.

I grew up with the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” It was only when I started juicing, 11 years ago that I began to understand the importance of having an apple every day. In fact I probably have more like 6 or 7 at this time of the year in my morning juice and the ones I eat.

Apples are high in pectin which moves through the gut collecting all those pesky toxins on the way, and finally eliminating them from the body, so brilliant for your digestive system.

Apples with red skin are thought to be the best due to the anthocyanins which are partly responsible for the colour, and also make the apple a must, to help prevent so many of the diseases we are suffering with today. There have been many studies carried out on apples confirming they are good for a number of ailments, like Alzheimers, Cancer, Diabetes, Brain and Heart health, the list goes on. I would like to bet if they studied every ailment known to man the apple would be in there somewhere looking after us.

It is also known that apples are High in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Potassium, a good source of Phosphorus, magnesium, Calcium, and also contain Malic Acid, Ellagic Acid, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) B2 (Riboflavin) B3 (Niacin) B6 (Pyridoxine) Iron, Sodium, Copper, with traces of Vitamin K, E, Folate, Zinc, Pantothenic Acid, Quercetin. However these vitamins and minerals are only the ones that scientists have discovered, there are many more secrets waiting to be found within these beautiful fruits.

Truth is, we don’t really need studies or scientists to tell us what is in an apple and how it could benefit us, we already instinctively know, whole fresh fruits are good for us.

Unfortunately, we have allowed ourselves to be convinced that this is not the case, one of the reasons being that the natural sugars will ruin our teeth. Now that is another subject altogether where we have been totally misinformed, but that is for another day!

Just eat your apple, try doing it mindfully, appreciating every bite – they are delicious!

Thursday 25th March 2010

I can’t believe it was 6 years ago today that I travelled up to Juicy HQ and met two of the nicest people on the planet. Kate Beswick and Jason Vale. I left, grinning like a cheshire cat a few hours later as a fully qualified Natural Juice Therapist. The first to qualify after completing the Juice Master’s Natural Juice Therapy Course.
I had read a book by Jason 2 years earlier, 7lb in 7days – I bought a juicer followed the plan and boom! My life changed completely in that 7 days. I had to learn more, I went to see Jason at a seminar in London with my daughters, there was a stand by the door launching the course. Encouraged by my daughters I talked to Enid who was manning the stand and brought away an application form. My very supportive husband encouraged me to send off the application.
I was accepted. It was a long hard struggle to get my head around those first two modules, Biology and Anatomy and Physiology, especially since I had not studied at all since leaving school in 1962. Even at school I don’t think we were ever really challenged. As a female it was still expected that we would get married, become a good wife and mother and take care of things at home while the husband went out to work.
Looking back I realise what an idyllic life it was back then compared to the life of women today, who have taken on so much. Today’s women live life running on adrenalin trying to be everything to everyone whilst still expected to be the good wife, mother and home-maker.
I am glad I was born in 1948, having had the best of both worlds. A stay-at-home mum looking after my 3 amazing children whilst my husband worked to provide everything we needed.
I have had an amazing 6 years building my business, during which time I had the opportunity to manage the NJT Course where I made some amazing lifelong friends. I have been fortunate to have helped at every Academy and even spent a week at Juicy “O” in Portugal doing consultations, I was given the opportunity to write the A-Z’s of Ailments, Vitamins and Minerals for the JM website, which is something I continue to build, my thirst for knowledge is unquenchable.
Another favourite part of my work are the face to face consultations I cannot describe how mind-blowing it is knowing I have had the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of so many people, it makes all the hard work worthwhile.
If you are thinking of studying Natural Juice Therapy, or have already started you are on an incredible journey I hope you get as much out of it as I do.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS)

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system.

A substance called myelin ( a lipoprotein) protects the nerve fibres in the central nervous system, which helps messages travel between the brain and the rest of the body. In MS the myelin sheath is damaged causing a dysfunction of the nervous system.

