So a quick update on Serrapeptase before the main topic-juicing. That’s the supplement in the picture above. It came with 30 free tablets for the price of 90 and l must say, so far so good. Like l mentioned in the previous post, l started using it on Friday and increased the dosage on Saturday. My sleeping pattern has changed; no more tossing and turning before falling asleep. I can also sleep better on my left side( where the cyst is) and there’s just a little discomfort when l wake up. It has only been 4 days but no side effects, thank God so l’m really positive about it’s efficacy.
Ok, so today l would like to talk about Juicing. This same blogger l mentioned in the previous post, Hoghugs( l couldn’t recommend her enough) talked about how juices (along with other supplements) helped her to treat endo and subsequently, get pregnant so naturally l started researching!
Juicing is the process of extracting juice from plant tissues such as fruit or vegetables. It can be enormously beneficial for health and can also facilitate weight loss as part of a balanced diet. It supercharges the nutrient intake by providing the body with pure micronutrients, vitamins and enzymes with none of the bad stuff that comes from processed food. The Department of Health recommends 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. This is because one piece of fruit a day is enough to lower heart disease risk by 20%. Vegetables are low in fat and full of fibre, vitamins and minerals. They also contain compounds called phytoprotectants which fight all kinds of illnesses e.g cancer. Hence, it’s well known that fruits and vegetables are full of important vitamins and minerals. Juicing can help get even more of these essential vitamins because the fruits and vegetables are eaten raw.
ln endo, research has shown that processed food is bad for us because they are full of estrogen which causes inflammation and makes endometriosis worse. Raw food-in this case, fruits and vegetables- are extremely beneficial in reducing the symptoms of endo. Vegetables like celery and parsley for example contain flavones which can inhibit aromatase, the enzyme that converts androgens to estrogens. Broccoli and kale contain compounds called indoles which helps to improve estrogen metabolism. Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons also help in reducing estrogen levels in the body. Cysts and endometriosis ( even fibroids) feed on estrogen and if it can be eliminated or at least, drastically reduced in the body, there will be less pain and inflammation which will in turn lead to shrinking of cysts and endo and increasing fertility.
After more research, l started juicing on Sunday using some recipes from Hoghugs’ blog. My 1st attempt was mango and carrot which l drank on our way to church. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t so good either and it took more than 3 gulps to get used to the taste. I guess l was expecting the sweet taste of store bought juice and l have to say that it really says a lot about the amount of sugar that goes into them. Anyway, my 2 attempt was apple and pineapple and that tasted better. lt is recommended to use a juicer but I prefer to blend because it’s more filling for me. I’m only juicing once a day to give my body time to get used to it and the picture above is my 3rd attempt- mango, orange and celery.
As with any new dietary changes, it is advisable to consult a doctor before embarking on it. Studies have shown that the risks involved in juicing are concentrated amount of natural sugar eg using about 6 oranges in one single drink ( l only use 1) which can lead to weight gain. Other cons are lack of fibre and nutrients; erosion of teeth enamel and digestive problems.
Thanks for reading.