Do you juice?
Juicing has become increasingly popular ever since Jack LeLanne put out one the very first centrifugal juicers on the market. One on hand, this is a great sign that people are becoming increasingly more health conscious. On the other hand, juicing is not the panacea it’s portrayed to be — there are many mistakes too often made.
Is Juicing Good For You?
Again, yes and no. Juices and juice fasts have been associated with many healing miracles, especially when it comes to deep healing such as liver and lymphatic congestion or cancer. This is largely due to the cleansing properties and effortless digestion of raw juices. The Benefits:
- Hydration- In a body which has become overly contracted, in such cases of many cancers where the body is extremely dehydrated and acidic — juice can restore proper alkalinity and hydration. At the root of nearly every imbalance is dehydration. Clean, filtered water isn’t always enough to hydrate considering hydration goes beyond chugging water. There must be a certain bioavailability of the cells in the water we drink as well as sufficient minerals. Green juices made from celery and cucumber and juices with lemon are especially hydrating because they actually make the cells of the water easier to absorb.
- Balances Stress- Green juices are loaded with calming mineral such as potassium and magnesium which open the body up. These minerals relax the muscles, ease tension and allow a calmness in the nervous system. When our bodies are stressed we get dehydrated which causes us to experience issues such as; moodiness, irritability, headaches and constipation. A properly prepared juice can counteract these symptoms of stress. Keep in mind, not all stress is in the mind! Lack of sleep, poor digestion, bad food choices and even airplane travel can stress the body. In our modern world we are bombarded by “stressors” so a green juice or green smoothie can be a great tool for just about anyone.
- Detoxification/Cleansing- If made properly, a juice can take acidic conditions such as disease and restore balance with assisted cleansing. Though the body cleanes for us, many have congested detoxification pathways and could use the help that juicing provides. Regular consumption of green juices strengthens and tonifies all bodily functions by nourishing the organs, glands and deep down to the cells. Because juices are so hydrating and are packed with live enzymes they are excellent catalysts to the detoxification process.
- Beauty Builders- Juices are incredibly nutrient-dense and so easy to digest. Digestion takes up most of our energy and a lack of energy means lack of beauty. When we consume juice we give the body a break, this extra energy is then used for building beautiful hair, skin, nails and so on. Just like we look like crap when we’ve lost sleep, then seemingly reverse aging in just a good nights sleep, juicing can provide us with the same extra energy to build our beauty back. Not to mention, the incredible amount of nutrition is sent directly to the organs, nourishing us at the deepest level. This means the excess nutrition can reach our extremities; skin and hair.
- First, can you afford it? I’m just being real when I say juicing does not come cheap. A good juicer can run you anywhere from$300-1000. Also, you can’t skimp ingredients, only organic here. You’re maximizing the nutrients when you juice, which means if there are pesticides or GMO’s in your juice, that’ll be maximized too. Um..EW.Don’t let something as futile as money stop you, I am simply bringing you aware to the truth. If you’re health is important, then you’ll find a way — perhaps start with a cheap juicer and start off a few days a week until you’ve worked your way up. As much as I love juicing even I wouldn’t be blowing $15 a day on a cold-press from Erewhon unless I knew I could afford it. The trick is the art of minimization. Juicing is worth it, if you’re smart. Cut out the crap from your diet (the stuff 20% that produces 80% of your unhappiness) and use what you save for that delicious, luxury cold-press.
- Consider Blending- Juicing separates out the fiber; without fiber, they are digested quickly (for those with disease, this can be helpful), however, for most this is a problem. Most fruits and even some vegetables contain fair amounts of concentrated, natural sugar and when juiced can cause yeast imbalances and sugar spikes. These will cause acidity in the body because on a bacterial and blood-level, when insulin or bacteria is imbalanced the blood becomes acidic. Therefore, infections become worse, viruses break out, and a host of hormonal imbalances can occur.Though juicing can be done properly, I find blending superior in this way and many others. Blending keeps the fiber and many other phytonutrients otherwise lost in juicing. Also, because juices assimilate so quickly they don’t pair well with anything else. Green smoothies; made using a high-speed blender such as a Blendtec, can combine many healthy varieties of nutrients. You can add healthy fats such as avocados, hemp seeds, chia seeds or egg yolks. Superfoods and Jing Herbs can be added with a ease for a powerful anti-aging bonus. You can even get away with added sweetness from berries, cherries and some fruit without negative side affects because of the present fiber and fats. Not to mention, green smoothies in a Blendtec are just so creamy and delicious; who doesn’t love delicious?
