Juicing and Raw Foods

October 24, 2011
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead | A Joe Cross Film (2010)

Watch for free on HULU   (as of this posting)

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead Review:

I’ve watched this film and I’d have to say it is one of the best illustrations of how and why juicing and raw foods can bring you back into a healthy status. The film uses real life examples of how converting to a raw food diet can bring your weight down fast and save your life. I myself only make juicing and raw foods about 40-60% of my diet, which is just enough for me to get healthy again. We are all so used to believing the typical American diet is OK that we don’t really question it.  While much of that food should be enjoyed (in my opinion), you should also include enough juicing and raw food to stay healthy and fit.  Getting old doesn’t have to include disease and weight gain.

If you are serious about getting healthy then this is the only film you need to watch and currently you can find it for free on Hulu.com or at a low cost on Youtube movies or Netflix.

written by: Richard Green

Synopsis:

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead - Joe Cross100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well- with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health. With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long-term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead - Joe CrossWhile talking to more than 500 Americans about food, health and longevity, it’s at a truck stop in Arizona where Joe meets a truck driver who suffers from the same rare condition. Phil Staples is morbidly obese weighing in at 429 lbs; a cheeseburger away from a heart-attack. As Joe is recovering his health, Phil begins his own epic journey to get well. What emerges is nothing short of amazing – an inspiring tale of healing and human connection. Part road trip, part self-help manifesto, FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD defies the traditional documentary format to present an unconventional and uplifting story of two men from different worlds who each realize that the only person who can save them is themselves. Written by Jamin Mendelsohn

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October 22, 2011
Why Juicing Cleanses the Body

There is hardly any digestive work needed to process raw, enzymatically active liquid. Juices get into your system quickly thus super charging you with nutrients. People who have switched to whole foods have always known to be the key behind keeping our bodies free of cancer, digestive problems, and other degenerative illnesses.

Liver cleansing:

Most importantly, juicing cleans the liver. The number one job of the liver is to …cleanse the blood! Every drop of your nine pints of blood runs constantly through the liver, removing toxins and metabolic waste every second of every day of your life. Since crushed vegetable juice goes quickly into the blood stream, it goes quickly into the liver as well.Improving liver function seems to affect everything, from mental clarity and focus, to emotions, to sleep, to how stress is handled, our digestion, our skin, even how we perceive and deal with relationships. Liver detoxification is so important, and nothing comes close to it like the juice of raw vegetables.

Juice Responsibly:

While Juicing is great for cleaning the system, you also want to avoid over juicing. If you juice fast too much then your body will have a hard time adapting to eating solid foods again. Over dosing on some juices can also cause issues so you need to juice fast in moderation.

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September 27, 2011
Benefits of Celery and Why it’s Good for Weight Loss

What is Celery?

 Apium graveolens is a plant species in the family Apiaceae commonly known as celery (var. dulce) or celeriac (var. rapaceum), depending on whether the petioles (stalks) or roots are eaten. Apium graveolens is used around the world as a vegetable, either for the crisp petiole (leaf stalk) or the fleshy top-root.

Celery seeds can be used as a spice, either as whole seeds or ground and mixed with salt, as celery salt. Celery salt can also be made from an extract of the roots. Celery salt is also used as a seasoning.

Medicine

Celery SeedsThe use of celery seed in pills for relieving pain was described by Aulus Cornelius Celsus around 30 AD. Celery seeds contain a compound, 3-N-butyl-phthalide, that has been demonstrated to lower blood pressure in rats.  Bergapten in the seeds can increase photosensitivity, so the use of essential oil externally in bright sunshine should be avoided. However, this is a potentially useful action in psoriasis, with caution, and celery, along with other umbellifers, is one of the vegetables to be included in the diet as a source of psoralens for this purpose according to herbalists. This may constitute a risk factor, though, in skin cancer. The oil and large doses of seeds should be avoided during pregnancy, as they can act as a uterine stimulant. Seeds intended for cultivation are not suitable for eating as they are often treated with fungicides.

A common use for the seeds is as a “blood purifier”, and it is sometimes taken for arthritis.

