chronic diseases such as cancer, sodium and calcium invade particular
organs and cause their potassium to leach out, disrupting the appropriate
balance between the two." --Max
Sodium, needed by the body for normal function, is an extracellular
mineral. Potassium and magnesium are the intracellular minerals and
are needed for metabolism within the body cells. When the extracellular/intracellular
(sodium/potassium) balance is disturbed, health problems occur.
In most cases, potassium
behaves like a catalyst (activating substance) in the formation of enzymes.
Sodium, on the other hand, usually acts as an inhibitor, or blocking
Similar to sodium's relationship
to potassium, calcium and magnesium are antagonists in the synthesis
of nucleic acids and protein. Magnesium is necessary for these processes,
while calcium inhibits them. Magnesium and calcium collaborate, however,
in the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the most basic biological
form of energy.
When intracellular minerals (potassium and magnesium) are deficient,
sodium penetrates into the cell and enzyme formation and function is
inhibited disturbing the normal activity of the tissue made up by the
cells. In the case of organ tissues, these disfunctions can result in
chronic disease such as cancer.
Sources of potassium are (depending on the soil content):
- Whole grains
Whole foods, like vegetables, legumes, whole grains and fruit have
high potassium to sodium ratios. In fact, most fruits and vegetables
have 20 to 100 times as much potassium as sodium.
Eating and/or juicing fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, as in the Gerson
diet, help correct the sodium and potassium imbalance. Packaged foods
and restaurant foods end to be high in sodium and should be limited
or avoided altogether.
Drinking voluminous amounts of fresh fruit and vegetable juices
will pull sodium from the tissues and infuse them with potassium. Juice
from fresh fruit and vegetables also contain cell-cleansing enzymes,
important when undergoing tumor necrosis or cancer treatments like radiation
or chemotherapy. (The enzymes in fresh juice will oxidize rapidly as
they come in contact with oxygen. Therefore, it is recommended that
juices be drank within the first fifteen minutes after juicing. If you
must store juices longer, fill container to the very top to minimize
loss of these valuable enzymes.)
Juicers that remove the pulp are also removing the fiber from the fruit/vegetable.
Fiber is also necessary in your diet since it feeds bacteria in the
intestinal tract and also absorbs water and bile salts as it forms feces.
Therefore, it important to EAT fresh fruits and vegetables even while
you are juicing.
Bananas are heralded for having an excellent sodium-to-potassium ratio
(1:440). However, bananas are also high in sugars and should be eaten
in moderation, especially by patients who have active cancers.
Juice (prescribed by Oasis Hospital for cancer)
1 leaf of chard
1 leaf cabbage
½ green pepper
2 green apples
3 leaves of lettuce
2 leaves of watercress
2 leaves of beet
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