According to the UK’s MS Society there are approximately 107,000 people with MS in the UK, with 5,000 people being newly diagnosed with the condition each year.

This means around one in every 600 people in the UK has MS. Each day, approximately 14 people are diagnosed with MS

MS is a very complex condition and can show many different symptoms such as fatigue, balance, vision, bladder problems. It can affect your memory, emotions and sexual function to name just a few.

The cause is unknown and there is no known cure. Once diagnosed you can expect to have MS for life, although treatments are available to help you to manage the condition and its symptoms.

However, there is a growing resurgence of natural healing including the use of whole, raw, live, food as therapy. Hippocrates, born 460BC, known as the father of medicine, famously said “Let food be thy medicine, medicine thy food”

A more common phrase today “you are what you eat” reached the UK during the 1920s and 30s, Victor Lindlahr, a nutritionist with a strong belief that food controls health published in 1942 You Are What You Eat: how to win and keep health with diet.

If you are suffering this debilitating disease, It makes sense to ensure you do everything possible to help the body produce and preserve the essential myelin we need to protect the nerve fibres of the central nervous system as well as helping our immune system work as efficiently as it can.

CALCIUM: A deficiency of this mineral may be a factor in multiple sclerosis. However, be aware that over supplementation of calcium (more than 996 mg daily) may increase the risk of hip fractures so best obtained from foods.

Calcium supplements may also interact with some drugs (tetracycline antibiotics) if you take too much you may impair the body’s natural ability to absorb zinc, iron and magnesium, with very high doses leading to kidney stones. Another reason to obtain our calcium from the foods we consume.

Natural sources of calcium are almonds, apples, apricots, asparagus, avocado, bananas, beetroot, blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, broccoli, cabbage, canteloupe, carrots, celery, cherry, courgette, cranberry, fennel, figs, garlic, ginger, grape, grapefruit, green beans, kale, lemon, lime, mango, mint, mushrooms, nectarine, onions, orange, papaya, parsnip, peach, peas, pineapple, raisins, raspberry, sesame seeds, strawberries, spinach, squash, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, walnuts watercress, watermelon, wheatgrass and the wolf berry.
Herbs containing calcium include, alfalfa, burdock root, cayenne, chamomile, fennel seeds, flaxseed, kelp, lemongrass, parsley, peppermint, and shepherds purse.

COPPER: Also thought to play a role in maintaining the myelin sheath.

Natural sources are almonds, apple, artichokes, asparagus, avocados, cashews, bananas, beetroot, bell peppers, broccoli carrots, crimini mushrooms, nuts, garlic, ginger, green beans and leafy vegetables, kale, kiwi, lentils, orange, peas, pecans, prunes, pumpkin, radish, raisin, sesame, sunflower seeds, spinach, squash, strawberry, sweet potato, swiss chard, tomato, walnuts,

IODINE: Helps to ensure proper thyroid function. Thyroid hormones help develop the nervous system by aiding the formulation of the myelin sheath of certain nerves in the central nervous system.

Natural sources are sea vegetables such as kelp, strawberries, onions, asparagus, dulse, garlic, mushrooms, sesame seeds, spinach, spirulina, squash, swiss chard, turnip greens.

VITAMIN D: Researchers are working on studies to determine whether taking vitamin D supplements could be successful as a reliable therapy for people with MS.

According to reports from the Linus Pauling Institute deficiencies of vitamin B12, B5 and B9 (which are known to play a role in the formation and maintenance of a functional myelin sheath) can lead to a breakdown of the myelin sheath.

VITAMIN B5 (pantothenic acid) found by consuming whole grains and eggs; VITAMIN B9 (folate) found in avocados and watermelon. With meats, dairy products or fortified cereals as sources of VITAMIN B12 (cobalamin).

Natural sources of B5 also include alfalfa sprouts, apple, avocado, blackcurrants, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chestnuts, cucumber, green beans, gooseberries, grapefruit, guava, lentils, mushrooms, orange, parsnip, peas, pomegranate, pumpkin, raspberries, sunflower seeds, tomato, spinach, spirulina, squash, strawberries, sweet potato, swiss chard, watercress and watermelon.

