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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.

 

The Price we pay for Health

Having just spent 3 days at a huge BeFit event in London specifically aimed at women, it became very apparent that the fitness and health industry is massive and very, very, expensive!
There were lots of exhibitors extolling the virtue of the “must have” health drink, food, supplements, gym gear and so on all competing for the hard earned pounds in your pocket.
I was on the “Juico” stand in my role as a Natural Juice Therapist advising people of the health benefits that can be gained from juicing your own raw fruits and vegetables not to mention the huge savings possible from not buying into the man made products so widely touted today.
Everything the human body needs to stay healthy, with enough energy to work and play is all provided by the food we consume, if we choose lifeless, nutrition poor, pre-packed, processed foods we will be unable to function properly. On the other hand if we feed our cells with living fresh, raw, fruits and vegetables full of life giving nutrients we will feel alive with huge amounts of energy to keep going and remain healthy well into old age.
Juicing is the answer to provide us with plenty of life giving nutrients in the easiest way possible – it is natures “fast food” so next time you put your hand in your pocket to purchase those very expensive “must have” healthy options remember you can have it all by just choosing to invest in a good quality juicer and juice your way to a long, vibrant, healthy life using the best organic produce available which you will now be able to afford.
The Juico Uno, for me, is by far the very best vertical masticating juicer I have used, it is a delightful little workhorse and with its auger attached to the sieve is so much easier to clean. 4th May 2015