Dr. Mercola Discusses the Importance of Juicing

Posted on September 16th, 2011 by author  |  3 Comments »

vegetable juicingEating healthy, organic vegetables is one of the pillars of good health. Unfortunately, not many people are able to follow this. If you’re one of these people, you should try vegetable juicing. Dr. Joseph Mercola says juicing is a powerful tool that can help you achieve optimal health.

Why You Should Try Juicing

Juicing allows you to absorb more nutrients from vegetables. Dr. Mercola says juicing “pre-digests” the veggies, so instead of being flushed down the toilet, you will receive a large bulk of the nutrition. You will also be able to include a wider variety of vegetables to your diet compared to eating them whole.

Juicing expert Cherie Calbom, also called “The Juice Lady,” shares how juicing changed her life. In her late 20s, she was diagnosed with various health conditions including chronic fatigue syndrome, hypoglycemia, candidiasis, and allergies.

“I decided I was going to find a way; there had to be a way to get well. So I started going to health food stores and reading. I found an old Norman Walker book… I got my first juicer and I embarked on this five day vegetable juice cleanse, and continued that through three months of juicing. I changed my diet completely,” Cherie recounts.

After three months—the span of time needed to renew red blood cells—all her health conditions dramatically improved.

Detoxifying Through Juicing

Juicing also helps you to detoxify. It is one of the reasons why some people choose to juice. Aside from potentially boosting your health, detoxifying through juicing can help with weight management. Cherie explains that the high amounts of antioxidants in the vegetables will help carry the toxins that come from the fat cells that have been broken down.

“Beta carotene and other carotenes are wonderful for the liver and a wonderful part of detox. I’ve worked with a lot of people on various cleansing programs that I’ve designed and juicing is a big part of that along with nutrients and herbs to help the liver detox. I wouldn’t be without it,” she claims.

Wheatgrass is one of the main vegetables used when detoxifying through juicing. Although bitter, wheatgrass is a powerful healing and detoxifying ingredient that is loaded with chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, biophotons, and amino acids. It gives you the nutrients that accelerate and facilitate detoxification, particularly in your liver.

Wheatgrass is available in local food stores in small, two-ounce containers. You can also buy flats of it that will last for several days. Simply keep the wheatgrass fresh by putting it in front of a window and spraying some water on it every day. However, you will need a masticating juicer to use it.

How Much Juice Should You Drink Daily?

Cherie recommends ingesting at least 16 ounces of juice daily. If you want to drink a full quart of juice, split it between the morning and afternoon. To help you save time, Dr. Mercola advises you to juice all at once, store the juice properly, and then drink it throughout the day.

The most recommended foods for juicing are:

  • Dark greens like kale, Swiss chard, and collard greens
  • Lemons which contain bioflavonoids and vitamin C. The rinds of organic lemons can also be juiced.
  • Ginger root due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Celery
  • Cucumber – You can use the skin if it’s organic.
  • Parsley – It’s rich in vitamin C, bioflavonoids, minerals, iron, and chlorophyll.
  • Beet greens – These are good for the liver but high in sugar, so use them sparingly.
  • Organic carrots – Conventionally grown carrots may be contaminated with pesticides. These are also high in sugar, so use them sparingly.
  • Asparagus stems, broccoli stems, and cauliflower bottoms

Dr. Mercola says you should rotate the vegetables you use because consuming the same vegetables repeatedly for a long period of time may lead to allergies or sensitivities. Experiment with different combinations and recipes.

Juicing for Your Nutritional Type

Dr. Mercola says you should consider your Nutritional Type when you juice. For Carb types, vegetable juicing is highly advised. However, Protein types might need to follow specific guidelines to get optimal results. For example, they should use cucumber, celery, asparagus, string beans, spinach, and cauliflower that are low in potassium. Dark leafy veggies must be used sparingly because they are high in potassium and may cause biochemical imbalances.

Mixing some kind of raw fat, like raw cream, raw butter, raw eggs, avocado, coconut butter, or freshly ground organic flax or hemp seeds, will also make the juice more suitable for Protein types.

Visit Dr. Mercola’s juicing site to learn more useful juicing techniques.

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