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Be Careful About The Miracle Juices

Updated on August 21, 2014

The Craze For Health Juices

There has been lately, a craze for health juices such as Pomegranate, Acai, Noni, Goji, etc., because they are powerhouses of nutrition, and as many people, I was sucked in to the arena. I bought up on Pomegranate, Acai, and Monavie, and started drinking them every day, with meals, sometimes substituting them for the regular tea that I drink which I usually make or ask for at a restaurant as half and half (half sweet and half unsweet). I thought I was getting healthier. I know of and trust of their nutritive and medicinal properties and I really love to drink them, but let me tell you what happened to me. It was too much sugar for my system. It is a good thing that I recently had to have some bloodwork done for a regular checkup that I had, because it revealed some startling news.....all of my bad numbers had gone up dramatically, and even my sugar was up to 103, and my blood pressure was a skyrocketing 180/82. It was turning me into a diabetic. My body could not handle the sugar in all those juices. Lucky for me, type 2 diabetes can be turned around because it is not a disease, but a metabolic disorder. Now I am having to monitor my sugars to get back to normal.

So, you see, in spite of the beneficial properties that those wonder juices might have, the sugar in them was killing me, even if there was no added sugar in them. Pomegranate juice is supposed to have sugar-leveling properties. But in my case, it was just the opposite. It was probably spiking my blood sugar way too high and my pancreas just couldn't keep up. It is much better to eat the fruit (as nature intended) than to drink a glass of juice (if you at all have the opportunity to eat the fruit). The fruit has fiber and makes the body work harder at digesting it, slowing the digestion down a bit, to allow for the balancing out of the sugars in a better fashion, as opposed to just drinking the juice; that would be more juice than would come out of a regular piece of fruit, and by doing so, creating a high sugar spike in the blood. Apparently our bodies were not made to be given so much sugar all at once, even if it is fructose. If you are "insulin-resistant," like me, meaning it is very hard for you to lose weight, and when you do it comes right back on again, then you must not drink fruit juices, and if you do, you must drink them in very small quantities. This is just a warning to those out there who are like me, trying to get healthy by drinking the health fruit juices.....take them in moderation. I mean, small dosages......as small as, maybe a shot-glass in the morning and a shot-glass at night, like the Monavie people recommend. But like I said, it is better to eat the fruit.

I've been reading up on this sugar problem, and I have learned of Chia seeds, which are something that is very helpful to level out your blood sugar, especially before ingesting pasta or some other carbohydrate. If you eat some chia seeds before having that carbohydrate, it will slow down your digestion by making the body work harder to digest the seeds, and in doing so, it levels out the sugars better than if you hadn't had them.

Well, I have to say that after this "sugar ordeal" I think I am back to a better balance now. I have found a lot of information on the Internet as well as at the bookstore. Basically, from now on I will have to eat differently, and I will be following the GL diet information, which is about the Glycemic Load that food makes upon your pancreas. I'll be able to eat nuts for a snack, which are mostly all a zero glycemic load, and for meals I'll just have to stick to lots of veggies (and fruit) mostly, but I am also allowed protein the size of my palm (stay away from animal proteins/ meat), and a carbohydrate the size of my palm as well. When I eat carbohydrates I have to balance them out with a similar size of protein.....it just makes it harder to digest, it makes the body work harder to digest it, and less of a sugar load to the pancreas. Fats from vegetable sources are allowed, for example, Avocados. Coconut, Olive, and Canola oils, etc. I really need to stay away from animal fats, which just clog your arteries, besides being cruel to animals. By doing this and staying away from refined sugars, and those artificial sugars, I should do alright.

Suggested proteins are: Tofu, beans (all kinds), peas (guandu is the best), and nuts.

Stevia is a good natural sweetener that is from a leaf. It does not have the horrible side effects of the chemical sweeteners. Stevia or Truvia is what I'll be using in my tea. It is taken from the leaves of a plant, and is a natural sweetener. There are other natural sweeteners that you can use, and I recommend a natural one. Don't ingest the chemical sweeteners. They will surely kill you in the end, or make you very ill.

Be healthy!





Miracle Juice

Be Careful Of Too Much Sugar
Be Careful Of Too Much Sugar

Pomegranate Juice

I Really Love It, But.....Hold Off A Bit If You Are Insulin Resistant
I Really Love It, But.....Hold Off A Bit If You Are Insulin Resistant

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      Apple Juice Recipes 

      8 years ago

      Just looking around for information on specific juice recipes; I think it’s important that people take a stand by taking additional time out of their busy schedule to really monitor the kinds of foods and juices they’re allowing to infiltrate their body; excellent hub by the way.

