STRESS & ANXIETY
26 BODY CONDITION: STRESS & ANXIETY
While stress is often viewed as a mental or psychological problem, it has very real physical effect, including increased secretion of adrenalin, elevation of blood pressure, acceleration of the heartbeat and greater tension in the muscles, rise of cholesterol levels.
Almost all body functions and organs react to stress, leading to nutritional deficiencies, specially deficiencies of the B-complex vitamins, which are very important for proper functioning of the nervous system. Symptoms of stress-related digestive disorders may be a flareup of an ulcer or irritable bowel syndrome. Because of its effect on immune response, stress increases susceptibility to illnesses and slow healing.
NUTRIENTS THAT HELP: The following are lost during stress reactions and must be replenished: Pantothenic acid, vitamin C, Zinc, Magnesium, Potassium, Chromium. Beta-carotene is an anti-oxidant and so helps protect the body during stress reactions. B-complex vitamins are known as anti-stress vitamins. See your doctor about vitamin B supplements.
RECOMMENDED JUICE RECIPES & THEIR NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS
26A Magnesium Drink (garlic, parsley, carrots, celery) 5.75 6.75 7.75 Parsley-source of magnesium & potassium. Carrot-source of beta-carotene & zinc. Garlic-source of blood-thinning compounds.
26B Calming Potato Power (potato, carrot, celery, green cabbage) 5.75 6.75 7.75
Raw potato juice has proved to be a healthy cleanser of the system and to be very beneficial, particularly in combination with carrot juice. The juice of raw potatoes, combined with that of carrot and celery, is a boon to those suffering from gastric, nerve and muscle disturbances. Potatoes are an excellent source of many nutrients, including potassium and vitamin C. Potatoes are actually low in calories, but its protein quality is actually quite high. Potatoes, like other members of the nightshade family, may aggravate arthritis in some individuals.
26C Stress Reducer (El Vampiro) (beet, carrot, celery, lettuce) 4.75 5.75 6.75 Unbalanced proportions of sulphur and phosphorus in the diet may create conditions of mental irritability. The combination of carrot and celery juices furnishes a balance of these organic minerals in excellent combination to combat tendencies toward these diseases.
In the case of nervous afflictions resulting from the degeneration of the sheathing of the nerves, the abundant use of carrot and celery juice has helped to restore these to their normal condition and thus alleviate or remove the affliction. Celery is very high in magnesium and iron content, a combination which is invaluable as a food for the blood cells.
Lettuce contains potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, which is one of the principle constituents of the brain and an ample supply of sulphur, which is one of the component parts of the hemoglobin of the blood, acting together as an oxidizing agent.
26D Pineapple Stress Reducer (pineapple, celery, lettuce) 5.75 6.75 7.75
This combination soothes the nerves, calms you down. Many nervous afflictions are due to sulphur and phosphorus, taken in inorganic form as in cereals and meat.
Celery: It has a calming effect on the nervous system. This is probably due to its high concentration of organic alkaline minerals, especially sodium. The minerals contained in celery juice make the body’s use of calcium more effective, balancing the blood’s pH.
Organic sodium, which is abundant in celery juice, has received a bad name because of the average American’s habitual overuse of inorganic sodium chloride – table salt. Unlike inorganic sodium chloride, organic sodium found in celery juice is naturally blended with many other useful minerals. It is essential to the proper functioning of all major body systems. Organic sodium is the element in the blood that makes it salty. Because of its slightly salty taste, celery juice is an excellent component of any vegetable juice combination. Celery juice is especially effective for nervous conditions because it produces a calming effect. For weight reduction diets it curbs the desire for sweets.