“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.” Coco Chanel
A laugh-line here, a pouch or a sag there. Is your body mirroring your true age or is it making you seem older than you are? At 40, I caught myself a couple of times examining my reflection more than thoroughly. Is this really me?
Our aging begins when the normal process of cell regeneration and rebuilding slows. This slowdown is caused by the accumulation of waste products in the tissues which interfere with the nourishment of our cells. Because our cells need a constant supply of oxygen and nourishment in the form of minerals and vitamins, we are directly responsible for how we age.
Some of the reasons why cell regeneration can slow down:
If your cells are deprived of nourishment they require, they will start to degenerate and break down. Only healthy and vital cells can successfully replace and rebuild healthy cells. Therefore, if the normal process is diminished, you start to grow old faster and earlier. Even our resistance to diseases will decline and you’ll get sick more often.
There are many components of aging but nutrition, smoking, alcohol and pollutants are the main contributors.
Let’s focus on nutrition; after all, nutrition is my specialty.
Most importantly, focus on efficient elimination! A sluggish metabolism and constipation can and will result in inefficient elimination. You don’t need a vivid imagination to know what kind of mess a backed-up pipe leaves behind. Retention and accumulation of toxic wastes in the tissues will interfere with cell nourishment, which causes disease and premature aging.
Not only is it important to nourish cells for healthy regeneration, but it’s vital to eliminate dead and sick cells as quickly as possible.
Try this; just go on a three-day fruit-only diet, you will discover that this waste material is a fact. Citrus fruits, as all fruits, are phenomenal mucus expectorants. Your tongue will clearly mirror the appearance of the inside of your body - bad breath will be unbearable, your tongue will be thoroughly coated and you will start to purge mucus. Evidently, toxins and waste is made clearly visible by detoxification. At this point, health through detoxification isn't a myth anymore, it's a reality you can see and feel. You could use some of these delicious citrus recipes below.
Minty Citrus Juice
1 orange, NO PEEL!
1/2 lemon, with peel, organic
1/3 bunch of Mint
Process through the Juicer and discard pulp! (not blender)
Sweet Grapefruit Juice
1 Grapefruit, peeled
2 Oranges, peeled
Process through the Juicer and discard pulp OR use a Citrus Juicer! (not blender)
Place all ingredients into the Vitamix/Blender container and secure the lid
Turn machine on and slowly increase speed
Blend for 1 minute or until desired consistency is reached
Did you know that your body can't get to the nutrients from vegetables and fruits because it's encased in fiber? Some 90% of the nutrients in produce we eat are eliminated with the vegetable fiber as it passes through the body. The most valuable things in life - like the vital part of fruits and vegetables are the most difficult to reach because they are deep within the fibers. The reason juicing is imperative to our health is because the juicer is separating the fiber from the juice; making the vitamins and minerals easily available to our body; where they can be used entirely in the nourishment and regeneration of the cells, tissues, glands and organs of our body. Our digestive system can absorb juice within minutes without weighing down the gastrointestinal tract.
If you suffer from a toxic and sick GI (gastrointestinal) tract, which most adults do, very little of the nutrients you're eating gets absorbed in the small intestine. By completely eliminating the fiber and making the vitamins, minerals and enzymes readily accessible to your body through juicing, you're getting the most out of fruits and vegetables.
Fruits in sufficient variety will provide you with all the carbohydrates and sugar that your body needs. Lemon juice and fruit acids of all kinds neutralize the stickiness of mucus and pus. Vegetable juices are the builders and regenerators of the body. They contain all the amino acids, minerals, salts, enzymes, and vitamins needed by the human body; provided that you use fresh, raw juices without preservatives. You see, juice fasting cleanses the body while supplying a dramatic increase in vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Vegetable and fruit juices are a living fuel that doesn't require digestive energy from the body; allowing the body's entire focus to be on healing, detoxification, and rejuvenation. As toxic our bodies are, it would be unsafe to Water Fast because water fasting dumps too many toxins and waste-matter into our circulation.
And this is where Juice Fasting comes in, because juice fasting is a modern, safe, and effective detoxification method.
Above all, raw juices are packed with vitamins, minerals, living enzymes, antioxidants, phytochemicals; yet low enough in calories to force the body to cannibalize (eat up) its own waste, propelling you to vigorous physical health and clarity of mind.
Now go, make a juice, and look fabulous.
Keep Juicing and Stay Healthy!
Juice Fasting Maven
Hi, I'm Monika. I'm a Mother to two teenage boys. I'm married for 22 years. As a Nutrition Specialist, I have researched and practiced European Fasting Traditions for almost two decades, and this wisdom I'm thrilled to share with you.