Juicing for health

It’s no coincidence that four of the six letters in health are “heal” ∼ Ed Northstrum

What makes a person decide to start juicing? For me I’ve had several years where I’ve experimented with different cleanses, juicing and smoothies. It’s become almost a natural habit for me to do this at least a few times a year or more. My body seems to know when spring or fall arrives, that’s when I like to do some sort of cleansing to help my body detox.

Today is day 9 of my juicing and smoothie challenge. One day last week I decided that I wanted to give my digestive system a break from having to work so hard at digesting food, and on the weekend I attended a workshop where I joined a group for a 10-day juicing challenge. For the challenge people were told they can juice, do smoothies or even have salad with a piece of fish since some have never done juicing before. It’s not a strict challenge at all. I’m sticking to doing juicing and smoothies. My challenge will be longer than the 10 days, but I still have no idea when I want to go back to eating meals. This coming weekend I go back and we will discuss how to re-introduce food in a safe way. I have not had any real detox symptoms that can sometimes be experienced during a juicing cleanse. I believe that my body has detoxed to a certain extent over the years with all the cleanses I’ve done, which makes it easier each time I do another one. I did experience a few days this past week where I had a bit of bloating and it may have been due to the amount of fruits I was using in my smoothie every morning. Now I’m using less fruits, adding spinach and watering down my smoothie.

If you are new to doing a juicing cleanse you will probably experience some detox symptoms as the body adjusts. This will more than likely last part of the first 3 days, but hang in there you will notice a difference on the 4th day. Some of the symptoms you could experience might be headaches, nausea, light-headed, fatigue, lethargic… its your body’s way of letting you know that there’s accumulated toxins in your body and it will work its way out.

I had lost 5 lbs. Today I’m at a 4 lbs. loss in 9 days, it’s fluctuating a bit. I’m pleased. It’s not so much about the number on the scales for me but instead how I’m feeling in my body. I’m ready to get a bit more serious about my health. Exercising is a challenge for me, compared to juicing and doing smoothies which comes so easy.

Have you watched the movie ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’? If not, it’s a must see. I have included below a 5 minute movie trailer of it. It is a very inspiring documentary film showing just how sick we are and the benefits of juicing. It shows how a few people were able to make changes and improve the quality of their lives. It’s obvious that as a society so many have become obese and sick because of the lifestyle choices that have been made. But for most of us we also don’t have any real reason to not turn things around, we have choices. We can choose health.

WARNING: watching the full documentary movie may even turn skeptics into believers. Or better yet it may inspire people enough to take action.

The information I share with you in this blog post are things that I have learned over time. Some of it I learned at the 10-day Juicing Challenge workshop this past weekend, and other things come from talking with my Heilkunst practitioner this week and some of her recommendations.

The tools I have used are my juicer which extracts and separates the pulp from the juice. As well I’m using my Vitamix blender, which has been great to make smoothies and it turns everything into a thicker liquid, it doesn’t separate the pulp from the juice. The pulp extracted from the juicer is high in fiber. I use the pulp to make crackers in my dehydrator. Simply add a few spices or Herbamare (seasoned sea salt) or other herbs of choice, and dehydrate for a day or so on low temperature. Or use your pulp in soups, stews or other favourite recipe or put in your composter.

The Juicing Bible and The Smoothies Bible by Pat Crocker apparently are great resource books.

Our bodies are mostly made up of 70% water. Be sure to drinks lots of water. During a cleanse it will help flush out toxins. As soon as you wake up in the morning have a glass of water with the juice from half a lemon. Then half an hour later do your juicing or smoothie for your breakfast.

Be sure you sleep 8 hours a night, and try to go to bed by 10 pm. Your body may need a bit more rest or slowing down while you are juicing.


Clean the equipment as soon as you are finished using it and you’ll be more apt to want to continue juicing.

Best to drink fruit juices early in the day.

Apples will not spike your sugar.

Bananas are high glycemic.

It’s not recommended to mix carrots with beets since both are high in sugar, it’s probably best to use in moderation.

Drink slowly and savor the tastes in your juices.

Its best for your body if your drinks are at room temperature.

Have something to eat (drink) every 3 hours.

Buy organic or local as much as possible for your fresh produce.

Make your juices and drink fresh within 3 hours is best, otherwise the quality of the nutrients starts to diminish.

Having a clean and organized fridge really helps I find.

Dilute your juices or smoothies if you wish. I did that because I was finding the fruit juices too sweet.

Remove the peel from all citrus fruits.

Be careful that no pits go into your juicer or Vitamix blender, it would probably break your equipment.

Adding a bit of lemon or lime will help remove bitter taste from dark leafy greens.

Some people choose to juice once a day. Others choose to juice one day a week or even do a weekend of juicing. Others will juice one week per month. Choosing to juice just one day a week for a whole year, this gives your body a break from having to digest food for 52 days a year. So think about it. And try just one of these options or come up with your own. They are all little steps we can make.

