Juicing is one of the best ways to provide the body with essential vitamins, minerals and enzymes required for healing. It is also the most gentle way to begin detoxifying the body. As nutrient rich vegetable juice enters your system, toxins naturally begin to be expelled from the body. What makes juicing so effective is that juice can be readily absorbed through even the most unhealthy intestinal tract, and is loaded with a higher concentration of nutrients, vitamins and enzymes than would be possible to eat in solid form. Juice also gives the intestines a break from digesting solid food, allowing them time to begin healing. For optimal results, juicing should be done almost everyday for at least a two-month period, with 1 or 2 days off a week to allow for variety in your diet.
To begin juicing it is important to have the right type of juicer. There are two kinds: a centrifugal style juicer, and a masticating juicer. A masticating juicer is preferable to the centrifugal juicer (no heat or friction is created during the juicing process using a masticating juicer, which allows for the enzymes and phyto-nutrients to remain intact and un-oxidized). I’ve used both juicers and can actually taste the difference in flavor and potency. A centrifugal juicer will work if that is what is available. However, I highly recommend investing in a masticating juicer.
Begin with one full 8 0z. glass of juice a day–more if you feel inclined, but at least one glass a day. Dilute juice with a small amount of water if you find that it is too strong to drink on its own. It’s best to juice fresh each morning (rather than juicing a 2 or 3 day supply at a time–but of course, do whatever works best for your schedule). Try to include each of the following ingredients with every juicing, as they all serve an important function due to their specific nutritional and healing qualities. Always use fresh veggies and try to buy organic whenever possible.
–Amounts based on enough ingredients for an 8 oz. glass of juice:
Kale (1/3 of a bunch)
Beets (1/2 beet)
Parsley (1/3 of a bunch)
Red cabbage (1 cup chopped)
Spinach (1 handful)
Celery (2-3 stalks)
Lemon (1/2)—Cut into wedges (do not peel) and put through the juicer.
Ginger, turmeric, and garlic —(a little goes along way–with the exception of turmeric, you can juice about a 2 inch stub of turmeric without it changing the flavor too much). Experiment to find out how much you can tolerate of garlic and ginger, the more the better–without making it too strong to drink). If you are worried about garlic breath, then don’t juice garlic, but rather consume one medium sized clove of garlic, 1-2 hours after dinner, finely chopped with a few sips of water.
wheat grass, barley grass, chard, cucumber, broccoli, or any other non-root veggies that appeal to you. Avoid juicing fruit or drinking fruit juice due to high levels of sugar. If you are dealing with a candida overgrowth (which many people are) cut out the carrots and beets and replace with more celery and cucumber). You can also increase your detoxification process by using this juice recipe during a juice fast.