Overuse of drugs and indiscreet adherence to and popularity of counter-sales, is so much rampant, not to speak of ever-increasing rates of drugs that common man has been forced to switch on to alternative, more effective, cost-effective and easily available modes of treatment which can, at least to some extent, mitigate his sufferings. Poor man is helpless but he must have effective treatment, if his resources permit.
1. ‘Vegetables and fruits all have nutritive properties, although 70% or more of their weight is water, still they contain Vitamin ‘C’ and Carotene, the two nutrients which cereals lack. Fresh fruits particularly of the citrus variety and their juices, are rich in Vitamin C but vegetables are an uncertain source, as this Vitamin ‘C’ is easily destroyed by cooking or heat. Vegetables contain indigestible cellular matters which add bulk to the intestinal content and is useful in preventing constipation. Vegetables and fruits, taken in their raw (form) state, will certainly provide maximum nutrient to the body’ (Dr. S. Davidson).
Wherever the word ‘Vegetable’ is used if is intended to be used to mean ‘vegetable foods’ which form part of our meals, thus excluding all dry fruits, herbs used in medicinal preparations, trees or their products having no food value or which cannot or are not used for human consumption. Further, since we are using the word ‘Juice Therapy’ we will not mention any food product used for spices or such plantations whose products have no water or pulp in them.
Fruits are used in raw form (after removal of skin and imbedded seeds), in a dessert, in combination with other fruits (as in fruit chat) liquified juice form. They are main source for providing healthy nutrients, vitamins and minerals to the body. When some disease-based regimen is to be suggested, some fruits are forbidden for patients suffering from kidney, respiratory and malfunctioning of certain endocrine glands.
The term ‘Juice’ stands for liquified extract of fruits, herbs, vegetables, flowers etc. Juice is the purest form of a food product from which liquid is extracted. Some of the best forms of juices are extracted from fruits and vegetables which have plenty of pulp and water in them. If there is plenty of green vegetables in our meals we get lot of nutrients. ‘Vegetables’ encompass everything that grows underneath, on and above earth. This way fruits are a part of vegetable kingdom.
As far as fruits are concerned, they should be washed properly in the fresh water, their outer skin and seeds or other hard parts should be severed. This should be used either orally or juice extracted from them. Juice is the easiest way to digest contents of a fruit. Tinned fruit juices should always be avoided, as far as possible because, by their processing and canning procedures, most (if not all) nutrients are destroyed.
Any person can fall ill but our body is such a perfect mechanism that it discharges all the toxins and foreign elements of the body through various orifices. If any one of the excretory organs is diseased, it fails to excrete the toxins from human body and the poisonous and useless matters create various health problems.
By the word ‘drugs’ we mean all such branded or generic medicines which are prescribed and used. Dissemination of medicinal and medical aspects, through Audio, Video and other media have generated general awareness and awakening even among village folk. This has given impetus to self-medication and counter-selling – not to speak of quackery and their trade pranks.
The word ‘Nutrient’ means serving as or providing nourishment, through nourishing food. If food is to remain balanced, it must have certain essential ingredients. A wholesome food means a sort of combination of such food items which contain, in a requisite and proportionate quantity, necessary vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins, minerals, fats, fruits, vegetables, food grains, animal foods etc.
A new-born infant is often fed and nurtured on mother’s milk but, after the infant crosses six months he is given apple, orange and lime juice, though in a very moderate and measured quantity, to supplement his growth requirements, in addition to supplementation by liquified cereals. As the child grows, his food requirements are also changed.