As you probably know, I’m a big fan of juicing. You may not know this, but the Gerson Institute in San Diego uses juicing in their anti-cancer protocol. The amount of fresh vitamins and minerals you get when you juice is incredible. And in today’s world, most of the food we eat is de-natured and has very little nutritional value for a number of reasons.
1. Much of the food we eat is not grown locally. Since it may take a few days or so to transport, it has to be picked before it is ripe in order to be fresh when it hits the store. If the food is not fully ripe, it has not finished the process and will be lacking in nutrients.
2. Much of the farmland today has very poor topsoil which is lacking in the necessary minerals. Without those minerals, the crops are weak and cannot fight off pests, disease, etc. Therefore, farmers have to use chemical sprays and pesticides to protect their crops. The amount of vitamins and minerals in food today is less than it used to be.
3. Chemical sprays get into the food we eat. Ingesting insecticides is toxic to our system. (Always wash your food before eating.)
4. Processing typically destroys most of the nutrients in food, which is why you’ll see “fortified” with vitamins and minerals. This is why eating locally and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables is so important. If we eat processed food all day and there is little nutritional value, then our bodies are still craving the vitamins and minerals it needs, therefore we’re still hungry and continue eating. A naturopath might say that although we’re eating a lot of food, we’re actually starving.
Here are some of the fruits and veggies I juice and why.
Apples – good for skin, hair, fingernails, liver, and digestion. This means its good for detox because your skin, liver, and intestines is where you get rid of toxins in your body. It also means apples are good for weight loss. Apples contain Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, biotin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, and the minerals chlorine, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium, and sulfur. In combination with carrots and beets, it’s a good blood builder.
Carrots – good for skin, hair, fingernails, intestines, liver, bones, and teeth. Carrot juice causes the liver to release bile into the gall bladder which helps get rid of fat (which lowers cholesterol.) Some have used carrot juice for acne, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, and weight loss. It contains beta-carotene, B, C, D, E, and K and the minerals calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium. Carrot juice is sometimes called the King of Vegetable Juices.
Celery – good for the nervous system and curbs the desire for sweets (therefore good for weight-loss.) Celery juice contains sodium, but don’t confuse organic sodium with sodium chloride (salt) because organic sodium will balance your blood’s pH. Some people use celery juice for lung, kidney, liver, and nervous disorders, as well as fluid retention.
Cucumbers – It’s a natural diuretic and helps dissolve kidney stones. It is good for skin and facial rejuvination. Cucumber juice contains potassium, silicon, and sulfur, which is good for your hair and nails. I typically don’t peel my cucumbers, but if they are waxed, you should peel them. Cucumber juice is used for skin and kidney disorders, high blood pressure, and weight loss.
Beets – good for liver and gall bladder problems, menstrual and menopausal issues, and builds red blood cells. Beet juice is a powerful kidney and blood cleanser. Beets contain Vitamins A, B6, and C as well as chlorophyll, calcium, potassium, choline, iron, and sodium. Beet juice is helpful for multiple issues including anemia, bladder, kidney, skin, and liver disorders, fatigue, heart disease, circulation, cancer, low blood pressure, and lymph.
This juice combo is naturally sweet, so no need for sugar or fake sugar. If you want to add a little cayenne pepper or ginger to it, it will add a little spice and boost your metabolism a bit. When I drink this combo, my body temperature increases.
You may have also noticed that all these juices help with the main detox organs of your body – intestines, kidneys, liver, lungs, and skin. So, if you don’t have a juicer yet, or if it’s sitting in your closet somewhere, go get it and try it out.
You joined the gym, you’re working out, now you need to pump your body full of fresh, healthy nutrients. Try it for a week and let me know how you feel. And it’s so much better than drinking sodas or store-bought drinks.