So many people report near-miraculous recovery from all manner of health challenges as a result of incorporating juicing into their daily routine – from chronic eczema, diabetes, and acne through to heart disease and even various forms of cancer. So, what is the best way to start getting juicy, and which juices are right for you?
First up, I would like to point out the fact that while juices are wonderful for intensive healing – often required as a short-term healing protocol – in the long-term they are not a sustainable choice for your intestinal system since you are removing all of the important fibre from the foods. One way to get around this if you want to continue juicing after your therapeutic juice program is to add the pulp back into your juices, or to blend the fruit and vegetables into a smoothie with some water.
Green juices are wonderful and very alkalising for your system, which in turn helps to starve out mutated cells along with harmful organisms that may be lurking in your system. They can be quite challenging to jump straight in with though, and the intense chlorophyll hit can cause a feeling of dizziness and nausea if you have a significant load of toxins to release. Begin instead with gentle green juices, such as the following recipe:
ZESTY GREEN JUICE
1 lime, include the skin if organic
4 sticks of celery
2-3 cups of leafy greens (spinach, kale, or similar)
4-6 green apples
a handful of fresh herbs (such as parsley, lemon verbena, basil, or mint)
I find that the lime (you can also use a lemon) really sets off the greens nicely, and the apples make this far more palatable than a straight up green juice. Pineapple also goes wonderfully with greens, and they contain bromelain, which helps with digestion and joint pain.
Which Juicer is Best?
Start with whatever juicer you have access to, and work with your budget if you are in the market for a new or second-hand juicer. Cold-press and auger juicers get the best out of your produce, and have been shown to get more juice, extract more nutrients, and your juice can sit for much longer before it starts to oxidise.
However, the point is to do the best you can with what you have got, so any juicer is better than nothing when you start out on the juicing path! Centrifugal juicers are high speed and the juice oxidises quickly, but they are cheapest by far – so if this is the only option for you, just be sure to drink your juice immediately.
My favourite juicing book is SuperJuice by Michael van Straten –
it has really stood the test of time and has a wonderful array of recipes. It is stacked full of information on the health benefits of individual fruit and veg, along with details as to which juices are best for certain health issues or nutrient deficiencies. Love it!