Recently I decided to see what all this juicing was about. I have known after studying alternative therapy for cancer patients, that juicing is extremely beneficial at keeping the insides of their body’s alkaline. Cancer thrives in an acidic environment (lower pH). If your diet consists of consuming high amounts of the SAD (standard American diet), you are helping to create an acidic environment for cancer to thrive and survive. Certain foods are excellent at keeping your “insides” alkaline. However, it is not as simple as saying ‘cancer thrives in an acidic environment’ and ‘eating certain foods will decrease your acidity’. Let me turn to this over to Dr. Kevin Conners, an alternative cancer therapy doctor in Minnesota.
“You have to understand physiology; pH of the blood will always be maintained at the expense of the tissue. A diet high in carbs, additives, flavorings, chemicals, excitotoxins, etc., tend to acidify the system, NOT because they are acidic in themselves, but because of what the body needs to do to detoxify such garbage. Our bodies do not become alkaline because we drink alkaline water any more than we become acidic because we eat things that have a low pH. Sure, soda pop is acidifying to the system but NOT because it is acidic (it is), it is acidifying because of the increased (and overwhelming) pressure the accumulation of poor food choices has on the liver and cellular organelles.
How do we alkalize the tissue? Is that a goal? Yes and no. Our goal should be to detoxify and stop toxifying the body by getting back to the way we were meant to eat. Vegetables and whole fruit help to bring balance back to the system and are alkalizing to the tissue, NOT because they register higher on the pH scale (lemons are extremely acidic) but because of what they do INSIDE us. They are filled with nutrients and enzymes that aide healing. Understand, I can destroy a carrot by growing it conventionally with fertilizers and pesticides, process it, blanch it, can it and let it store on a grocers shelf for nine months and THINK I’m doing right by eating vegetables but my carrot side dish may now be equally as acidifying to my system as a can of soda. It is both the type and quality of food choices that either brings healing or destruction.
Live, raw, organic food is the best alkalizer. This is why juicing (making your own home-made carrot, apple, celery juice, etc.) is the best. It is a pre-digested bundle of nutrition that alkalizes your tissue. It also carries an abundant amount of enzymes that assist the breakdown of the acidic ‘slime’ layer of cancer.”
The acidic slime layer forms around cancer cells, decreasing the body’s natural ability to destroy the cell. Cancer cells are destroying the ‘healthy’ cells at such a rapid rate that the body’s self-detoxifying system can’t remove the sludge of the cell’s destroyed tissue, and this ‘slime layer’ builds up. This build up prevents your body’s immune system (TH1 cells) from ‘killing’ the cancer cell.
It is for this reason alone, that I recommend cancer patients to be juicing at least 16-24 ounces of vegetable juice a day. This is also the reason I have decided to begin juicing since my father has suffered both colon and throat cancer.
My favorite juicing recipe:
- Green apple