Question: Amy writes, “My daughter has cystic fibrosis and I’ve heard that juicing is beneficial. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you.”
Answer: Amy, I can tell you’re a mom on a mission! Thankfully, juicing in combination with a mucus free diet can provide natural relief for your daughter & her Cystic Fibrosis symptoms. Regular juicing and dietary adjustments in combination with comprehensive medical treatment and regular follow-up by your doctor can increase survival rate and improve quality of life for your child.
The main problem with Cystic Fibrosis is the excessive formation of thick mucus that clogs air carrying tubes in the lungs and enzyme carrying tubes from pancreases to small intestine (digestive system).
In time, this congestion leads to lung infections, mal-absorption, intestinal blockage and an inability to gain weight. Conventional pharma-treatments (antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, Mucolytics) provide temporary relief but are toxic by design and carry harmful side effects.
‘The Benefits of Juicing’ defines juice as being “water, flavors, pigments, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and nutrients… working synergistically to give your body the materials that promote healing, energy, and protection from disease.”
Below you will find mucus free meal tips and 2 juice recipes for alleviating CF symptoms.
Benefits of a Mucus Free Diet & Juicing:
- Help patients with CS to thin and expel the nasty mucus
- Improved quality of life
- Reduce the frequency & severity of lung and sinus infections
- Significantly decrease antibiotic usage
Mucus Free Meal Tips…
Eliminate Acidic and Mucus Forming Foods
× Dairy: milk, cheese
× White Flour & Sugar: bread, pasta, soda, sweets
× Alcohol, red meat and deep-fried foods
Enjoy Fresh Unprocessed Foods
Gluten Free Cooked Grains (3-5 times weekly)
Juice Recipe #1: Mucus Destroyer
How It Works: Mucus Destroyer effectively dissolves mucus, kills bacteria, and improves the bodies’ resistance to lung and sinus infections. Pineapple is high in the enzyme bromelain, aiding in protein digestion, loosening mucous and acting as an anti-inflammatory. Garlic packs anti-oxidative & antimicrobial properties. The lemon detoxifies while the carrot adds essential vitamins and enjoyable flavor.
- 5 Carrots
- ½ cup of fresh cubed pineapple
- 1 lemon
- 5 cloves of garlic
Directions: Peel carrots, lemon and garlic. Juice everything and drink immediately.
Juicer Suggestion: I use the Breville Juice Extractor daily and I’m very pleased with it. It’s easy to assemble, runs quietly and juices very well. Tip: Line the waste container with a small plastic bag for easy cleanup.
Juice Recipe #2: Mucus Eliminator
How It Works: This old Russian recipe works great at dissolving thick mucus in the bronchial tubes. It disinfects the digestive system and boosts overall immunity. Beet juice purifies the blood and decreases inflammation due to presence of betaine in beets.
- Horseradish root (do not juice)
- 3 beets (use juice only)
- 1 lemon (use juice only)
- Prepare juice from 3 beets and 1 lemon
- Peel horseradish root & cut into small pieces
- Blend for 30 seconds in your Vitamix Turbo Blender
TIP: Keep the horseradish sauce in a glass jar. It will stay fresh in your fridge for a few weeks.
Suggested Use: 1 teaspoon on a piece of apple 3 times daily after meals; chew well.
Advantages of the Vitamix Turbo Blender : The Vitamix is the workhorse of the blender world. It makes soups, smoothies, nut butters and flour. My vitamix is 15 years old and still running strong. It has paid for itself many times over.
Warning: Individuals with digestive problems like gastritis, peptic ulcer and with IBS/IBD should avoid eating horseradish sauce. This recipe is best to use for adults and kids older than 12 years of age.