When cancer came knocking
“People generally don’t think about what they eat or drink…until cancer hits them.”
I was making this remark to a close friend over the weekend. In fact, the truth is, we were like that too. While we don’t purposefully load ourselves with fatty, oily or sugary food, we weren’t mindful of the nutrients our body needs to recuperate and rebuild. We had been guilty of being indifferent about diet and nutrition until cancer came knocking.
One of the first lifestyle changes we made after Angie’s cancer was to overhaul our family diet. We realised we don’t get enough fruits and veggies throughout the day so drinking them is a quick way to up our recommended daily intake. Greens especially are the most healing foods and an important addition to our nourishing routine. With that revelation, we ‘resurrected’ was our trusty Hurom juicer which had been sitting forlornly on the kitchen counter since we bought it at the TANGS sale last year.
Benefits of Juices:
Drinking juices (in moderation, of course) has been associated with good health. The consumption of juices not only allows for easy absorption of the vitamins into our blood stream but it allows us to incorporate different fruits and vegetables into our diet which we otherwise may not find palatable (example, beetroot and celery). Since Science has proven that the method of extraction may impact the nutrients, here’s what every family should know about the differences between conventional juicing versus cold-pressed, slow juicing.
Conventional Centrifugal Juicing:
Conventional juicers uses sharp blades, rotating at high speed to grind the fruits and vegetables. This heats up the fruits and vegetables, causing oxidisation and destroying the very nutrients and enzymes we are hoping to extract. These yield lesser juices as the pulp and fiber are entirely removed. They also produce quite a bit of juice froth on top and are not as efficient in juicing leafy greens. Conventional juicers tend to be very noisy and harder to clean as the pulp gets jammed into mesh filter over time.
Cold-Pressed a.k.a Slow Juicing:
Cold-pressed (also known as slow juicing), on the other hand, work by crushing and pressing our fruits and veggies to extract the most it possibly can for the highest juice yield. It’s a slow and delicate process but we are getting the most out of each piece of fruit or vegetable. Because the slow juicer has no blades, they don’t produce as much heat as the traditional centrifugal juicers therefore keeping more nutrients intact.
• Natural Process of Juicing: Slow juicing mimics the use of human hands to slowly press and extract the juice naturally. This retains the nutrients and essence of the fruits much like producing good wine
• Preserves Nutrients & Anti-oxidants: There’s virtually no heat in slow juicing. More of the essential nutrients and enzymes are retained. This allows slow-juiced juices to be kept longer (up to 3 days in the fridge)
• Retains Pulp: This is testament in that slow juiced fruits have thicker consistency as if you’re drinking a ‘fruit shake’
• Quiet & Efficient: Slow juicers are very quiet. It allows for fruit juice to be extracted early in the morning without waking the whole family
• No ‘Rotten Insides’ : Hurom juicers do not allow for whole-fruits to be juiced. It encourages users to inspect the insides of the fruits as well as to remove the seeds before juicing. Not all seeds are healthy for us (e.g. Apple seeds).
The Hurom Difference:
• Quality Assured: Every part of the juicer is made completely in South Korea with quality assurance guaranteed.
• 10 years Warranty: The juicer motor is guaranteed for 10 years if purchased from official distributor
• Country Compliant: Purchasing from the official distributor ensures that the electrical motor and parts are compliant to Singapore’s electrical current. This may not be the case for equipment purchased online from other sources.
• Juice More, Juice Easily: The newer model comes with a reservoir where fruits that are cut can be put together and juiced in one go without having to insert fruit pieces one-by-one. Slow juicers can even break down nuts to make nut milks (e.g. Almond Milk).
• Safety Feature: The new model has a cut-off circuit that turns off the machine the moment the cover to the reservoir is opened. This prevents accidental access into the machinery of the juicer by the user. With the safety features, older children can be encouraged to juice independently.
• User-Friendly: Hurom juicers have been designed to be surprisingly easy to disassemble, clean, and reassemble.
Sharing one of our all-time favourite juices using our HUROM juicer:
5 Easy, Immunity-Boosting Juices Recipes:
Here’s sharing some of our favorite easy, immunity-boosting juices that are rich in antioxidants to keep cancer and other debilitating illnesses at bay. The fruits and veggies we use are affordable and easily found in our neighbourhood supermarkets.
1. Apple, Beetroot, Carrot and Kale (ABC + K) – We drink this once a week. It’s thick, sweet and all natural with flavours bursting within. We recommend using Green Apples for this recipe. Kale gives it that extra nutritious boost but if you prefer, you can omit it and just juice the ABCs.
2. Pineapple, Carrot, Cabbage (PCC) – Very refreshing and tastes like a mock tail! We like to use ripe honey pineapple for this juice as it’s sweeter.
3. Beetroot, Celery, Carrot, and Ginger (BCCG) – This is a good detox juice with the beetroot giving that rich antioxidant boost and ginger for an added antiseptic, healing properties.
4. Cucumber, Carrot and Kale (CCK) – This is thick, dark and luscious, like a shake except it’s far more nutritious!
5. Kale, Spinach and Lemon (KSL) – this is potent and famous for its cancer-fighting abilities. Down this each day to ward off that dreadful disease. We sometimes use frozen spinach for this recipe.
Dana shares one of her favourite juice recipes:
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