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Disease-Free Living Through Fitness and Nutrition
We began this Advice section as a means of assisting our visitors in answering many of their health and diet questions, and in encouraging them to take a pro-active part in their own health. We believe that the information contained herein is true, but are not presenting it as the only solution to a problem. We, personally, have found that a vegan diet has helped our own health, and simply wish to share with others the things we have found. Each of us must make our own decisions, for it's our own body. If you have a health problem, see your own physician.
Broccoli and Broccoli Juice
A reader asks:
I just read about broccoli juice at your web site (Healthy Alternatives for Caffeine and Sugar Addicts) and I was wondering how you make it. Is is just broccoli or do you add anything else to it? How much broccoli does it take? I've been drinking carrot juice for 3-4 months now, and would love to try some other veggie drinks.
Gerry Coffey responds:
Broccoli is an excellent source of calcium, particularly for building children's bones and rebuilding those of adults, both men and women, whose bones have been depleted through a high protein diet which causes bones to lose their minerals through a disease called osteoporosis.
Diets high in protein, whether animal or vegetable, cause the bones to draw on calcium stores in order to neutralize an over acidified blood stream.
The acid is caused by the break down of protein which leaves behind an acid ash which is destructive to the body and must be neutralized. This calcium then washes through the blood stream and is deposited in other parts of the body or eliminated through the urine.
Depending on where it is deposited, we call it different diseases.
You might wish to click on "Calcification" in the articles section on our website for a more in-depth explanation.
To replenish the body with calcium in a simple manner, cut the stalks* off broccoli and juice them just like you would carrots. In fact a 50/50 ratio of carrot and broccoli juice makes a very restorative, tasteful and healthful drink.
ps: You can also juice the broccoli flowerettes but they don't hold as much juice as the stalks, and it is also important to chew raw vegetables, as well, so we usually combine in a salad, eat on their own, or steam lightly.
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