Swine Flu Juicing Tips to Prevent Catching H1N1
For those who prefer natural ways to prevent catching the swine flu and the common flu, juicing is highly recommended. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices contain a high level of natural, live vitamins, bioflavonoids, enzymes, minerals and trace minerals that are required for keeping the immune system in top shape.
Drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices on a regular basis strengthens the immune system helping you to prevent catching common diseases like influenza and its newest version, the swine flu.
Even if you get the swine flu, the symptoms will be less severe and you’ll recover from it more quickly if you boost your immune system with a vitamin rich diet that includes fresh juices.
The best way to provide for the necessary vitamin intake during flu season is preparing your own fruit and vegetable juices without any preservatives and excess sugar store-bought, ready-made juice drinks contain.
What is Swine Flu? – The Most Common Symptoms
Influenza, or more widely known as flu, is an infectious disease caused by virus. It affects humans, animals and birds. In April 2009 a new flu strain evolved that combined genes from human, pig, and bird flu, initially dubbed “swine flu” and also known as influenza A (H1N1).
It first occurred in Mexico, then in the United States, and several other nations. The World Health Organization officially declared the outbreak to be a “pandemic” on June 11, 2009.
The 2009 H1N1 virus is referred to as the “swine flu” because it contains a unique combination of genetic material from pig, bird and human viruses.
The most common symptoms of swine flu are the same as that of the ordinary influenza:
How to Quickly Get Over the Flu?
The flu cannot be cured with antibiotics because it is caused by a virus not bacteria. Once you catch the disease you can do several things to help you get over it more quickly and to lessen the effects of the disease.
It is very important that you keep your body hydrated by drinking fresh juices (pure vegetable or veggie-fruit combo juices), herbal teas and eating homemade soups. Hydration is important because the majority of people suffering from flu will get nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea that results in liquid loss and can lead to dehydration.
TIP: Try to avoid pure fruit juices because the high sugar content slows the assimilation of vitamin C into the body. Some people, especially kids, however don’t like the harsh taste of raw vegetable juices, so adding a few pieces of fruit to mask the unpleasant taste is a good idea.
Recommended Juicers to Help You Beat Swine Flu Naturally
There are many types of juicers in shops (both online and offline) in all price categories. Here are some of the best juice extractors that are ideal for those who have never juiced before.
Centrifugal Juicers for Making Juices from Fruits and Hard Vegetables
The L’Equip 110.5 Mini Juicer with Pulp Ejection is suitable for those who are scrunched on space. It is an affordable machine backed with 10 year warranty. It is very easy to use and clean because the unit consists of few parts.
With the L’equip 110.5 juicer you can prepare a glass of fresh juice drink very quickly.
It is good for juicing most fruits and vegetables although it isn’t designed for processing leafy greens and wheatgrass.
See also a similar but slightly larger unit by L’Equip, the Model 215XL with wide feed chute.
The Breville JE900 Juice Fountain Juicer is a top-rated machine. It is a centrifugal unit powered by 600-watt motor. The Breville JE900 is a great beginner juicer because it is very simple to use and juices fast all kinds fruits and vegetables, except leafy greens, wheatgrass and herbs. It has received wonderful reviews and who else can tell better how a product works than its users.
A more expensive option is the Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL juicer which is a dual-speed centrifugal unit. Breville offers a range of other high-performance juicers for domestic use. Check them out at Breville juicers.
The Omega 9000 juicer is also a centrifugal unit but without automatic pulp ejection that has its pros and cons. Read a detailed review on the Omega 9000 juicer.
Auger-Type Juicers for Juicing Vegetables
These types of juice extractors operate at much lower speed than centrifugal models, protecting the nutrients from oxidation and getting destroyed by excess heat.
Instead of a disk blade that spins at high RPM in a centrifugal juicer, auger-type units contain one or two augers that rotate at a slower rate crushing and grinding the produce. Due to this process, these machines are often referred to as masticating juicers.
Depending on the number of auger there are single gear and twin gear juicers. Auger style juicers are recommended for those who want to juice lots of vegetables (including harder and softer types) sometimes adding a few pieces of fruits to the veggie mix. Most auger units juice wheatgrass, barley grass and leafy greens as well.
The Omega 8006 is a single gear, dual phase juicer that is powered by a 1/3 horsepower motor. The machine is not only a juicer but a nutrition center because it can perform a range of other kitchen tasks (grinding, mincing, pasta making, pureeing). It carries an extra long 15-year warranty.
The L’Equip Omni is also a single auger juice extractor that juices a wide range of vegetables, greens, including pine needles and aloe (the Omni is discontinued by the manufacturer but you can still get one at a greta price from some online retailers).
For high-quality two-auger models take a look at Green Star Juicers often referred to as the best vegetable juicers on the market.
The Best Juices For the Prevention of Swine Flu/Ordinary Flu
Natural vegetable juices are rich in vitamin C, betakarotene, minerals and trace minerals, bioflavonoids and other phytochemicals that are necessary for proper functioning of the immune system.
Although fruits contain more sugar than vegetables, which is not beneficial to everyone, they are also important sources of vitamins and other nutrients, and by combining them with vegetables you can make pleasant, vitamin rich drinks that even the pickiest family member will enjoy.
Citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, tangerines, grapefruits, limes) are known for their high nutritional value and they are often used (eaten whole or drinking their juice) in natural prevention methods during the influenza season. Good news for weight watchers that citrus fruits are low in calorie so they’re highly recommended for everyone.
The best known nutritional value of citrus fruits is the high vitamin C content: 100 mg orange contains 59 mg vitamin C. Besides this highly important vitamin, citrus fruits are great sources of other nutrients as well:
Drinking a couple of ounces fresh orange or grapefruit juice or a citrus juice combo every day is a very effective way to combat swine flu. If you love citrus juices and want to prepare it freshly at home you’ll need a good quality dedicated citrus juicer.
Carrot juice is also a widely known natural remedy because it contains a high level of vitamins and minerals: betakaroten, a provitamin necessary for the production of Vitamin A in human body, members of vitamin B complex, calcium, copper, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, chlorine, sulfur, and iron.
Drink pure carrot juice or juice a few sticks together with other veggies and fruits.
Beetroot is a potent blood purifier due to its high iron content. Both the dark red root and the green leaves are very nutritious containing betakaroten, vitamins of the B complex family, potassium, calcium, phosphorus.
Juice 1 mid-sized beet with carrots, apple, or other ingredient you fancy in your anti-swine flu juicing project.
Juice Recipes for Fighting Swine Flu, Flu and Cold
To start your juice therapy to prevent catching swine flu or common flu try the following juice recipes (each recipe is 8 -10 oz.) You can use either a centrifugal or a masticating-style juicer, both types will work well.
TIPS: if you use an auger juicer then you can also use the leaves and stalk of the beet (or you can roll them into a firm ball and try juicing them this way in a centrifugal unit).
eel free to vary or add more ingredients, for instance instead of orange you can use grapefruit, lime or lemon. Using a big piece of ginger in any of the above juice recipes adds a nice spicy taste while making the juice a powerful immune system booster. Make sure you wash the produce well before juicing.
I often juice celery (both the stalks and the root) together with apples and citrus fruits. Phytonutrients abound in celery, including vitamins, minerals (potassium, organic sodium, calcium, magnesium), and chlorophyll that enriches the juice making it even more effective against swine flu and cold.
Garlic has strong antiviral and antibacterial properties so it is highly recommended in flu prevention diets. Although garlic has strong odor it is best eaten raw. The substance that is responsible for the strong smell (called allicin) repels viruses, bacteria and fungi. You can juice 1-2 cloves of garlic together with other produce or you can use it crushed in soups, sauces, spreads or pates.
See our juice recipes page for more ideas on what to juice.