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Grapefruit: The Queen of Citrus

Last week we officially crowned the mighty orange as the “King of Citrus.” This week it’s time to turn our attention to the grapefruit, the “Queen of Citrus.”  In the world of clinical nutrition, the healing and therapeutic values of grapefruits are nothing short of royalty.  They boost your metabolism, build your immune system, increase your resistance to disease, and even curb your appetite!  Let’s take a closer look.

Notable Personality Factors:

Grapefruits—particularly the pink variety—are the ultimate emotional adaptogen: They lift deflated spirits and soothe anxious hyperactivity by balancing hormones and moods. In fact, I like to think of grapefruits as glad foods. When you want to feel bright, right, and cheerful, grab a grapefruit!  Just like oranges, grapefruits are also a great way to start the day.

Therapeutic and Healing Powers:***

As with other citrus fruits, grapefruits are good for the immune system. They’re rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients that build your Immune Power and help you fight off long-term illnesses such as cancer.  And that’s just the beginning!

I consider grapefruits to be a leading circulatory antiseptic. In other words, this powerful citrus fruit is a potent blood cleanser.  That is precisely why it’s so valuable in the prevention and treatment of bacterial and viral infections. Whenever you sense mucus accumulating in your throat or sinuses, or whenever you feel pressure in your ears, think grapefruits. They have excellent therapeutic value against colds, coughs, the flu, and bronchial or sinus infections. Not only do they help purify the blood, but their high acid content enables them to break down and dissolve accumulated mucus in the glands, sinus, and throat. As we discussed last week, the over-accumulation of this kind of mucus can create an environment for bacteria and viruses to thrive.  By preventing the build-up of excess mucus, grapefruits go a long way in preventing and treating upper respiratory infections.  I’ve also found that you can use grapefruit and its rind to lower fevers and alleviate earaches.

Grapefruits are not only emotional but also physiological adaptogens: When the body needs to produce more red blood cells, grapefruits stimulate bone marrow. That’s one of the reasons they’re a useful adjunct against anemia. Conversely, when the blood’s red cell count and hemoglobin levels are too high, such as in a condition called polycythemia, grapefruits’ adaptogenic properties decrease the excess production.

I prescribe grapefruits for any cardiovascular condition. In addition to cleansing the blood, they lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels with the aid of their pectin content, and prevent atherosclerosis and clotting. I’ve also found grapefruits to be a valuable component in a diet geared toward the prevention of Alzheimer’s, senility, and stroke.  It’s important to note, however, that grapefruits and grapefruit juice can interact with certain prescription drugs.  Individuals on blood pressure medications, for example, should not consume grapefruits unless directed otherwise by their physician or primary healthcare provider. In fact, to be safe, it’s best to ask your doctor about any prescription drugs you might be on and any potential contraindications.

Finally, it’s important to highlight that grapefruits also have a favorable influence on the metabolism. Anyone interested in permanent weight loss should be certain to have grapefruits and grapefruit juice as part of a daily diet. Both eliminate appetitis—an overactive appetite—while natural boosting your metabolism.  If you’re feeling ravenous, have a glass of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice mixed with one tablespoon of brewer’s yeast and one tablespoon of spirulina or Revita—it will satisfy both your appetite (your emotional desire for food) as well as your hunger (your physiological need for food), and keep your weight loss plan on track!

Nutrient Value:

Grapefruits are rich in vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin C, flavonoids, and folic acid. In addition, grapefruits are a great source of lycopene and beta carotene, two powerful antioxidants.  Their water-soluble fiber has also been well documented to have cholesterol-lowering properties.

Selection and Care:

To ensure juiciness, choose grapefruits by weight rather than by size. Pick firm, thin-skinned, ripe grapefruits; avoid spongy, soft, indented ones. And note the ends of the grapefruit: When they are pointed, the fruit is likely to be thick-skinned and less juicy. The pink or red grapefruits have higher concentrations of vitamin A, enzymes, and fat-burning metabolites, so look for Ruby Red or Star Ruby from Florida or Texas crops.

