Juicing fruits and vegetables provide easy access to the vast quantity of nutrients available in these foods. Juicing can be a beneficial addition to any routine and is especially great for routine detoxification. For the purposes of a cleanse, juicing is a great way to provide added support to the body.
There are many ways to go about juicing. First and most importantly is acquiring fresh, organic produce. Secondly, devising a method of creating juice out of these. Options include using a juicing machine, buying fresh or pre-made juice, using a blender and/or using products that can be shaken or stirred.
1. Juicing machine. These are devices that pulverize vegetable and fruit matter to separate the juice from the fiber. The end-product is a very easy to assimilate vital fluid. The fiber is disposed of or can be saved to add to other cooking projects.
2. Purchasing pre-made juice. Fresh is far better because the activity of the bioflavonoids degrades quickly. Carrot juice and some others can be found pre-made and bottled.
3. Using a blender is possible with fruits and vegetables in a couple ways. Some produce can be blended easily when combined with enough water. Spinach, cucumber, soft fruits are all easily blended. Harder vegetables and fruits will also blend easily after being gently steamed. This is beneficial because it then includes the fiber in the final product. Make sure to use enough water and keep the recipe simple.
4. Mixing Powders and Liquids: Ingredients that do not need to be juiced or blended are also vast and delicious. Some of these include spirulina, aloe vera juice, very berry concentrate, lemon and lime, boiled ginger, etc…
Every plant species has it’s own personality, its properties and affinities. As you explore the simplicity of consumption, notice how you feel affected by what you consume and try to find simple blends that suits you best. Variety is not only the spice of life, but also a key to keeping the digestive system from reacting to foods that we consume too frequently. As a general rule, dilute fruit and high sugar content vegetables by 50% and have cucumber, celery and greens comprise half of all juice you consume. Experiment and have fun!
Beets – their red color demonstrates an affinity for the blood and heart, purifying and stimulating. Has a laxative effect and is highly beneficial for liver detoxification. Try to not use more than 1 small beet per juice due to their high sugar content.
Greens – hearty as they are, greens are a wonderful addition to juices. Greens assist liver detoxification and the high chlorophyll content is very beneficial for the blood. Kale, spinach, chard, chollards, beet greens, etc… 1-3 leaves per juice is enough due to the strong flavor and their mild sweet quality is helpful for keeping the sugar balanced.
Carrots – namesake for the essential nutrient, beta-carotene, carrots have a lot to brag about and are such a wonderful juice addition they should not be overlooked! High sugar content.
Celery – Acts as a natural diuretic and has a low sugar content.
Fruit – best kept minimal as the sugar content is very high. However, the addition of fruits can do wonders for the taste buds. Apples and pears are especially great additions to vegetable juices and lower on the glycemic index.
Ginger – great addition to juices as it provides warmth and stimulation to the digestive system. Can be decocted in hot water and provide as much benefit as it does in a juicer.
Berries –wonderfully delicious and high in bioflavonoids, berries are what some consider the key to aging gracefully. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are all seasonally appropriate. High sugar content.
Spirulina – wonderful addition to a juice blend as it has immense vitality as a sea food. Considered one of the best energy boosting foods. Cooling nature.
Aloe vera – stimulating to the small and large intestines, aloe is a emulsifying juice that coats and soothes irritated intestines. This is especially beneficial during a cleanse when we are stimulating and healing the intestines for optimal elimination. Also can be cooling.
Citrus –lemon and lime are great additions to a juice due to their astringent nature. This helps to tone the digestive tract and stimulate digestive enzymes. Can also encourage peristalsis to aid bowel cleansing.
Cucumber –great addition to a juice due to its bland and slightly bitter flavor which helps to balance the sugars. Cooling.
Turmeric –this root has developed an incredible reputation for being a very strong liver aid in the detoxification process. Add a small portion of the root or the powdered culinary form.
Burdock –another plant that is famous for supporting detoxification. This root is powerfully bitter and bland. Great if you suspect an imbalanced microflora.
Dandelion greens or root –supportive of overall liver function. This common weed is highly beneficial for encouraging detoxification and supporting blood purification. Do not harvest from a yard treated with pesticides or herbicides within the past 3 years or more.
Garlic –strong flavor as well as being a strong anti-microbial food. This is beneficial if you suspect you have an imbalance in your microflora. Raw garlic may aggravate the stomach so use with caution.
Parsley –flat leaf variety is stimulating to the digestive system, which aids elimination.
Cinnamon –this plant has a long history of use for supporting digestion. It is warming, antibacterial and may help to regulate blood sugar.
Cayenne –this very warm spice stimulates the blood flow to the digestive tract and has a medicinal use for healing ulcers.
Protein powder –some individuals may find that their energy needs or health concerns require consistent protein intake. Adding a hemp, whey, soy or rice protein powder to a juice can be helpful. A powdered form will be easy to digest to allow the body an overall rest from digestive activity to shift the focus to detoxification.
General support –
2 sticks celery
-juice or steam/blend
Warm up –
1 cucumber (peeled)
1/2 pear (chopped)
medium piece ginger (chopped finely)
-blend with 12 ounces of water
Liver stimulator –
Bunch dandelion greens
2 celery stalks
-juice or steam/blend
On the go –
2 tsp spirulina
2 Tbsp aloe vera
1 Tbsp. berry concentrate or handful of berries
Mix with 12 ounces of water
-shaken or blend with berries
Healthy skin and weight loss blend –
1 burdock root
-juice or steam/blend
1 celery stalk
small piece ginger
-juice or steam/blend
Master cleanse –
2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon or lime
1-2 Tbsp 100% maple syrup
1/10 tsp cayenne pepper
-shaken with 8 oz water, drink liberally
Dr. Hart’s favorite –
Beet greens from 1 beet
2 stalks celery
1/2 apple or pear
1/2 inch section of ginger root
Staying Healthy with the Seasons, by Elson M. Haas
Juicing for Life, by Cherie Calbom & Maureen Keane
The Complete Cancer Cleanse, by Cherie & John Calbom
The Fasting Diet, by Stephen Bailey
Juice Alive, by Stephen Bailey and Larry Trivieri