Celery stalksNutrition & Weight Loss

Celery is used in weight-loss diets, where it provides low-calorie dietary fibre bulk. Celery is often called a “negative calorie food”.

Celery juice is highly hydrating and incredibly alkalizing. It equalizes the body’s PH, which is vital for peak health. In ancient times, it was considered a medicinal herb used to treat a variety of health complaints. The minerals and vitamins and nutrients are in perfect harmony with each other. Celery leaves are high in vitamin A, whilst the stems are an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C and dense in potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and essential amino acids.

This super food also contains important concentrations of plant hormones and the very special essential oils that give celery its characteristic smell. These oils help to regulate the nervous system, and are very calming.

Celery is rich in a sodium that is different from table salt. Normal table salt is composed of insoluble inorganic compounds which lead to the development of varicose veins, hardening of the arteries and other aliments. If salt, including sea salt is white, then it has been processed and all minerals and nutrients have been destroyed.  On the other hand, the sodium that is in celery is soluble and organic (live), and is essential for the body. Organic salt allows the body to use the other nutrients that are taken into the body.

Juicing Celery | How to improve the taste

Celery Juice alone is not recommended because of the taste, but it is highly recommended to add to just about any juice.  To juice primarily Celery you should add an apple and either a lemon or small chunk of ginger to make the taste more pleasant.

Celery Juice for weight loss

The Benefits of Celery Juice

Fights Cancer – Celery is known to contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds. A study at Rutgers University of New Jersey found that celery contains a number of compounds that help prevent cancer cells from spreading. Celery contains compounds called acetylenics and this compound has been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells. Celery contains other compounds called phonolic acids that block the action of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which encourage the growth of tumor cells. Coumarins, another phytonutrient in celery helps prevent free-radicals from damaging cells and prevent the formation and development of the colon and stomach cancers.

Lowers Cholesterol – Butyl phthalide, a chemical in celery, helps to reduce bad cholesterol. According to researchers at the University of Chicago, celery reduces cholesterol levels by as much as 7 points with as little as 2 stalks a day.

Diuretic & Aids in Digestion – The potassium and sodium in celery juice are powerful body fluid regulators that stimulate urine production to help flush out excess fluid. Celery has been used as a diuretic for centuries.

Anti Inflammatory – The polyacetylene in celery is an amazing relief for all inflammation including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma and bronchitis. Studies have found that another powerful phytonutrient called luteolin prevents activation of a pathway that allows inflammation in the brain to get switched on.

Lower blood pressure – Chinese medicine has known of Celery’s potential for reducing high blood pressure for a long time and studies show that drinking celery juice every day for 1 week can significantly help accomplish this. A compound called phtalides helps relax the muscles around the arteries, dilating the vessels and allowing blood to flow smoothly. Pthalides also reduce stress hormones that cause blood vessels to constrict. Researchers injected 3-n-butyl phthalide derived from celery into laboratory animals and their blood pressure dropped 12 to 14 percent.

Insomnia – Celery juice have a calming effect on the nervous system, which makes it beneficial for insomniacs.

Weight loss – Celery helps with weight loss because it is very low in calories and has a lot of filling fiber.

Elimination and Prevention of stones – Celery juice is an amazing eliminator of toxins from the body, which aids in the breaking and elimination of urinary and gall bladder stones.

Immune System – Celery has a high amount of vitamin C which promotes a healthy immune system.

Allergies:

Celery is among a small group of foods (headed by peanuts) that appear to provoke the most severe allergic reactions; for people with celery allergy, exposure can cause potentially fatal anaphylactic shock. The allergen does not appear to be destroyed at cooking temperatures. Celery root—commonly eaten as celeriac, or put into drinks—is known to contain more allergen than the stalk. Seeds contain the highest levels of allergen content. Exercise-induced anaphylaxis may be exacerbated. An allergic reaction also may be triggered by eating foods that have been processed with machines that have previously processed celery, making avoiding such foods difficult. In contrast with peanut allergy being most prevalent in the US, celery allergy is most prevalent in Central Europe

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