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Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health, Part 1

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Aug 15, 2011 6:00:00 AM

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One of my favorite things to show my clients is how I juice my vegetables. Juicing is an excellent way to get more of the five to nine recommended servings of vegetables we should have every day. Juicing helps to clear the skin, improves vitality, cleanses the organs and is preventive of cancer and other disease. I highly recommend everyone to incorporate raw juicing into their health promoting diet.

Why Juice?

  • Juicing helps you absorb all of the beneficial nutrients from the vegetables
  • Juicing allows you to consume optimal amounts of vegetables in an efficient manner
  • Juicing allows you to incorporate a larger variety of vegetables than you would normally eat

Drink Vegetable Juice

When I recommend juicing, people will most often imagine fruit juices. However, fruit juices are high in calories and sugar content. They should be avoided because of their ability to raise blood sugar quickly. This is undesirable as it can lead to weight gain and many symptoms related to blood sugar imbalance.

The type of juicing I'm recommending for health is mostly vegetable juicing. It is okay to add a small apple or some berries to sweeten up the taste a little. But ideally you should be juicing mostly vegetables. The intent is to consume all of the beneficial vitamins, minerals and other micro-nutrients found in the plethora of vegetables we have access to, without having to eat all of the fiber. Natural fiber is good for you, but too much fiber is hard to consume. You'll be surprised to see how many vegetables you can juice into a glass!

Make Your Juice More Bio Available

There are several vitamins that are fat soluble. We need some fat in our diet to absorb these nutrients into our system. An easy way to make vegetable juice more effectively absorbed is to add some healthy essential oils (fats). I like to add some of my Omega 3 oils to my juice. You can use flax seed oil, or even a little bit of coconut milk. This will ensure you can more readily absorb the fat loving nutrients. You can also boost your juices detoxifying power by adding some chlorella or spirulina powders.

Start With Vegetables You Already Love

The best thing to do when you first start juicing is to start with vegetables you already know that you like. Your juice should taste good and not make you nauseous. Pay attention to cues from your body after you drink your juice. If you feel uncomfortable or have diarhea after drinking your juice, you probably juiced something your body doesn't like, or at least too much of it. I can only take small amounts of beets in my juice.

juicing for healthStart out with celery, fennel and cucumbers. These seem to be the easiest to digest in a juice format. These three aren't as full of healthful nutrients as the darker green vegetables, but as you get accustomed to juicing you can start to incorporate more and more of the others.

I don't recommend using too many carrots or beets because of their sweetness and effects on blood sugar. However, they do have amazing antioxidant power and are helpful for cleansing the liver. Carrots are a main staple in the Gerson Therapy, an alternative treatment for cancer.


Read more tips on PART 2 of Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health!

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Juicing: Your Key to Radiant Health, by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Topics: whole foods, anti-aging, micronutrients