Natural sources of B9 can be found in apple, apricots, asparagus, avocados, beetroot, bell peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, cabbage, cashew nuts, cauliflower, celery, green leafy vegetables, kale, lentils, lettuce, melon, mushrooms, orange, pumpkins, spinach, split peas, sprouts, sesame seeds, squash, strawberry, spirulina and walnuts.

Natural sources of B12 is generally believed only to be found in meat and dairy products. However, it is thought by many to be found in sea vegetables, spirulina and wheatgrass. It can also be found in the herbs, alfalfa, bladderwrack and hops.

Interestingly, it appears that all three vitamins can be found in avocado and spirulina.

VITAMIN B3 (niacin) is vital to a healthy nervous system.
Natural Sources of B3 include, almonds, apple, asparagus, avocado, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, egg plant, green beans, guava, kale, loganberries, mango, mushrooms, nectarine, orange, parsnip, passion fruit, peach, peas, pine nuts, pumpkin, raspberries, sesame seeds, spinach, spirulina, squash, strawberries, sunflower seeds, sweet potato, tomato and wheatgrass.

VITAMIN B2 (riboflavin) In combination with other B vitamins including B6 (pyridoxine) and B3 (niacin) may help with multiple sclerosis.

Natural Sources include apple, asparagus, avocado, banana, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cherry, grape, green leafy vegetables, kale, lettuce, mango, mushrooms, orange, passion fruit, peas, plums, pomegranate, raspberries, spinach, spirulina, squash, strawberries, swiss chard, tomato, watercress and wheatgrass.

You can also find in herbs such as:- Alfalfa, burdock root, cayenne, chamomile, fennel seed, ginseng, nettle, peppermint and sage.

VITAMIN B6 (pyridoxine)
Natural sources: apple, asparagus, avocado, bananas, bell peppers, blueberries, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cantaloupe, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, collard greens, eggplant, filberts, garlic, grapes, green beans, green peppers, guva, goosberries, kale, lettuce, mango, nectarine, orange, passions fruit, pear, peas, pineapple, pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, onions, spinach, spirulina, strawberries, squash, sunflower seeds, sweet potato, swiss chard, tomato, watercress, walnuts, watermelon.

Herbs:- alfalfa, cayenne

BE-AWARE: Vitamins are an essential part of maintaining a fully functional, healthy body – they assist in the growth and development of the body. In combination with all the other essential nutrients they play a part in many roles including metabolism, immunity and digestion. The best and natural way to meet your vitamin needs is to eat a balanced diet containing a variety of raw fruits and vegetables. If you can’t meet your needs through food alone, then, and only then you may require dietary supplements. If you feel you need help via alternative methods you must seek guidance from your doctor, nutritionist or natural juice therapist before taking supplements.

When you look at the details above it soon becomes apparent that if we eat a well balanced diet combining raw foods as above, the body will benefit from a wide range of nutrients to keep our immune system in good working order preventing disease.

For further information contact the writer:-

Carol Brace (Natural Juice Therapist)

Refs:

http://en.biomanantial.com/nutritional-guide-regenerate-myelin-and-maintain-healthy-brain-a-2166-en.html
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/vitamin-d-could-repair-nerve-damage-in-multiple-sclerosis-study-suggests
http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/myelin-sheath-nutrition-2065.html
http://www.drstandley.com/bodysystems_immune.shtml
https://www.mssociety.org.uk/ms-resources/ms-uk

FIBROIDS

A fibroid is a benign tumour made up of muscular and fibrous tissue which develops in the uterus. Mainly effecting women between 30-50 yrs although can affect younger women. It is suggested that 4 out of 5 women will have fibroids at some point during their lives although 75% are symptom free, so completely unaware they have them. In fact many women with fibroids will never experience any problems whilst performing their daily activities as well as maintaining a good quality of life. Fibroids start to shrink naturally after menopause.

