Whole Fruits/Veggies or Juice

Did you know that 95% of the vitamins and enzymes our bodies need are found in the juice of raw fruits and vegetables? We would need to eat 2 lbs of carrots, 10-12 apples, or 8 lbs of spinach to get the same amount of nutrients you receive in one 16 oz juice. When you drink juice, highly concentrated vitamins, minerals and enzymes rapidly enter the bloodstream absorbing all of the nutritional benefits of the fruits and vegetables and giving your digestive organs a much-needed rest.

When to Juice

It’s best to drink our juices the same day they are pressed. As soon as any juice meets the air it begins to oxidize, compromising its nutritional value. However, storing our full juices in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed glass jar slows this process. The best time to drink juice is on an empty stomach or at least an hour before eating a meal. This maximizes the amount of nutrients absorbed into the body. Of course, fresh pressed juice is still loaded with health benefits even if you can’t drink it during the recommended window.

Juicing and Illness

There is lots of research that shows the healing properties of juicing. Not only will juicing facilitate weight loss, increased energy levels, strengthened immunity, strong bones and a glowing complexion, it may also reduce chances of heart disease, cancer and strokes, three of the leading causes of death. A growing body of research suggests that most vitamin supplements don’t help prevent chronic disease. A synthetic vitamin or mineral is a laboratory simulation of the real thing. Natural, plant-based vitamins and minerals are more easily and completely absorbed by the body.

Here is a helpful article that I found from Food Babe, Common Juicing Mistakes, to get you started if you are still a newbie.

juicing mistakes

I also highly recommend you watch the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, which lays out the research, facts, and power that juicing can have on your health.

Many people have ask what juicer I have so here it is, however, there are MANY great juicers out there!

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Next... one of my favorite recipes that we use every morning! :)  My other recipes can be found to the right ---------->

Green Juice
Prep Time- 5 min 
Total Time- 10 min
Servings 2 

  • 8-10 stalks of collard greens
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 2 apples
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 inch ginger root (according to taste)
1.  Wash all vegetables thoroughly.
2.  Feed the vegetables and fruit through the juicer.  The greens seem to work better if they
     are rolled up and I place the ginger in the middle of them.  
3.  Rinse and clean juicer immediately.
4.  Drink and enjoy!

For those of you that like their research (like me) here are some fun facts...
  •  Chlorophyll-  Green juice is rich in chlorophyll, which gives greens their color. Chlorophyll helps your body detoxify. For example, it may inhibit absorption of environmental pollutants like dioxin and also help your body excrete them quicker, says K. Morita, lead author for a study published in "Environmental Health Perspectives."  Chlorophyll also enhances oxygen transport in your body and is a top nutrient for balancing your body’s pH by helping to reduce acidity. Low-grade acidosis may contribute to fatigue as well as other health concerns, including kidney stones and lower growth hormone levels, which lead to more body fat and loss of lean muscle mass.
  • Antioxidants-  Green Juices are antioxidant-rich beverages, notes Estitta Bushkin and Gary Bushkin in the "Better Nutrition" magazine article, “Anti-Aging with Antioxidants.” Antioxidants protect your cells from damage by free radicals, which are produced when your body breaks down food and caused by exposure to environmental factors like tobacco smoke. Free radicals may have a role in diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Both versions of the juice offer the benefit of antioxidants.
  • Collard Greens-
    • Calcium- You might not think it at first, but collard greens are a rich source of calcium. As the mineral found in greatest quantity throughout your body, calcium helps build strong bones and teeth. It is also needed for cellular communication and regulating your body’s hormone levels, as well as helping with blood clotting. A 2-ounce serving of fresh collard juice contains 147 milligrams of calcium per serving. This is almost 15 percent of the recommended dietary allowance for adults.
    • Vitamin K-  Vitamin K is also known as the clotting vitamin, as it is essential for your body to produce blood clots. Insufficient amounts of vitamin K can lead to abnormal bruising or bleeding and difficulty recovering from wounds. It also helps your body with calcium absorption and use, so it helps your body maintain strong bones and teeth. A 2-ounce serving of collard greens juice contains almost 277 micrograms of vitamin K. This is over 100 percent of the recommended adequate intake for men and women.
    • Folate-  Folate is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning excess amounts will be expelled by your body, so regular intake of this essential B vitamin is necessary. Folate helps with cell and tissue growth and function. It can also help prevent anemia, as well as certain birth defects. A 2-ounce serving of fresh collard juice contains 82 micrograms of folate. This is a little over 20 percent of the acceptable intake for men and women and 16.4 percent of what's acceptable for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
  • Ginger-
    • Digestive health- Ginger gets your digestive system up and running and is known to contribute to awesome digestive health. It can help digest fatty foods and break down proteins. It also tends to reduce gas or burping as well as prevent afflictions like diarrhea.
    • Inflammation- One of the amazing benefits of ginger is its power to reduce inflammation. Because of this, ginger can be used to treat any disease caused by inflammations such as arthritis or ulcerative colitis.
    • Cholesterol- It reduces the level of cholesterol absorbed and may have a role in lowering LDL cholesterol.
    •  Immune booster- Ginger promotes healthy sweating which is often instrumental during the cold or flu. Along with detoxification, German scientists have found that sweat contains a powerful germ-fighting agent which fights infection.