Quite simply, fresh vegetable juice is the most wonderful gift you can give your body. Green vegetable juice in particular is the richest source of alkalinity, organic hydration and essential minerals that you can ingest, in the most readily digestible and absorbable form.
Green vegetable juice is KING when it comes to detoxification and cellular renewal.
“The swiftest and most effective dietary alkalizers are freshly extracted raw vegetables juices” ~ Daniel Reid, The Tao of Detox
Fancy a cup of sunshine?
Leafy green vegetables have the highest vibration energy of any food on the planet, as they literally contain the energy of the sun in the form of chlorophyll. By harnessing the energy of chlorophyll in our bodies, we can increase the flow of oxygen (which is incredibly alkalizing) to all parts of the body, which means we will release more carbon dioxide and toxins for elimination.
“Drinking the juice of green plants infuses the body with the sun’s energy, renewing every cell it reaches. It cleans the blood through its rich alkalinity, near bio-identical makeup to haemoglobin, delivers the most absorbable form of minerals, floods the body with fresh Life Force Energy, and makes you feel absolutely fresh and energetic” ~ Natalia Rose, Detox 4 Women
It’s not the way with all foods, but vegetables are one of those foods where it’s a case of more is better. If you were to consume the amount of vegetables that go into a vegetable juice in their whole form, you would probably have to devote much of your day just to chewing! By removing the fibre from these vegetables, we are able flood the body with huge amounts of the pure high vibration life force energy and essential raw vitamins, nutrients and trace minerals that are found in fresh vegetables.
The juicing process removes the fibre in the vegetables that stimulates digestion, which is significant for a couple of reasons:
- Fresh vegetable juice delivers all the essential nutrients and living enzymes the body needs, while allowing the body a ‘break’ from digestion. This is SO important. Our body is at the height of its natural daily detoxification cycle during sleep (you can see the evidence of this simply in the fact that we get ‘morning breath’, which is literally your body excreting toxins through the tongue), and your body desperately needs this time to focus on elimination of waste matter (both new and old). This process is halted in the morning only by breaking your nightly ‘fast’. As soon as you ingest food, the detoxification process stops and your body is forced to focus all its energy on digestion and assimilation. Vegetable juice is the BEST possible breakfast you can have, as it allows the body to extend its natural detoxification cycle and gives the body a break from the taxing process of digestion.
- The removal of fibre from the vegetables means that the huge amounts of nutrients and living enzymes in vegetable juice can be flooded through the body in just 10-15 minutes, filling the cells with high vibration energy (if this sounds a little wacky, see my previous post here for some more info on vibration energy of foods).
*Note: it’s worth straining your juices to ensure all the pulp is removed so that digestion will not be stimulated.
Vegetable juices also can be really helpful in stimulating a bowel movement and have amazing colon-cleansing properties (since we know it is vitally important to be ‘taking out the trash’ when it comes to cleansing the body!).
Ideally, fresh vegetable juices are best consumed on an empty stomach, as the first thing in the body each day (besides pure water). To reap the full benefits of the juice, you need to avoid slowing its digestion down in the body by any other food in the stomach so that it can literally be absorbed by the body straight into the cells in just 10-15 minutes. Fresh juice will oxidize (and possibly ferment) quite quickly if held up by other foods in the stomach.
Of course, you could always have another vegetable juice later on in the day (that’s like racking up even more alkaline brownie points :)) but it’s best to wait a minimum of three hours after a properly combined meal to ensure that your stomach has emptied.
So why juice, not blend?
Smoothies and blended foods have their place. They are wonderfully easy on the body as they are somewhat ‘pre-digested’ by the blender, plus can be a great way of packing in tons of nutrients and live enzymes, especially if you’re drinking a green smoothie. However, since the fibre content is retained, blended foods are always going to require some digestion in the body, and cannot give the body quite the readily absorbable hit of nutrients that a vegetable juice can. Also, just by volume alone, you can’t fit the amount of vegetables into a single smoothie that you can when using a juicer.
“Fresh juice contains nature’s bounty of vitamins and minerals in a concentrated and highly bioavailable form. Whilst fiber is an essential component of healthy eating, its presence impedes digestion and nutrient absorption. As fiber is extracted during the juicing process, nutrients are maximally available to the body and rapidly flood the bloodstream with their healthful properties. Additionally, juices are most commonly consumed raw, without heat-induced enzyme damage.” ~ Food Matters website
But is juicing natural?
Well, if it’s a case of whether we would have juiced millions of years ago then no. However, millions of years ago, or even hundreds or tens of years ago we were not in such desperate need of the potent hit of alkalinity that a vegetable juice provides.
Juicing may not seem entirely natural, but it’s entirely necessary in today’s world!
What to juice?
There is no point making your juice completely unpalatable. You want to enjoy your juice! Greens should definitely make up the base of your juice for maximum alkalinity and healing power, however the darker, leafy greens should not make up a huge percentage of your juice as they are extremely powerful cleansers and quite medicinal. These juices will awaken a huge amount of mucus and acid waste in your body and shouldn’t be overdone unless you are engaging in regular colon hydrotherapy sessions.
An ideal green juice might contain:
~ no more than 25% dark greens such as spinach, kale, silverbeet, broccoli, bok choy, dandelion greens
~ 25-50% light greens such as celery, cos lettuce (romaine), cucumber, zucchini
~ 25-50% other vegetables such as carrot or beetroot for sweetness, cabbage, fennel
Other great ingredients to add include lemon, lime, ginger, fresh herbs such as parsley or cilantro (coriander) or even a green apple or two for sweetness. If you are sensitive to fruits, stevia is also a great way to take the edge off a really ‘green’-tasting juice, and add sweetness.
My two favourite juices:
- Glowing green juice: about 4 large stalks of silverbeet or kale (or other dark leafy green), two giant continental cucumbers, fresh mint, the juice of two lemons (I loooove lemon in my juice) and a green apple.
- Tangy carrot juice: a head of celery, approx four large carrots and the juice of two lemons (again, lots of lemon!).
A word on bottled juices:
Obviously, bottled, pasteurized juices you might find at a supermarket do not deliver the same nutrition that fresh vegetable juices do, not even close. When a juice is produced by an ordinary centrifugal juicer (such as a Breville), the juice will really only retain its maximum live nutritional properties for about half an hour, after which point the juice starts to oxidize and disintegrate. Furthermore, these bottled juices are nearly always heated at the time of packaging, which kills off all the precious live raw enzymes.
The pasteurized versions of juice you might find at your local supermarket are also often loaded with preservatives and added sugars which you really want to avoid, and retain very little of the nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables.
I’m super excited about the fact that I just invested in a fancy-schmancy Hurum cold-press juicer!! (albeit a second hand one I tracked down on Ebay). The benefit of using a cold-press juicer over the centrifugal kind is that this method preserves the vitamins, nutrients and live enzymes of the fruits and vegetables and produces longer-lasting juice (when stored properly, cold-pressed juices can last up to 72 hours). Hopefully it’ll be in my grubby little paws within the week so that I can get stuck into some serious green juicing action. No more pitiful excuses for going a day without fresh green juice… stay tuned for inevitable juice madness!
For more info on the benefits of juicing, here are some great clicks:
- Should I Consume Fresh Juice, Smoothies or Green Powders @ The Sunshine Centre Blog
- Bottled vs Fresh Juice @ Casey Lorraine’s blog
- My Daily Juice @ The Nutrition Coach’s blog
And also some fantastic reads: