Today’s post is on one of my all-time favorite healing topics, your no fail guide to juicing made easy. Whether you’re a juicing novice looking for information, or a juicing pro looking for inspiration; this post will give you starting points, convenient tips, and cutting-edge knowledge to super-charge your healing journey.
But before we dive into all the benefits of juicing, let’s take a look at…
Why so many healthy people still feel unhealthy
I hear this in my practice all the time.
People make an honest effort to eat right, exercise, manage stress, and do all the right things to lead a healthy lifestyle. Yet they still struggle with health issues like energy dips, hormonal imbalance, and sleep issues.
It can be a very frustrating and defeating experience.
The modern ailment that affects 9 out 10 patients
Though every patient is unique, nine times out of ten getting over that “hump” comes down to one burning issue: compromised digestion.
Even though you’re eating healthy foods; if your body’s digestion is compromised it cannot take advantage of the life-giving, healing nutrients.
Why do so many suffer with compromised digestion?
Much of this has to do with our ultra-sterile, ultra-processed food supply, and a lack of understanding about the importance of enzymes.
What you need to know about enzymes: the catalysts for ALL life
- Enzymes are complex substances which enable us to digest and absorb food.
- According to Dr. Norman Walker, author of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Juices,
“Enzymes digest cancer cells. They are not “substances”, but intangible magnetic Cosmic Energy of Life (vibration) which is intimately involved in the action and activity of every atom in the human body, vegetation, and every form of life.
Wow! Just let that one statement sink in for a minute before you read on…this is life-changing stuff.
- Enzymes are only present in either fresh, cultured, or very lightly cooked foods.
When I say “lightly cooked” I mean barely cooked. For example, if food is heated to 118 degrees, its enzymes become sluggish, when it is heated to 130 degrees they are completely destroyed.
When’s the last time you preheated your oven to 118 degrees? Never, right? Case in point.
- Enzymes not only break down foods, but also play an important role in controlling inflammation, free radical damage, and anti-aging.
- The majority of Americans are deficient in enzymes, especially after age 30.
How juicing for health lets you access nature’s enzymes and heal your digestion
The digestive tract relies on a balance of fresh food for enzymes, healthy bacteria from cultured foods, and a wide variety of fibers to function properly.
Even if we eat a “healthy” diet, it is uncommon to strike that perfect balance between enzyme-rich raw foods to cooked foods needed to maintain digestive health.
So, how can you eat enough raw foods without completely changing your lifestyle, or driving yourself crazy with a rabbit food diet?
The answer is homemade fresh juice.
Homemade vs. store-bought juice…no contest
Juicing is making a BIG comeback, And many mainstream and natural food companies want in on the profits. Thus are offering nicely packaged, refrigerated fruit and vegetable juice blends.
What’s the problem with these? It’s two-fold.
#1: In order for juice to be sold on a mass scale, by law it must be pasteurized.
Sadly, high heat pasteurization kills all the vital enzymes that were present in that yummy bottle of carrot, orange, ginger juice.
#2: Fresh juice oxidizes quickly and should be consumed immediately for best nutritional value.
You just can’t get that kind of nutrition from store-bought brands. I wish it were different, but for now homemade is the way to go.
Can’t I just eat whole raw fruits and vegetables?
Whole fruits and vegetables are a very healthy choice, and I do recommend eating them.
However, for nine out of ten people with compromised digestion, it takes a lot more energy to digest and absorb the nutrients from raw foods than it does from juice.
If your digestive system is already compromised, this can be quite taxing on the body.
Fresh juices are liquid superfoods that are absorbed in matter of minutes, requiring less effort for your tired digestive organs and enzyme reserves to break down.
Think about it like this, if you injured your knee you wouldn’t go out and try to run a 5K would you?
You’d nurture your knee by giving it time to rest and heal.
The same principle applies to your GI tract. Juicing gives it a rest while infusing your whole body with easy-to-assimilate super- foods.
What about fiber?
Once the juice has been extracted from the fruits and vegetables there are no nutrients left in the fiber (also known as pulp).
However, fiber is crucial to maintaining digestive health. It acts as an intestinal broom to sweep out wastes, and prebiotic fiber feeds the good bacteria in your gut.
- Juicing made easy tip #1: To take full advantage of both the juice and fiber, I keep my organic juice pulp and freeze it. Once I have a large batch saved up, I thaw it and combine it with fresh basil, garlic, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds; pop it in the food dehydrator and voila! Homemade, high-fiber, omega-3 rich crackers.
Momma and toddler approved delicious!
Do I have to use all organic produce all the time?
I bet you think I’m going to say yes, right?
Actually (surprise) you don’t have to use all organic all the time.
Though I recommend buying organic as much as possible (especially when it comes to the dirty dozen fruits and vegetables), one of the miracles of juicing is the pesticides and toxins bind and collect in the fiber. So the juice stays pretty clean.
- Juicing made easy tip #2: If organics are not readily available where you live, or out of your budget, do not let that stop you from experiencing all the benefits of juicing.
Just discard the pulp and enjoy your juice.
What’s the best juicer to buy?
Great news! A high-quality juicer doesn’t have to break the bank.
The crème de la crème used in cancer centers nationwide is the Norwalk Juicer by Norman Walker. That will run you about: $2500.00. Likely out of reach for the average consumer.
- Juicing made easy tip #3: I have bought juicers ranging in price from $100–$500, and have had the best success with the Jack LaLanne Power Juicers.
They range in price from under $100.00 – $150.00 and are available online or at the big box stores.
How much juice should I start off drinking?
I recommend starting with 1-2 pints of vegetable juice daily.
Dr. Walker also points out, “one pint of carrot juice, daily, has more constructive body value than 25 pounds of calcium tablets…and the carrot molecule is exactly analogous to that of the blood molecule under a microscope.”
- Juicing made easy tip #4: For this reason, I recommend using carrot juice as the base in combination with any of the other vegetables listed in our next sub-point…
Dr. Jessica’s faves for home juicing made easy:
- Carrot (my personal favorite) and I started Veyda on this at 8 months old:
- The sweet flavor and dense nutrients in carrots make them an ideal nourishing base for the whole body.
Norman Walker states, “One pint of carrot juice, daily, has more constructive body value than 25 pounds of calcium tablets.” Making it a must for maintaining healthy bones and teeth.
- It can assist in the healing of ulcers of the stomach and GI tract, infections of the tonsils, sinuses and respiratory tract, and protects the nervous system.
- Naturally high in beta carotene, it supports eye health, and improves skin conditions like acne and dermatitis.
- Contains a high percentage of vital organic sodium, magnesium, and iron which promote healthy digestive juices.
- Celery juice also promotes fluid balance, acting as a natural electrolyte.
- Refreshing and clean, cucumber is the best natural diuretic and promotes healthy urine flow.
- I often recommend carrot and cucumber juice for rheumatic conditions, and to helps with blood pressure issues, hair and nail growth.
- High in vitamins C and E.
- Offers relief for constipation and bloating, and improves teeth and gum health.
Bottom line, juicing can enhance the quality of your life by giving you more vitality, energy, and harmony.
What’s been your experience with juicing? Has it helped you or a loved one overcome a health issue? Do you have a favorite recipe to share? Help us spread the wealth of health in the comments section below.
I look forward to hearing from you…now, let’s put your no-fail guide to juicing made easy to work!