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What is Nutritional Therapy?
How Does It Work?
Difference between a Clinical Nutritional Practitioner (Naturopath)
and a Dietitian
The magic of juices.
Considerations Regarding Juice Diets
The Wonders of Carrot Juice
Inadequate or inappropriate nutrition can eventually lead to imbalances in the body as well as the mind.
If the person's nutrition status is not what it should be and you add stress plus environmental and chemical pollutants,
lack of fresh air and exercise etc., then a disease state will eventually occur.
Nutrition has a very good success rate for many illnesses.
In a recent survey of 300 people treated with nutritional therapy, it was found that 85% of headache/migraine sufferers, 82% of people with digestive problems, 70% of people with hormone-related problems, 55% of chronic fatigue sufferers and 54% of people with skin problems reported feeling much better within two months.
What is Nutritional Therapy?
If you have any health problems and have tried to help them by changing your diet,
then you have already embarked on a little nutritional therapy. Nowadays we all know how sensible healthy eating is.
But Nutritional therapy is not just about healthy eating. It is a form of complementary medicine in which a practitioner
will work with you, using combinations of special diets or nutritional products which help your body to repair itself.
Maybe you think you can struggle on with self-help, buying books and vitamin pills. The trouble is,
there are so many books and so many theories. Without a proper understanding of how your body works,
what has gone wrong and why, how do you really know what you might need?
How Does It Work?
How well we feel depends on the efficiency with which our body produces hormones, enzymes, prostaglandins,
blood cells, antibodies and countless other substances. All these substances are made from food.
But many people don’t assimilate their food properly, perhaps because they can’t digest food very well.
They may also have a build-up of unwanted waste substances which get in the way of efficient functioning.
Food allergies or intolerances can also cause a lot of unpleasant symptoms, which may be delayed or chronic,
and difficult to relate to a specific food.
People who have used a lot of antibiotics in the past can also be prone to excessive undesirable bacteria and yeasts,
including Candida albicans (which you may have heard of) in the intestine. These irritate the digestive tract,
often causing bloating or irritable bowel syndrome and damaging the digestion.
Many undesirable bacteria and yeasts also produce toxic waste products which get absorbed into our bloodstream and
can make us feel unhealthy.
Naturopaths aim to improve your body’s efficiency by identifying and then dealing with these problems
using special diets, herbs, vitamins and other nutritional products, according to individual need.
An efficiently functioning body finds it easier to repair itself and heal itself. But if you have a serious illness much of course will depend on your body’s powers of recuperation and on other factors such as stress.
The difference between a Clinical Nutritional Practitioner (Naturopath) and a Dietitian:
A Clinical Nutritional Practitioner is not the same as a dietitian.
A dietitian is a State-registered nutritionist with a dietetics diploma who advises on meeting Government recommendations for vitamins, minerals and calories etc, or carries out a doctor’s instructions, advising on foods high in iron for anaemia sufferers,
or administering calorie-controlled diets for instance.
A Clinical Nutritional Practitioner ( Naturopath) focus on the health and education of clients.
Identification of the relationship between diet and food allergies as a cause of health problems.
Teach clients how to create an internal and an external environment that is conducive to good health,
enabling the client to make his or her own choices.
He/She will give you a general guideline of what to eat depending on your conditions and goals.
In some cases, a restrictive (or elimination or detox) diet may be necessary, however this approach is not for
Special diets may be recommended, and treatment may include nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals,
enzymes, and other nutraceuticals.
Whole, fresh and unprocessed foods are recommended.
The magic of juices.
In the 70s and early 80s juice therapy remained exclusively in the domain of naturopaths, but today,
with the advent of integrative medicine, juices have entered the standard prescriptions of many physicians.
To a large extent, this newfound belief in juice therapy by allopaths owes its existence to pathbreaking research in
the field of antioxidants, and the realisation that juice therapy is the most reliable tool in preventive medicine and
almost without any side effects whatsoever.
Ordinarily, to get the amount of nutrients from raw sources would require considerable quantities of fruits and vegetables
to be ingested. The roughage, residue and lignin contained in all plants are a burden to the digestive system if taken in excess,
especially for the ailing who already have a weakened system. Cooking further destroys the nutritive content - not totally,
but enough to require us to take in greater quantities of the food to get the required balance.
