Ex-Diabetic's Perspective: When I was diabetic, I discovered that diabetes juicing (and raw salads) had the biggest impact on my overall health. Drinking a small glass of fresh raw juice 30 minutes before your breakfast and other meals helps to accelerate your body's cell repair processes. Why? Because the nutrients get into cells very quickly.
And, if you drink the juice very slowly and allow the juice to "sit" in your mouth and be absorbed sublingually into your lymphatic system, it requires almost zero energy on your body's part to take advantage of all the nutrients. This is very important especially for diabetics, overweight people and people with chronic fatigue. By being able to bypass the gastrointestinal system, your body utilizes less energy to take advantage of the powerful nutrients within the juice.
All of this helps to initiate your body's cell repair process and also strengthens the immune system to fight an foreign invaders. And, if you're diabetic, there's nothing more powerful than helping your body to repair the damage caused by the diabetes!
Most, if not all, of the other diabetes programs talk about lowering your blood sugar, but, they fail to mention how to repair the cells that have damaged by your diabetes. And, if you want to prevent the typical complications associated with diabetes, then, cell repair is critical to your overall health and well-being.
During my research, I found that most people were aware of the obvious health benefits of raw juicing to reverse Type 2 diabetes naturally. However, due to TV infomercials, various health and nutrition books, YouTube videos, and the Internet, there were some major misunderstandings and misuses of diabetes juicing.
I discovered that some diabetics were experiencing blood sugar spikes because they were juicing the wrong foods! As a result, quite a few people who thought that diabetes juicing would help them, gave it up after several months! I also found myself answering an excessive number of questions about diabetes juicing via emails and workshops.
So, I decided to do some research into various juicing books and juicing philosophies. Interestingly, I discovered that a lot of assumptions about how the body functions when you juice was based on how a non-diabetic's body functions, not a diabetic's body! As a result many diabetics were experiencing high blood sugar spikes.
Consequently, I decided to expand the juicing section in my Death to Diabetes book and write a separate book about diabetes juicing that answered a lot of the misconceptions about raw juicing. I wrote the Power of Juicing book for 5 primary reasons:
- Most people (including diabetics) juice the wrong foods.
- Most juicing recipes cause your blood sugar to rise.
- Most juicing recipes are not designed to reverse the diabetes.
- Most people buy the wrong juicer for their specific health needs.
- Most juicing books only have juicing recipes (no smoothies).
I also decided to provide additional information that the other juicing books overlooked or didn't think was important, especially for people with diabetes.
That information included the following:
- How to juice with the right foods to reverse your diabetes
- How to juice to prevent the blood sugar spikes
- When to juice during the day to optimize its benefits
- How to juice to lower your blood pressure
- How to increase the nutrient content of your raw juice
- How to juice to address other ailments
- How to make your juice taste scrumptious
- How to properly store your vegetables and fruits (to prevent them from spoiling).
Update: Everyone loved my original Power of Juicing book (2010) because it provided a lot more information than other juicing books (see below for details), plus, the recipes actually worked to improve people's diabetes and overall health! However, some of my clients stopped juicing after several months because they got tired of cleaning their juicer!
During one of my workshops, a young woman asked whether there was another way to get the benefits of juicing without having to deal with a juicer. I mentioned that green smoothies would provide some of the same benefits, but most of the audience didn't know about green smoothies for diabetes. So, I expanded the original juicing book to include recipes for making green smoothies for diabetics and for people who wanted to lose weight.
Note: If you bought the original juicing ebook without the smoothies section, you can contact our office to obtain the new juicing/smoothies ebook at discount.
Please Note: Do not use juicing alone to fight and reverse your diabetes. Follow a sound diabetes diet, meal plan/meal plate and nutritional program along with eating the top 10 super foods to successfully fight and reverse your diabetes.
Raw juicing is a powerful nutritional therapy that has been proven to provide many health benefits against diseases and ailments such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, kidney problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, autoimmune diseases, depression, etc.