Juicing Vs. Blending
Blending provides you with a full raw meal that is loaded with nutrients and enzymes with the benefit of predigested cellulose. We can’t digest cellulose; however, a Blendtec can! This is great news because cellulose is what our healthy gut bacteria live off of! Getting a green smoothie now, loaded with this predigested fiber is an amazing way to dramatically improve our health by nourishing our gut flora.
If you’re not utilizing one of these super powered machines by now then you’re missing out on one of the greatest technological advances in the modern health world. Blended smoothies have it all; hydration, nutrition, fiber, easy of digestion and deliciousness. Most of our digestive issues come from dehydration and not chewing. Well, thanks to high-powered machines like Blendtecs our food can become liquid within seconds — which would normally take the body hours. I’m not saying stop chewing and never slow down, but in today’s world a Blendtec could save a life.
- 1 cup mountain valley spring water (still)
- 1/2 cup coconut kefir or other probiotic liquid
- 1 handful spring greens
- 4 stalks of celery
- 1 medium cucumber
- 1 small zucchini
- 1 medium avocado
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 scoop Vitality SuperGreens
- 1 dropper full stevia
Put liquid in first, add ingredients and blend! The Blendtec is so powerful you don’t even need to chop any veggies, unless you want to!
6 Rules For Creating The Perfect Juice
If you want to reap the benefits of juicing without compromising your health here are 6 rules of thumb to juice by:
- Don’t juice when you have a yeast or bacterial infection; such as candida or other digestive disorders.
Get this under control first by consuming loads of probiotics and probiotic foods/liquids. Otherwise, juicing will just aggravate symptoms — don’t confuse this as just “detoxing”, your digestive system is whack, fix it first. This will take about 3 months. Remember to nix all sugar, gluten, dairy, and processed foods. Better yet, check out Body Ecology and look into the guidelines there or check out my complete ecoures Perfect Digestion.
- Add fiber or fats to optimize the digestion of raw vegetables.
Fiber, including chia seeds, flax meal, or hemp seeds are great souces of fiber that will pair well with juices/smoothies while also slowing down the absoprtion of any sugar. Other things to add would be; coconut cream, coconut oil, hemp oil, flax oil, green powders, probiotc liquids, egg yolks, fermented coconut yogurt, colostrum powder or raw milk kefir/cream if you can digest raw dairy. This makes juice much more satisfying and these fibers and fats work as carriers for the nutrients to the cells.
- Don’t Juice Cruciferous Vegetables.
These vegetables such as; brocolli, cauiflower, asparagus, kale and cabbage will suppress thyroid function. They contain oxylit acids which cool the body. Because too many people have an underactive thyroid from stressful living, it would be very unwise to ever take these vegetables raw. They are best fermeneted or lightly cooked. Instead, use non-starchy vegetables and herbs like celery, cucumber, fennel, cilantro and so on. You can find an exact list of all my favorite juicing ingredients in my ecourse.
- Don’t Juice Sweet, Starchy Vegetables.
Carrots, beets, jimaca, sweet potatoes and most fruits just contain too much sugar to be juiced. These are best eating raw with all the fiber present, or blended into smoothies.
- Use ingredients that pair well together.
In the Body Ecology Book you can learn all about food combining and apply it to juicing. The most simple way to understand this would be to juice only the vegetables you’d find in a raw salad. Most of the time a proper salad has some sort of leafy lettuce, spring greens, herbs and cucumber, celery (nix the carrots and tomatoes). To say the least, if you keep your juice base made of celery, cucumber and lettuces like romaine, you’re in good standing. From there, try different fresh herbs like mint, arugula, basil and lemon and lime are great ways to cut the bitterness. Keep it simple. Who juices a potato?
- Drink juice only on an empty stomach.
Juice is best as the first meal of the day, after a glass of warm lemon water. Really, that should be the only time you drink juice, unless fasting. Otherwise, if you had a meal prior chances there is still something in your stomach and the juice will just ferment on top making you gassy. When you’ve had your juice, give it 45 minutes before you eat anything solid.
There you have it! Comment below with your experience. Do you prefer juicing to blending or vice versa?