This week Gareth Edwards, our Alkaline Diet Expert and highly qualified nutritionist, is writing about the numerous health benefits of fresh juicing.
If you want to become and remain healthy, alkaline and energised then you should read Gareth’s article below.
He explains why making our own fresh juices is so beneficial for our health and why a green vegetable juice is about as close to nutritional perfection as it’s possible to get.
Health Benefits of Fresh Juice
Solid gold nutrition …… a green vegetable juice is about as close to nutritional perfection as it’s possible to get. For those of you who read what I write regularly, you may remember that last week I spoke about Olympian Paul Brotherton drinking green juice to help re-build his depleted stamina. On Friday Paul and his crew won their category at the season opening Olympic classes regatta in France.
People often ask me why juicing would be better than eating large amounts of vegetables. I think the most succinct explanation I’ve heard was given by (self styled juice master) Jason Vale. He said that the human body is really just like a juice machine.
We mash the vegetables up in our mouths, allow the juice to pass into our blood stream via our intestines and then pass the fibre out into “the collecting pot”!
When we drink fresh vegetable juice we take in large quantities of vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients in a highly bio-absorbable form. Multi-vitamin and mineral tablets are trying to achieve the same effect but they mainly use synthetic analogues (man made “look alikes!”).
Another advantage of freshly made juice is that it’s like eating raw food. Look at the Kirlian photographs of raw versus cooked cabbage to remind yourself of the energetic qualities that raw foods possess. The act of juicing vegetables will start to break the energetic qualities apart so ideally drink the juice within minutes of making it. You can put it in the fridge or in a thermos with ice, but two hours after “pressing” would be my top storage time limit.
Commercially produced vegetable juices are pasteurised (heated) to give them shelf life. This alters heat sensitive molecules, such as water soluble vitamins and disrupts their energetic qualities.
What to Juice:
What you’re looking for is high nutrient and low sugar. Carrots, apples, pears and pineapples are all really too high is sugar to be drunk as juice regularly. Adding small quantities of these sweeteners to vegetable juices to make them more palatable can help with getting started. Longer term I’d suggest using lemon or lime juice to take the edge off the green-ness!
Using green plant foods such as kale, chard, spinach, watercress and lettuce gives you a high level of chlorophyll. This is very good for helping to build healthy red blood cells. Grasses such as wheat and barley grass, although kind of funky tasting, are loaded with nutrients and chlorophyll. You’ll need an auger or twin gear juicer for them.
Use cucumbers and celery to give your juices volume. These low sugar foods yield high fluid volumes. Cabbage juice is particularly good for helping with digestive difficulties, but its best mixed with other low sugar fruits and vegetables for a better taste. You can also put broccoli and sprouted seeds and beans through the juicer.
Click here to see my green juice recipe.
Isn’t Drinking Green Powders Just As Good?
We have to remember that green powders with pH drops leave most convenience foods in the shade. They are however still made from dried vegetables with micro-electronic charges and Ph raising salts added. Eating fresh raw foods and (particularly if you are faced with a health challenge or want ultra performance) drinking fresh (mainly green) juices is essential to promote health.
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Juicing removes the fibre from vegetables so I often have a glass of pHour salts before my juice to raise the pH and maintain intestinal motility! If you want to dilute your juices with alkaline water and add pH drops you can, but you will still get huge benefits from juice drinking it straight! Adding healthy oils such as hemp or flax can make juice slightly more calorific.
If you want to have the most cleansing and nutritious drink available then you need a juice machine and quite a large supply of fresh organic, mainly green (and leafy) vegetables.
Energise sell the best juicers available on the market. After experimenting with different brands I’ve now got an Oscar Vital Max. It’s the easiest juicer to use and clean that I’ve ever owned. If you’re budget is tight then see if you can stretch to the Matstone.
You may want to have a juice cleanse, where you only drink vegetable juice for a day or two (longer periods would need to be supervised). An easier way may be to incorporate vegetable juices into your healthy eating plan. A large green vegetable juice with a huge salad and some de-hydrated crackers is going to tick a lot of nutritional boxes.