The many benefits of diabetes juicing and green smoothies include, but, are not limited to the following:
- Lower blood pressure
- Lower inflammation
- Lower cholesterol
- Lower insulin resistance
- Reverse Type 2 diabetes naturally
- Better blood glucose and insulin control
- Stabilized blood sugar
- Reduced cravings
- Weight loss
- Reduced belly fat
- Removal of toxins (Detox)
- Healthier liver and kidneys
- Need for less medications
- Strengthen and rebalance immune system
- Support proper digestion
- Improved digestion and nutrient absorption
- Prevent macular degeneration
- Prevent heart disease
- Improve joint health
- Support brain health and prevent depression
- Accelerated cell repair and healing
If you want to improve your health with raw juicing in order to help reverse your diabetes, there are 7 critical things that you must do:
- Follow a superior plant-based diet such as the Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program.
- Juice on a regular basis, i.e. 2 to 4 times a day.
- Use the right recipes to ensure you're juicing properly.
- Use a high quality juicer and/or blender.
- Don't rely strictly on juicing alone.
- Drink the juice 25-30 minutes before meals, not with meals.
- Use raw juicing to help cleanse and detox your organs.
Note: If you plan to juice, don't make the mistake of just throwing a bunch of vegetables and fruit into your juicer or blender and expecting that to work! As I mentioned, that's one of the reasons why I wrote this book -- because people were making too many mistakes with juicing the wrong foods, and their health wasn't improving.
In fact, in some cases, their health got worse! This book eliminates that problem, because it provides specific recipes for each specific health problem, especially for diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and chronic fatigue.
Diabetes juicing works, but only as part of an overall superior nutritional program, such as the Death to Diabetes Super Meal Model Nutritional Program (aka Reverse Diabetes Diet).
Most people who do not reap the benefits of raw juicing are juicing improperly -- by juicing the wrong vegetables/fruits, juicing at the wrong time of day, and/or by using the wrong type of juicer.
Juicing is a very powerful nutritional therapy, but most people misapply this therapy by preparing mostly fruit juices. Vegetable juicing is more powerful than fruit juicing, especially for people fighting diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, or any other degenerative disease.
If eating raw vegetables, salads and soups are not appealing enough to acquire the minimum 6 to 9 cups (5 to 7 servings) of vegetables and fruits each day, then, juicing may be an effective addition to your nutritional program. Even as a diabetic, juicing can be very nutritious as long as you drink mostly the juices from green vegetables/grasses and avoid drinking too much juice from the fruits.
Green juices (and green smoothies) have an alkaline reaction in the body and help protect against acid build-up as well as stimulate the body to manufacture hemoglobin. Green juices contain organic water, the purest most natural water available to us, and they cleanse the body of the waste within the cells and tissues.
Green juices (and green smoothies) contain an abundance of chlorophyll, which is a molecule whose structure is almost exactly the same as the hemoglobin molecule of the human blood. Chlorophyll helps to repair tissue and is very important in helping to remove toxins from the body.
Raw juicing helps to get the key nutrients into your cells and tissues a lot faster. Raw juicing also helps to cleanse and detox -- to remove the accumulated toxins and chemicals in your cells and tissues.
As a result, raw juicing can help to accelerate your body's repair process and help to reverse Type 2 diabetes in less time. In fact, you should notice your blood glucose level starting to come down during the first week of the Death to Diabetes Program! -- as long as you are following the entire program, not just the juicing component.
Juices are a perfect medium in which to mix and dissolve nutritional powders that will enhance their healing powers. The nutrients and herbs in powders are better absorbed than tablet forms of the same ingredients, and mixing them in juices enhances their solubility, digestion and absorption.
The juices bring the healing nutrients to the cells in the surface of the mucous membrane of the gut in an easily absorbed form. This requires much less energy to assimilate than solid tablets, especially in people with inflamed mucous membranes in the intestines.
