Smoothies and Juicing
Healthy Smoothies and Juicing
What are the advantages of drinking smoothies or juices daily or every other day?
Smoothies. These are made in a blender. (My personal favourite is the Optimum 9200A (Next Generation blender) or you can buy the Optimum 9400 which my brother loves - to find out more about Optimum blenders and juicers click here
In a smoothie you can throw in everything from nuts to carrots, pinapple, tomato, raisons, dates, apricots, seeds like sunflower, linseed, chia, psylliam, etc along with a cup or two of coconut water or juice or water and your Optimum (or other makes this strong) makes short work of them to make a fantastic very smooth smoothie packed full of goodness. Weaker (cheaper) blenders will struggle to make the smoothie smooth.
there are loads of recipies to find and follow. I like doing this when I want a specific taste or for a special purpose e.g. a green smoothie you select greens predominantly, or for your eyes (see recipe below), or prostate, etc. otherwise you can put in almost whatever you want (although the taste is not altogether yummy!) and you'll get an amazingly healthy thick drink.
Most of my patients who have become smoothie lovers put Herbactive's ABC Daily Powder into their morning smoothie.
The other advantage about getting a premium blender like the Australian-made Optimum is its versatility to benefit your health and keep you interested in staying on the path of health. For instance, because they are so strong (something like 3.5 horsepower!) and spin faster than any other machine to my knowledge (48,000 reps per minute!) you can literally make a hot soup in it within 3-4 minutes. All you do is put in the fresh foods like mushrooms (or whatever recipe you're following) and press the fast button and after 3-4 mins it's steaming hot (saving you from eating a meal that is far less nutritious!).
Other advantages of a powerful machine like the Optimum is it can make nut butters, nut milks, ice cream (healthy, non-dairy), bread dough, etc. I also use mine to grind coffee, grind herbs, make natural soap, etc. These machines are quality and therefore have a 5 year warrenty (10 which extra payment), all extras can be got from UK, and there's an interaction and sharing page on their site (something you wont find from a kenwood or Curries type blender). Click here to find out more about Optimum UK blenders!
We are told to eat our daily 5 (or has it changed to 8 now?!) fruits and vegetables. When eating ordinary meals this is always difficult. But with a blender it is absolutely no problem and you will exceed this minimum every time getting all your nutrients and more in one hit. And it is enormous fun too!
Following particular recipes is recommended when it comes to giving smoothies to children: they must taste good! If you get this wrong, you'll put them off for life! Once they've got a taste for smoothies you will be able to put in many other types of foods that they don't or wouldn't eat and they won't even notice!
Children will love to become involved in making strawberry smoothie or ice cream (the healthy type). Plus, it's quick - children like quick results! Optimum for instance have a 100 page free book packed full of recipes that you and your kids will enjoy making and consuming (and if you make too much keep it in the freezer for a lazy day).
Smoothies can literally replace meals and because of their rapid absorption into your body you will find that you can lose weight. This is because smoothies are cleansing, detoxing and remove toxins that build up in your body, so fat melts away. The crud in your intestines will be swept away and your digestion will improve, wind will not be a problem (everyone has wind but with the diet that includes lots of smoothies the wind you release is clean wind, not smelly wind which is a symptom of a fermenting unclean gut).
Smoothie making is not a game although it may sound like it. It is serious health building. Your bones and muscles will benefit, also your joints, hair and skin, nails and eyes - even your mood will improve. Most of all, your immune system will take a leap forward. This is because you have improved your dietary intake and the nutrients you're eating are greater than ever before. It will be the best purchase you make in years. Highly recommended. Don't wait, it's a no-brainer. Getting a good blender is like you're investing in something for the long-term, and something that you won't get disappointed by or bored with in the following months. Get a good one (you know the one I'm convinced by!).
Because your body will be breathing a sigh of relief for the changes you have started, you will also sleep deeper, longer, and wake more refreshed.
Wake up to an omlette - prepared in your blender - be it a Spanish omlette, a mushroom omletter, cheese omlette, they can all be make in your blender in seconds using the pulse button. Pour it into the pan and the omlette is ready!
Because of the demands of my herbal work I frequently make a quick nourishing smoothie for lunch - done in no-time and it sustains me wonderfully until supper, when more than likely I'll make a delishous (!) fruit sorbet in the blender.
So boost your brain and energy and feel young again!
Cravings for sweets, chocolates, buscuits, cakes dissolve away when you drink health smoothies every day.
Remember how to drink a smoothie: eat it, chew it, don't just drink it down. Enjoy it!
Let me know your recipes and I'll pin them here for others to try.
Let me know your experiences with the Optimum Blender! (you wont regret it getting one, I repeat)
Smoothies for health should especially be taken along with your herbal medicines when you have any illness from allergies to act as a preventative against cancer, to worms and parasites.
Here's my special smoothie to enhance your eyesight and eye health
Optimum Eye Health Green Smoothie
Put in your Optimum blender (or any blender):
1 cup orange juice (or apple juice)
2 cups of curly kale
1/4 cup fresh black currents
1/4 cup fresh bilberries
1-2 whole fresh carrots
1/2 an apple
1/2 cup fresh garden peas
1/2 an orange
1/2 an avocado
1/2 Tbsp cashews
Blend on high for 30-45 seconds.
See if you don't love that!