However, some women experience symptoms so severe that their ability to maintain their day-to-day activities proves difficult. For these women medication to regulate hormone levels, or surgery to remove the fibroid/s and in some cases remove the uterus, (hysterectomy) seems to be the only way to obtain relief from the unpleasant symptoms.

There are four types of Uterine Fibroids.

Subserosal fibroids, found on the outer uterine wall, can continue to grow putting additional pressure on surrounding organs, causing pelvic pain/pressure.

Submucosal fibroids, found just under the lining of the uterine cavity are the least common type, these large fibroid tumours may increase the size of the uterus cavity, blocking the fallopian tubes causing complications with fertility. Can cause very heavy, excessive menstrual bleeding and prolonged menstruation.

Pedunculated fibroids grow on a stalk, and can grow inside or outside of the uterine wall. They can cause pain and pressure as the fibroids are able to twist on the stalk.

Intramural fibroids, these benign tumours also known as uterine leiomyomas or myomas are found within the uterine wall. The most common of the fibroids can make the uterus feel larger than normal when it expands, so is sometimes mistaken for pregnancy or weight gain.

The additional pressure placed on surrounding organs by the growth of the fibroid can cause frequent urination and pressure. It can also cause excessive menstrual bleeding, prolonged menstrual cycles, pelvic, back pain and bloating. If located in the cervix area can cause some pain/discomfort during intercourse.

There are no clear reasons why we get fibroids although it is thought that hormones may be a factor. With genetics and ethnicity playing a role. Fibroids are known to be more common in black women.

Nonetheless there is growing evidence, albeit anecdotal, that nutrition can help in reversing and preventing the majority of degenerative diseases we are plagued with today.

We have long forgotten that as women we are very intuitive beings, nobody knows our own body better than we do and if we really think about it we may be able to remember that our body was giving plenty of warnings that all was not well. Everything you feel, that slight niggling pain, the headache, feeling tired and listless are all signs that our immune system is struggling to do its job.

If the immune system is in full working order, nothing can penetrate it. The immune system is our body’s defence against infectious organisms and other invaders. The immune system attacks organisms and substances that invade our systems and cause disease. It is made up of a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body. We were not designed to get sick!

Ignoring the warning signs as we so often do because of the pressure of family, housework, cooking, looking after elderly parents as well as holding down jobs will eventually take its toll.

So what can we do to heal naturally. We need to get back to basics, it would be almost impossible to revert back to just being a wife, mother and grandmother but we can prioritise and make sure that we look after our bodies properly, make time for ourselves, to pamper and nourish our inner self.

Food for Thought
An 87 year old homeless man, interviewed during the 1970s, was asked how he looked so good, he said “living on the streets is a choice for me, I like the freedom it affords me. And,” he continued, “I don’t eat junk food.”

The market vendors would give him left over fruit or vegetables, whilst a few local restaurant owners would provide him with a free wholesome meal occasionally. He was incredibly fussy about what he put into his own body.

Why didn’t he eat junk food “if I don’t look after my body, I will have nowhere to live.”

To kick start the bodies inborn healing mechanism we have to change the way we nourish ourselves. A 7 day freshly extracted juice body cleanse is an excellent way to begin. Natures fast food flooding the system with all the nutrients it requires, followed by a maintenance programme of one or two juices a day and a “clean” meal.

As well as eating clean it is necessary to manage what you feed your mind, as stress and emotional problems are on the increase with women having to deal with more and more pressures as mentioned above. Think about what you ingest through your ears and eyes, turn off the tv and change your reading material if necessary.

