Raw Juice vs. Bottled
Raw Juice vs. Bottled
Why Raw Juice is Better than Bottled
Freshly squeezed orange juice tastes so much better than store-bought, doesn’t it? There’s a reason. Know what it is? When you drink the juice of a raw orange – or any fruit or vegetable - right after it’s been extracted, you’re filling your body with living enzymes, vitamins, and nutrients. Our bodies are alive. They can tell the difference between a living juice and one that has been sitting on a shelf containing preservatives and additives. It tastes different because it is different. Store-bought juices are pasteurized…
Pasteurization Kills the Nutrients and Enzymes
According to Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary, “pasteurization” is defined as the following:
1 : partial sterilization of a substance and especially a liquid (as milk) at a temperature and for a period of exposure that destroys objectionable organisms without major chemical alteration of the substance
2 : irradiation of food products
So, pasteurization “destroys objectionable organisms without major chemical alteration of the substance”…
Let’s think about that for a minute. Have you thought about it? Good. Because it doesn’t take long to figure out the juice you’re going to put into your body has been altered – and not without at least some chemical change.
It’s safe to conclude that raw (unpasteurized) juice is indeed the better, healthier option---pasteurized juice is dead.
Why Do You Want Your Juice to Contain Raw Nutrients, Enzymes, and Vitamins?
You’re wondering what all the fuss is about regarding raw nutrients, enzymes, and vitamins, aren’t you? Let’s take a look at what they’re all about and why you want – and need – them in your life.
First, we’ll head back over to Merriam-Webster. There, we can learn what each of these words mean, then go from there.
Enzyme: any of numerous complex proteins that are produced by living cells and catalyze specific biochemical reactions at body temperatures
Nutrients: : a nutritive substance or ingredient
1 : of or relating to nutrition
2 : nourishing
Vitamins: : any of various organic substances that are essential in minute quantities to the nutrition of most animals and some plants, act especially as coenzymes and precursors of coenzymes in the regulation of metabolic processes but do not provide energy or serve as building units, and are present in natural foodstuffs or sometimes produced within the body
Basically, a living enzyme is a protein molecule that gangs up with oxygen to help your body digest the food you eat. If you have indigestion all the time, chances are you aren’t consuming raw foods and juices—you’re eating overly-processed foods with no nutrition value.
And, nutrients are the nutrition (benefits) any given fruit, vegetable, seed, or nut has to offer, e.g. Vitamin C in oranges. Vitamins are coenzymes (a thermostable nonprotein compound that forms the active portion of an enzyme system after combination with an apoenzyme)*
What Does Your Body Do With the Raw Nutrients, Enzymes, and Vitamins?
Like a sponge, your body happily absorbs all of the above goodies when you include them in your diet. Your digestion will improve, you’ll rest better at night, have a healthier bowel, think more clearly; some even insist their eyesight is enhanced.
Here’s an example:
Perhaps you’re suffering from Fibromyalgia or Arthritis: two illnesses where inflammation runs ramped throughout your body, right? Once you’ve purged your body of the processed foods (frozen, canned, or packaged foods and/or juices filled with chemicals that have processed all the live nutrients until they’re dead) and began consuming raw, living foods and juices, you’ll begin to notice improvements in the way you feel and the quality of your life.
Want to decrease that inflammation, lose weight, wake up refreshed, flexible instead of stiff, with more youthful-looking healthier hair, skin and nails, and a more positive outlook on life? You can! Prime reasons that your body needs raw foods and juices, and what can happen when you give your body what it needs.
Convenience or Caring, Conscious Choice?
Mother Nature gave us living fruits and vegetables to consume—not cardboard boxes or cans. Although bottled or canned juices are more convenient – especially if you’re on-the-go all the time – they aren’t the best choice. As we’ve already discussed, it’s because they aren’t alive and our bodies need to be fed raw, living foods.
By juicing raw foods – particularly organic – ourselves in a juice machine, we are maximizing the health benefits of our favorite fruits and veggies. Not only do raw juices tickle our taste buds more than the average processed juice, we have more control of the ingredients and the quality of the ingredients that go into the machine—and, ultimately, our bodies.
Think Raw Juice Will Be Boring? Think Again!
Mix it up and have fun. Enjoy apple-grape juice? Toss in some grapes and an apple and viola, you have juice. What about pineapple? Juice the entire pineapple – rind and all. Grapefruit? Strawberry-kiwi? Carrot? Orange? Make your own! You’ll get to enjoy delicious, healthful drinks free of preservatives and additives. Most importantly, your juice creations will be living drinks overflowing with all the goodies our bodies are desperately craving.
Worried About the Work?
Preparing raw juices doesn’t have to be a chore. Sure, there’s the fact that you need to purchase a juicing machine, actually use it, and then clean up the mess. But it comes down to this: What is your health worth? What is your life worth? How do you envision your future?
Ah, Reaping What You Sew!
Ever hear anyone say “You’ll reap just what you sew”? They’re referring to living a good, decent life such as abiding by rules and the law, etc. But the same applies to our diet. If you gorge yourself with donuts and french fries, you’ll feel like a doughy, salty person—blah and sick.
Cherish your health. Feed your body raw, living foods and juices. Put a little extra effort into preparing them yourself and your body will thank you for a long time.
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary (Merriam-Webster.com)
The preceding information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. It is valuable to seek the advice of an alternative health care professional before making any changes.
These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using these or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.
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