Good food is wise medicine.’Alison Levitt MD
With many of the people who seek my advise concerned about the Covid 19 virus I thought I would suggest a few ways to keep your immune system strong throughout this time. Building a strong immune system can help protect you from disease and infection. It is our first line of defense and there are many simple ways we can support it.
I am a major fan of juicing vegetables for several reasons, they hydrate, clean and nourish the body. First let’s not forget that a major advantage of juicing is improved health. Juices have high concentration of highly absorbent nutrition. In just two juices a day, you can easily consume large quantities of vegetables, and your five- (to-ten)-a-day can be reached easily. When you get to see and feel the difference of this simple step to better health, you will realise how it revolutionises your body’s ability to heal itself and boost your natural defenses. Because of their therapeutic properties and amazing healing powers, juices are especially useful for people who are facing a health challenge.
The benefits of juicing are many. Depending on the fruits and vegetables you use, juices can have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components, essential enzymes, and vitamins and minerals which keep all kinds of ailments and diseases at bay and are very effective in enhancing the growth of healthy cells.
The main reason that this type of liquid nutrition is used to heal the body is because none of the fruits or vegetables have been cooked. When fruit and vegetables are consumed in their natural state, their nutrients remain intact.
A daily routine of juicing is easy to put into practice, as you don’t need fancy instructions or ingredients. All you need is just some fresh fruit and vegetables, a good juicer and the commitment of time to making two juices each day. Take it from me, it is well worth the effort. If you are a beginner, you can start with mixed fruit and vegetable juices and, as you progress, you can gradually phase out the fruits in favor of the veggies. Vegetable juices are less taxing on blood-sugar levels – even natural fruits can spike blood sugars. You can change the recipes so you don’t get bored, and use you own favourite flavours to mix things up a bit.
I am not at all keen on celery which is a good source of potassium but juicing it is a great way to sneak it into my diet. Juicing works wonders for fussy teenagers or toddlers by enabling you to give them vegetables and leafy greens that they would normally refuse to eat. With the addition of an apple, lemon juice and a little coaxing, you will be amazed how many vegetables you can get into them in two juices a day. Juicing will help you raise healthy children and keep infections, colds and flu at bay, which means is exactly what is needed at present.
Lemon juice not only adds flavour but it has many medicinal properties. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and also contain small amounts of niacin and thiamine. The vitamin C content of lemons not only helps to stave off colds, it is also very effective at dislodging phlegm from the lungs. In the digestive tract, lemon juice destroys worms, relieves constipation and prevents vomiting. Vitamin C is also very effective in calcium metabolism.
Jethro Kloss wrote in his book Back to Eden:
‘The medicinal value of the lemon is as follows: It is an antiseptic or is an agent that prevents sepsis [the presence of pathogenic bacteria] or putrefaction [the decomposition of tissue]. It is also anti-scorbutic, a term meaning a remedy which will prevent disease and assist in cleansing the system of impurities.’
Bet you didn’t know a humble lemon could be so useful! I hope this little tip will help. Remember real health is not rocket science, it’s sometimes very simple.
Much Love Bernadette