Raw juicing is one of the most powerful nutritional therapies that you can use to fight or prevent disease as well as lose weight.
However, most people who are not
reaping the benefits of raw juicing are probably juicing improperly!
-- by juicing the wrong vegetables/fruits and/or by using the wrong type of juicer.
Because of the TV commercials about juicers and because of the juicing booklet that comes when you order a juicer, most people misapply this nutritional therapy by preparing mostly fruit juices. Vegetable juicing is more powerful than fruit juicing, especially for people fighting diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, or any other degenerative disease.
If eating raw vegetables, salads and soups are not appealing enough to acquire the minimum 6 to 9 cups (5 to 7 servings) of vegetables and fruits each day, then, juicing may be an effective addition to your nutritional program. Even as a diabetic, juicing can be very nutritious as long as you drink mostly the juices from green vegetables/grasses and avoid drinking too much juice from the fruits.
Green juices (and green smoothies) have an alkaline reaction in the body and help protect against acid build-up as well as stimulate the body to manufacture hemoglobin. Green juices contain organic water, the purest most natural water available to us, and they cleanse the body of the waste within the cells and tissues.
Green juices (and green smoothies) contain an abundance of chlorophyll, which is a molecule whose structure is almost exactly the same as the hemoglobin molecule of the human blood. Chlorophyll helps to repair tissue and is very important in helping to remove toxins from the body.
As a result, raw juicing can help to accelerate your body's repair process and help to prevent or fight most diseases; including heart disease, obesity, diabetes, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
Juices are a perfect medium in which to mix and dissolve nutritional powders that will enhance their healing powers. The nutrients and herbs in powders are better absorbed than tablet forms of the same ingredients, and mixing them in juices enhances their solubility, digestion and absorption.
The juices bring the healing nutrients to the cells in the surface of the mucous membrane of the gut in an easily absorbed form. This requires much less energy to assimilate than solid tablets, especially in people with inflamed mucous membranes in the intestines.
Juices can be combined in so many ways to make them palatable and delicious. Their diverse colors and taste enable huge variety so that you will not get bored. For those who feel they need an extra boost there is nothing better than drinking 2 cups of raw vegetable juice everyday. It will brighten up your day by providing extra energy and endurance.
Raw juices are packed with living enzymes to assist the digestive process, which means your gut, liver and pancreas do not have to work very hard to extract almost 99% of the nutrients within the raw vegetables and fruits.
This conserves vital body energy, which means that the body does not feel heavy or weighed down after drinking raw juices.
For example, two cups of carrot juice (16 ounces) is approximately equivalent to eating one pound of raw carrots. Eating so many carrots at one time would be hard on the jaws and teeth and would take a long time to eat and digest. Juices are unique because they allow the gut to receive very concentrated amounts of phytonutrients that could not be obtained by eating a normal amount of raw vegetables and fruits.
Raw juices contain natural medicinal nutrients that provide antioxidant, antibiotic, and hormonal balancing benefits. For example, the combination of the juice from Brussels sprouts
and string beans
(with lettuce and carrots) is known to improve the insulin-generating properties of the pancreatic beta cells. This juice combination contains phytonutrient elements which furnish the ingredients for the beta cells to produce natural insulin. This is very beneficial to both Type 2 diabetics and
Type 1 diabetics.
In addition, phytonutrients needed by the pancreas to produce insulin are present in bitter gourd, cucumber and onion juices; and, the phytonutrient properties of broccoli, carrot, celery, lettuce and spinach are also beneficial to diabetics.
Broccoli is an excellent source of chromium, which helps to regulate insulin usage in the body. Fresh juices of garlic, onions, radish and tomatoes contain various antibiotic properties. Alfalfa, olives, asparagus, lettuce, mustard greens, radishes, cabbage and cucumbers contain silicon, which works to support the pancreas. Wheat/barley grass, celery, kelp, cucumber and cabbage juice are excellent to reduce acidity and blood pressure.
Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach help to cleanse and heal the gastrointestinal tract. The phytonutrient properties of carrot are also beneficial to diabetics once they have their blood glucose level under control.
In general, to help improve the health of your heart, nerves, kidneys, and eyes, drink daily 2-4 cups of raw vegetable juices and smoothies. Drinking as little as 3 cups of fresh vegetable juice each day will help the body detoxify and regenerate through the assimilation of the earth’s life-giving nutrients. Note:
Although fruits and vegetables do not contain large quantities of protein, their juice can be a convenient carrier for other sources of protein. Simply add some freshly-ground flaxseed powder, Brewer's yeast, or wheat germ to whatever you're juicing. These will provide quality protein that is quickly and easily absorbed by the body without the fat that meat contains.
