Monday, March 5, 2012

Juice it up !

By Valerie Hould-Marchand

Juicing is one of the most powerful healing tools available. Fresh juices will supply your body with concentrated enzymes and nutrients needed for the nourishment and regeneration of your body’s cells, glands, tissues and organs.

Also, your body can absorb larger amounts of nutrients from live juices than from solid foods because the process of digestion that is required when you eat whole foods is bypassed.

What to juice

Every plant on earth has specific properties and effects on our bodies. And since life is an experiment, you can juice just about anything you want ! To get you started, here are some suggestions that are sure to improve your diet plan:

Beet Juice
Beet juice is among the most valuable healing juices available. You must juice the tops as well, they contain even more nutrients than the beet. They help to strengthen the immune system and detoxify the kidneys and liver. Beets contain a form of iron that is readily absorbed into the blood, nourishing and toning it and building red blood cells. A little beet juice goes a long way, so do not consume more than 4 ounces at a time. You can also dilute the juice with 2 ounces of water.

Combine with : cabbage

Cucumber Juice
One of the best-known diuretics. It is great for the stomach, spleen and large intestine. Cucumber juice contains silicon, which can help strengthen nails and hair and improve skin conditions.

Combine with : Great with celery or dandelion greens

Turnip Juice
Turnip juice has twice the amount of vitamin C as oranges or tomatoes ! Juice the greens as well, because they contain more calcium than any other vegetable. The root helps the body get rid of uric acid, which can prevent kidney stones and gout. Turnip juice should always be mixed with other vegetables.

Combine with : Carrots, spinach, kale or collards.

Fresh juices must be consumed as soon as it is made. Air, light and heat will initiate the process of oxidation, which will cause the juice to lose vitamins, enzymes and minerals.

Until next time,

Heal yourself
Heal the planet

References : Natural Health Fundamentals, Alive Academy

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