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Creating Wellness One Green Juice at a time

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Some get a kick from champagne, I get a lift from drinking green juices. Yes, juicing is powerful! I know this to be true because of my own magical, life-enhancing experiences with green juices along my health journey. It's true to say that I'm a devout green juicer, but please make up your own mind, based on your own experience, because you have developed an awareness of the the kind of nutritional support your own body's needs.

Several years ago, when I was experiencing a very difficult episode with my digestion, I turned to juicing. I was in such severe pain that it would keep me awake at night. Everything I ate, raw or not, irritated my tummy. It's no exaggeration that I felt completely desperate about finding a solution. My daughter even remarked one day on her visit to the UK from South Africa, "Mum you look grey"!

I visited a naturopathic practitioner who advised me to take juices and nothing else for a month. WowI I took a deep breath and thought, it's got to be better than where I am right now in all this pain and suffering. Here was an invitation for me to try a new approach, instead of calling on any pharmaceutical medication.

Juicing was not new to me, as children we helped my mum manually prepare Caribbean Carrot juice every Sunday, by grating and squeezing the carrots! So I started extracting 'pure' juices several times a day and when I couldn't do it myself, someone else did it for me. And do you know, in just three days of juicing, all the pain disappeared and within six days, my energy levels had completely soared. It was an amazing tubo-charged wake-up call. Just recalling it to memory fills me with deep gratitude. I juiced for the whole 30 days and was surprised that I lost two stones in weight, which had not been my intended goal.

Thats my juicing testimony, and yes, I am completely sold on juicing, it's part of my living well, self-care strategy; and I've learnt so much since having that particular experience, so it's a must that I share this introduction to juicing for health with you.

I believe though that incorporating the vibrant life-force of juices into my daily routine, in this new and healthier way, has dramatically up-graded my life. 

So I would like to invite you to think about how you can get the most out what I have to share with this information. How can you use it to suit you, to fulfil your best desires for creating your new healthier habits?

One way to think about juicing is that you will be using liquid tools to give your body a lovely hug from the inside, with one juice at a time (smile).

Juicing floods the body with micronutrients that are easily digestible, so your body will get more of what it needs with less food. A juice diet can also lead to significant weight loss,

The Health Benefits of Juicing

A Green juice is:
- rich in chlorophyl
- unprocessed
- absorbed immediately
- contains protein
- increases your energy level
- full of live enzymes

It certainly true that eating fresh fruits and vegetables can boost your energy level, supercharge your immune system, and maximize your body’s healing power. However, freshly-extracted juices from fruit and vegetables, has same nutrients as it's original, plus the juicing process removes the dietary fibre. Unprocessed juices flood your body with a concentrated form of nutrients (vitamins, protein, minerals, live enzymes and phytonutrients) that is easier to digest from the gut into the bloodstream. Green juices are pure liquid alkaline nutrition that is absorbed almost instantly. "Consistent consumption of green juices and a healthy alkaline diet will help to bring the body back in balance and create a body where disease cannot survive, but you can thrive!".

There are so many reasons to juice, not least the health benefits associated with faster and more effective absorption of these nutrients, which has a detoxifying effect and enables healthier-looking skin, to strengthening the immune system, and improving the bodies ability to heal long term (chronic) diseases.

It's best to make your juices fresh and drink them within fifteen minutes. An important thing to understand is that Juicing should form part of a healthy, well-balanced (diverse), raw plant-based diet. Eating a plant-based diet is linked to lower risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers.

As you learn more about juicing for health, you will discover which vegetables are effective in combating specific health problems, healing and recovery. What is important about your green juice is the positive life- force energy contained in the freshly squeezed juices: the enzymes, alkaline minerals, and electrolytes. It's important to note that a pro-longed juice diet can also lead to significant weight loss, which was the my experienced shared above. It's usually not a permanent state though.

The Hippocrates Green Juice Recipe!
I love this juice, it's mild tasting, supremely nutritious and super easy to make.
For 16 oz of deliciously fresh green juice, you’ll need to juice the following:

1 to 1 ½ organic cucumbers or about 1 lb. (to get you about 8 oz)

2 stalks organic celery (leaves and all) (to get you about 2 oz)

1 hefty handful organic sunflower sprouts  (to get you about 3 oz)            

1  hefty handful of organic pea sprouts (to get you about 3 oz) 

You'll either need to learn how to sprout and you can also order freshly sprouts on-line.

Wheatgrass Juice
This is magical healing in a glass! Wheatgrass juice contains up to 70% chlorophyll, also known as ‘natures greatest healer’, it is an important blood building healer.

Wheatgrass juice is also an effecKve healer because it contains all minerals known to man, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, l and K. It is extremely rich in protein, and contains 17 amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Best prepared fresh. You can grow your own or buy organic wheatgrass. Drink 2, 2oz shots, a day on an empty stomach. 

Prepping Your Vegetables For Juicing
-Wash your veggies in cold water, don't soak. You can add a special vegetable wash or use        diluted apple cider vinegar
-Peel, core and deseed veggies for juicing (but not necessary for all organic produce)

It's important to make good choices when shopping for and selecting your juicing ingredients. I have tried everything from broccoli to fennel and it's taught me a great deal about which veggies resonate well with my body.

