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Therapeutic Benefits of Raw Potato Juices

Juicing raw Potatoes is a valuable natural remedy which can provide help for our digestive system, including benefiting ulcers, digestive disorders, constipation and diarrhea.   It can help eliminate acids in the stomach and relieve ulcer pains. For such treatment, it is recommended to use the juice of red potatoes and also the new potatoes. It is important that red potato juice should be consumed right after is it made. For making a good potato juice, all potatoes should be washed out, dried out, where all the black spots are removed. Also, you should never use juice of immature (green coloured) potatoes or the potatoes with black dots since such potatoes can contain certain toxic substances. If you mix it with carrot juice (25% of raw potato juice and 75% of fresh carrot juice), raw potato juice can help to calm down burning sensation and gastritis pains.

Since raw potato juice is not that tasty, you can mix it with other veggies…..but if you want to keep the potato juice in its raw form, with no combining, you can add fresh lemon juice to it.  Taken raw like this in the morning, this tonic is excellent for digestive disturbances, and constipation, and/or diarrhea.

Linda and I don’t usually recommend potato juice raw because it’s quite potent, and should be considered taken only with nutritionists and/or naturopathic doctor’s guidance.  There are certain problems and ailments connected with the function of our digestive system, which can be escalated by using a potato therapy.

Potato juice can be effective also when combined with Parsley, Cucumber, Lemon, Carrot, Celery, Beet, Apple.

The best potatoes to use are the small white, and never juice potatoes without washing thoroughly and cutting out all eyes and dark spots beforehand.

Here’s some interesting information about the healing properties of Potatoes:

Potatoes are nutritious and easily digestible, so they are suitable for all ages. They are diuretic, soothing, anti-spasmodic and help with digestion.  Below are some therapeutic uses of potatoes:

Anemia: Potatoes are excellent sources of both iron and folic acid, which are essential for the production of red blood cells. For this reason potatoes can be used as a natural aid in the prevention or treatment of different forms of anemia.

Arthritis: Like rheumatism, arthritis is an inflammatory condition. The high minerals, potassium and organic salt content in potato makes it one of the best anti-inflammatory food. Slice a potato together with the skin and soak in a glass of distilled water. Drink in the morning before meal.

Burns, rashes and other skin irritations: When applied on the skin, raw potatoes (cut into slices or juiced) have anti-irritating, soothing and decongestioning properties.  It can be used to treat a wide variety of skin irritations and conditions, including burns, rashes, as well as skin redness, itching and dehydration.

Constipation and hemorrhoids: Boiled or steamed potatoes promote the formation and passage of soft, hydrated stools. So they can be effectively used as a natural remedy to treat constipation, eliminate bowel straining and prevent hemorrhoids.

Gastritis and gastric ulcers: Perhaps the most common use of raw potato juice is to treat gastritis, colitis, gastric and intestinal ulcers, due to its anti-acid and healing properties. In these cases, to get the maximum benefit from potato juice, it is advisable to drink a half glass of it 3 to 4 times a day, for at least one month.

High blood pressure: Potatoes are excellent sources of potassium, which helps lower and stabilize blood pressure.

Joint and other types of pain: The regular consumption of raw potato juice is a valuable remedy in relieving pain associated with arthritis, gout and even headaches.

Rheumatism: The juice extracted from raw potato is an excellent remedy for rheumatism. It is very detoxifying for a toxic condition. Take 2 teaspoons of the juice before meal for best effect.

Tired eyes: Raw potato is really a useful aid for tired eyes.  Apply thin slices of raw potato on the eyes at least twice a day, eyes dark circles will miraculously disappear!

Weight loss: It’s a myth that potatoes are fattening. It is the oil in fried potatoes that causes weight gain.  Raw potatoes are an excellent alternative for cereals and grains in any weight-loss regimen, due to their lower calorie content.

Q and A’s …. “Why Juice?”

Q:  Why Juice?  There’s not really a great history of people drinking juices in the world.  We ate food, so where did juices fit into that pattern, before juicers were invented?

A:  We have evolved into something that isn’t the original human body,  so we have had to use other techniques to keep ourselves healthy.

The fact is,  we are the only creature on Earth that cooks our foods.  In the last 50 years, we have also evolved into eating a preponderance of processed foods, so the body has drastically changed and has been forced to compensate.  Throw stress into the mix and we all suffer even more.

