Healing our Bodies: Organic Fasting/HyperalimentationApr 2nd, 2011 | By Cloutwomen | Category: Healthy Meals
Editor’s Note: After all the delicious and amazing food we have been testing and tasting recently, it seems to me like a little back to basic organic body tune up might be in order. For this, we turn to Yolanda Zaragoza, our contributor based in Paris for some healing advise. I appreciate her reminders on our Facebook stream of how healthy food is not difficult to incorporate into our active lifestyles. Here is her timely post for our new HEALTH section. I hope you enjoy! ~ lulu
One morning in January, I woke up feeling like I caught the bug. I decided that I would do an organic fasting to fight it, which meant that I was going to have only organic food all day, mostly raw. Although I had somewhat started to eat this way for some months now, I had not done anything as intense as what I was planning.
JUICING: First, wash the fruit and vegetable ingredients in filtered water with a capful or so of apple-cider vinegar (ACV), which acts as a disinfectant. I use purified water because it is partly absorbed by the organic fruits and vegetables which are soaked for, at least, 10 minutes. This keeps their organic origins from being contaminated by any toxins or other matters that maybe in the tap water. Then, drain off the excess water.
The next step is to cut up the ingredients into strips and bits, to fit the neck of the masticating juicer, as opposed to using the centrifugal type. Choosing the right juicer makes a world of difference in the resulting juice. The masticating juicer chews out the fruit and vegetable to a pulp, slowly, thereby squeezing more juice out with higher nutritional values, including glyconutrients.
This is an important feature because our bodies need to get the most nutrition out of raw food ingredients, the rebuilding blocks to get our bodies back into becoming healthy again, to the state where it can start healing from within without taking medication.
I started my day with a glass of ACV + honey, diluted in filtered water to make an 8 oz. drink. After an hour, it was followed by…
* TIP: Carrot strips and apple strips are juiced alternately. The carrot pulp helps move the apple mush through the masticating part of the juicer.
sweetened with agave syrup
Avocado – the best fruit source for Vit E that protects against many diseases and maintains overall health; an excellent source for glutathione (antioxidant) for anti aging, cancer, heart diseases; a source for folate – lowers incidence of heart diseases; when eaten in a salad, it enables better absorption of carotenoids (lycopene and beta carotene) five times; a source for carotenoid lutein – protects against macular degenaration and cataracts.
Bananas – one of the best sources for potassium which is an essential mineral in maintaining a healthy heart function(in maintaining or lowering blood pressure and protects against atherosclerosis).
seasoned with pepper and drizzled with olive oil
Quinoa – a high complete protein source rich in essential nutrients; high in fiber content; rich in manganese and magnesium (good for migraine sufferers), zinc, Vit E, and selenium which control weigh; reduce the risks for heart disease, certain types of cancer and diabetes. It also is an an anti-oxidant that protects the body from free-radical damage; rich in riboflavin (B 2) essential in energy production within the cells; provides significant cardiovascular benefits for post-menopausal women.
Cucumber – a succulent with Vit C,caffeic acid, and folate; good for soothing skin irritations and swelling; cucumber skin is rich in fiber and the minerals silica, potassium and magnesium; the ascorbic and caffeic acid content prevents water retention; when applied topically, it is good for eyebags, sunburn, and dermatitis.
Lettuce – a good source of chlorophyll and Vit K, A and C; has minerals like iron, calcium, phosphorus, folic acid, manganese, postassium, chromium; has high water content and low in calories; high fiber – helps with elimination of toxins and other waste materials. Juicing lettuce leaves ( the darker the better) can be used as natural home remedies for sexual disorders, iron deficiency, weight loss, hair loss, insomnia, cardiovascular disease, and strengthening of weak bones.
Garlic – may help improve iron metabolism; a good source of selenium; aids in keeping our blood vessels expanded and helps stabilize the blood pressure; research suggests that garlic consumption may actually help to regulate the number of fat cells that get formed in our body; has anti-inflammatory properties.
Just a quick glance at the list of ingredients and their health benefits shows me how much nutrients I had taken in one day. A lot of it! I consumed close to 4.5 kilos (about 10 pounds) of fruits and vegetables. In the Gerson diet for people suffering from chronic diseases, the total consumption is close to 9 kilos (about 20 pounds) per day.
The following day, I woke up with a fever. I continued my program. Ingesting food in juice form bypasses the digestive system and goes straight into our bloodstream. In so doing, it carries with it the toxins – acummulated amounts of food additives, residues of pesticides and othe agrichemicals – to the liver. Plus, add the toxins that had previously built up in the liver, this could have caused a “toxin jam”. An important part of the Gerson therapy is employing coffee enemas to detoxify the liver. I followed the directions and I had a coffee enema. After sometime, my fever was gone. I continued to juice.
Day 3: After I started my fasting /juicing program, I woke up and realized that I could move with ease, with out much pain in my neck and back from osteoarthritis, my chronic conditions of frozen shoulder and tennis elbow, and my pinched sciatic nerve. I still followed my juicing regimen.
I continue to eat this way, as much as I can, because I have never felt this good in the last 25 years. And, to think that the orthopedist told me a year ago that there was no cure for my osteoarthritis, he was wrong. Now, I think I can gracefully age without complaining too much.
You, too, can be pain free or even be disease free! It takes more than a day or months to get to this point. For some, it takes years of being on a much stricter vegetarian raw-food diet to be healed.
Gerson, C. & Bishop, B. (2010). HEALING the Gerson Way – Defeating Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases. Gerson Health Media: Californiacl