Does the thought of cabbage juice sound rather gross to you? Don’t worry, it is! However the benefits of cabbage juice highly outweigh the taste. At least, for me it did.
**Before you read any farther, I want to stress that this post is only my opinion and personal experience with cabbage juice. I don’t know you and I certainly don’t know what your doctor would say about you drinking cabbage juice for health reasons. So check with him/her first, okay?**
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Someday. Someday I will be rid of the torture some people call allergies. I call it the thorn in my flesh. They have been a part of my life for as long as I remember. Spring, summer, winter, fall, it doesn’t matter the season, they are there.
To manage the allergies, I take daily allergy medicine. I had decided awhile back that even though I would rather not take anything for them, the horrible symptoms were affecting my life too much. The years of allergies have now moved into my lungs as I have (for my adult life) developed asthma. Asthma has developed into bronchitis and pneumonia, several times this past year. It wasn’t a fun year for me.
Unfortunately, the antibiotics I had taken to rid myself of the bronchitis and pneumonia this past year (more than one dose, mind you) did a number on my stomach and I seemed to have developed an ulcer.
Now if you are at all like me, you would think that ulcers are caused by stress. I mean who do you think get ulcers? Men in ties carrying a briefcase rushing from home to job overstressed and overworked.
Well, that doesn’t seem to always be the case.
They are finding that most ulcers are caused by bacteria that most of us already have. Our good bacteria normally takes care of the bad bacteria but when the good bacteria gets taken away by the antibiotics… see where I’m going here? You can develop an ulcer.
The medicine most doctors will prescribe for an ulcer to get rid of the bad bacteria (if that is indeed the cause of it) is more antibiotics. I’m sure it works great for the patient and I certainly did not rule it out. However, my problem was caused by antibiotics in the first place. I didn’t relish the idea of taking more to fix the problem it caused. So what to do, what to do.
I did some research on natural remedies and found some benefits of cabbage juice. Cabbage juice is called a wonder worker on stomach issues. It has been shown to heal an ulcer faster than conventional medicine.
Alright, I’m in. Though, I am skeptical.
I’m A Moderate When It Comes To Natural Medicine
I believe certain medicines at certain times is critical to health and well-being. Namely, the pneumonia needed conventional medicine to get rid of it. I have tried just about every natural medicine that has come my way for the allergies and nothing works. Nothing. I take a prescription medicine for that as well. I also believe medicine can be abused, it has big companies behind it and where there are dollar signs, there is greed. Very sad.
So in other words, I tread carefully with natural medicines and prescriptions. If the cabbage juice wouldn’t have worked in a few days, I would have ran gladly to my doctor’s office and taken whatever he wanted to give me. Ulcers hurt people. They really do.
Benefits Of Cabbage Juice And Other Natural Wonders
I started healing the ulcer by taking a probiotic every morning. I should have taken one when I was taking the antibiotics and I might not have been in this mess to begin with. That said, I will take one now and for quite a while. Let’s get some good bacteria fighting the bad.
I also had read blueberries are great for your stomach which worked well because we had our 40 lbs come in just that week. I had some with breakfast every morning. I also decided to order a juicer from Amazon. We had always wanted one, but never had bought one. As you have heard me say, my husband is a meatatarian but he thought he could drink just about any vegetable. 🙂
We didn’t want to spend a lot on a juicer, not knowing if we would like it or if it would work for me. I found this juicer on Amazon. It had some good reviews and at $64.00 the price was right. So far, we like it a lot. I don’t know how well it will hold up for the long run, but if you are just wanting to test it out, it would be a good starter. It may last quite a while too. It runs great and I like the stainless steel look.
So, Can You Juice A Cabbage?
Yes! Who knew, right?!? I juiced the cabbage with hopes of feeling normal in about 3-4 days with complete healing in 10 days. I ran a green cabbage through the juicer. I held my breath and downed the green monster.
It. Was. Vile.
Not sort of okay, not just gross but nasty, horrid and things nightmares are made up of. Antibiotics was sounding like the better choice at that moment. I figured I wouldn’t last the 10 days at that rate (or taste) and looked for another option. I read purple cabbage is actually better for you because of the color and you can add carrots or apples to the juice. The purple cabbage is slightly (read: very slightly) sweeter.
It. Was. Better.
It really was. My personal opinion: if you decide to drink cabbage juice is 1/4 to 1/2 purple cabbage with one apple. Sometimes I would add a peach as well. I even got my husband to drink some. (Oh, it is so humorous to watch.)
How am I feeling? Much, much better. You know that feeling when you realize you don’t feel sick anymore? That occurred to me about mid-morning the other day when I realized I hadn’t thought about my stomach all day. It is a great feeling. I don’t know if the cabbage juice would work for everyone. I am convinced it did for me though in the back of my mind I am prepared to head to the doctors if it comes back and I can’t ease the pain. I will maintain cabbage juice at least once a week for quite a while. I want to keep the benefits and keep my stomach healthy.
PSA: you may need a mint after the cabbage juice. It leaves an aftertaste that will make your family members cry. 😉