th5The Digestive Benefits of Fresh-Orange..

Have you noticed how nutrition type people are bad mouthing fruit juice lately? Fruit juice ‘drinks’, diluted juices and other synthetic juices, yes – I totally agree – they are no good for anybody, but in the war on sugar, we mustn’t forget that a glass of fresh orange juice has 1 ingredient – oranges, which yes, contain sugar (natural), but as long as you don’t overdo it (like everything else), your body will benefit greatly from a couple of small glasses per day.  Worried about teeth? Mix a glass of half juice/half water – you will still get all the benefits, but it will be much better for peggies.

 

It’s a natural remedy for constipation…

Orange juice is known to increase peristaltic activity (the contraction of muscles in the colon, which helps in bowel movement), and drinking orange juice is an easy and tasty way of combatting constipation. In order to take advantage of the fibre in oranges, consume one orange juice first thing in the morning and one more at tea time. Oranges are rich in Vitamin C and the fibre needed for proper digestion. Oranges stimulate the bowels in order to prevent waste accumulation in the colon.

Orange Juice & Digestion…

Digestive problems are often linked to insufficient stomach acidity, poor eating habits, combining incompatible foods and stomach or intestinal infections. Indigestion often leads to abdominal pain, acid reflux, flatulence and diarrhea. Fresh orange juice can help increase the acidity within your stomach and promote better digestion, but it should be consumed prior to eating and not combined with certain foods. Drinking any acidic juices while experiencing acid reflux can aggravate symptoms.

Indigestion, also known as ‘upset stomach’ or ‘dyspepsia’, has a variety of causes, but lack of stomach acidity is a common culprit. The acidity of your stomach should be at least 3 on the PH scale while food is in your stomach. A higher or more alkaline PH in your stomach does not allow sufficient breakdown of carbohydrates or adequately prepare proteins and fat for digestion in your small intestine. Causes of inadequate acidity in your stomach include nutritional deficiency, poor dietary choices, food allergies, hormonal or electrolyte imbalance, infection, drug interactions, excessive stress, extreme fatigue and certain hereditary and acquired diseases.

Common Symptoms of Poor Digestion…

The most common symptoms of poor digestion include abdominal pain, bloating, heartburn, acid reflux, loss of appetite, nausea, constipation, loose stools, fatigue, weight fluctuation and mood imbalance. Your doctor may have advised you to take antacids or PPI’s for symptomatic relief, however these only exacerbate digestive issues, so if you are on these, try to gradually wean yourself off them.  Recommended common treatments for poor digestion include dietary modification, supplementing with digestive enzymes and trying to naturally lower stomach PH during meals. Citrus juices can work well in regards to lowering PH.

Oranges are citrus fruits that contain a variety of natural acids, particularly citric acid and ascorbic acids. Fresh orange juice has a PH lower than 3. As such, drinking orange juice prior to eating may help stimulate the secretion of digestive issues or lower the PH levels.

Cautions…

Don’t combine orange juice with carbohydrates such as bread, pasta or potatoes because the enzyme needed to properly digest them is destroyed by certain acids. Natural fruit acids prevent carbohydrate digestion, which provides substrates for bacteria in your large intestine to ferment. Fermentation produces gas, bloating, flatulence and diarrhea. The science of food combining is well established, but not widely known. Simple biochemical reactions make big impacts on digestion and health.

Some Fruity Facts…

1 cup of orange     RDA    

Vitamin C                 93%

Fibre                            13%

Folate                          10%

Vitamin B1                9%

Pantothenic Acid   7%

Copper                         7%

Potassium                   7%

Calcium                        5%

Plus, an orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, many of which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour, anti-cancer and blood clot inhibiting properties. Phytonutrients lower blood pressure and boost the immune system.  Phytonutrients prevent kidney stones , stomach ulcers, arthritis and respiratory problems. Oranges are also better absorbed than Vitamin C tablets (several studies have shown this).

This makes the orange the healthiest fruit around!