You want to do the very best healthy thing for yourself NOW?
Juicing IS the magic bullet. Hands down. And here are my 3 reasons why juicing is my top recommendation to kickstart your health:
- Concentrated Absorption of Nutrition—Fresh pressed juice is the single-best thing we can do for ourselves. It is like running an IV of pure nutrition straight into our veins because there is no digestion necessary. This means a much needed break for our digestive system and better absorption of the nutrients we are taking in. Because so many of us suffer from some form of digestive malady these days, our ability to absorb nutrients is compromised. Juicing enables us to take in concentrated servings of vitamins, minerals, photonutrients, antioxidants and enzymes straight into our cells, which is even more important for those of us who have experienced compromised digestive processes.
- Mega-Doses of Nutrition—Some health authorities recommend that we get at least 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Some say that we each should consume 1 pound of raw vegetables per day for every 50 pounds we carry. By juicing, you could achieve this recommendation very easily every morning by starting your day with a fresh juice. Think about it, could you eat a whole head of celery, 2 cucumbers, a head of kale, a bunch of spinach, 2 lemons and 2 green apples in one sitting? Likely not, because that amount of fiber would be too much for most of us to take in at one time. Consuming the recommendation of 3 pounds of raw fruits and vegetables for someone roughly 150 pounds in weight will be much easier to achieve by juicing everyday.
- Variety is the spice of life—Perhaps the greatest advantage I’ve learned from clients is juicing makes it possible for them to include vegetables and fruits that they might not normally like, or even consider. For instance turmeric root is a food that many would not normally include in their daily diet. But with turmeric’s benefits continuing to gain attention for the many benefits it offers, like anti-inflammatory benefits, healthy liver support, mitigates several dietary carcinogens, lowers cholesterol and even acts against Alzheimer’s Disease, many are now adding this and many other vegetables that they might not normally include to their juice recipes on a regular basis. Famed Dr. Max Gerson also successfully treated cancer with a juice-only protocol. Though highly disputed at the time (1930s-to late 1950s), today many like Kris Carr, author of “Crazy Sexy Cancer” and Joe Cross, author of “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” have documented and contributed to the growing interest in juicing and including a wide array of vegetables and fruits for their healing benefits.
Here are a few recommendations to consider as you begin juicing:
- Alternate your greens. This is the perfect example of of everything in moderation. Yes, include kale, but not everyday. Use all the other gorgeous other varieties of greens available to ensure a great array of nutrients.
- Limit sweet fruits. Fruit is actually much better used whole, or in a smoothie. Without it’s fiber, sweet fruit is a pure sugar-blast and is as detrimental as some very sugary, over-processsed beverages. Limit your everyday juice recipes to fruits like green apples and berries, lemons and limes. The first two are some of the lowest sugar-fruits, and the two latter are very alkalizing.
- Drink your juice straight-away. Unless you have a masticating juicer that ensures nutrient vitality beyond immediate consumption, it’s best to drink your juice when you make it. With that said, I often make large portions of juice and bottle it up for later. But do know, if not a masticating juicer, the vitality of your juice does lose it’s nutritional vibrancy shortly after making it. Famed Jay Kordich, the “Juice Daddy” recommends filling our bottles up to the top, to reduce oxidation and to preserve the integrity a little longer, if are not going to drink it right away.
- Chew your juice. Seems funny, huh? But when we “chew” our juice, we actually activate the digestive enzyme amylase, to begin the digestive process and to help us absorb the nutrients just as if we were eating the juice in it’s natural whole food state.
In the spirit of “I LOVE my juice,” here’s a recipe that is LOADED with Vitamins A & C for you to try:
Makes 16 – 20 oz.
2 green apples
1 lemon, peeled
Prep and wash all produce. Juice all ingredients and Enjoy! As a “energy” kick, add a dash of cayenne pepper to the juice before serving.