Juices can be combined in so many ways to make them palatable and delicious. Their diverse colors and taste enable huge variety so that you will not get bored. For those who feel they need an extra boost there is nothing better than drinking 2 cups of raw vegetable juice everyday. It will brighten up your day by providing extra energy and endurance.
Raw juices are packed with living enzymes to assist the digestive process, which means your gut, liver and pancreas do not have to work very hard to extract almost 99% of the nutrients within the raw vegetables and fruits.
This conserves vital body energy, which means that the body does not feel heavy or weighed down after drinking raw juices.
For example, two cups of carrot juice (16 ounces) is approximately equivalent to eating one pound of raw carrots. Eating so many carrots at one time would be hard on the jaws and teeth and would take a long time to eat and digest. Juices are unique because they allow the gut to receive very concentrated amounts of phytonutrients that could not be obtained by eating a normal amount of raw vegetables and fruits.
Raw juices contain natural medicinal nutrients that provide antioxidant, antibiotic, and hormonal balancing benefits. For example, the combination of the juice from Brussels sprouts and string beans (with lettuce and carrots) is known to improve the insulin-generating properties of the pancreatic beta cells. This juice combination contains phytonutrient elements which furnish the ingredients for the beta cells to produce natural insulin. This is very beneficial to both Type 2 diabetics and Type 1 diabetics.
In addition, phytonutrients needed by the pancreas to produce insulin are present in bitter gourd, cucumber and onion juices; and, the phytonutrient properties of broccoli, carrot, celery, lettuce and spinach are also beneficial to diabetics.
Broccoli is an excellent source of chromium, which helps to regulate insulin usage in the body. Fresh juices of garlic, onions, radish and tomatoes contain various antibiotic properties. Alfalfa, olives, asparagus, lettuce, mustard greens, radishes, cabbage and cucumbers contain silicon, which works to support the pancreas. Wheat/barley grass, celery, kelp, cucumber and cabbage juice are excellent to reduce acidity and blood pressure.
Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach help to cleanse and heal the gastrointestinal tract. The phytonutrient properties of carrot are also beneficial to diabetics once they have their blood glucose level under control.
In general, to help improve the health of your heart, nerves, kidneys, and eyes, drink daily 2-4 cups of raw vegetable juices and smoothies. Drinking as little as 3 cups of fresh vegetable juice each day will help the body detoxify and regenerate through the assimilation of the earth’s life-giving nutrients.
Note: Although fruits and vegetables do not contain large quantities of protein, their juice can be a convenient carrier for other sources of protein. Simply add some freshly-ground flaxseed powder, Brewer's yeast, or wheat germ to whatever you're juicing. These will provide quality protein that is quickly and easily absorbed by the body without the fat that meat contains.
Note: To learn how to juice properly for blood glucose stabilization, insulin control, reduced insulin resistance, reduced inflammation, accelerated cell repair, and increased weight loss, get the Power of Juicing & Smoothies ebook. Also, get the Raw Food Diet ebook to help you get started with your raw food diet.
Note: Benefits of raw juicing and green smoothies include accelerated body repair and healing, reduced insulin resistance and inflammation, better blood glucose and insulin control, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, detox, healthier liver and kidneys, weight loss, reduced cravings, stronger immune system, the need for less medications, and the ability to reverse your diabetes naturally.
Diabetes Juicing Changes Biochemistry from Diabetic to Non-diabetic
Diabetes raw juicing helps to reverse your diabetes by changing the biochemistry in your body from a diabetic state to a non-diabetic state.
More specifically, when you reverse your diabetes to change your body's biochemistry, this reduces the cell inflammation, oxidation (free radical damage), protein glycation (RBC damage), and excess toxicity within your cells.
Vegetables add bright colors, flavors and textures to your diet. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, water, dietary fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidants and contribute to a healthy diet. Vegetables are generally low in calories and carbohydrates, making them an excellent option for diabetics to help reverse their diabetes.
Key vegetables for diabetes juicing include dark, leafy greens such as spinach, kale, broccoli, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, arugula, mustard or collard greens, Romaine lettuce and Swiss chard.
Other key vegetables include cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, artichoke and Brussels sprouts.
To make green juice that’s friendly for diabetics, you can choose a combination of two or more of these: asparagus, bitter melon, broccoli, celery, cucumber, okra, parsley, Romaine lettuce, spinach and green apple. Just cut them into small pieces and place inside your juicer. Pour in a glass, and add some ice cubes if you like.
Brussels sprouts/string beans, cucumber, okra have insulin-like properties that help with blood glucose stabilization.
To make pomegranate juice for diabetics a little bit more delicious, you can juice pomegranate with apples, carrots and baby spinach.
To help with slow-healing bruises and infections, use lemons because of its antibacterial properties. The anti-bacterial properties of lemon also prevent urinary tract infections by killing the bacteria that cause it.
As a diuretic, lemon juice also cleanses your bladder by letting you urinate frequently so toxins are eliminated from the body.
In addition, the soluble fiber content in lemons helps stabilize blood sugar levels by slowing down your body’s absorption of sugars, decreasing the likelihood of having glucose spikes.
Carrots are rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene, vitamin A, B, C and K, magnesium, folate, and dietary fiber. Carrots are a good choice because their carotenoid and vitamin A content helps protect your eyes from diabetic retinopathy or damage to the blood vessels in the eye from long-term diabetes.
However, if you're diabetic, you may need to avoid or limit the amount of juicing carrots because of the high sugar content.
Diabetic juice recipes, when prepared properly, will help to address several of the most harmful biological processes that trigger and fuel diseases such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, arthritis, cancer, and some autoimmune diseases.
These recipes will help to reverse your diabetes, and, in some cases, cure your diabetes -- especially when these juices are combined with the Death to Diabetes plant-based Super Meal Diet program.
Refer to the Reverse Diabetes with Raw Juicing Recipes web page for the following recipes:
-- Spinach and Celery Juice
-- Bell Pepper, Kiwi and Kale Juice
-- Brussels Sprouts and String Bean Juice
-- Bitter Melon Juice
-- Celery and Cucumber Juice
-- Kale and Spinach Juice
-- Spinach, Celery and Parsley Juice
-- Watercress, Tomatoes and Parsley Juice
Note: For more juice recipes, refer to the Power of Raw Juicing book.
The raw juice is obtained using a device called a juicer. It works by feeding raw vegetables, grasses and fruits into a chute that pushes the food into a high-speed rotating blade that shreds the food, extracting the juice from the pulp.
This extraction process breaks down the cellulose barriers in the cells of the vegetables, grasses and fruits, allowing the release of powerful enzymes and other nutrients. Juicers are very powerful but are not as popular as blenders because they tend to be more difficult to use and to clean.
Consequently, it is important that you purchase a juicer with fewer parts, a powerful motor and a wide chute. This will prevent you from spending a lot of time cutting up the vegetables/fruits to fit down the chute of the juicer.
Depending on your needs and finances, purchase the appropriate juicer, e.g. twin gear press (vegetables and wheat grass), mastication, centrifugal ejection, single/dual auger (for wheat grass), or manual press (for fruits only).
Note: If you don't like to use a juicer, use your blender to make scrumptious "healthy milkshakes" known as smoothies.
But, make sure that you use a high-powered blender that can pulverize nuts and break down the cell walls of the vegetables without overheating the vegetables.
Types of Juicers
In general, there are 4 major types of juicers: masticating, centrifugal, triturating, and citrus.
A masticating juicer (single or double auger) will turn just about any kind of vegetable (or fruit) into a fresh glass of juice, but even better is that they often extract the most amount of juice from the same amount of produce. These types of juicers work by slowly crushing and grinding the produce to obtain the juice from the pulp.
Centrifugal juicers are also quite popular because of how affordable they are. These juicers use knife-like blades to quickly chop up the vegetable/fruit and the force of the blades turning extracts the juice from the pulp. While these juicers are not as efficient as the masticating models, the biggest selling point is how quickly they make a cup of juice.
