Many people think fresh juice is good in any quantity and surely harmless, but this is not the case. The same juice can help one person but harm someone else.
You should not overestimate the medicinal power of juices. You know, first of all, that these juices are foods. Their medicinal benefit is not the same as real medicine. You cannot cope with disease with juice therapy; you can only use it to help support your body.
Fresh juices are contraindicated with some diseases. If you have a peptic ulcer, gastritis, or pancreatitis, then don’t drink verjuice: lemon, orange, apple, currant, or cranberry. They contain many organic compounds, which increase gastric acidity and can cause heartburn and pain.
Drinking grape juice should be restricted for plump people and those who have diabetes. It contains too much glucose and too many calories. It is also undesirable to drink too much of any grape drink if you have irritated bowel syndrome.
Remember, many fresh juices are purgative. If you suffer from diarrhea, you should dilute them with water beforehand and drink little by little.
To receive wholesome benefits and vitamins from fresh juice, you don’t need to drink a large amount at all. You could harm your body. A reasonable amount would be from several tablespoons to three glasses per day, depending on the kind of juice you are drinking.
Squeezer or grater
Some people think that juice cannot be prepared with the help of electric squeezers, as vitamins are destroyed when the fruit comes in contact with metal, but this belief is only partially true. Certain types of metals are used today that have only minimal interaction with juice components. Even if you prepare juice the way your grandmother did, with the help of a grater and gauze, some vitamin loss is still inevitable, since this method allows juice to be in contact with the air for a rather long time.
For better assimilation
Fresh fruit and vegetable juice supplement each other in a great way. Fruit juice is richer in sugar and vitamins, and vegetable juice has mineral salts.
It’s best to drink juice 30-40 minutes before a meal or during breaks between meals. If you drink juice made from sweet fruit, you should observe this practice very strictly. If you drink sweet juice after lunch, fermentation in the bowels can occur, which could provoke abdominal distension.
You need to drink fresh juice right after you prepare it. Keeping juice in the refrigerator for even a short time reduces its medicinal value, even though the taste can remain the same.
Each juice should be used differently.
Fresh carrot juice is the king of vegetable juice. It contains much beta-carotene, B vitamins, potassium, calcium, cobalt, and other minerals, all of which make carrot juice especially wholesome for children and people with a weak immune system and problem skin.
Beta-carotene is very good for your eyesight, but you need to eat some food with fat right after you drink carrot juice so it can be assimilated better. Salad, seasoned with vegetable oil, is the best choice.
Don’t drink too much carrot juice though. Excess beta-carotene overloads the liver, and skin can appear sallow. You should drink no more than 0,5 liter of carrot juice per day. 0,5 glass is enough for vitamin prophylaxis. Fresh carrot juice is contraindicated with peptic ulcers and acute diarrhea.
Beet juice contains a considerable amount of sugar and vitamins С, Р, В1, В2, and РР. It also contains much potassium, iron, and manganese salts. It also stimulates hematosis. High magnesium content contributes to normalization of nervous system activity, while stresses, overloads, insomnia. This juice also improves gut motility, which is why it is a good remedy for constipation prophylaxis.
Fresh beet juice also contains harmful compounds, which are destroyed on contact with the air. Before drinking, you need to keep it in an open dish in the refrigerator for 2–3 hours. Unfortunately, some people cannot drink beet juice, as it can cause sickness, vomiting, giddiness, heartthrob, and general weakness.
You need to get used to concentrated beet juice little by little, starting with one tablespoon per day. Before drinking, be sure to dilute it with boiled water or dog-rose decoction. You can mix it with carrot, cabbage, apple, plum, or pumpkin juice. If you have kidney disease, a peptic ulcer, or duodenum disease, beet juice is not recommended.
Tomato juice stimulates alimentary canal work and reduces the risk of cancer. It is also very useful for pregnant and breast-feeding women. It is low in calories, which is why overweight people can also drink it.
Drink tomato juice 20–30 minutes before a meal, as it helps the stomach and bowels prepare for food digestion. Adding salt reduces its medicinal benefits. Instead of salt, you can add pounded garlic and fresh green parsley, fennel, or cilantro. Tomato juice is contraindicated with gastritis, peptic ulcer, pancreatitis, and cholecystitis acute conditions.
Cabbage juice contains easily digestible carbohydrates, vitamins С and РР, folacyn, and amino acids. It also contains potassium, natrium, calcium, magnesium, and iron salts. Cabbage juice contains a special anti-ulcerous vitamin U and is used warm as a remedy against peptic ulcers and duodenum disease. It is recommended to use warm fresh cabbage juice for gargling if you have stomatitis or oulitis.
Cabbage juice also impedes the conversion of carbohydrates to fats, which makes it useful for obese people. You can drink it 30 minutes before a meal and between meals several times a day. Although cabbage juice has a healing effect for gastric mucosa, it is undesirable to drink if you have gastritis or a peptic ulcer.
Pumpkin juice contains sucrose, wholesome pectic substances, potassium and magnesium salts, iron, copper, and cobalt. It also contains vitamins С, В1, B2, В6, Е, and beta-carotene. Pumpkin juice improves alimentary canal function and contributes to biliation. It is recommended for people with cardiovascular diseases, accompanied with edemata.
Pumpkin juice is especially good for people with kidney or liver disease. You should drink 0,5 glass once a day. For people with insomnia, it is recommended that you drink a glass of pumpkin juice with honey before going to bed; if calculus is present, drink 1/4 or 1/5 glass of pumpkin juice three times a day. The course of treatment is for 10 days. There are almost no contraindications for drinking pumpkin juice.
Apple juice contains vitamins C and P, potassium, calcium, iron salts, copper, manganese, cobalt, zinc, and nickel. It is used with atherosclerosis, liver, urinary bladder, kidney diseases, and urolithiasis. Pectin from pulpy apple juice normalizes bowel movement. With a high sugar content and organic compounds, apple juice contributes to a quick recovery after physical activity. You can drink up to one liter per day of apple juice without any damage to your health. Fresh apple juice is contraindicated with gastritis, peptic ulcers, and pancreatisis.
Grape juice contains a significant amount of sugar and potassium and is recommended if you are exhausted. Dark grape juice helps reduce the risk of heart disease. Drinking grape juice regularly helps reduce the level of cholesterol and arterial pressure.
Grape juice also has bactericidal, diuretic, laxative, sudorific, and expectorating effects. You should drink 0,5 glass of natural grape juice three times a day for three weeks for medicinal purposes. Before drinking, dilute it with water in a 1:1 proportion.
Grape juice is not recommended if you have gastritis with acidity, a peptic ulcer, duodenum disease, diabetes, obesity, or chronic inflammation of the lungs.
Fresh citrus juices are rich in vitamins C and P, potassium, and folacyn. They increase vitality, reduce fatigue, and strengthen blood vessels. These juices are useful for people with atherosclerosis, hypertension, or cancer prophylaxis.
If you suffer from peptic or duodenal ulcer, chronic gastritis or pancreatitis, then citrus juices are not recommended. You should also remember that grape juice can interact with medicine, so it is contraindicated with many medicines.
Pomegranate juice is excellently assimilated, stimulates the appetite, regulates stomach activity, and increases hemoglobin. It also has diuretic, cholagogue, antiphlogistic, and antiseptic effects. It is usually recommended that you drink it in combination with carrot and beet juice.
Pomegranate juice should be diluted with water. It contains many acids, which irritate gastric mucosa and destroy enamel. Fresh pomegranate juice is contraindicated with gastritis with high acidity, peptic ulcer, and pancreatitis.