The raw juice is obtained using a device called a juicer. It works by feeding raw vegetables, grasses and fruits into a chute that pushes the food into a high-speed rotating blade that shreds the food, extracting the juice from the pulp.
This extraction process breaks down the cellulose barriers in the cells of the vegetables, grasses and fruits, allowing the release of powerful enzymes and other nutrients. Juicers are very powerful but are not as popular as blenders because they tend to be more difficult to use and to clean.
Consequently, it is important that you purchase a juicer with fewer parts, a powerful motor and a wide chute. This will prevent you from spending a lot of time cutting up the vegetables/fruits to fit down the chute of the juicer.
Depending on your needs and finances, purchase the appropriate juicer, e.g. twin gear press (vegetables and wheat grass), mastication, centrifugal ejection, single/dual auger (for wheat grass), or manual press (for fruits only).
In general, there are 4 major types of juicers: masticating, centrifugal, triturating, and citrus.
A masticating juicer (single or double auger) will turn just about any kind of vegetable (or fruit) into a fresh glass of juice, but even better is that they often extract the most amount of juice from the same amount of produce. These types of juicers work by slowly crushing and grinding the produce to obtain the juice from the pulp.
Centrifugal juicers are also quite popular because of how affordable they are. These juicers use knife-like blades to quickly chop up the vegetable/fruit and the force of the blades turning extracts the juice from the pulp. While these juicers are not as efficient as the masticating models, the biggest selling point is how quickly they make a cup of juice.
Other types of juicers include triturating juicers
and citrus juicers
. The triturating juicers can be used with fruits and vegetables, but they are also great for juicing wheat grass. Citrus juicers are juicers that can only be used with citrus fruits due to the ream being used to extract the juice.
Once you have decided on what type of juicer you want the next thing you need to look at is the features.
Must-Have Features of the Best Juicers
Removable Parts – Having removable parts with a juicer is important because it will aid in clean up. Being able to take the parts off ensures that the pieces can all easily be washed. Not to mention that being able to take them off to clean them you can rest assured that no bacteria is growing inside the juicer due to hidden pulp stuck somewhere.
Dishwasher Safe – Many juicers have removable parts that are considered dishwasher safe. This is important to look at even if you don’t plan to use it because it allows you to sanitize the parts as needed.
Large Chute – The larger the chute the better because that means you don’t have to cut the fruits and vegetables up into small pieces. Some juicers have chutes up to 3 inches wide, which is wide enough to juice small to medium fruits and vegetables whole.
Pulp Regulator – This is important because it allows you to choose how much or how little pulp is placed into your drink. This is nice because it simply allows you to have control over your drink choices. Not to mention you can also make one glass with pulp and the rest without or even just add a small amount of pulp.
Note: The key point is to buy a juicer that is easy to use and clean so that you will juicer more frequently. Juicing more frequently as part of an overall nutritional program will help to prevent, fight, or reverse your diabetes, high blood pressure, or other disease and reduce or prevent the need for toxic drugs. Note:
Some of the top juicers include Champion, Greenstar, Green Power, Omega, Breville, and Norwalk.
If you don't like to use a juicer, use your blender to make scrumptious "healthy milkshakes" known as smoothies.
But, make sure that you use a high-powered blender that can pulverize nuts and break down the cell walls of the vegetables without overheating the vegetables. Note: Benefits of raw juicing and green smoothies
include accelerated body repair and healing, reduced insulin resistance and inflammation, better blood glucose and insulin control, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, detox, healthier liver and kidneys, weight loss, reduced cravings, stronger immune system, the need for less medications, and the ability for diabetes reversal.
Most people eventually get tired of juicing for one reason or another. Juicers can be a pain sometimes especially in operating them and cleaning the various parts.
Well, blenders don't have those problems -- they're easy to use and very easy to clean. So, I decided to expand the juicing book to add a smoothie section. Smoothies, if created the right way, provide similar benefits that juicing provides, plus a few other benefits.
FYI: Two of the top super blenders are Vitamix and Blendtec.
You don't need to use syrup and lots of fruit to make a smoothie taste good. If you use ripe fruits, tons of sugar shouldn’t be needed.
Also, always ensure that you use a high-powered blender and also ensure that your smoothie contains the following five (5) components: a base, a liquid, some fruit, a nutritive additive, and a flavoring additive.
Examples of a base, a liquid, a fruit, a nutritive additive such as chlorella, and a flavoring additive (in that order) are a banana, almond milk, blueberries, raw spinach, and cinnamon.