Other types of juicers include triturating juicers and citrus juicers. The triturating juicers can be used with fruits and vegetables, but they are also great for juicing wheat grass. Citrus juicers are juicers that can only be used with citrus fruits due to the ream being used to extract the juice.
Once you have decided on what type of juicer you want the next thing you need to look at is the features.
Must-Have Features of the Best Juicers
Removable Parts – Having removable parts with a juicer is important because it will aid in clean up. Being able to take the parts off ensures that the pieces can all easily be washed. Not to mention that being able to take them off to clean them you can rest assured that no bacteria is growing inside the juicer due to hidden pulp stuck somewhere.
Dishwasher Safe – Many juicers have removable parts that are considered dishwasher safe. This is important to look at even if you don’t plan to use it because it allows you to sanitize the parts as needed.
Large Chute – The larger the chute the better because that means you don’t have to cut the fruits and vegetables up into small pieces. Some juicers have chutes up to 3 inches wide, which is wide enough to juice small to medium fruits and vegetables whole.
Pulp Regulator – This is important because it allows you to choose how much or how little pulp is placed into your drink. This is nice because it simply allows you to have control over your drink choices. Not to mention you can also make one glass with pulp and the rest without or even just add a small amount of pulp.
Note: The key point is to buy a juicer that is easy to use and clean so that you will juicer more frequently. Juicing more frequently as part of an overall nutritional program will help to prevent, fight, or reverse your diabetes, high blood pressure, or other disease and reduce or prevent the need for toxic drugs.
Note: Some of the top juicers include Champion, Greenstar, Green Power, Omega, Breville, and Norwalk.
The quality of raw juice is at the optimum level right after the juice has been produced by your juicer. However, due to our busy schedules, sometimes we would like to make some extra juice and store it in a container of some kind to drink later.
Unfortunately, the quality of the juice suffers and the juice loses its nutrient value over a period of 2-3 days.
The two main factors that effect juice quality are: Heat and Oxidation.
Heat can affect the juice mainly by causing enzyme deactivation. Enzyme deactivation only occurs when temperatures exceed 118 degrees Fahrenheit.
Oxidation occurs when you break open cell walls of the produce and expose it to oxygen. Oxidation occurs when you cut open an apple and it turns brown. In general, oxidation does affect the quality of the juice. One way to minimize oxidation is to consume the juice right after it's made.
Tip: Although we don't recommend storing the juice, if you store the juice properly (in an air-tight container), the juice quality can last at least 12 to 24 hours.
FYI: A Green Star juice extractor as well as most other twin gear juicers make juice with the least amount of oxidation to them. The Norwalk press also does but it is a lot more expensive. It's physically big and involves more of a commitment due to the different stages of cutting, pressing and then cleaning in order to get a glass of juice.
If you are really concerned about these issues consider getting a Green Star at a quarter of the price of a Norwalk juicer. You'll be very happy because they are great machines. If you want to spend a little less, go with an Omega 8003 juicer. This juicer delivers higher quality juice, is easy to clean, comes with a 10 year warranty, and it will change your life.
Author's Note: Most people (including myself) eventually get tired of juicing for one reason or another. Juicers can be a pain sometimes especially in operating them and cleaning the various parts. Smile
Well, blenders (especially high-powered blenders) don't have those problems -- they're easy to use and very easy to clean. So, I decided to expand my Power of Juicing book to include a smoothie section. Smoothies, if created the right way, provide similar benefits that juicing provides, plus a few other benefits.
FYI: Two of the top super blenders are Vitamix and Blendtec. I'm partial to Blendtec because it's easier to use (pre-programmed buttons) and easier to clean. Smile
What is a Smoothie?
A smoothie is a healthy version of a milkshake and is a nice alternative for people who either don't like to juice or get tired of juicing and cleaning the juicer everyday.
