An Article on Juice Therapy, Part 2

All-Natural Lemonade
3-4 apples
1/2 lemon
With no sugar added, this can be a strong drink, but you can add water to dilute it without losing any flavor.

Carrot-Apple-Spinach Juice
3-4 medium-sized carrots
1 apple
1-2 handfuls of spinach

Don’t tell your kids there is spinach in this drink. Let them taste it first. Do not add too much spinach, the juice could end up bitter, add some more apple and/or carrot juice if this happens.

Raw Potato Juice
1 pound of potatoes (3 medium)
1 carrot or 1 stalk celery
6 ounces of distilled water
This juice is very high in potassium.

When you are drinking a lot of juices, be sure to get your daily fiber from other sources, if you are not on a juice fast. The FDA has Recommended Daily Allowances for fiber that need to be met. Homemade juices are extracted from their pulp which is the fiber. You can get fiber from grains, cereals, nuts and legumes.

Second, be sure to have your physician advise you in any decision to go on a heavy juice fast, especially if you suffer from a medical illness such as diabetes. Studies have shown that carrot juice, for example, will significantly affect blood glucose levels immediately after ingestion. Never drink carrot/apple juice on an empty stomach, unless you also eat some protein, fat and/or complex carbohydrates.

Juicing Tips:

Chop up the raw vegetables and fruit, remove the pits from peaches and other fruits that contain pits, core the apples or remove the seeds, they contain small amounts of cyanide.

Peel oranges and all citrus, but leave the white pith, it contains vitamin C and flavonoids.

Whenever you can, grow your own vegetables. Store bought vegetables are affected by pesticides, making the ingestion of the skins risky. You can peel everything that is store bought to reduce the pesticide risk.

The leafy tops of carrots and rhubarb are toxic, do not juice them.

Bananas and avocados do not have enough liquid to be juiced in a juicer, but can be pureed in a blender.

You can add the left over pulp from your juicer into a homemade bread or cake. If you have a compost pile in your garden, throw the pulp into the pile.

Drink your juice as soon as you can after you make it. The longer your food sits in the open air, the more your food loses its vitamins and minerals.