Add to this the fact that with the addition of fertilisers, the nutrient content of commercially farmed fruits and vegetables is
much lower than for the organic variety. The peeling and scrapping processes we employ to make dishes leaves them
bereft of the most essential nutrients that are usually contained somewhere near the outer layers.
The plants themselves use these compounds to prevent diseases - as self-contained antioxidant systems -
and this layer is the strongest defence of the plant.
Besides being convenient to drink by the glassful, most fruit juices are absorbed by the system within 15 minutes of intake.
Raw juices, properly extracted, are known to be second only to honey in the speed with which they are assimilated
(especially if taken on an empty stomach). They are the perfect food for both elderly people and for those whose systems have deteriorated through years of faulty living. This is the reason why those who have been fasting are advised to break their fast
with a glass of fruit juice since juices contain already contain enzymes and provide the starving body with new energy without drawing upon too much of the body’s vital energy for digestion.
Yet another reason, a juice diet is recommended to merely eating raw foods, is that of roughage.
This is the part of your meal that remains undigested, the fibre-containing part that is still beneficial,
because it adds body to faecal matter. However, there are liquids locked inside the tiny cells of plants, especially in vegetables, which get lost as indigestible roughage when taken whole. These organic chemicals, which often colour the fruits, are found in oranges, lemon, pepper, tomatoes, cabbage etc.
The principle bioflavonoids include several trace elements, vitamin K, vitamin P, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), and a crystalline substance called hesperidin, mostly in the peel and the pulp.
To get at these vital nutrients, we shall have to consume great amounts of roughage, and not only would we need to masticate
the food thoroughly, we would also require a very strong stomach mechanism to derive maximum benefit. However, a good
quality centrifugal juicer can perform this function for us and we need not tax our digestive system.
By crushing and grinding the roughage fibre and the rinds of the vegetables, a juicer will fully extract the vital nutrients from
the plant cells the human stomach cannot ordinarily get at.
Fresh fruit juices are the cleansers of the human system.
They do the work of purifying the blood, casting out accumulated toxins from the cells, whereas vegetable juices are the prime regenerators that help in the production of new cells to replace those which have either depreciated or have been destroyed by disease and faulty dietary habits.
All this without the toxic effects of drugs and of megadoses of artificial vitamin supplementation.
With juices, you can eliminate or prevent many of the chronic and degenerative diseases, revitalise your blood,
sharpen your nerves, rejuvenate glandular activity, and in a matter of days restore the acid-alkaline balance of the system.
With revivified glands, the limbic system, which is the source of the instincts of hunger, thirst and sex, gets stimulated.
A carefully planned intake of juices, regularly taken, will get quick, noticeable results.
The accumulated toxins and impurities on the walls of the blood vessels will be eroded as the intake of juices tends to
correct the colloidal cell composition which may have become unbalanced through years of unnatural living.
As the intake of juices reaches a level where it detoxifies the stomach and offsets the blood acidity, making it more alkaline;
the acidic toxins that have built up in the tissues due to years of faulty diet dissolve.
This detoxifying process will take place through your entire system - your blood, your bones, your skin and
all your internal organs.
Alkaline juices, such as the juice of apples, carrots, and wheatgrass are excellent for this purpose.
The eliminative processes thus begun are powerful indeed, and have the force to dissolve and expel those microscopic
toxic masses that have lodged in the cells of the body, especially in the glandular system. The impurities cannot withstand the overwhelming avalanche of properly combined juices and under their repeated impact, deposits are reabsorbed by the blood stream and cast out.
The dying, non-performing cells in the tissues gradually regain their efficiency and the organ too regains its proper elasticity.
The evacuation of accumulated toxins will bring down body weight in a matter of weeks, and the increased efficiency of formerly inactive cells will ensure far greater vital energy throughout the body. It will first show on your skin, as it loses its pallid shade and acquires a pink, pristine glow.
The initial stage may sometimes be marked by mild diarrhoea, low-grade fever and headaches, but this is no cause to worry.