I was told to include a combination of 5 colors of food when juicing or doing a smoothie. Someone else said to include the 7 colors of the rainbow.

If you take medication be sure to check with your physician if you wish to eat grapefruits, it seems that there could be issues with this.

A way to introduce new foods into your diet, buy a few new vegetables or fruits every time that you do groceries. It’s a great way to introduce variety in your diet and expand the different foods that you eat.

Below are some of the healthy things you can add to your juicing and smoothies to get even more benefits. Do your research and learn what they are all about. I’m not the expert here but simply passing on what I am learning:

Green Powder
Hemp Protein
Hemp Protein
Hemp Hearts
Flax oil (1 tbsp. @ day)
Kefir (1 tbsp @ day)
Chia Seeds (make into a gel: 1 tbsp. chia seeds to 9 tbsp. water, stir and refrigerate – add 1 tbsp. @ day to your smoothies/juicing daily, it cleans out the intestine. Keeps 3 days in the refrigerator)

Other healthy things you can do:

Eat lots of greens when doing a cleanse
Get lots of exercise such as mini-trampoline, walk, swim, yoga (hot yoga apparently is excellent)
Infra-red sauna
Suggest buying organic for the next two items below:
Coconut oil – acts as a chelator
Sunflower oil – swish 5-20 minutes in your mouth and then spit out. Apparently pulls heavy metals from your body.
Solè Himalayan Salt (contains 84 minerals) brine recipe – minerals are really good for your body, especially during a cleanse. Add 1 tsp. once @ day to a glass of water, first thing in the morning. It will help alkaline your body. It will push minerals into your cells and force out the acid.
Colon hydrotherapy – cleans our colon, most people have 5-7 lbs. of accumulated feces in their colon. Having colon hydrotherapy done apparently brings clarity and restores vitality.

This morning’s smoothie recipe that I made in my Vitamix… delicious!

½ mango – 1 cup of raspberries – 2 cups of pineapple – 1 red apple – ½ lemon juice

20 almonds – 1 tbsp. chia seed (gel) – 1 tsp. Salba – 1 tbsp. Hemp Protein – water

If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?

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  1. Okay, if I could get my fridge to look that good I’d have it made!! Maybe you could add in “fridge makeovers” and come to my house and make mine look just like yours – stocked and everything! Seriously though, you’ve inspired me to start making smoothies again and definitely considering buying a Vitamix Blender. I like the idea of 1 day a week is smoothie day and my kids LOVE smoothies. ♥

    • You’ve got it made Julie if your kids LOVE smoothies. I’m so glad that I’ve inspired you in some way. You will love a Vitamix Blender. When I go away (well except on a plane) I try and take it with me. My fridge photo was taken right after it was completely emptied out, scrubbed down and organized. It feels inspiring to eat healthier I find when everything is organized, tidy and clean ready to go in the fridge. Happy juicing!

  2. I laughed when I read Julie’s comment and then laughed again when I read your reply because I seriously thought that had to be a professional fridge photo that you got off the Internet! It’s not! Wow. That is one clean fridge and you are so welcome to come and do mine too. A light helps. The light in our fridge has been out since forever, but now that we are buying a new fridge in the next few months, I am not so inspired to do anything with it.

    I HAVE seen Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. That movie is so inspiring! I should really watch it again. After watching it, I juiced for a couple of weeks for my breakfast and lunch and then ate a pretty healthy dinner. Thanks for writing about this great topic. I would love to do a juicing fast again, but perhaps this time a bit more of JUST JUICE.

    • Thank you for dropping in Amy. You made me laugh too thinking it was a professional fridge photo from the internet. My fridge doesn’t stay that clean for very long. Already it’s packed with more vegetables and fruits for this week’s continued juicing, so more cluttered looking. Today I’m on day 11 of juicing/smoothies… thinking of going 14 days if I can last that long. Same as you I would do more of just the juice next time. Smoothies are good but I think there’s way more calories in the fruits.

  3. Tons of information Suzanne. I really had no idea about all that goes on with juicing and cleansing. Let alone having my fridge look as good as yours! Thanks for sharing

  4. Really great tips here! Thank you!! I think I saw that movie in the list on Netflix…I’m going to have to check it out. I do have a juicer and a pretty good one but found the mess and cost a bit prohibitive for me. I never thought of using the pulp for crackers. I don’t have a dehydrator any more…is there another way to do that? Perhaps on a low temp in the oven?

    • Michele I found the benefits of how I felt while juicing far outweighed the cleaning up and bit of mess it made. For me cleaning up my equipment before I even drink my juice or smoothie is essential. Otherwise when it gets dried on it’s no fun to clean. I’m not sure about making the crackers in your oven. The temperature on my dehydrator was set at 105o I believe. I look forward to trying the pulp crackers with hummus or some other dip.


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