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      maricarbo 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for your comment. I'll check that company out!

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      Hugh Rodgers 

      9 years ago

      Most of the "magic" juices" really don't do much, and most of the companies that sell them are 90% marketing and 10% science. And as you've found, they put tons of sugar and other pointless ingredients in them, or they dilute them to the point of uselessness, or they turn them into juices that don't have the active compounds that are beneficial. So just like you say, it's usually better to eat the fruit instead. I use some products from a company called SISEL, they're also an MLM, but I've been to their manufacturing plant in Utah and seen the processes they use to make their products, and it's impressive. Their two main 'juices' are a resveratrol liquid, and a fucoidan liquid. If you go to www.pubmed.gov, look at how many studies there are on resveratrol and fucoidan compared to noni, acai, etc. it really seems like they only focus on products that have tons of science to back them up. The first thing I noticed with these two drinks I bought from them was that they were super thick. Not so much that they were hard to drink, but you could tell that they were not 'watered down'. Sorry for the plug, but I hate wasting money, so when I find a health product that actually seems to work, I tell everyone I can.

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      maricarbo 

      9 years ago

      That is a great idea, to just use juices to flavor water!

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      Ktoo 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia, USA

      I use chia seed in a lot of recipes. Great source of fiber. Also on the juices...I don't drink them straight but use them as flavorings for water. 9/10's water, 1/10th juice.

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      Steve Andrews 

      9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      A guy I work for got some Chia seed - I know a lot about plants but had never heard of it until he mentioned it. As for sugar it really annoys me that is is in so many foods and drinks so difficult to avoid. In my opinion people are getting ill because of all the junk in our food and drink, or as in the case you've described with what you were drinking because the balance of something is wrong! We need good old-fashioned food and drinks with no additives and no processing and no marketing claims!

    • maricarbo profile imageAUTHOR

      maricarbo 

      9 years ago

      Where do you get the Chia seed? They do not have it in my town. Do you order it online, and where? I will order some. How do you take it, how much? Thanks for your comment.

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      wonderingtoo 

      9 years ago

      I am a big fan of the Chia seed. I use a brand called Salba mostly or what ever is avaliable in the local area. The energy difference I have felt is astounding. To begin I was doing chia in the morning, then I went to morning and evening but I was having an energy crash (blood sugar crashing). So now I do it 3 times a day and I have stable energy all day. Also I drink fresh squeezed veggie juice about 7 times a week and I add chia (Salba) to it to level out the absorbtion of the carbs.

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      wonderingtoo 

      9 years ago

      I am a big fan of the Chia seed. I use a brand called Salba mostly or what ever is avaliable in the local area. The energy difference I have felt is astounding. To begin I was doing chia in the morning, then I went to morning and evening but I was having an energy crash (blood sugar crashing). So now I do it 3 times a day and I have stable energy all day. Also I drink fresh squeezed veggie juice about 7 times a week and I add chia (Salba) to it to level out the absorbtion of the carbs.

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      moira 

      10 years ago

      maybe u shouldn't have drank all those different juices,stick to one monavie and u will see the diference ok

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      pc 

      10 years ago

      if you read the label you would see v8 fusion are high in sugar it says so right on the label "not a low calorie food" and the sugar content in grams is also listed, so if your not obese or have a weight problem they are great alternatives especially compared to soda/juice or artificial sugars, sweeteners, and such since they are natural sugars (which your body needs) they even have an expiration date

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      stuart 

      10 years ago

      hi , water has no nutrient value or fiber . so what do you drink that has nutrients & not too much sugar ? what do you all think of concord grape juice ? or V8 fusion that has the juices from 4 vegetables & 3 fruits ? stuart , a boston health nut

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      stuart 

      10 years ago

      hi , water has no nutrient value or fiber . so what do you drink that has nutrients & not too much sugar ? what do you all think of concord grape juice ? or V8 fusion that has the juices from 4 vegetables & 3 fruits ? stuart , a boston health nut

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      stuart 

      10 years ago

      hi , water has no nutrient value or fiber . so what do you drink that has nutrients & not too much sugar ? what do you all think of concord grape juice ? or V8 fusion that has the juices from 4 vegetables & 3 fruits ? stuart , a boston health nut

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      buckheadbetty 

      11 years ago

      great info anyone can sell monavie also

      check out the info here

      https://www.monavievo.com/signup/joinus.asp?enroll...

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      Lisa Barger 

      11 years ago

      Great job, maricarbo!

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