Fresh Carrot-Apple-Celery Juice
Years ago when I was in high school (doesn’t that statement make me sound old!), I went on a cleansing diet which included raw, fresh juices. However, since that time I’ve read more negative views on juicing and had moved away from it. “Juice is without the fiber and could raise your blood sugar” being the most common thought process. With the vita-mixers and the blend-tecs that can liquefy whole vegetables and fruits, some people choose this as their “juice” of choice believing that it’s best to have the whole vegetable, not just the juice.
I think that both juicing and blending are valid and good options. But I wanted to address juicing today and why I have come to reconsider it as a good thing. After a few initial thoughts, I wanted to share a bit of great information about juicing I found in Gut and Psychology by Dr. Natasha Campbell-Mcbride.
I think that the idea of drinking the “whole vegetable” appeals to me because I am a “whole foods” kind of person. I eat whole grains. I drink whole milk. Why not drink the whole vegetable and fruit? We personally love smoothies and certainly do, but this idea that “God (or some would say Nature) gave us whole vegetables and fruits and we shouldn’t mess them up by taking the fiber out via juicing” seemed a little bit of a stretch. It’s not as if God/Nature gave us pulverizing blenders either. If we are going to go with that idea, simply eating the vegetables instead of liquefying them makes even more sense as that’s even closer to how the produce came to us.
But what about the glycemic index of fresh juices? We all know it’s not good to raise our blood sugar, right? Without the fiber from the juice, aren’t we going to be spiking our blood sugar? This is what most concerned me and I don’t have any real scientific data for you. But even when I was sort of against juicing, I always thought. ” If carrot juice is so bad for you because it’s high in sugar, how in the world do people cure themselves from cancer-a supposedly yeast growing phenomenon- on raw carrot juice?” There have been too many people that we know of that have had amazing results curing themselves of many diseases, including cancer using raw juice (yes, even the high “glycemic” juices). This has always made me pause and think and it must not be that bad for you if people get results like this!
So what are the good things about juicing? Because fiber doesn’t fill you up and slow down your nutritional intake from fresh juices you get a high amount of nutrients that are easily absorb-able. While this is an advantage for anyone, this is especially vital for the sick and ailing. Many people claim that the very high nutritional value of fresh raw juices is very healing and cleansing.
Take a look at this quote from Dr. Campbell-Mcbride.
“So, what do we do about al these heavy metals and other toxins lurking in our patients bodies? We can’t just forget about them. Well, there is a time-proven way of detoxifying, taking out of the body not just the heavy metals but a lot of other poisons as well without any side-effects or harmful complications. And a very tasty way too. Children in particular love it! This way is JUICING. Thousands of people all over the world freed themselves from the most deadly disease with juicing, dozens of books have been published on this subject full of testimonies and hundreds of wonderful recipes. Some very big names in natural medicine strongly advocate juicing and used it actively in the treatment of their patients-people like Dr. Gerson and Dr Norman Walker for example. Hundreds of scientific studies have been published on the health benefits of fresh raw fruit and vegetables. Juices provide all the goodness from these fruit and vegetables in a concentrated form and in large amounts. For example to make a glass of carrot juice you need a pound of carrots. Nobody can eat a pound of carrots at once, but you can get all the nutrition from them by drinking the juice. On top of that juicing removes the fibre, which impairs absorption of many nutrients in fruits and vegetables and aggravates the condition in that already sensitive digestive system of a GAPS patient. The digestive system has virtually no work to do in digesting juicing, they get absorbed in 20-25 minutes, providing the body with a concentrated amount of vegetables and fruit every day in the most digestible and pleasant form……Drinking at least two cups of freshly extracted juice will provide your patient with many essential vitamins, magnesium, selenium, zinc and other minerals, amino acids and lots more nutrients, which GAPS people are deficient in. “
We recently started juicing a little ourselves and I have to say that I love it! I get a great energy boost from fresh juice and I certainly feel very nourished drinking fresh raw juices. Any others out there with experience juicing? I would love to hear your experience too!