For more in-depth information contact me;

Carol Brace:
29th February 2016

Sleep – Why is it so important

Why is sleep so important to our health and wellbeing, we all know that if we are tired, we can be moody, lack energy, and generally feel unwell, but what is really happening to our bodies:

According to the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, sleep aids learning, memory, metabolism, weight, mood, cardiovascular health as well as a healthy immune system.
Everyone has their own body clock ( Circadian Rhythm ) a 24 hour cycle that determines when we get sleepy and when we wake. In an ideal world we would wake with the sun and sleep when it got dark.
When we begin to feel sleepy, we fall into very tiny sleeps (nod off for 5-10 seconds) these spells can happen whilst reading or watching television, but can also happen behind the wheel of a car, which is obviously dangerous for those driving as well as other road users. It is thought we need 8 hours sleep a night but most people find they don’t need that amount and can manage quite happily on less.
Studies have shown that sleep disorders can affect the brain and nervous system, cardiovascular system, metabolic functions and immune system. Some of those at risk of sleep deprivation include night shift workers, lorry drivers, parents and teenagers.
Stress suffered due to school, work, personal pressures at home etc can also hamper sleep patterns
There are two kinds of sleep: REM (rapid eye movement sleep when we dream) and non-REM sleep, also called slow wave sleep (SWS). It is during the slow wave sleep that healing takes place, allowing our body to rejuvinate and restore itself, this is also why we tend to sleep more when we are sick to enable the body to heal
Drinking alcohol or tea, coffee, high caffeine drinks before bedtime. Temperature of the bedroom, partners that snore, bright lights, pain or discomfort, even some medications can have side effects that can cause sleep disorders.
The nutrients you give your body can directly affect the amount and quality of sleep you get. Want to learn more about how nutrition affects our overall health sign up to our newsletter for dates of events.

There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep. Homer @ 800BC
Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. Thomas Dekker 1572 – 1632
Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. Benjamin Franklin 1760 – 1790

Juicing Action Plan for lifelong Health and Vitality

Step 1

Think about where are you today and where you would ideally like to be. You may already be healthy so should not have a problem introducing juicing into your daily diet. If however you are challenged with health problems or taking medication you will need to inform your doctor that you are planning on changing the way you eat.

Step 2
Prepare Mentally – Set your goals – think about how and when you are going to start, which programme will you be doing a 3, 5 or 7 day cleanse to begin, or just introducing one or two juices a day. Think about what you want to achieve from Juicing. Do you have a Grand Design? Do you want better health or just weight reduction? you may want to have it all, and why not! Have you an ultimate goal, a mental picture of where you want to be in 3 months, 6 months, a year.

Step 3
Prepare Family and Friends – It may be wise to let those closest to you, know that you are about to begin juicing, and ask them to support you in your goal. Log on to the Therapy website http://www.juicemaster.com/juice-therapy/ to find out If you have a Natural Juice Therapist in your area. If you have one near contact them and find out if there are any workshops coming up where you can meet likeminded people.

Step 4
You are going to need a Juicer and Blender: There are many types to choose from, at varying prices. The very best one you can have of course, is the one you will use every day. if you are confused, a Natural Juice Therapist will be able to help you decide which is the best type for you. Give one a call for advice on the best one for you. You can buy a Juicer from many places today at varying prices.

Step 5
Exercise is an essential part of a healthy life and is highly recommended as part of your new Juicy lifestyle. If this is a new venture for you, you will need to think about a form of exercise that you will actually DO on a regular basis. You don’t have to join a gym there are many forms of exercise, walking, swimming, join a dance class, rebounding etc. It is important that you find an activity you enjoy to move your body on a daily basis, all the time you are moving you are ALIVE.

Step 6
Before you start your juicing programme it may be helpful to clear out any foods and drinks that may prevent you in reaching your goal. So if you think you will be tempted it is best to remove ALL temptation out of the way. Find a new home (the bin is the best place) for those sweets, cakes, biscuits, sugar loaded drinks, alcohol etc. and you will very soon realise that you do not want them back! Once you start juicing a mixed variety of health giving fruits and vegetables containing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes all working in synergy within that glass of pure liquid gold you will be amazed at the results you can achieve.

Step 7
Shopping: You may be confused about which is the best produce to buy. Organic is always the best but for many people either unobtainable or unaffordable. If you are lucky enough to have farm shops or farmers markets close this will be your next option followed by your local shops and supermarkets. Whichever you decide upon it will undoubtedly be better than what you are consuming at the moment. Make sure you get all you need for the first 3/4 days there is nothing worse than going to make your juice and find that you don’t have all the ingredients. But If this should happen, don’t worry, you will be able to miss something out or change an ingredient without causing a problem to the juice. The Juicemaster 7lbs in 7days App is a great help when shopping, it is also a powerful tool to guide you through the 7 day detox. If you would prefer to have someone else make your juices for you, go to someone you can trust to make them for you. There are a lot of companies out there making juice programmes. My advice would be to ask your local NJT first who can make programmes to your specific requirements. I would also recommend http://www.juicemasterdelivered.com
Follow these steps and you will be completely prepared, you will have everything on hand to begin. If you are doing just one or two juices a day try and make sure that when you have your main meal it is a healthy meal with an accompanying live green salad. Drink lots of water, it is important to keep hydrated, this is also essential for the Juicemaster 7 day detox plan, drinking plenty of water will help wash the toxins out of the body.

Sleep is also very important, especially during a detox. Sleep is essential for your health and wellbeing. The body heals and recuperates from the wear and tear of the days activities whilst we sleep. So lack of sleep can have a negative effect on our overall quality of health.

Step 8
Whatever plan you decide to begin with, know that it has the power to take you on a lifelong journey towards vibrant health and vitality – Enjoy!

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Juicing it Forward

Young people from the Phoenix Youth Project discovered the wonders of juicing on Monday 29th July 2015 when Natural Juice Therapist Carol Brace delivered a 90 minute info session on juicing and the benefits of a healthier diet. Carol demonstrated how to make a very natural lemonade, the wonders of real apple juice and the young people also experienced ginger shots. The whole session was a real eye opener.

Carol also donated a brand new Juico “slow” juicer for the youth project, so from now on we can offer real fruit juice during youth sessions and young people can find out how easy it is to juice and how great natural ‘real’ fruit juice actually tastes.

The young people thoroughly enjoyed the excellent and informative session that Carol delivered and they would all like to say a very big thank you to Carol for giving up her time, passing on her knowledge and for the donation of the juicer.

What’s in an Apple

Driving back home following another successful Juice Academy I thought about a question that was asked during the Q&A session. “How do we know that all the nutrients we are saying are in an apple, or any other fruit or vegetable are actually there” My answer would be of course we don’t know, in fact no one really knows, I doubt there will ever come a time when we can truly say we know what nutrients make up an Apple.

So when did all this nonsense begin, my grandma or mother certainly knew nothing about nutrition apart from knowing fruits, vegetables and herbs were good for you. They knew enough about food and herbs to keep them well. Doctors were expensive for that generation so they made sure that a visit to the surgery was the last resort. It wasn’t until July 5th 1948 that Health Secretary Aneurin Bevin launched the NHS and health care became free for all, which, as you can imagine pleased everyone especially my mum as she didn’t have to pay for a midwife when I arrived here on the 31st July in that same year.

The President of the USA Abraham Lincoln launched the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Chemistry (now called the Food and Drug Administration) in 1862. Many years later in July 1967 Professor Alastair Frazer, who became the first Director General set up the British Nutrition Foundation. The foundation was set up as an independent organisation to raise the levels of research and education in the field of nutrition. What seems to have been forgotten was his “vision” which was to use nutrition to prevent as well as treat disease. He believed the key to achieve this was to create a closer working relationship between physicians and the food industry. Unfortunately the food industry has changed beyond all recognition since 1967 to the detriment, not the benefit, of our nations health.

