Juicing as Medicinal Alternative: Can It Save You Money and a Doctor's Visit?
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) Well, it's the fall--the season of sniffling and achoos. The days of shorts and flip flops have now become days with scarves and boots. Unfortunately, for most people, this change in season also comes equipped with the colds and sinus headaches. While our bodies are adjusting to the new weather and to whatever fun, new allergens are floating around in the air, we're still forced to go on living our daily lives as normal. But there is a way to assist with, and even prevent catching, the common cold that does not include a trip to the doctor. Juicing!
When we're sick with a cold, we are not attractive. Our bodies become mucous factories, we're sneezing every 30 seconds and our throats feel like we swallowed spicy golf balls. I won't continue with the details, but I'm sure most people can agree that during this time, eating is not our favorite thing to do. For some, lovely side effects like post-nasal drip can cause their appetites to diminish easily. For others, appetites are still present, but sore throats or loss of taste make eating a boring, painful debacle (not to mention the whole can't-breathe-through-your-nose thing). These reasons are just a few that make juicing a popular thing to do while sick, but it's important to note that juicing is also a beneficial habit to adopt when feeling healthy.
"Juicing is a great way to boost the immune system in general," says Dr. Barbara Rosinsky, a chiropractor at Wantagh Woods Chiropractic and Wellness in New York. "By juicing foods that are high in vitamins A and C on a daily basis, you will be giving your immune system power to prevent and fight off colds."
For those who have never juiced before, here are a few basic pointers:
1. Make sure your fresh juice contains a mixture of vegetables and fruits. Too much fruit can lead to too much sugar, and even though it's natural, sugar has a tendency to "feed" colds.
2. Juicing machines can be a bit pricey (ranging anywhere from $100 to $600), but they're completely worth it when compared to the price of purchasing fresh juices each day (depending on contents and size, fresh juices at juice bars can range from $4 to $15, sometimes even higher).
3. When purchasing your own fruits and vegetables, go with organic. There is obviously no cooking involved with juicing, so what you see is what you get. The more sustainable, the better.
4. Do your research with recipe combinations. If you don't have much time to experiment, you want to make sure that your juice actually tastes good and serves a proper purpose with your health. The list below will also provide insight on some foods that can help with the common cold.