It occurs because initially the impurities that have been ‘rinsed out,’ as it were, re-enter the bloodstream before they are finally evacuated from the body. Many of those who adopt juice therapy unfortunately give it up after the first of this healing crisis.
What they need to understand is that this only signifies that raw juices do not harmonise with the unhealthy condition of their system. Once the effective uprooting of the body’s poisons has been achieved, the initial discomfort is quickly replaced by a newfound vigour and zest.
Remember, we are essentially what we eat - what goes into our body forms flesh, bones and blood tomorrow.
The quality and balance of our food intake virtually controls our glands, our behaviour and possibly that of our children.
Juices also help in weight reduction.
The weight that is lost initially is the loss of weight of the false man - the dead and dysfunctional cells - after which
you will continue to grow in a normal way till you reach your natural weight.
A new taste for juices will also develop by this time, and you will appreciate juices for the depth and range of
their original flavours. You will perhaps also discover that you can no longer stand the taste of many of the spiced and
cooked foods you considered ‘delicious’ before.
As to the time required for you to recover from a chronic ailment with juice therapy, remember that although
resistance to disease does increase considerably in the earlier stages, the cure of a chronic disease, which entails a thorough cleansing and rebuilding of the clogged tissues, is a slow process. Unfortunately, in this age of the quickfix,
people still look for an overnight solution, be it only a temporary one. Nature works, yes, but slowly.
A lot of planning has to go into raw juice therapy. Every fruit or vegetable has its own combination of vitamins and minerals
and every person requires a customised menu.
For example, juices from all dark fruits - dark grapes, berries and cherry - are beneficial for those suffering from low blood pressure.
Bioflavonoids such as ascorbic acid have been found to be effective in strengthening the heart and the kidneys.
The vitamin C found in aamla and lime has been found to produce 16 percent more of the energy-giving glycogen than crystalline ascorbic acid, which in itself has been found to improve glycogen storage by over 60 percent.
This is of enormous benefit to those with low blood sugar, or those who get fatigued and feel lacklustre easily.
Also a daily dose of carrot, lettuce and spinach juice furnishes vital missing nutrients to the roots of the hair,
and thereby stops hair loss and restores natural colour. Besides the dangerous minoxidil compounds (which lead to a patchy growth that disappears on stopping the drug), juice therapy is the only known way to stimulate hair growth in certain cases.
This is because only juices can provide a range of vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and trace elements that go into the
ormation of hair. The high content of potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and silicon in the above-mentioned combination furnishes the hair roots with the missing nutrients, stops hair loss and actually restores natural hair colour.
New research conducted at the University of Wisconsin indicates that multiple glasses of grape juice may have the same anti-clogging effect that red wine and alcohol do. This is important for those who choose not to drink or should not
because of conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
The flavonoids contained in grape juice guard against heart disease by turning down platelet (the blood-clotting cells) activity, thereby reducing the chances of a blood clot sticking to the walls of the artery and blocking it. Many drugs are used for this,
and aspirin too has been prescribed, but unlike drugs, the effect of grape juice is not decreased or eliminated by stress and
other factors which raise adrenaline in the patient.
Perhaps the most easily illustrated benefit of juice therapy would be the protective and curative effect juices have on
a person who suffers frequently from colds. Not only do fruit juices satisfy the thirst that is created by a rise in
body temperature, but they also help neutralise the acid-toxins in the system.
They release into the bloodstream large amounts of mineral salts and vitamins, especially vitamin C,
thought by many to be one of the more reliable cures for the common cold.
Considerations Regarding Juice Diets
* Don’t gulp down fruit and vegetable juices as you would a glass of water. Drink them in short draughts.
Try to roll the juices in your mouth to mix it with the saliva so as to enable more nutrients to be absorbed.
Feel the flavours.
* Avoid too much fibre or rind in the preparation. Filter the juice before serving.
Remember, the idea is to minimise the labours of the digestive system.
* Extract the juice only prior to drinking. Juice that has been left standing, even in a refrigerator,
either ferments or loses most of its nutrients through oxidisation. For example, the beta-carotene found in carrots
and many other veggies is very sensitive to atmospheric oxygen. If carrot juice is not used within 10 minutes of extraction,
most of its Vitamin A gets oxidised and your effort is rendered useless.