A green smoothie is an even healthier version of a regular smoothie. These green smoothies are scrumptious and easy to make with your blender. Smoothie recipes are included in the juicing book.
Although it seems simple (just throw some stuff into a blender and press Start), most people don't know how to make a healthy, well--balanced smoothie that will alkalize their body and reverse their diabetes while optimizing their health.
You don't need to use syrup and lots of fruit to make a smoothie taste good. If you use ripe fruits, tons of sugar shouldn’t be needed.
Because smoothies contain all 4 major macronutrients (carbs, proteins, fats and water) plus fiber, smoothies can be used as a replacement meal. Make certain that your smoothie contains more vegetables than fruit -- use only a small amount of fruit to add flavor, so that you maximize the nutritional value and limit any glycemic effects (i.e. high blood glucose spikes).
Also, always ensure that you use a high-powered blender and also ensure that your smoothie contains the following five (5) components: a base, a liquid, some fruit, a nutritive additive, and a flavoring additive.
Examples of a base, a liquid, a fruit, a nutritive additive such as chlorella, and a flavoring additive (in that order) are a banana, almond milk, blueberries, raw spinach (or kale), and cinnamon.
For more details about the 5 components of healthy smoothies, how to make them, and where to buy the right type of blender (and why) plus lots of great recipes, visit our Diabetes Juicing Blog and get The Power of Juicing & Smoothies ebook.
This juicing ebook explains the importance of diabetes juicing, and how to use the power of juicing and green smoothies to control and reverse your diabetes.
This ebook provides diabetes juicing recipes, diabetic recipes for super smoothies, and additional recipes for other ailments including edema, fatigue, high blood pressure, indigestion, obesity, arthritis, eye problems, and kidney problems. This ebook also explains how to take your juicing to the next level.
Key topics in the juicing ebook include:
- Vegetables and Fruits by Color
- Juicing for Diabetes and Weight Loss
- Vegetable Juicing
- Juicing -- Where to Start
- Guidelines for Juicing
- Introduction to Juicing Vegetables
- Juice Fasting
- Health Benefits of Vegetable Juices
- Health Benefits of Fruit Juices
- Juice Recipes
- Juice Recipes for Diseases and Ailments
- Juicing for Weight Loss
- Juice Recipes
- How to Make Green Smoothies
- Recipes for Smoothies
- Storing Vegetables & Fruits
Get the Juicing & Smoothies ebook (or the 8½ x 11 hardcopy booklet) to learn how to juice and drink tasty smoothies that will reverse your diabetes; and, eliminate your cravings for junk food and fast food.
Remember: It's 2-books-in-1: a juicing book and a smoothies book.
These great recipes will also help you to lose weight, get rid of that belly fat, wean off those dangerous diabetic and high blood pressure drugs, and eventually reverse your diabetes .
Juicing provides an additional way to increase the number of fruit and vegetable servings one gets in a day. If you leave the pulp in the juice you still get the fiber as well. It can add variety to your diet and may make some vegetables and fruits that you don’t particularly like more palatable.
Just remember that juicing is only one aspect of an optimal approach for both preventing and treating diabetes, cancer and other diseases.
The Top 10 Juicing Mistakes to Avoid
Most people are aware of the health benefits of juicing. However, there are several mistakes that people make when juicing that you should avoid in order to get the maximum benefits from juicing.
Juicing the wrong foods: Make sure that you are not juicing the wrong foods, especially fruits. If taste is a concern, add a lemon or lime.
Drinking the juice too fast: Drink the juice slowly -- don't gulp it down. Even swirl it around in your moth before swallowing. This allows for your digestive enzymes to start working and will help your body digest your juice faster. By mixing saliva with juice, you’ll actually absorb more nutrients into your system than by just gulping it down.
Drinking the juice with your meal: Instead drink the juice 30 minutes before your meals (on an empty stomach) to get the maximum absorption and benefits.
