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Green Drinks? The Basic's about Oxalates

A fresh juice per day, will keep the nasties at bay —Sistahintheraw

It's Day 1 of Sistahintheraw's Juice Club, which I set up because I totally believe in the energising and healing benefits that fresh green juices have to offer. I have experienced this first hand, for myself over the years and I have witnessed the healing results as a student while studying at The Hippocrates Health Institute. 

However, I am also aware that not every so-called healthy food or drink is suitable for everyone, especially depending on the quality of your health and accompanying mental state at any particular juncture in your life. This can also include some plant-based raw foods and green drinks. The theory around bio-individuality can be important here in helping to determine a person's specific, individual nutritional and physiological needs. In any case, 'too much' of almost anything can be a not such a good thing for many people.  

Oxalic Acid basics:
Like enzyme inhibitors, plants produce oxalates because they don’t want to be eaten alive by insects! While these molecules can cause health issues for humans, it actually tears up the teeth of insects which try to eat high oxalate foods. These anti-nutrients serve to protect a plant food, but can also be problematic once we consume them; however some of them may even help to protect us from disease. Oxalic acid is present in various plant foods, depending on the area where they are grown.

An Oxalate is a molecule which, under certain circumstances, links up with calcium and crystalizes. Oxalates can interfere with or decrease calcium absorption. When too much oxalates  crystalize in human tissue, it can create arthritis-like symptoms and even kidney stones. It is important to eat a low oxalate diet if you suffer from conditions such as kidney stones or kidney conditions, have leaky gut, inflammatory issues like asthma, arthritis or fibromyalgia, have taken antibiotics frequently or for long periods of time, have some food sensitivities/allergies, have fat mal-digestion, or have had part of your intestine removed. A food is considered high in oxalates when it has more than 10mg of the compound per serving.

Oxalates include some leafy greens, berries, fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C, some nuts and seeds, coffee, tea and chocolate. Although not a major concern for everyone, it is still important to rotate your green veggies, have a wonderful variety of foods in your diet and not be too focused in any one thing.

Some of the plant-based foods high in oxalate include for example: spinach, green beans, rhubarb, kidney beans, soy, sweet potatoes, strawberries, raspberries, tangerines and kiwis. You can find lots of food guides and lists about oxalates on the internet. 
Unless you are prone to any of the conditions mentioned above, you would otherwise do well to maintain eating a widely varied and balanced plant-based diet. 

You can still have your green drink just change to a low oxalate veggie's IF you have a problem with oxalates. 

If in any doubt about your health in relations to green drinks, please consult with your nutritional health advisor and or your doctor.

Studies:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24531910
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24499152
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19021580
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24134011
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/50/4/830.abstract

 

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Sistahintheraw.com provides information on this website as an educational service. The information and reference guides in this website are intended solely for the general information for the reader. The contents of this web site are not intended to offer personal medical advice, diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. It is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications. 

Blending and Juicing



What is the difference between blending and juicing? This is a question that I get asked all the time.

Blenders retain everything from the physical ingredients. 
They take the entire fiber and pulp and blend it all together, all of which is consumed together, usually as a smoothie, but also as soups etc..

Juicers separate the pulp from the juice and you drink the juice only. 
The process of extracting the liquid content of whole foods through a special juicing machine, means that the fiber is then discarded. Pressing fruit for it's juice has a long history, particularly for winemaking, dating back centuries.

When you juice green vegetables, you liberate the chlorophyll and your body immediately absorbs it. Chlorophyll is a detoxifier, deodorant and is an incredible healer of inner and topical inflammation and wounds. The chlorophyll enriches your blood. It is centered on magnesium and our blood is centered on iron. Juices provide you with loads of energy, but try to drink your fresh juice as soon as possible for it's full nutritional benefits.

You need to be careful to use simple juices if you are on a lot of medication. If you are very sick, you will may release toxins very quickly. This will happen in the form of bowel movements, perspiration etc.  Sometimes your liver dumps a lot of toxins. Chlorophyll is a neutralizer of toxins and can often deal with anything you have. It is good for many conditions, you will need to check your status with your qualified health practitioner.

However, it's no secret that antioxidants can support the healthy function of your body's tissues, plus green juices are an amazing high protein, nutrient rich food that enhances your body's cellular structure and acts as a detoxifier.

In the blending process, 90% of the nutrients are destroyed within the first minute and a half of blending! Plus you may also struggle to digest these combined foods, which is not the case with green vegetable juices.

The best green juice recipe from The Hippocrates Health Institute.

The best green juice recipe from The Hippocrates Health Institute.

BASIC RULES

Food Combining

It’s best not to combine fruits and vegetables (unless it’s apple), as this can affect how well your digestive enzymes function. Yes!
"Vegetables like carrots, beetroots, broccoli and zucchini don’t combine well with fruit due to their high starch content. In his book Food Combining Made Easy, Dr. Herbert Shelton explains that starchy foods have to be eaten alone because starches are digested with enzymes different from those used for any other food group. Combining starchy foods with fruit may cause fermentation and gas. However, Dr. Shelton found that green leafy veggies combine well with pretty much everything." (Ref: Food Matters)

Invest in the best equipment you can afford
Cheaper juicers and blenders introduce heat and oxygen that destroy the enzymes and nutrients in your fresh vegetables and fruit Masticating or cold press juicers, while more expensive, will last longer and are gentler on your fresh produce.

A good way to think about making your investment, is to ask yourself this: if you can afford expensive gadgets, wonderful travel or up-to-date designer clothing or jewellery, ask yourself which investment is better for your health? "Let your most valuable investment this season go to some authentic self care that will leave you enjoying a better today and tomorrow." 

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Do comment below with your experiences relating to juicing and/or blending.
Good or not so good? Every experience is a learning experience towards more health and wellness.

Check out the juicing recipes in the FREE 1-Day Juice Fast download and watch out for Sistahintheraw's Juice Club.

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE OR WEB SITE?
You can, as long as you include this complete statement with it: Anita McKenzie, is a Raw Soul Food and Holistic Health Lifestyle Mentor, she is founder of the brand "Sistahintheraw" and "Raw Soul Food" and a leading authority on Raw Food Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make healthier choices, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Sistahintheraw now at: www.sistahintheraw.com

Medical Disclaimer
Sistahintheraw.com provides information on this website as an educational service. This website does not provide medical advice. The information and reference guides in this website are intended solely for the general information for the reader. The contents of this web site are not intended to offer personal medical advice, diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. The products is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications and medical conditions.