A slower destruction of Vitamin C occurs in the juices of citrus fruits like lemons and oranges.
* Exceptions to the above rule are grape and apple juice.
Apple juice left for one day to ferment still has very less alcohol content and still works excellently for cleansing the digestive system. Grape juice, left to ferment for a day in a refrigerator, builds up carbonic acid which combines with the grape sugar to produce an almost instant invigoration. It also has a stronger cleansing effect than fresh grape juice.
* Never take fruit and vegetable juices one after the other or in combination.
Fruit juices should be taken in the morning, to enable cleansing and eliminative activity.
Green vegetable juices should be taken in the afternoon or evening, with a minimum gap of 3 hours after
having taken fruit juices.
* Use an electric juicer, preferably a centrifugal one. Remove all hard tissue and seeds beforehand.
Also remove all wilted or rotting spots: these are the dead and diseased tissues which cause fermentation.
In case of carrot juice, remove the middle yellow part: this is not beneficial as most of the nutrients are
contained in the outer layers.
* Wash all juice materials and equipment thoroughly. Scrub the fruits and vegetables with a stiff brush under running water
to remove any chemicals and insecticides that may still remain on the surface.
* Do not add salt or other condiments to the juices. Not only do the seasonings kill the natural flavour,
many of them also adversely react with the nutritive elements contained in the juices.
If you do not find certain juices palatable, try a combination of juices, such as carrot, apple and lemon.
You can try a variety of other interesting combinations.
In a few weeks after commencing juice therapy, you will find yourself doing this with the same gusto you have when you mix cocktails.
* Canned and bottled juices are 100 percent useless!
Most have no fruit juice whatsoever, and are made simply by running water over fruit pulp.
To this water, a variety of sweeteners and preservatives are added. Instead of clearing the system,
such juices put the system under greater pressure with their load of refined sugar and inorganic chemicals.
Also, heating the juices - one of the principal processes in the manufacture of fruit juices - destroys almost all of the nutrients contained.
* Certain juices are required only by the thimbleful. Ginger, onion, turmeric, wheatgrass - all are highly concentrated
and pungent juices and should be restricted to no more than 25 ml. a day. Such juices can be mixed with a glassful of more appetising juices. Vegetables like turnips, tomatoes, spinach and radishes are also a bit too strong to be consumed neat.
Mix such juices with the juice of sweeter vegetables. Water may also be added to certain juices to dilute their taste.
The Wonders of Carrot Juice
The carrot is one of the most efficient of all cleansing foods.
It is also one of the richest sources of beta-carotene out of which the liver synthesises vitamin A.
Besides, carrots are rich in potassium, sodium, calcium (and hence are highly alkaline).
They also contain traces of iodine and sulphur and a good proportion of almost all of the vitamins.
It is one of the best sources of Vitamin B-complex as it contains niacin, pyridoxine, folic acid, biotin and pantothenic acid.
The high carbohydrate content of carrots makes them one of the most effective means of changing the intestinal flora from a putrefactive to a non-putrefactive form.
The most important benefit of carrot juice is undoubtedly its strong alkalinity which purifies and revitalises the blood.
In the treatment of most diseases the natural way, it is recognised that the acidic condition of the system is a major
contributory factor for disease. The central aim of cleansing therapy is that first acidosis must be corrected and
the tissues be afforded the correct blood-pH so that they can be in a position to heal themselves.
Carrot juice, with its rapid alkalising effect, thus helps in controlling anaemia, liver trouble, acidosis, blood poisoning,
circulatory disorders and ulcers. The same alkalising effect is responsible for the cure of a variety of other ailments such as
gall stones and gout which can be mitigated by the removal of unwanted uric acid from the blood.
Here are some more benefits of carrot juice:
1. Carrots have also been found to contain a plant hormone called tocokinin.
This is closely analogous to insulin and has proved to be beneficial for diabetics.
2. Rheumatic ailments, often a result of poor nutrition, respond well to carrot juice.
3. Its diuretic action helps in scanty urination and is a strong food-medicine to prevent nephritis.
4. Carrot juice is also an excellent antibacterial agent.
Do not attent to follow a juice diet or any diet, without medical supervition.