Essential Elements for Health

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English: Healthy nutrition pyramid with 7 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables to get precious phytonutrients to feed your body at the cellular level. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Essential elements for healthy body

Even though the subject matter of this series  is juice diet, it is essential to discuss certain essential elements which are themselves the main body building blocks necessary for good health.

We consume food to keep our body active and healthy. One thing we ought to realize is that man can select proper diet only when he knows what constituents of food are necessary for healthy body. Then one should eat only that food, the constituents of which are congenial to one.

These constituents should rejuvenate the body besides maintaining health. Diseases are caused because of deficiencies of some of these essential constituents. If we know this, we shall never eat dispensable food.

We need to cultivate this kind of understanding of and view-point on the system and substance of diet.

With a view to making our lives happy, with healthy and active body, our daily diet should normally consist of the following constituents:

  1. Carbohydrates :  The most important function of the carbohydrates is to provide fuel and energy to the body. The carbohydrates include sugar and starch. This constituent of food is available from all kinds of food grains (cereals). Flour devoid of husk, polished rice, white sugar etc., retain their carbohydrates but loose most of the vitamins and minerals. Processed carbohydrates (if taken in excess) reduce the power of digestion and place unnecessary pressure on other organs of the body. Therefore we should try to reduce from our diet the quantum of processed food except few substances  containing natural carbohydrates.
  2. Fat :  Fat provides heat to the body. Vegetable fats (oil seeds, edible oil) are preferable, because they are better digested and comparatively harmless, in comparison to animal fats (milk, meat, etc). Animal fats have saturated fatty acids cause accumulation of bad cholesterol in the arteries, narrowing the path of blood. In such situation diseases like high blood pressure and heart disease can occur. You are therefore advised to take food with less fats or food prepared with vegetable oils containing unsaturated fats.
  3. Protein : Proteins are necessary for the growth, development and reconstruction of the body. It is therefore of great importance in our diet. Several types of amino acids constitute proteins. It is worth noting that our bodies produce some amino acids, while the rest are obtained from food.
  4. Vitamins : Vitamins are organic chemical substances required in the body for the process of metabolism. Our bodies are not capable of producing these substances. Vitamins are named by coded letters like Vitamin ‘A’, Vitamin ‘B’, and so on. Description and use is better obtained from your physician.
  5. Minerals : A mineral, according to Cyclopaedia Medical dictionary, is a solid inorganic element or compound occurring in nature. Minerals are essential for the formation of cells of the body. They are essential for maintaining optimal health. They play a very important role in the complex processes going on in the body. Again the use of minerals should be advised by your physician. It is especially important ll  for the old people (over 50 years) to be particularly careful about minerals.
  6. Enzymes :  An enzyme is a catalyst produced in the live cells. Enzyme aids chemical changes in the body. In dictionaries, catalyst is described as a substance which causes or assists a chemical change in another substance without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change. Enzymes help in the digestion of foods. Please seek more explanations and advise from your physician.

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10 Commandments For Juice Diet

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Important instructions

Fruit and vegetable juices are the best form of the natural food. This is because they contain a large number of nourishing and disease-fighting nutrients like vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

This blog throws light on such healing power of fresh fruit and vegetable juices.

Several hundred years ago, a great Athenian philosopher known as Socrates said:

” Diet is health, diet is medicine .”

If you take to juice diet you should follow the important instructions given below:

  1. You should distinctly determine the purpose of the juice diet, Whether you want to adopt it for the purpose of maintaining health or getting relief from disease. This should be very clear.
  2. The intake of juice-diet  should be regular. If the purpose of taking the juice-diet is to get rid of virulent and chronic diseases, then you should follow the juice diet systematically and with all earnestness.
  3. You should take a fixed quantity of  juice at predetermined fixedhours regularly every day.
  4. A variety in fruits and vegetable is desirable. If you intend to use the diet-juice to get relief from specific diseases, the selection of fruits and vegetables should be strictly under the guidance of an expert dietician.
  5. In order to preserve its useful and live elements, take the juice fresh immediately after it has been extracted. Sip the juice by draughts. A quick swallowing of juice does not give expected results.
  6. If you want to take raw food, salad or nuts with the juice-diet, take the juice some time before taking the other foods so that the enzymes contained in the juice may help digestion.
  7. Always take your juice diet with delightful mind. Juice taken with full faith and hope is more beneficial.
  8. During the period of juice-diet, the toxic elements concealed in the body may try to find their way out through different processes of elimination like vomiting, headache or fever. These symptoms should not be worried about. Just continue the juice-diet without any apprehension, these symptoms are short lived and disappear quickly,
  9. There are several other ways which help the process of elimination of toxic elements from the body. In costive conditions enemas can be taken for eradication of accumulated stools in the intestine. Hot-water bath or vapor-bath will hasten the elimination of toxic elements.
  10. Have a complete rest during the period of juice-diet. Hard work and exercises are not recommended, however light exercise and short walk are permissible.

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