That said lets get back to the nutrients in that apple! The scientists have been hard at work for years trying to find out what exactly it is in an apple that can contribute to our health, in fact they could go on for many more years, spending millions of pounds and never find out the true extent of what that apple contains. Numerous expensive studies have been done to prove that children who drank apple juice were less likely to suffer from wheezing. Eating apples can help lower LDL cholesterol, and may help to prevent breast cancer, apples may help protect neuron cells reducing the risk of Alzheimers, or could be just as effective as statins in preventing vascular deaths among people over 50. You can decrease your risk of thrombotic stroke, lower your cholesterol, or lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

They gain all this amazing information by taking out and studying a particular nutrient. If the few nutrients they have discovered to date can do all of this just imagine what this amazing little fruit may be capable of if we only knew the capabilities of the undiscovered ones all working in harmony with each other! Far to complicated for me I will just remember what Mum would tell me often “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”

Nutrients are found in the soil, which are taken up by plants and passed on to us through the exquisitely designed digestive system. If there are no nutrients in soil nothing will grow – so you can be sure if you are eating an apple or any other plant based foods you will be getting a supply of nutrients. Unless of course your are eating GMO foods but that is another huge topic which I wont go into here. My rule of thumb is to eat a rainbow each day as different coloured fruits and veggies have different nutrients, or so we are told! It does make sense to me to eat a variety of different whole-foods each day to ensure a variety of nutritional intake after all eating the whole foods that were provided for us humans has worked for my ancestors for thousands of years so I see no reason why it wouldn’t work for me.

History tells us that humans evolved about 200,000 years ago and civilisation as we know it is 6,000 years old. Agriculture was UK’s biggest economy before Industrialisation started during the 1800s when people began leaving the farms to populate the growing cities, Deaths in the cities were high due to lack of hygiene and sanitary care. We have certainly come a long way since then, science worked hard on finding cures for eradicating diseases like smallpox, cholera, typhoid and tuberculosis. And of course we can never go back but I do think we can learn much from our ancestors, as I said if they had it so wrong for thousands of years we wouldn’t be here today. People are getting fatter and sicker than ever before in our history. We are told this generation will die before their parents – a horrifying thought – so do we really need to know what nutrients are contained within the apple, or any other wholefood – a resounding NO! just eat it, or better still make a delicious juice.

Do we need to know what nutrients are in most of the foods that line the shelves of the supermarket today and constitute a major part of the diet for the majority of our population, a diet that is served to our children in schools, our parents in care homes, and our sick loved ones in hospitals across the breadth of the UK – the answer to this question is YES, YES, YES, There are NONE! All of these precious people need good wholesome nutrition, the kind that will feed them on a cellular level, allowing the body to grow, to keep the brain active, and to keep disease at bay. As I said earlier an apple will grow from the nutrients within the soil, so don’t analyse it just eat it. If an apple will grow from taking up the nutrients from the soil, a child will grow from those same nutrients via the cells of the body, these same nutrients feed the brain so our parents wont need the care homes, and our hospitals will not be overflowing at the seams with people suffering diseases caused by nutritional deficiencies. Just a thought!

OBESITY

This article was written back in March 2011 in response to an article in the Daily Mail. The article informed us that ” 10,571 patients were admitted to hospital during 2010 because doctors feared they were so fat that their health was in immediate danger.

Obesity is still a growing problem, and will continue to grow until governments start to educate people about natural nutrition.
Natural Juice Therapy is the perfect way to start.

