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Leading a ChangeBest Practices: Nutrition and the Program of Study?There are a lack of studies on the benefit of nutrition in the program of study for medical students. Current research indicates that nutrients are beneficial to the healing process. This training module discusses the benefits of nutrition as well as the process of juicing to help students become acquainted with the juicing method for health purposes. An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away?
Nutritional HealingTeaching Medical StudentsNutrition is essential to the healing process. Scientific evidence increasingly indicates that micronutrients and phytonutrients are essential for the growth and healing at the cellular level. Even though current research points to nutrition as a proponent in the healing process, nutritional classes are rarely included in the medical students course of study.
Nutritional TherapyJuicing and Blending for HealthNutritional therapies such as Gerson Therapy use juicing to benefit patients who are suffering from health conditions such as cancer. Although not recognized scientifically, there is evidence that nutritional and juice therapy can work in tandem with the traditional practice of medicine to benefit the patient. Aging individuals and those with medical conditions may have some difficulty processing whole fruits and vegetables, so juicing may be a healthy alternative that will allow them to reap the health benefits of absorbing the nutrients from large amounts of fruits and vegetables. Nutrition as therapy
Nutrition and HealthBrain, Body, Aging and DiseaseNational institutes of Health (NIH) studies suggest that polyphenols in certain fruits may help protect the brain from the effects of aging and disease. Juicing allows polyphenols to be absorbed by the cells more efficiently due to the ability to bypass the digestive process. Oxidative stress associated with aging can also be addressed through the use of enhanced nutrition. The United States Department of Agriculture has a Nutrition Evidence Library with dozens of studies that indicate the health benefits of nutrition for both brain and body health.
Juicing 101Why and How to JuiceRobin McDaniel
Why Juice? Do you eat this everyday? Well you should! Great Question!!!The Centers for Disease Control say that individuals can lower their cholesterol and risk of disease by eating more raw vegetables.How much you might ask? Well, the recommendations are from 2 1/2 to 6 1/2 cups per day, but the more you eat, the healthier we will be! Note: Unfortunately the USDA food pyramid has been replaced by the food plate which recommends almost equal amounts of veggies, fruits and grains. This does not necessarily reflect current research that advocates raw vegetables and fruits should make up 80% of our diet (National Institutes of Health-NIH). .
Juicing Benefits Gives your digestive system a breakIncreased nutrition means faster healingDelivers essential phytonutrients to your cells efficientlyYou can easily eat the required 6-8 servings of veggies per dayYou can add a wide range of foods you may not normally eatImmune system boostWeight lossAccording to the National Cancer Institute, one cup of carrot or celery juice provides the same nutrients as 5 cups of the same vegetablesPIctured: The Jack La Lanne centrifugal juicer
What You NeedJuicing Starter GuideFor starters, you will need a juicer and some really great veggies.Some other items Include:VinegarLarge Bowls or ContainersMedium to Large Pitcher or JugVegetable BrushChopping KnifeStrainer (Medium for pitcher)Plastic Bags
Picking a Juice ExtractorCentrifugal JuicersCons: Loss of NutrientsPros:Less expensiveMasticating JuicersCons:More expensivePros:Less Nutrient LossPress the nutrients out of the juice without cutting, thereby reducing nutrient loss. Somtetimes easier to clean. Priced into the hundreds and often have smaller chutes. Cut the food to extract the juice which results in nutrient loss. Oftentimes are made up of multiple pieces and can be hard to clean. Inexpensive. Can be found for less than $100.
Wash your Fruits and VeggiesUnfortunately, the fruits and vegetables you get are likely to be covered in pesticides, and it is imperative that you wash them before juicing. You can either use clean containers or a sanitized sink to soak your vegetables in cool water; and then give a vinegar bath and rinse again to remove all pesticide residue. Wash organic vegetables separately in a vinegar bath and then rinse with cool water. Consume as soon as possible after washing to avoid bacterial contamination. Colorado State has a terrific guide for safely washing fruits and vegetables!
Produce SafetyAccording to the Environmental Working Group (EWG)Dirty Dozen-Buy organic, wash well or peelThe Dirty DozenApplesCeleryCherry TomatoesCucumbersGrapesHot PeppersNectarinesPeachesPotatoesSpinachStrawberriesSweet Bell PeppersKale/Collard GreensSummer SquashThe Clean 15Asparagus, Avocado, Cabbage, Cantalope, Sweet Corn, Eggplant, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Mangoes, Mushrooms, Onions, Papays, Pineapples, Sweet Peas, Sweet PotatoesClean 15-They’re safer to eat, but still need to be washed.
A Word about PesticidesAccording to the Environmental Working Group (EWG)There are currently no labeling requirement for GMO foods in the United States. Pesticides accumulate in an effect called “toxic loading” according to the Pesticide Action Network (PAN). Studies indicate that 93% of Americans tested positive for neurotoxins and 99% were positive for DDT. They may look appetizing, but some vegetables have up to 50 different pesticides on them, so beware the source. Buy local or organic if possible Note: Although I do recommend washing your food prior to juicing, it may not be enough. Systemic pesticides invade the plant throughout and cannot be removed. Many plants are genetically modified GMO as well. GMO’s are banned in Europe due to studies that indicate serious associated health problems.
The Juicing ProcessWashing, cutting, juicing, cleaningPut pitcher on counter with strainer on topWash and cut the fruits and veggiesPut a bag in the pulp catcherTurn on the juicerAdd cut food to the chute a little at a timeStore in covered container.Tips: Do not push too hard on veggies and fruit; if you get the juicer to do the work you will get more juice.If pulp begins to come out of the juice end, turn off juicer, take apart and clean, then put back together and keep juicing. Drink immediately to obtain the most nutrients
Clean UpThe big clean up is one of the reasons people cite for not juicing, and it is definitely true that juicers are difficult to clean; but it is worth the trouble!You should clean the juicer right after you use it or it will be hard to get the pulp off the parts. Either wash in the sink using dish soap, hot water, dish sponge and a brush or rinse and pop into the dishwasher.Dry and put back together until you are ready to juice again!
Using the PulpThere are usually a few cups of pulp leftover Put sweet pulp such as carrots, apples and sweet potatoes into muffins and bread recipes. Also add to the base juice in a blender for a fibrous drinkBake greens into quiches and casserolesReduce liquids in recipe when adding pulpHomemade whole wheat blueberry muffinsPhoto Credit: Sean Breslin
Juice RecipesMakes (2-4 glasses)Green Drink2 bushels kale2 cucumbers2 cups spinach1 bag celeryCarrot JuiceOne bag of organic carrots2 to 4 organic apples1 sweet potatoTip: Drink fresh for best tasteAdd ice for a more palatable juice drinkPhoto Credit: Google Free Images
Drink Up!!With the right ingredients, homemade juice can be as appetizing as a milkshake, but when you think about how great it will make you look and feel, you will begin to enjoy it for the health benefits alone!. Add some blueberries, strawberries, apples or bananas into a blender with some of your vegetable drink as a base, and it willl still be healthy, but have a sweet,fruity taste both kids and adults will love!Photo Credit: Google Free Images
Teaching Nutrition and JuicingNutrition methods, including juicing, can be added to the curriculum at medical colleges to ensure students are able to fully incorporate these methods into their practice. Trained medical students will be able to educate their patients on the importance of nutrition in the healing process, as well as how nutrition can be used to prevent many diseases associated with aging.