After living for more than half a century and being exposed to probably every toxin known to man, I have a lot of inflammation in my body. I was told a knee replacement was in my future, however I just could not see myself as a candidate for a knee replacement. I started to research holistic methods to help with my inflammation and lo and behold I found that foods actually heal. After extensive research I found the Gerson Therapy institute developed by Max Gerson. He developed a natural treatment that activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, vegetarian diet, raw juices, and coffee enemas. The Gerson Therapy has helped heal cancer patients who no longer had hope and were terminally ill. I have borrowed from his philosophy of raw organic juices because it works and has helped my joint inflammation immeasurably.
Fresh pressed juice from raw foods provides the easiest and most effective way of providing high quality nutrition. Scientists have identified over 5000 different enzymes plus many more that our bodies utilize. Live enzymes are the catalyst for every human function. They perform 1000 important life supporting functions. They help repair our DNA help digest food, and help as assimilate the nutrients within food among many more. The following is a list which is not inclusive of foods that have healing properties when purchased organic and juiced. You can visit the Gerson Institute at www.gerson.org
for the recipe for the green juice and carrot and apple juice.
Apples are a good source of pectin, a soluble Fiber. It aids in appetite control and improves digestion. Pectin reduces cholesterol and helps maintain steady blood sugar levels.
Apples are rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, biotin, folic acid and pantothenic acid. They have a very high mineral content, which is beneficial for the health of your skin, hair and fingernails. Apple skin is a source of quercetin, an antioxidant that keeps the heart and lungs healthy. Apples also contain a huge number of protective compounds Flavanoids, which are absorbed by the body.
Apples are at the top of the list of produce most contaminated with pesticides. Buy organic apples or you defeat the purpose of cleansing your body.
Beet greens contain an abundance of chlorophyll, vitamin A and C. It also has a high mineral content, being especially rich in calcium and potassium. Beets contain fiber, vitamins C and K and folate.
The Betaine in beet juice stimulates the function of the liver cells and protects the liver and bile ducts. Beets are an excellent way to detoxify the blood and renew it with minerals and natural sugars.
Broccoli is a potent anti-oxidant which has been proven to protect against cancer. It is loaded with more Vitamin C than oranges.
Red or Green, cabbage is a Cruciferous vegetable along with cauliflower, kale, cress, bok choy, broccoli and a few other green leaf vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables have long been prasied for being healthy and important additions to one’s diet. Sources recommend a minimum of 3-4 servings of cruciferous vegetables a week.
They all contain phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals, and fiber that are important to your health.
Red Cabbage known as purple cabbage, is darker in color than it’s green counterparts, because it has a higher “concentration of anthocyanin polyphenols, which contribute to red cabbage containing significantly more protective phytonutrients than green cabbage.” Anthocyanin Polyphenols are pigment compounds found in many plants that lend them their characteristic colors and have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, properties.
The three most important elements of carrots are beta-corotene, vitamin A and phytochemicals. There is powerful health benefits including beautiful skin, cancer prevention, and anti- aging. They also improve muscle, soft tissue and skin health. While also reducing the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, while boosting immunity and protecting the skin against sun damage.
The high levels beta-carotene also act as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism. It help slows down the aging of cells. Beta Carotene is also converted into Vitamin A in the liver, which helps vision. Carrots are good for the eyes. The regular consumption of carrots also reduces cholesterol levels because the soluble fibers in carrots binding with bile acids.
Carrots soak up agricultural chemicals lurking in the soil. Buy Organic.
Celery leaves have a high content of vitamin A. while the stems are an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C with rich supplies of potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and plenty essential amino acids.
Nutrients in the fiber are released during juicing that helps aid bowel movements, it has a natural laxative in the juice that helps relieve constipation. It is also a diuretic effect.
The poly-acetylene in celery is great for relief for all inflammation like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma and bronchitis
Cucumber Juice is a good source of vitamin A, C, and K. Also a good source of phosphorus, pantothenic acid, manganese, magnesium and potassium. Cucumber contains two useful compounds called ascorbic acid and caffeic acid, both help prevent water retention and lowers cholestrol level.
It is known as “the beauty mineral”, because it has the ability to improve skin, nails and hair. Giving a youthful glow and complexion.
Cranberries havea high vitamin C content, a good portion of fiber and maybe has been mentioned as being an anti-oxidant. There is 5 key health-supportive phytonutrients in cranberries” in the chart below: Phenolic Acids, Proanthocyanidins, Anthocyanins, Flavonoids and Triterpenoids.
This small fruit is a huge powerhouse of health supporting nutrients.
Fennel is an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, phosphorus, copper, folic acid (folate), manganese, and fiber when eaten, and is also a good source of magnesium, iron, calcium, and niacin. Fennel has a calming effect on digestion and is very good at reducing bloating. Fennel helps to activate endorphins in the brain diminishing anxiety and promoting a sense of euphoria.
Grapefruits are rich with flavonoids, Vitamin A, B5, B6, and of course C. So, consuming a good amount of Grapefruits has many health benefits. Pink and Red Grapefruit contain lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient. .Among the common dietary carotenoids, lycopene has the highest capacity to help fight oxygen free radicals, which are compounds that can damage cells.
Kale is rich source of vitamin K, beta-carotene, vitamin C, 11 more time lutein than broccoli, and zeaxanthin also an excellent source of calcium Kale is also a good source of iron, folate, thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.
There is nothing like a fresh raw Orange Juice. Oranges are rich in vitamin C. Oranges have a high level of mangnesium and potassium. They have an inflammatory properties that help relieve joint pain and contain enough nutirients and mineral to boost your immune system. They are also rich in antioxidants and the cartanoids that fight free radicals to reduce damage to cells. Raw orange juice is best done manually.
Spinach is high in vitamin A and C, and is one of only four vegetables that are also high in vitamin E. It’s also a good source of choline, calcium, iron, potassium and folic acid. Spinach is high in protein per calorie and has 14 times the iron per calorie than red meat.
Spinach has two powerful antioxidants, glutathione and alpha lipoic acid, It is one of the best anti-oxidants and is the primary antioxidant in the cells. It protects DNA from oxidation, detoxifies pollutants and carcinogens, boosts the immune system, aids healthy cell replication, and reduces chronic inflammation. As we age glutathione production decreases so including spinach in your juicing regime provides the cells with natures best anti-oxidant.
Swiss chard is very high in Vitamin E, K, B6, riboflavin, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese and fiber when eaten. It’s a good source of zinc, folate and thiamin.Has a key phytochemical anthocyans, that protect the digestive tract. It is a rich source of vitamin K, which is vital for maintaining bone density.
watercress contains more vitamin C than oranges, is higher in calcium then milk, has more iron than spinach, and also has protein. Its a good source of vitamin A, E, K, B6, thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese; and a good source of folate, pantothenic acid and copper.
The leafy green plant has high levels of phytochemicals known as isothiocyanates, the same disease fighting components found in brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, kai choi, kale, horseradish, radish and turnip.