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by alycia lim
Sara Ding and her glass of ‘health insurance’.
Juicing for health.
SARA Ding knew she had to do something about her health. In 2000, at the age of 33, she was always tired, had dry and scaly skin, a dull complexion and was losing hair in chunks.
“My bowel movement was irregular, and I experienced memory loss,” she says.
The only diagnosis given by a local family doctor was that she was going through a lot of stress due to her job.
“I was prescribed various pills to alleviate my problems, but I realised that what I needed was to understand what was really happening to me.”
After doing research on her condition, Ding realised she had toxemia, a condition caused by blood poisoning from an excessive accumulation of toxins.
This new discovery marked the beginning of her journey towards a healthier lifestyle through juicing, and she started a website (juicing-for-health.com), to document her findings.
“People soon started writing to me and shared how they have healed from various diseases by eating raw foods and drinking fresh juices.”
Ding’s website today receives an average of 5,000 visitors daily. Her Facebook page has over 80,000 followers.
Drinking a glass of juice daily has become part of a daily routine for Ding.
“Juicing has become my ‘health insurance’,” she says, adding that she hasn’t paid a visit to the doctor in over seven years.
She believes that nature provides the finest and best sources of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients, and antioxidants through fresh fruits and vegetables.
“Our bodies are created to be self-healing and self-rejuvenating. When we consume these life-giving foods, our intelligent bodies can nourish our cells back to health.”
Ding says that when speaking to her Malaysian friends about juicing, the common topics that arise are often a lack of time and the cost of maintaining a daily juicing regime.
“The idea that a glass of juice is expensive is derived from people’s experience of buying their juice fix from specialised juice bars. In reality, a glass of juice costs possibly the same as a plate of fried kuey teow, or less!”
Having worked long office hours in the past, she believes it is a matter of setting priorities, where time is concerned.
After all, according to her, it takes only 15 minutes a day to assemble the juicer, make a glass of juice and wash up.
“If your health is important to you, investing 15 to 30 minutes a day is nothing,” she says.
Selecting the right juicer can also make a difference in the quality of juice. With so many juicers in the market, Ding suggests using a masticating juicer for best results.
Working on the basis of chewing or grinding, it tears open the produce’s cell membranes and releases deep-seated nutrients and enzymes. This process naturally results in a richer and more concentrated juice.
If one can afford it, juicing organic fruits and vegetables is advisable as they are toxin-free.
Living in Malaysia, Ding agrees that while we have a variety of tropical fruits, there are limited varieties of vegetables for juicing.
However, some of the produce can be modified, such as substituting kale which is easily found in the West, with kailan.
Ding, who has two children aged 21 and 17, is not too strict with the dietary intake of her family members.
“Instead of saying no to the foods they like, I crowd their diet at home with better and healthier food.” She also makes juices for the whole family on a daily basis.
Ding’s healthy lifestyle and passion for nutrition has become her career, as she now works with an organic health food store in Malaysia.
But the learning process hasn’t stopped. “I continually expand my knowledge in nutrition by taking up formal long-distance studies,” she says.
Having earned certification as a nutritional consultant, Ding is now pursuing a course to be a holistic health practitioner.
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