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RAW Vegan Diets: Why I Don’t Juice -Debunking the Juice Myth !!

I cannot help wondering if the proponents of this current global pandemic of fruit and vegetable juicing aren’t missing a trick and are innocently contributing to greater planetary digestive trauma.

90% of the digestion process starts in the mouth with the introduction of acids and enzymes via our saliva.  Now when you put together a ‘high impact’ juice filled with perhaps 6-8 vegetables along with wheat grass, barley grass, spirulina, as well as a veritable cocktail of fashionable South American plant and fruit powders, I hear alarm bells whistling in my digestive tract.

Green Juice

How can the gut function be operating at 100% when all this nutritional data is unleashed in to the digestive computer at once ?

My opinion is simple. The gut cannot cope. Do you know how I know ? I am approached by people all the time who say they are ‘doing the juice thing’ yet they are suffering from bloating, reflux, heart burn and indigestion. I have personal experience of this too. When I juiced, the liquid would flow straight through me. NO FIBRE and HIGH LEVELS of vegetable and fruit fructose in the juice traumatised my digestive tract.

So what IS happening ? If 9/10’s of the digestive process starts in the mouth then this juice is dropping straight into the gut without any pre-processing thus putting the gut function under tremendous stress. Add to this the fact that as much as 80% of all fibre is removed from the fruit and vegetables during the juicing process, then another issue arises. Fibre is required to aid in the removal of ‘bad bacteria’ from the colon wall. How then can you cleanse your colon appropriately if you are not taking all the natural fibre into your system ?

Yes I agree there maybe some benefits from juicing, but for the fibre reason and a personal desire to take in 100% whole food, I do a 3-4 fruit and/or 1 vegetable smoothie in the morning before anything else. I take my time with each mouthful giving it a good 10 seconds in the mouth so that enzymes and acids can do their work before it drops into my gut.

Red Whole Fruit Smoothie

By the way I do NOT advocate any whey based proteins in the morning. Enzymes in the fruit set off the bowel so elimination of ‘yesterday’s ‘ waste can commence with a degree of ease. Between 4.00am and 11.00am is when the body eliminates and all the body’s energies and effort are put into that process. I begin to eat after 11am and as a RAW Vegan my protein comes from greens and hemp mostly, although I have to say there IS protein in all fruits or vegetables. But that’s another story surrounding the lie of the great ‘protein bogey man’.

Please take a moment to think this through and if necessary begin to simplify your ‘liquid breakfast’. Your gut will thank you!! If you would like to learn more about finding that ‘place of integrative nutritional balance’ free of the fads and ‘next best thing’ then make contact with me via my webpage, via FaceBook or come and be a guest at one of my RAW Food Master Classes.

CLICK HERE for more info on the RAW Food Masterclasses which are held every other Saturday at my home here in Doonan on the Sunshine Coast of beautiful Queensland, Australia.

Scott Mathias - 'Understanding The Divine Gut'

I‘m a Digestive Health Specialist and Author living in beautiful Noosa, Australia and teaching globally.  As I approach 60, my journey to excellent health began when I sought and found natural means to heal myself of a chronic digestive disorder.   I founded iLifeFoods.com, a 100% pure Australian Digestive Health and Hemp Protein Company, and then proceeded to further change my lifestyle to support my ongoing excellent health by learning to prepare and serve the most amazing RAW food. I am also the Author of ‘Understanding The Divine Gut’.  Do join me in knowing more. I am here to help you find your personal freedom. 

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