Nutrition: If all Nursery’s were helped to set up a juice bar in their kitchens to provide each child with one glass of juice a day made up of fresh raw fruits and vegetables.  If these young children were also taught about how important it was to have this intake of vitamins and minerals etc. If they were allowed to help make them and knew what was going into them and how nice they tasted. Perhaps grow some vegetables for use in the juices. They would be consuming more nutrition in that one drink than they probably get all day from the standard diet eaten today.
Schools, also should have Juice Bars set up in the kitchens and all students provided with 1 juice a day instead of being offered milk, there should also be a choice for students to have smoothies at lunch time instead of the cooked meal offered. This of course should only be made up from fresh raw fruits and vegetables, not concentrates.
Every College and University should be encouraged to have juice bars, some, I believe already have. Again students should be made aware of the importance of what we consume, in respect to our health.
Every Hospital should be supplying Fresh Juices to all their patients, it is a known fact that people heal quicker when given correct nutrition.
To expensive ? What was that old saying – you have to speculate to accumulate – Children fed properly would behave better, as would teenagers, a lot of behavioral problems children have today are food related, they are so full of toxins the poor kids don’t stand a chance to live a healthy purposeful life. Fill them full of natural nutrition and see the difference. This would result in a huge saving on the Police Force as our youth would be better behaved.
When you look at how much the NHS could save it could be huge! People would not need such long spells in hospital healing after op’s – less people would need to be in hospital as they would not be suffering the degenerative diseases, most of which are food related, and there would definitely not be people admitted to hospitals due purely to obesity.
Exercise: More emphasis should be made on children having fun outside, so many restrictions have been placed on groups, clubs etc – children should be encouraged to play outside, I consider myself so lucky to have been born in 1948, I used to walk to school with my brother and sister, we would go down the beach on our own every day we were not at school, as we got older we cycled everywhere, we used to go out in the morning with a sandwich for lunch and didn’t go back home till we were hungry – we had accidents from time to time but it only made us more careful. We had a TV – just one in the front room but it wasn’t on much, in fact we didn’t watch it at all in the Summer, and in Winter children’s TV was only on for 1 hour so after tea we would watch whatever was on, 2 choices of channel it was either BBC or ITV:  We all need to move our bodies, and we don’t actually need to be members of gyms etc to do that, just turn off the TV, PC, X BOX, etc. Buy a ball, a skipping rope, a couple of racquets and a tennis ball – go outside and PLAY!!
Days gone By:
I guess we were considered working class, dad was paid weekly and mum was always waiting for him to come home on a Thursday with his pay pack – This was the night we had a takeaway, the only one available back then was Fish and Chips. Thursday night was also the night we had our bag of sweets, and when they were gone that was it until the following week. We had cornflakes for breakfast in the summer ( No sugar on them then) and porridge in the winter.   Our dinner was meat, potatoes and whatever vegetable was in season at the time, and a home made pudding. Then for tea we would have maybe some bread and Jam or Lemon curd – and a piece of homemade cake if we were lucky.  We never had anything to eat between meals unless there was some fruit available. Mum used to get 2 bottles of pop from the van who used to come around once a week ( between 4 children ) other than that all we drank was water from the tap. Christmas was the only time our house seemed full of goodies, crisps, chocolates, biscuits and a big box of fruit. We were happy, never went hungry, and full of energy.
I can never remember seeing many fat people, certainly not children.
When I had my own children, things had changed somewhat, but I don’t ever remember taking them to a Burger bar for their lunch, dinner or tea. I fed them at home with freshly cooked food. They were outside at every opportunity, none of them had TV’s, computers etc in their rooms, They were all active, slim and healthy.
This next generation don’t actually stand a chance, everywhere you look there are fast food outlets selling burgers ( if you showed the children where the meat comes from and how the animals are treated so they can get their 99p burgers I am sure you would see a downward trend very quickly ) pizzas, chicken, and so on. This type of food, along with all processed food is completely devoid of nutrition therefore is not feeding the cells of the body, this is why people can continue eating it – most overweight people are actually suffering from malnutrition, they are starving, so it is a vicious circle the more they eat the hungrier they are. The hungrier they are, the more they eat, and the more they eat the fatter they get.
There is a solution to Obesity  – EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION. Educate people in Natural Nutrition, Natural Juice Therapy as I said previously is a great way to start – There is one side effect with this therapy. WEIGHT LOSS.
So it all makes perfect sense to me – if you want to be healthy, fit, slim, contact your nearest Natural Juice Therapist. She / He will show you the way.