February 07, 2022
Now more than ever, society has become aware of what we are putting into our bodies. With the Covid-19 pandemic, people are looking for more natural ways to boost their immune system. An often overlooked and extremely beneficial method is nourishing your body with energy boosting foods like super foods. What are super foods? Super foods are nutrient rich foods that are extremely beneficial to your health and wellbeing. Examples of these are: ginger, turmeric, spinach, and more, many of which can be found in our cold pressed juices and our juice cleanses. So, the big question is: will a juice cleanse help boost my immune system?
A study published in the journal, Cell Stem Cell identifies the benefits that fasting and by extension, juice cleansing has on the immune system.
Hematopoietic stem cells (cells that give rise to all other blood cells including white blood cells) are awakened from a dormant phase to an active phase. A fasting period of 2-4 days was shown to signal the multi-potent stem cells to become active and regenerate new blood cells which replaced older, less functional, and damaged cells resulting in a boosted immune system.
What’s more, this study points out that chemotherapy has a significant damaging effect on the body as it harshly reduces a person’s white blood cell count. Periods of fasting then, was a key discovery to activating dormant multi-potent stem cells and regenerating immune cells to boost the body's overall defense against foreign invaders.
Prolonged fasting also forces the body to burn fat stores and ketones as sources of energy once the body has depleted its glycogen reserves (glucose reserves inside muscle and liver tissue). Burning lipids/fats as energy also eliminates stored heavy metals and other environmental toxins since fat tissue is a safe storage site for these impurities. (Side Note: drinking plenty of liquids during a fast is important to flush impurities from the digestive system for excretion).
So, what is the best juice for a cold and keeping your immune system in great shape?
1. Citrus Juices
Orange, lemon, and other citruses have a high concentration of Vitamin C, all of which you can find in our Radiate juice. The superfood camu camu is also incredibly Vitamin C rich and can be found in our Adore juice.
2. Pure Ginger Juices
There are many benefits of eating ginger. One of which is reducing inflammation. Inflammation is a common bodily response to infections and pure ginger helps decrease your inflammatory symptoms. Our Radiate, Endure, Greens 301, and Transform juices all contain ginger.
3. Green Juices
A vegetable-based juice is packed with immune boosting nutrients. The benefits of drinking vegetable juice daily are vast. The superfoods found in green juices contain large amounts of Vitamin A, C and K all of which are essential to keeping a healthy immune system and all of which can be found in our Greens 301, Greens 201, and Greens 101 juices!Want to read more about this topic? Check out Fasting Rebuilds Your Immune System.
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