I know going against the massive tide of popularity to reveal the 5 reasons why I do not juice seems like professional suicide, so why am I doing it? There is no doubt about the imagery conveyed by juices – they look healthy, but they are lacking. Here’s why:
1. Our fundamental physical metabolism is designed by nature to ingest, digest, masticate, macerate, absorb and eliminate after eating whole foods. The chewing action in the mouth bathes the masticated food in beautiful enzymes and acids designed by nature to start the ‘food breakdown process’. In fact as much as 90% of the digestive process starts in the mouth.
2. Humanity is under fiberised. Plainly speaking, there’s not enough balanced dietary fibre ingested each day. That’s because of the low molecular consistency of the food chosen to eat. Add to this mix far too much protein and a veritable cocktail of nutritional misadventure ensues with the ultimate outcome being the creation of chronic disease. There is also an increase in level of certain trace minerals in de-fibred juices which can impact on kidney and liver function.
3. When fibre is removed from whole foods, the ‘transport’ mechanism for two important functions ceases. Firstly fibre contains nutrients, which are literally ‘sucked’ out of the fibre during the maceration and chyme-making phase, ready to be absorbed by the small intestine. After the fibre has released the nutrients, its job is not over. Once it has passed through the small intestine, by way of gravity, it passes into the large intestine literally sweeping away bad bacteria from the intestinal walls, into the colon and the bowel, all the time cleaning harmful bacteria from the walls of the elimination tract. Fibre was put into our whole foods for good reason.
4. Increased levels of plant and fruit fructose could cause diabetes by sending the wrong message to the pancreas to create more insulin. This is further compounded by the fact the a by-product of insulin production is in fact glucose. This then sets up a vicious cycle of excessive sugar production inside the body creating blood sugar spikes. By taking whole foods into your oral cavity (mouth) instead of ‘denaturing’ your food, you will allow your body to come back into a state of balance.
5. The upsurge in interest and preference for smoothies is an answer, in the first instance. However whilst there might be some benefits to those of you who suffer from a slow maceration process, the absence of acids and enzymes derived via the chewing process will place the gut function under stress.
Human life is out of balance enough and we are forever seeking ways to restore balance. Moving away from the natural principles and laws of nature doesn’t mean balance can always be restored. In fact, the complete opposite is true in most cases. Whilst some juicing might assist with the reduction in body fat (adipose tissue) , a return to the consumption of whole foods is desirable. This is the way nature intended it to be.
Scott Mathias is a Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHHC) and a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). Scott is a Digestive Health and Raw Food Educator who takes an integrative approach to solutions, based on functional aspects of the body and his own ‘self healing’ experience which led him to create his own iLifeFoods range of plant-protein healing products. A former television network presenter both in Australia and New Zealand, Scott is the author of ‘Understanding The Divine Gut – How To Eat Your Way To Ultimate Digestive Health’ and the acclaimed, ‘Lets Eat RAW’ Vegan recipe book. Scott lives in Noosa, QLD with his Scottish partner Clare.
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