(if you've made too much put it in a container in the freezer for later)
Fresh Juices. These are made in a juicing machine, either via a certifugal juicer or a grinder and mincing juicer. The former is fine for apples, carrots, celery, etc. The latter is not much good for apples but is the juicer of choice to get juice out of fresh herbs, wheatgrass, carrots, but not squishy fruits.
Juicing has gone down in health value because of the sugar you consume, e.g. when juicing carrots or beetroot, apples or grapes. But the value of juicing is still good - how can you say otherwise when drinking freshly juiced apples?! Also, because smoothies blend whole vegetables, whole fruits, nuts, etc keeping all the roughage, peel, seeds, etc they are far healthier than juices which are concentrations of the juice of fruits and veg only.
I've put in a good word for Optimum blenders so I believe the Optimum juicers are just as good although I don't have one.
More information about tonics when having smoothies are recommended:
Breast serious disease
Eczema or Dermatis
ME or FMS
Parasites or Worms
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From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
• Remember that herbal remedies are medicines. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care. • Herbal remedies may sometimes interact with other medicines. This makes it particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a herbal remedy with other medicines such as prescribed medicines (those provided through your doctor or dentist). • Treat with caution any suggestion that a herbal remedy is '100% safe' or is 'safe because it is natural'. Many plants, trees, fungi and algae can be poisonous to humans. It is worth remembering that many pharmaceuticals have been developed or derived from these sources because of the powerful compounds they contain. Any medicine, including herbal remedies, which have an effect on the body should be used with care. • Treat with caution any herbalist or other person who supplies herbal remedies if they are unwilling or unable to provide written information, in English, listing the ingredients of the herbal remedy they are providing. • If you are due to have a surgical operation you should always remember to tell your doctor about any herbal remedy that you are taking. • Anyone who has previously experienced any liver complaint, or any other serious health complaint is advised not to take any herbal remedy without speaking to their doctor first.
Few conventional medicines have been established as safe to take during pregnancy and it is generally recognised that no medicine should be taken unless the benefit to the mother outweighs any possible risk to the foetus. This rule should also be applied to herbal medicinal products. However, herbal products are often promoted to the public as being “natural” and completely “safe” alternatives to conventional medicines. Some herbal ingredients that specifically should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy. As with conventional medicines, no herbal products should be taken during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk.
Many herbs are traditionally reputed to be abortifacient and for some this reputation can be attributed to their volatile oil component.(6) A number of volatile oils are irritant to the genito-urinary tract if ingested and may induce uterine contractions. Herbs that contain irritant volatile oils include ground ivy, juniper, parsley, pennyroyal, sage, tansy and yarrow. Some of these oils contain the terpenoid constituent, thujone, which is known to be abortifacient. Pennyroyal oil also contains the hepatotoxic terpenoid constituent, pulegone. A case of liver failure in a woman who ingested pennyroyal oil as an abortifacient has been documented.
A stimulant or spasmolytic action on uterine muscle has been documented for some herbal ingredients including blue cohosh, burdock, fenugreek, golden seal, hawthorn, jamaica dogwood, motherwort, nettle, raspberry, and vervain. Herbal Teas Increased awareness of the harmful effects associated with excessive tea and coffee consumption has prompted many individuals to switch to herbal teas. Whilst some herbal teas may offer pleasant alternatives to tea and coffee, some contain pharmacologically active herbal ingredients, which may have unpredictable effects depending on the quantity of tea consumed and strength of the brew. Some herbal teas contain laxative herbal ingredients such as senna, frangula, and cascara. In general stimulant laxative preparations are not recommended during pregnancy and the use of unstandardised laxative preparations is particularly unsuitable. A case of hepatotoxicity in a newborn baby has been documented in which the mother consumed a herbal tea during pregnancy as an expectorant. Following analysis the herbal tea was reported to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be hepatotoxic.
A drug substance taken by a breast-feeding mother presents a hazard if it is transferred to the breast milk in pharmacologically or toxicologically significant amounts. Limited information is available regarding the safety of conventional medicines taken during breast-feeding. Much less information exists for herbal ingredients, and generally the use of herbal remedies is not recommended during lactation.
Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to treat both adults and children. Herbal remedies may offer a milder alternative to some conventional medicines, although the suitability of a herbal remedy needs to be considered with respect to quality, safety and efficacy. Herbal remedies should be used with caution in children and medical advice should be sought if in doubt. Chamomile is a popular remedy used to treat teething pains in babies. However, chamomile is known to contain allergenic sesquiterpene lactones and should therefore be used with caution. The administration of herbal teas to children needs to be considered carefully and professional advice may be needed.
The need for patients to discontinue herbal medicinal products prior to surgery has recently been proposed. The authors considered eight commonly used herbal medicinal products (echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s Wort, valerian). On the evidence available they concluded that the potential existed for direct pharmacological effects, pharmacodynamic interactions and pharmacokinetic interactions. The need for physicians to have a clear understanding of the herbal medicinal products being used by patients and to take a detailed history was highlighted. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has advised patients to tell their doctor if they are taking herbal products before surgery and has reported that a number of anaesthesiologists have reported significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure in some patients who have been taking herbal medicinal products including St John’s Wort, ginkgo and ginseng. MCA is currently investigating a serious adverse reaction associated with the use of ginkgo prior to surgery. In this case, the patient who was undergoing hip replacement experienced uncontrolled bleeding thought to be related to the use of ginkgo.
From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
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