Letting the juice sit around: Try to drink your juice right away. After 15 minutes, light and air will destroy a lot of the nutrients and also all the antioxidants will begin to lose their potency.
Using a centrifugal juicer: A cold press or masticating juicer slowly compresses fruits and vegetables to 'squeeze' out the juice instead of using high speed force to separate juice from pulp like a centrifugal juicer. Cheap centrifugal juicers also introduce heat and oxygen in the process and destroy the enzymes and nutrients in your fruits and vegetables.
Using too much dark green vegetables: Dark leafy greens have a strong and bitter flavor and putting too much of it can cause vomiting. This is especially true when you’re staring out. When you start out, limit the dark greens to around 25% and use other vegetables such as cabbage or cucumber to fill out the other 75% to dilute the strong flavor.
Putting in random ingredients and hoping for the best: Often times we see this on infomercials. While you can do it and still get good results, you’d want to be more deliberate and research on recipes particularly if you are only starting out (or get a juicing book with specific recipes). One risk of just throwing random stuff together is you don’t know what you’re getting. Another risk is getting a chemical reaction by combining the wrong ingredients that can make you sick.
Following a poor diet: Don't expect juicing by itself to improve your diabetes and overall health! You still have to follow a healthy nutritional program such as the Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program. When you follow a sound nutritional program, the juicing magnifies the benefits of eating healthy meals.
Juicing the same foods every day: Using the same ingredients over and over every single day can expose you to certain toxins that can be harmful or even lethal in large doses. Some of these toxins include:
- Oxalates that can cause or worsen kidney stones are found in fruits such as bananas, cherries, grapes, mangoes, melons and vegetables such as chives, cauliflower, spinach, radish to name a few.
- Goitrogens that are found in cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, kale, mustard seeds and cabbage can hamper the function of the thyroid gland particularly when eaten raw in large doses.
- Atropine found in tomato leaves and to a lesser extent green tomatoes can cause stomachaches, dizziness and headaches.
- Cyanogenic glycosides (or cyanide) found in the pits of apple, plum, peaches, apricots and cherries can be fatal if consumed in large doses. Don’t forget to remove the seeds prior to juicing these fruits.
Juicing too much every day: Don't over-juice expecting it to work any faster! In most cases, how much you juice is dependent on several factors including the state of your overall health, how healthy you eat each day and your lifestyle.
In general, drink 16 ounces of juice in the morning (30 minutes before breakfast) and another 16 ounces in the afternoon and evening -- that's 48 ounces or a quart and a half a day.
If you are relatively healthy and eating healthy foods (which includes 5-7 servings of vegetables and fruits a day), then, 8 ounces before breakfast and dinner sufficient -- that's 16 ounces or 2 cups a day.
If you are diabetic or severely ill, you may need to drink 16 ounces several times a day -- as much as 128 ounces, or a gallon of juice and/or green smoothies each day -- but, don't force it. And, don't overdo it to compensate for eating poorly -- that won't work.
Not washing or not washing thoroughly: Since we are taking in raw produce, this is a very important step that we shouldn’t take for granted. Try to rub your finger on the skin of an apple or pear, does it feel a bit sticky? Waxy feel = pesticide. Conventionally grown produce are with pesticide that leaves a waxy feel that provides a waterproof protective coating from the elements. It functions like a car wax in terms of protection but it contains chemicals that is not good for us.
Organic produce has little to no pesticide, but, make sure to wash them thoroughly as well because even though they have little to no pesticide content, parasites might be present.
Not cleaning afterwards: Always clean the juicer after using it. This prevents staining and the pulp from drying up to a point where it is hard to remove. Now if it is not possible to clean immediately afterwards, soak the parts in water so that the pulp does not dry up and stain all the parts inside.
If you're ready to start reversing your diabetes today, then, get the ex-diabetic engineer's Power of Raw Juicing & Smoothies book.
Note: If you bought the old juicing book (without the smoothie recipes), just contact our office with your Invoice Number, and we will send you the updated juicing book free of charge.
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