Is juicing good for you? Juicing is great for your health. Juicing has been a big part of my healthy living for the last 10 years. I remember my very first juice fast. I was 21 at the time and I had just graduated from college. I moved home to live on our family farm in Brooksville, Florida. I taught health and personal fitness at a local high school during that time. It was a great experience. I loved teaching the kids and I loved the subject I was teaching…. Health!! I also volunteered as an assistant track coach. In high school I ran track and cross-country. Running is a great sport.
For me, mini juice cleanses really help boost my energy levels and fight any little illnesses that come my way. What is a mini juice cleanse? I replace 1-2 meals a day with fresh juices. I really try to focus on vegetable juices and not as much fruit juices (less sugar).
I am around kids all day. I have two little boys and I have about 40 nieces and nephews that live pretty close to us in Salt Lake City, Ut. My kids are in summer camps right now and there are birthday parties every weekend. A few days ago I started to get a slight sore throat and feel run down. I told myself” No way!”. I am staying one step ahead of my health by doing a mini juice cleanse. The first night I felt a little run down I juiced a head of celery and 8 carrots. I drank the whole glass before going to bed. The next morning I juiced 1 cucumber, 1 stalk of celery, and 8 carrots… I drank that for breakfast. I kept this routine up for 4 days. Morning and night juicing. On day 2 I had a slight fever and by day 3 I was feeling better. Today I am back to normal and feeling great, but I still juiced the same recipe for breakfast and have a mason jar of juice ready for me in the morning. We are out the door pretty early for summer camp, so I have my healthy fast food ready to go. I immediately feel the positive effects of juicing.
Why do I LOVE juicing Carrots?
“The two obvious nutrients most are aware of are vitamin A and beta carotenes. Vitamin A toxicity is possible with vitamin supplements and fish oils, but you cannot overdose on vitamin A with carrots while enjoying their extra large amounts of this vitamin.
Beta-carotene is also a major antioxidant. The vitamin A and beta-carotene help maintain vision along with the carrots’ fair share of lutein. Beta-carotene also maintains epithelial tissue, the tissue surrounding internal organs. Epithelial tissues are susceptible to cancerous growths.
Carrots are also rich in poly-acetylene anti-oxidant falcarinol. Research at the University of Newcastle has shown carrot falcarinol destroys pre-cancerous cells in tumors. Carrots do help keep cancer away.
Carrots are deep soil root vegetables, and this enables them to absorb an abundant array of minerals. They are also rich in other vitamins, including the B vitamins and folates. Folate is the natural and safe provider of folic acid.
The list of nutrients doesn’t really measure up to carrots’ actual regenerative capacity, especially when juiced. Obviously, the unique synergy of its enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids provides herbal healers with a magical remedy when juiced.”
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How does fresh carrot juice heal the body?
“Drinking carrot juice cleanses and restores the liver. The liver is our body’s master cleanser – without which we would die from internal toxic buildups while detoxing all those external toxic sources we’ve taken in. Carrot juice has been called the golden juice of healing.
Dr. John Christopher, the father of modern American herbalism, has expressed amazement of carrot juice’s healing qualities. The Gerson Therapy, carried on today by Dr. Max Gerson’s daughter and grandson, relies heavily on fresh carrot combined with apple juices. The Gerson Therapy successfully treats cancer patients who have been given up on.
Dr. Max Gerson developed his dietary and detoxification approach to treat many diseases in addition to cancer. For critical illnesses, it’s best to juice several carrots with a few apples often while fasting from solid foods for awhile.
So get a big bunch of carrots. They store well in your refrigerator or cool cellar. Then juice them with some apples, celery, or beets using a slow speed masticating juicer.”
Health Benefits of Juicing Celery:
“Celery contains numerous active compounds, which include vitamin A in the leaves and vitamins B1, B6, B2 and C within the stem. Other compounds include folic acid, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium and amino acids. One of the most potent constituents in celery is phthalide, which is responsible for the characteristic taste and aroma of celery. Selinene, d-limonene, sedanonic, anhydride and sedanenolide are other active compounds found in celery.”
Celery Juice fights cancer…
Fights Cancer – “Celery is known to contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds. A study at Rutgers University of New Jersey found that celery contains a number of compounds that help prevent cancer cells from spreading. Celery contains compounds called acetylenics and this compound has been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells. Celery contains other compounds called phonolic acids that block the action of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which encourage the growth of tumor cells. Coumarins, another phytonutrient in celery helps prevent free-radicals from damaging cells and prevent the formation and development of the colon and stomach cancers.”
Aids in Digestion – “Special nutrients in the fiber are released during juicing that aid bowel movements. This makes celery a natural laxative that helps to relieve constipation. It also helps relax nerves that have been overworked by man-made laxatives.”
Anti Inflammatory – “The polyacetylene in celery is an amazing relief for all inflammation including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma and bronchitis. A study published in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Science U.S.A found that another powerful phytonutrient called luteolin prevents activation of a pathway that allows inflammation in the brain to get switched on. Luteolin also inhibits the excess production of TNF-alpha, a direct cause of inflammation. Juice is the most efficient and nutritious way to eat celery, and people who have these conditions can drink as much juice as desired without overdosing.”
Elimination and Prevention of stones – “Celery juice is an amazing eliminator of toxins from the body, which aids in the breaking and elimination of urinary and gall bladder stones. This lovely juice helps those who have suffered from stones from getting them again.”
Health Benefits of Juicing Cucumbers:
“The cucumber contains alkaline-forming minerals and is an excellent source of vitamin C and A (anti-oxidants), folate, manganese, molybdenum, potassium, silica, sulfur, and lesser amounts of vitamin B complex, sodium, calcium, phosphorus and chlorine.
You have seen beauty practitioners use slices of cucumber on their eyes. It is found that the caffeic acid in this vegetable helps to prevent water retention and when applied topically, helps reduce puffy and swollen eyes.” Source
I love the combination of celery, carrot, cucumber juice. It really energizes me and helps my immune system fight acute infections. If you are ever feeling run down and overtired (like me!) you may want to give juicing try. You will love it just as much as we do!!!
Here is my favorite Juicer —-> Omega 8005
I love this juicer and we have tried many. My favorite so far!
Hope you give juicing a try sometime soon.