Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Juicing ~ Part 2:Minerals,Fluids and Enzymes

Do you take a multi-vitamin that contains minerals? If you do, did you know that minerals found in foods are different than those in supplemental pills?

The minerals found in food are combined with amino acids and sometimes vitamins. When they bond, the process is called chelation. The body can easily recognize and use minerals in chelated form, compared to synthetic form.

Fresh juice contains balanced chelated minerals. They can keep your energy level high, calm your nerves and keep your muscles, heart, hair, teeth, bones and nails strong. They also keep the blood clean and the PH blood levels balanced.

Each mineral has a specific function. See below for the function of the major minerals contained in fresh juice.

Potassium balances the tissues of the heart and all other muscles. Iron is a component of red blood cells. It transports oxygen to the lungs and helps in cell respiration. Phosphorus is essential to the proper function of the brain and nerves. Calcium maintains the acid/alkaline balance of the blood and strengthens bones. Sulfur aids in the functioning of the brain and nerves. It's a body cleanser. Iodine fuels the thyroid gland, which controls our body's metabolism. Magnesium helps muscle relaxation, energy production and is a natural laxative. Manganese is vital for the function of the brain. Germanium helps in the function of our immune system and bowels. There have been studies that show it also helps with mood disorders. Selenium works with Vitamin E to delay oxidation of fatty acids.

Fluids in Fresh Juice:
Fresh juice is valuable for the fluid content. Approximately 65 percent of our bodies is made up of water. Water is the main component of the blood. Our blood feeds our cells and carries away the waste products of metabolism. The more healthy our blood is, the more vital the cells are. That in turn means, bodily health.

Fresh juice also helps cleanse the blood and transports live energy to our bodies.

When we drink coffee, tea, soda, beer etc...each contains sugar, additives, preservatives, caffeine and various other ingredients. Our body needs to eliminate those ingredients before it finds the purified fluids. Our kidneys and liver work overtime to expel the foreign elements.

The fluid in fresh juice is pure water. It contains no harmful substances, so our organs do not have to work so hard to process. Fresh juice is also a great thirst quencher. A great juice to drink after an exercise program to supply your body with electrolytes is: 4 parts watermelon and 1 part cucumber and celery. Mix that with an equal amount of spring water.

Enzymes in Fresh Juice:
Enzymes build and rebuild the body. There are approximately 1,000 different enzymes and they work within every living body. Without enzymes a human would be lifeless. Enzymes help flush the entire gastrointestinal system by digesting and neutralizing excess protein and fat. All fresh fruit juice contains valuable enzymes to help with digestion and internal cleansing.

Coming next:
Part 3: Recommended Daily Allowance vs. Optimum Daily Allowance
Part 4: Cleansing Power & When To Drink Juice
Part 5: Juicing for Symptoms and/or Conditions

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