I’m going to drink my veggies. Beets, Aloe, and Lemons, oh my! And I’ll tell you why ….
The actual definition of health, according to reliable sources such as Gray’s Anatomy (the textbook serving as the basis for the entire medical community, not the TV show) and Webster’s Dictionary is: The ability to function at 100% physically, mentally, and socially. So, health IS our ability to function. Health is not about symptoms, its about how well our body works for us. It would also logically follow that health is therefore not available in prescription bottles, it comes from what’s happening within.
I am notorious for saying “FOOD IS FUEL” – like gasoline to our cars. It’s what makes our bodies run, down to the the cellular level. When we eat/drink, our body breaks down that food, uses the nutrients as building blocks for our cells, and processes the waste. What do those important cells even do ? Good thing you’ve asked…. They can either promote health by repairing tissues and working as an incredible machine, or …. they can destroy health by being damaged and disease ridden. So what we eat/drink is actually quite important.
The typical American diet is seriously lacking in nutrients and quality. One of my favorite ways to bring large amounts of macro nutrients from veggies into the body is Juicing! Juicing can reduce your risk of cancer, improve the immune system, remove toxins from the body, improve digestion, and help you loose weight. Sounds good right?
But, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “Well I am healthy already, I eat plenty of fruit.” The truth is that we should not be consuming much fruit at all. FRUIT IS SUGAR, no matter how natural or healthy or organic. And what does sugar do in the body? It slows its function down, leading to a lower quality of health, and converts into FAT. Vegetables are the most important food we can consume, and have the most valuable nutrients to promote health.
Why is Juicing better than consuming vegetables by chewing? It allows your body to absorb more nutrients, as well as giving it a break from the work of breaking down and digesting food.
Juicing is not as difficult as it sounds. I find that my juicer is quiet, easy to use, and easy to clean. The majority of my recipes are actually quite tasty too! I’ll share two of my favorites below….
“The First – Time Juicer” is 3 parts apple, 3 parts carrot, 1 part ginger. Note: This is a great recipe for an upset stomach, or promoting clear skin.
“The Detox Juice” is a great recipe for detoxing the body: 1/2 green apple, 1 lime (can leave skin on), 1/2 beet (raw with skin on), 2 carrots, 2 celery stalks, 1” piece of ginger. Note: Ginger is great for digestion! Beets (use sparingly, they can be dangerous) help our liver to detox toxins and waste from the body, and carrots are great for the eyes and skin.
Advice in these articles does not substitute working with your physician on your personal nutritional status. Please comment with questions or recipe suggestions!