Always choose the best quality, fresh and organic vegetables you can find, they will provide you with the best nutrient dense results. Avoid discoloured or wilted veg, because they will have lost many of their nutrients. Juice and enjoy right away! You can make your green juice even more potent by adding Blue Green Algae or Spirulina!

Your Juicing Equipment
A way of extracting the juice from your fresh produce is required. If you don't have access to a juicer, you can blend or manually mash down your fruit & vegetables to it's most liquified form and then strain it. Because of the oxidation that occurs during blending etc. this undermines the nutrients in the juice, so shorter blending times are essential. If you have or can obtain a juice extractor, cold press, masticating juicers are preferable to centrifugal juicers, which create a lot of heat.

So lets get juiced about juicing! Find the time in your schedule, hectic or not, to treat yourself to liquid nourishment as often as you can, eventually daily. When you feel sluggish or weighed own, try out a quick liquid reset, try a day of liquid nourishment. You can download my FREE one-day juice fast guide, which will tell you how with it's juicing ideas and recipes to get you started. Plus you can also join us on the exhilarating 3-Day, Sistahintheraw Juice Club Fast.

Remember that supermarket shelves are full of imposters, being many steps away from their original natural state and sterilised for shelf life.

Want to Know More?

Resource and Research:
http://hippocratesinst.org/chlorophyll
http://hippocratesinst.org/getting-juiced-about-juicing
http://hippocratesinst.org/wheatgrass-is
http://hippocratesinst.org/grow-your-own-sprouts-this-week

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Sistahintheraw.com provides information on this website as an educational service. This website does not provide medical advice. The information and reference guides in this website are intended solely for the general information for the reader. The contents of this web site are not intended to offer personal medical advice, diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. The products is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications and medical conditions. 

Green Drinks? The Basic's about Oxalates

A fresh juice per day, will keep the nasties at bay —Sistahintheraw

It's Day 1 of Sistahintheraw's Juice Club, which I set up because I totally believe in the energising and healing benefits that fresh green juices have to offer. I have experienced this first hand, for myself over the years and I have witnessed the healing results as a student while studying at The Hippocrates Health Institute. 

However, I am also aware that not every so-called healthy food or drink is suitable for everyone, especially depending on the quality of your health and accompanying mental state at any particular juncture in your life. This can also include some plant-based raw foods and green drinks. The theory around bio-individuality can be important here in helping to determine a person's specific, individual nutritional and physiological needs. In any case, 'too much' of almost anything can be a not such a good thing for many people.  

Oxalic Acid basics:
Like enzyme inhibitors, plants produce oxalates because they don’t want to be eaten alive by insects! While these molecules can cause health issues for humans, it actually tears up the teeth of insects which try to eat high oxalate foods. These anti-nutrients serve to protect a plant food, but can also be problematic once we consume them; however some of them may even help to protect us from disease. Oxalic acid is present in various plant foods, depending on the area where they are grown.

An Oxalate is a molecule which, under certain circumstances, links up with calcium and crystalizes. Oxalates can interfere with or decrease calcium absorption. When too much oxalates  crystalize in human tissue, it can create arthritis-like symptoms and even kidney stones. It is important to eat a low oxalate diet if you suffer from conditions such as kidney stones or kidney conditions, have leaky gut, inflammatory issues like asthma, arthritis or fibromyalgia, have taken antibiotics frequently or for long periods of time, have some food sensitivities/allergies, have fat mal-digestion, or have had part of your intestine removed. A food is considered high in oxalates when it has more than 10mg of the compound per serving.

Oxalates include some leafy greens, berries, fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C, some nuts and seeds, coffee, tea and chocolate. Although not a major concern for everyone, it is still important to rotate your green veggies, have a wonderful variety of foods in your diet and not be too focused in any one thing.

Some of the plant-based foods high in oxalate include for example: spinach, green beans, rhubarb, kidney beans, soy, sweet potatoes, strawberries, raspberries, tangerines and kiwis. You can find lots of food guides and lists about oxalates on the internet. 
Unless you are prone to any of the conditions mentioned above, you would otherwise do well to maintain eating a widely varied and balanced plant-based diet. 

You can still have your green drink just change to a low oxalate veggie's IF you have a problem with oxalates. 

If in any doubt about your health in relations to green drinks, please consult with your nutritional health advisor and or your doctor.

Studies:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24531910
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24499152
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19021580
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24134011
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/50/4/830.abstract

 

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE OR WEB SITE?
You can, as long as you include this complete statement with it: Anita McKenzie, is a Raw Soul Food and Holistic Health Lifestyle Mentor, she is founder of the brand "Sistahintheraw" and "Raw Soul Food" and a leading authority on Raw Food Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make healthier choices, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Sistahintheraw now at: www.sistahintheraw.com


Medical Disclaimer
Sistahintheraw.com provides information on this website as an educational service. The information and reference guides in this website are intended solely for the general information for the reader. The contents of this web site are not intended to offer personal medical advice, diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. It is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications.