Gut health is one of our time's biggest challenges and no wonder with the change in diet from our ancestors of just 100 years ago. Where we once ate a diet of fruits, vegetables, and simple meats, most people's diet now consists of highly processed grains, sugars, and spices, with only a bit of the natural stuff mixed in. Now I am not advocating that we eat tasteless foods, but substituting our ability to cook for prepackaged meals or fast food had had a significant impact on our bodies, and add the crazy stress we all feel and our inability to manage it, our guts have paid a considerable price and that is scary because our gut is the gateway to the rest of our health. Be it mental, physical, emotional, and any other kind of health you can come up with, all is impacted by our gut's ability to do its job. If we can't get the nutrients we need or process what we do get, it is only a matter of time before we malfunction. Maybe you are already feeling the effects.
If you are like me, the damage has been done, and you are now looking to find a way out. Thankfully, God always comes through, and there is one plant that I love to go to when my guts need repair.
Cabbage is a fantastic food for gut health. Packed full of fiber and an outstanding balance of energy with carbohydrates, proteins, and fats as many natural foods do, it is also a significant source of Vitamins A, C, K, folate, choline, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and manganese (Nutrition Data, 2019). It is excellent in feeding your healthy gut flora and, for many, is an enjoyable addition to many dishes. The nutrient contents make cabbage great for managing inflammation response, gut health, immune response, blood vessel, and heart health and help make your skin and hair look great. Additional benefits include reducing susceptibility to headaches, constipation, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
Besides the nutritional benefits, cabbage juice has some fantastic medicinal properties for those who struggle or suffer from ulcer issues. Full of an antiseptic ulcer factor referred to as vitamin U, this plant's juice helps prevent and heal peptic ulcers by preventing the development of histamine-induced peptic ulcers. The research shows that patients treated with cabbage juice can heal up to six times faster than those treated with traditional medicines (Cheney, 1949).
While I love cabbage, I have found the juice's taste to be a bit of a put-off. Here is a recipe I have created that I share with my clients to help get their gut health in order. I hope you enjoy it and feel free to experiment and make your gut health juice.
PWJ Cabbage Juice Recipe
1/8 green cabbage
1/8 red cabbage (can be substituted)
1 large carrot
1 large rib celery
3 small or two large cored apples
1-inch fresh ginger
Clean and prep all ingredients. Cut into manageable pieced for your specific juicer and process. Scrape foam off the top before using. Makes one quart. Store in refrigerator. Lasts up to four days.
Take 2-3oz every two waking hours until juice is gone. Repeat as necessary.
CHENEY G. (1949). Rapid healing of peptic ulcers in patients receiving fresh cabbage juice. California medicine, 70(1), 10-5.
Grosvenor, M. (2011). Visualizing Nutrition: Everyday Choices (2nd edition). John Wiley & Sons. Retrieved from http://online.vitalsource.com/books/9781118327173
Nutrition Data. (2019). Cabbage, raw nutrition facts and calories. Retrieved from https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2371/2