Last Modified on Feb 03, 2015
Juicing fruits and vegetables into delectable (hopefully) and richly nutritious drinks can be a very effective way to greatly increase your daily nutritional intake without adding all of the bulk and roughage to your diet (if you're already getting enough fiber). With a kitchen juicer, you can mechanically extract the healthiest components of fruits and vegetables, wheat grass, sprouts, and other healthy foods and drink it down in a burst of tasty nutrition!
Juicing is excellent also for increasing the raw foods component of your diet, which can help to bring more phytochemicals into your nutrient intake, since they may otherwise be destroyed by cooking.
The Veggie or the Juice? If it's an either or thing, eating the whole fruit or vegetable is probably healthier than only juicing. Still, juicing can help to take your healthy diet to a whole new level!
[YEA] After a long battle, first with prescriptions, then with nearly every suggestion made here on Earth Clinic, I have finally defeated Acid Reflux by juicing. (I love Earth Clinic, & many of the suggestions here helped, but juicing seemed to resolve my problem.) I improved after juicing for the first time and now, after several months, I can eat anything (except I still avoid chocolate, coffee, & excessive sugar). At my worst, even a single mouthful of any food would set off symptoms. I couldn't lie flat for almost a year. I was up all night many times. I had symptoms of a hiatal hernia as well as reflux. Before I started trying natural remedies, I was on 80 mg/day of Nexium with little relief and discontinued when I started seeing blood in my stools.
A typical juice may have kale, carrots, ginger, cucumber, celery, zucchini (+ maybe 1/2 beet or apple). Be creative but don't overdo it with fruits or sugary veggies.
I also eat oatmeal (soluble fiber acts as prebiotic) w/ cayenne, virgin coconut oil. I eat papayas too. I found baking soda in water at bedtime controlled symptoms when I still had them. These things helped but juicing was the key to conquering. Make small quantities (1 glass or less) and sip. If you are prone to constipation, don't drink too much and take a fiber supplement. If you don't have a juicer, some healthfood stores make fresh juice blends by the glass (again, avoid the sugary blends). My juicer cost about $75 and has been well worth it. One more thing- in my experience, there is no substitute for the nutrition of real, whole food. I have had a pretty healthy diet for a couple of years but never was able to consume the quantity & variety of raw veggies I get w/ juicing.
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