At one time, millions of years ago, us humans were only munchers.  Before there was fire, before there were stoves and cookware, man just ate off the land, because that’s all he had.  He had a great digestive tract,  and a tremendous enzyme storehouse.  There wasn’t any white sugar, Gumbies, Cocopuffs, hormones in foods, pollutants in foods, etc.,.  Only Nature.

In the very beginning, man also air dried their meat, and once the meat was attracting maggots, they knew it had the enzymes needed for proper digestion and assimilation.  Sound gross?  Sure it does, but that’s the way to eat meat, if you are going to eat it.  To me, I would never touch it.  I can find all I need in fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables, legumes, herbs and soaked grains.

Back in those early days of man, he had a working appendix.  That appendix had an oily substance to lubricate the colon as you ate, so man could eat large quantities of fruits and vegetables, greens, etc.,.  Also  the availiability of the nutrients was sixty to seventy percent.  Right now some of us are absorbing only 20% of our nutrients from our foods.  When the body is digesting any food, just remember, all it is in essence, trying to do, is separate the foods from the juices, so the juices can penetrate the intestinal wall, as it is broken down to liquids.  It is only the liquids which permieate through the intestinal wall into the blodostream and through the lier to feed your sixty trillion cells.  The fiber, of course, has to be eliminated through bowel movements, yet the fiber plays an important role….our colons need to be cleaned, so this fiber takes care of keeping the 33 feet (from the opening of our mouths to the bottom) of our intestines and colon healthy.

This is why JUICING is so imperative for us now, in this day of age, due to the fact we are absorbing very little nutrients from the foods we are eating, compounded by the fact that the foods we are usually eating don’t have much food value in them.  When you juice, you are getting 100% of the nutrients from these fruits and vegetables, because they are pre-digested, going into our bloodstream immediately, feeling our 60 trillion cells.  THIS is why we juice.

Jay Kordich answering questions at his seminar, January 2011

Want Energy? Consume Plant Food Enzymes….through JUICING & Living Foods!

The key to vitality is simple: it lies within enzymes!

The difference between live, living, sun-baked foods and cooked, devitalized foods is the presence or lack of — enzymes.  It is known that cooking foods, even placing them in boiling water, virtually kills all enzymes.  Baking bread kills enzymes. Most dairy products don’t have enzymes.  However, if you read a label of cheese at the grocery store, it will say enzymes.  These are not the enzymes we are talking about.  This reference to enzymes is the cow intestine used to help coagulate and form the cheese.  Most dairy products don’t have any natural enzymes, because most dairy products are pasteurized.  Juices sold in cartons, cans and bottles may have some vitamins and minerals, but you can be assured the enzymes are long gone.  A diet comprised of all (or mostly) cooked devitalized foods deprives the body of the enzyme nutrition it needs to properly function day in and day out. It is surprising – even alarming – that more people do not understand this basic biological fact.

Human enzymes are catalysts and, in that role, are key to the workings of the entire body.  Enzyme activity begins from the moment an egg is fertilized by sperm, and it does not stop until the day we die.  Enzymes initiate, direct or accelerate virtually every chemical reaction required for life.  Absolutely nothing happens without enzymes.  Breathing, blinking, hearing, smelling, seeing – all are governed by catalytic enzyme activity. Enzymes are required to eat, digest and absorb all nutrients.  The immune system depends on enzymes to direct its functions. Enzymes are used by the heart, liver, kidneys and lungs.  Indeed, if it were not for enzymes, your body would be no more than a lifeless pile of chemicals.

In addition to enzymes, vegetables and fruits contribute much-needed fiber to our body.  When food is eaten in a living and unprocessed state, its fibers act as an intestinal broom to maintain intestinal cleanliness. High-heat cooking destroys the fibrous life in food.  The fibers lose their magnetism through the heating process and become devitalized.  They now act more like a mop than a broom, swabbing through the intestines, all too often leaving a coating of slime on intestinal walls.  In time, this slime accumulates and putrefies, ultimately causing toxemia.  The colon then becomes sluggish, causing constipation, colitis, diverticulosis and other disturbances to occur.  For those of you who have colon trouble or challenges, we suggest a thirty-day colon cleanse. Cleanses can really help with better absorption of the foods you eat. You may want to speak with your doctor before starting any kind of fast or deep cleanse.  Linda and I have a naturopathic doctor we always use to help us with cleanses because he can regulate when we should end them or continue with them.

As Doctor Walker, my mentor since l948 says, “Life as life cannot be explained, so we describe enzymes as a Cosmic Energy Principle or vibration which promotes a chemical action or change in atoms and molecules, causing a reaction, without changing, destroying or using up the enzymes themselves in the process.” He continues, “By supplying our body daily with the elements of which it is composed, we can have complete health provided that we give due thought, attention and consideration to the other two parts of our being, namely, our Mind and our Spirit.”

To date, science has identified roughly 3,200 enzymes – and that is likely just the tip of the iceberg.  One enzyme helps to build phosphorus in bone.  Another causes muscles to contract.  Yet another is responsible for the clotting mechanism in blood.  Fear, hunger and sexual arousal are all controlled in the brain by other powerful enzymes. Undeniably, the importance of enzymes is enormous, for enzymes embody the mysterious “life principle,” the very energy upon which every living thing thrives.  This is why we speak of Live Foods Live Bodies.  When we consume mostly living foods, our bodies are more alive and thoroughly bathed with living enzymes.

Our Enzyme Bank Account…..

We are all born with a fixed amount of enzymes, a kind of personal enzyme bank account. Those who exist on an enzyme-less diet of cooked, denatured, processed foods wantonly spend their body’s precious enzyme reserves.  On the other hand, those who regularly consume fresh juices and living juices – which are loaded with enzymes– make regular deposits into their body’s enzyme bank account, and thereby avoid unnecessary disease and premature aging.

One of the first to prove the necessity of living food enzymes in human nutrition, respected authority Dr. Edward Howell, put over 40 years of his life into enzymology research.  Two other wonderful doctors we recommend in the enzymology field are Dr. Chicoke of Oregon, and Dr. Humberto Santillo.  They both have authored remarkable books, which can be found in Chapter 7’s Websites and References.  What Dr. Howell discovered in his studies is scientific fact:

1. Enzymes, present in all living foods, are routinely destroyed by cooking anything over 119 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. A diet of cooked, refined, enzyme-less foods forces the pancreas to work overtime, cranking out extra enzymes in order to process the denatured and devitalized foods and move it through the digestive tract.

3. This overburdening of the pancreas causes it to become enlarged, just as an overburdened heart muscle enlarges. This results in accelerated aging, an increase in chronic degenerative diseases, and ultimately cancer.

When the pancreas is overburdened with regular consumption of enzyme-less food, it is deterred from its function of producing insulin and creating pancreatic enzymes to keep tropoblastic (precancerous) cells at bay.  The pancreatic enzymes devour weakened, ailing, even cancerous cells which left unchecked may result in all sorts of insidious digestive ailments, such as leaky gut syndrome and colitis.

Enzymes to the Rescue

The obvious question is can we consume more enzymes to improve our health?  The answer is an emphatic YES!—in the form of living, sun-baked, uncooked, raw foods, and their fresh juices

You see, all natural foods consumed raw are bursting with enzymes required for their digestion.  These food enzymes aren’t lazy.  They work day and night to break down and digest the millions of cells in the plants we eat, whether they are fruits, vegetables or herbs.  Fresh pineapple, for example, contains the powerful enzyme bromelain; bananas have the enzyme amylase; and papaya, the enzyme papain.  Likewise, when you eat a raw carrot, the natural occurring enzyme it contains does much of the work, breaking that carrot down in your stomach and small intestine.

But juice that carrot and you “do your body good.”  Freshly prepared juices are essentially predigested food, with nearly all the nutrients – and live enzymes – synergistically intact.  Juice a carrot, and you give your body an automatic “enzyme boost,” an extra shot of live, usable enzymes ready to go to work for all your vital organs and tissues.  This is why we recommend you consume the Digestive Juice Specials (in Chapter One) with your meals.  These juices are rich in enzymes, and if by chance you are eating a meal that is not at least 75% living, these juices are designed to help digest your cooked meal.

It bears repeating from our introduction:

Whenever you eat a meal, ask yourself, “How much of my meal is enzyme-rich?”

This simply means how much raw food in on my plate?  This awareness will ultimately change the way you look and feel about foods forever.

Your personal lifestyle and higher-attuned consciousness will determine how far and how quickly you can go with this eating program.  Those living in a warm climate year-round or a more sublime manner of living may find it easier to adapt readily to a new eating routine, while those who are used to fast food, heavy coffee/alcohol consumption and an on-the-go mentality may need to make more moderate changes. Ironically, when we do consume at least 75% of our foods from live plant life, nuts, seeds, herbs and soaked grains, our lives become much more relaxed and balanced.

For those who are not consuming at least 75% of their foods in this way, we suggest you consume up to one quart of vegetable juices daily or supplement your diet with enzymes with each meal, but sip sip sip….mix it in with your meal and only drink 8 ounces, nothing more, otherwise you will dilute your stomach acids.  You can also add to your cooked meal one of the following: chopped raw onions, chives, or uncooked fresh garlic.  Adding these items to cooked food helps to make them more “alive” with available natural enzymes for better digestion.  We believe the compounds in raw onions and garlic destroy foreign bacteria.  Raw onions and garlic contain a natural antiseptic that also helps keep the colon clean.

Broccoli Linked to Decreased Prostate Cancer

Researchers Victoria Kirsh, Ph.D., of Cancer Care Ontario in Toronto and her colleagues investigated a possible connection between consuming more cruciferous vegetables, specifically broccoli, and cancer risk overall. Their results indicated a larger intake of dark green and cruciferous vegetables, especially broccoli, was associated with decreased risk of aggressive prostate cancer.

To make the most of your fresh broccoli purchases, use the florets in your salads and use the stalk in your juice. A great recipe is a few carrots, an apple, 1/4 to 1/2 stalk broccoli and a stalk of celery.

National Cancer Research study article here.

Berries help aging brain stay healthy

New research indicates blueberries, strawberries and acai berries may activate the brain’s natural “housekeeper” mechanism and help rid the body of toxins linked to age-related memory loss and other types of mental decline.

The research was done at the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in Boston. The results suggest that “natural compounds called polyphenolics found in fruits, vegetables and nuts have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect that may protect against age-associated decline,” said researcher Shibu Poulose, Ph.D.

Walnuts were also indicated in the research to have similar anti-aging effects. So add a handful of berries to your daily juice combos and replace packaged processed snacks with a handful of walnuts.

 

Oranges are packed with benefits

We all know about the Vitamin C in oranges, but what else makes the orange such a powerhouse of nutritional benefits? Researchers wanted to study if the whole is more important than the parts as far as this tasty fruit is concerned.

What the researchers found was nothing new to those of us who have been listening to Jay Kordich for many years. Their conclusion is basically the same thing Jay has been saying for years. The whole orange is more important than it’s individual parts. It’s the synergy of all the minerals, vitamins, anti-oxidents, phytonutrients that make the orange so useful to the human body.

“We’re looking for synergistic effects,” said Tory Parker, BYU assistant professor of nutrition, dietetics and food science. ”Cases where the effect of two or more antioxidants together was stronger than the sum of them separately.”

The researches said “There’s something about an orange that’s better than taking a vitamin C capsule, and that’s really what we’re trying to figure out,” said Parker.  ”We think it’s the particular mixture of antioxidants in an orange that makes it so good for you.”

Squeezing maximum health benefits out of an orange.

Beet Juice may help fight dementia

New research suggests drinking beet juice increases blood flow to the brain. This indicates beets may help fight the progression of dementia in older people. Researchers are centering in on the high nitrate level in beets, also found in other green leafy vegetables, because nitrates open up blood vessels and this may be the reason for the increased brain blood flow.

Previous studies have shown drinking beet juice can lower blood pressure. This new study looked at the areas of the brain that may be affected by the beet effect. Their results indicated “increased blood flow to the white matter of the frontal lobes, which are the areas of the brain most commonly associated with the degeneration that leads to dementia and other cognitive conditions”.

Jay suggests adding beets to just about any of your vegetable juice recipes. However he cautions you to start with adding just a 1/4 of a beet to your juice combo and then increasing this daily until your body becomes accustomed to them.

Drinking Beet Juice Increases Blood Flow to Brain and May Fight Dementia

Bottled Tea basically useless for Health

Seems like on a daily basis recently we read about another reason to question manufactured and corporately created, grown or raised food products. The latest nail in the coffin is research that shows tea, you know, the stuff everyone and their brother tells us is good to drink, turns out not so much the case if it’s commercially made and bottled.  You need to brew it yourself to get the healthful benefits.  Surprise!

Homemade tea has 20 times the antioxidant of bottled tea.