Optimal Use and Combining:

Like all fruits, it’s best to eat grapefruits fresh, raw, and whole. Grapefruits combine well with other citrus, but don’t mix well with alkaline melons or sub-acidic apples and berries. A salad of pink grapefruits with pineapples and bananas is my personal favorite in the winter and spring. Papayas also make excellent partners for pink grapefruits. Grapefruits invigorate nuts and granola, so make them a part of your trail mix when hiking or camping. And as part of a seasonal juice fast, emphasize fresh squeezed grapefruit and Valencia orange juices. Both are extremely beneficial to blood pressure and overall wellbeing.

***This article is not intended to treat or diagnose any type of health condition or disease. Any nutritional considerations for any health complication should be discussed with your physician or healthcare provider.

Do You Want to Be Rich in Health, Rich in Happiness, and Rich in Life?

Welcome to Make Time for Wellness! Our goal is to empower you with tools and strategies to increase your energy, slow the aging process, prevent disease & chronic illness, lose weight permanently, reduce stress, and overcome burnout.

Said another way, we want to help you map out a plan to be Rich in Health, so you can achieve, sustain, and protect a lifestyle that is Rich in Happiness, Rich in Love, Rich in Laughter, Rich in Spirit, and Rich in Wealth, and Rich in Life.

As part of our community, we welcome your thoughts and encourage you to share any of our complementary resources with friends, family, colleagues, and loved ones, and help us spread the cause of wellness!

Greetings, and welcome to our Make Time for Wellness Community where we’ll review strategies that will empower you with techniques to stay well and be well for the rest of your life. You know, wellness to me is a very interesting process. As a matter of fact, as a doctor of preventive medicine I consider myself a specialist in prevention and wellness. It’s interesting; when I went to medical school, I was taught that people were a disease waiting to happen, but I don’t see it that way at all. The way I see it, there are three fundamental principles that tie wellness together. The number one is this- human beings have the ability to be well, and the ability to repair themselves. They have self-regulating immune factors, self-regulating pharmacies. In other words, the human being has the ability to heal himself or herself and be well. Number two- very important in preventive medicine, we’re interested in the whole person, you see. Doctors in traditional medicine tend to treat the condition; we tend to treat the whole person. In other words, your emotional health, physical health, mental health, spiritual health, all these things are important. Physical strength leads to wellness, mental strength leads to wellness, emotional strength leads to wellness, and spiritual strength leads to wellness. All these strengths improve your immune system, empower you to be well, and help you prevent disease. And thirdly, very important in the wellness community is the individual’s self-responsibility, the individual’s self-accountability, the individual’s self-awareness. Do you realize that we as individuals are the key factors in the healthcare delivery system- that your choices, your lifestyle, your decisions and how you view life are far more important than hospitals, doctors, drugs, and surgery? That’s the point. So here’s what I need to ask you, just like every patient I see for a consultation; how important is it for you to be rich in life, rich in happiness, rich in love, rich in spirit, rich in companionship, rich in family, rich in wealth- in other words, how important is it to be rich in life? Now keep in mind, from my perspective wellness increases your capacity to live, increases your capacity to love, increases your capacity to laugh, increases your potential to live life to the fullest. So here’s my point; how important is it to be rich in life- obviously very important. But what I have learned and what I have discovered and think you’ll discover once you study it is that unless you’re rich in health, you really can’t sustain being rich in life. So that’s the point of our wellness community, we want to empower you with ways to stay well and be well, so that you can have a rich life and being rich in life is sustaining richness in life. We want to give you strategies that will increase your energy and your vitality. We want to give you strategies that will prevent illness and disease- debilitating, decaying disease. We want to give you techniques and styles that will slow down the aging process and keep you youthful and young and fresh and resourceful. And we want to give you strategies that will reduce stress and reduce emotional tension to improve the quality of your life. So here’s what we want to do- welcome to the community, please be a part of it, become interactive with us, sign up for our free teleseminars that we do, share the information with friends and loved ones- let’s join together and be a community to spread the cause of wellness, prevent disease, and be rich in life!