Not many people drink natural juices on an everyday basis. We mostly choose coffee and soda before juices and this may be our biggest fault. According to the latest studies on juicing, it may be the key to defeating serious diseases, including type 2 diabetes.
One man who decided not to share his full name for this article, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at a young age. The first sign of his disease was his overwhelming and constant feeling of thirst. When he visited the doctor and shared his problem the doctor run a series of tests which revealed he was suffering from diabetes as a result of pancreatic failure.
He started taking insulin and become more active physically. At first he felt much better and started believing that his disease was under control. Unfortunately, soon after getting better, he started feeling worse. With every new pill he took, a new problem arose, including elevated cholesterol levels. He knew that he needed to do something if he wanted to survive this disease.
As the year 2013 arrived he decided to make a New Year’s resolution, inspired by the renowned Dr. Zirdum, and started a raw foods diet and juicing. Just one month later, the man managed to lose 11kg; 4 months later the number doubled (20kg). In addition to his healthy weight loss, his blood cholesterol levels dropped and his blood pressure was back to normal as well. He managed to stop taking his meds and reversed his diabetes completely.
It may sound like this approach is a bit far-fetched but his story is not the only one. There are countless cases of people managing to reverse type 2 diabetes with juicing and a diet made of raw foods.
Another successful story is Thomas’s, and older gentleman who was inspired to start juicing after going through a life-threatening heart condition.
Thomas managed to lose a quarter of his body weight in less than 4 months and stopped taking all of his medications, some he had been taking for more than 15 years. In addition to his, Thomas’s eyesight improved by 15% and his arthritis, blood pressure and cholesterol were under control.
Why is juicing so effective?
Our unhealthy lifestyle, inactivity and poor diets have been linked to the onset of diabetes and many other serious health problems. Moreover, the first and foremost predictor of diabetes is obesity. That’s why the best preventative measure against diabetes is losing weight, leading a more active life and eating healthier. This approach will not only help you prevent the onset of diabetes, but it will also help in the treatment of those already diagnosed with the disease.
When you start juicing your body’s vitamin and mineral levels are replenished which in turn helps you manage your insulin resistance and prevents overeating and unhealthy cravings. This is what helps diabetics reverse their condition.
Plus, juicing is much faster than cooking a full, healthy meal and you’re able to consume much more fruits and veggies.
Blending may be better than juicing
Even though juicing is super healthy and nutritious, it’s been known to cause energy bursts and constipation as the juices are low in fiber. This is why many nutritionists advise people to use a blender instead of a juicer, as the blender doesn’t eliminate the fiber and makes the juice easier for digestion.
Moreover, the higher the amount of fiber the better the digestion and absorption of carbs and the lower the incidence of energy spikes. Blending may be a better option for diabetics especially because they’re more sensitive to unsteady blood sugar levels.
What’s the 80/20 Rule?
The 80/20 rule means that your juice should be composed of 80% veggies and just 20% fruit because veggies are lower in sugars than fruits. As a matter of fact, consuming juices with higher amounts of fruits than veggies can actually increase your risk of diabetes.
However, if you choose wisely, even fruit juices can help you reverse the disease. Certain studies suggest that some fruits can be especially helpful when it comes to lowering the risk of diabetes. According to one study blueberries, apples and grapes are especially beneficial, just 2 servings of these fruits per week can help lower the risk of diabetes in prediabetes by 23% compared to just 1 serving per month.
If you’re new to the world of juicing here’s an excellent recipe you can start off with:
- 2 green apples
- 2 lg kale leaves
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 piece of cucumber
- Half a lemon
- ¼ c fresh cilantro
- 1 tbsp. almond butter
You should start off with washing all the ingredients and patting them dry. Remove the seeds from the apple and the kale leaves stems. Peel the lemon and juice it. Throw away the seeds, you’ll need just the pulp and juice. Now take the other ingredients and chop them finely. Toss everything in a blender and pulse until smooth. Consume it fresh.
In addition to juicing, you should focus on a healthier diet overall. Introduce more lean protein, fresh vegetables and complex carbs to your meals. Before you start juicing you should consult with your doctor or nutritionist to figure out the best approach for your condition.