Presented by Dr. Michael Wald – Integrated Medicine & NutritionDr. Michael Wald, aka, the Blood Detective, is director of Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco. He is the author of over 10 health books. His two newest books available in 2013 are, The Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets and Gluten-A-Holic. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com / www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.
Juicing is a great way to enhance a balanced diet with nutrition that would otherwise be too difficult to obtain from eating just foods, given one’s busy lifestyle. Fruit and vegetable juicing can provide literally thousands of healthful natural compounds that benefit the immune system and reduce the risk of many diseases. When used correctly, juicing is an easy way to lose those unwanted pounds without compromising nutrition. High in vitamins, minerals, fibers and thousands of helpful plant compounds called phytonutrients, juicing can jump-start your weight loss efforts to the next level. Juicing can help shed those unwanted pounds in the following ways:
- Promotes intestinal function - a clean colon is a well functioning colon. The average large intestine contains 3-5 lbs of unwanted partially digested products that add to weight gain.
- Helps balance blood sugar - when one uses juicing as a meal replacement 2-3 times per day, and includes other healthy foods in between juicing efforts, metabolic rate is given a boost...and so is energy!
- Helps promote a balanced appetite - Juicing is a great way of super-charging your diet with healthful nutrients and not stretching out your stomach in the process. Liquid juicing efforts actually promote shrinkage of the stomach, which sends a message to the hypothalamus (the feeding center in the brain) to eat less because of improved satiety.
- High enzyme content – enzymes are required to digest what we eat. Adequate enzymes help ensure that our foods are broken down completely, reducing stress on the digestive tract. Enzymes also promote absorption of vitamin nutrients in our foods. Juicing contains many times the amount of live enzymes that could easily be consumed by eating only solid foods. Enzymes are known to promote a faster metabolic rate.
- Detoxification - juicing helps remove fat-soluble toxins, that is, toxins that are stored in fat tissues throughout the body, this will promote fat burning. Weight loss efforts that do not focus on removing toxins that are being "diluted" in fat tissue frequently result in failed weight loss efforts.
Juicing has the potential of being one of the most, if not the most, powerful adjuncts to a healthy diet for the treatment and/or reduction of chronic disease occurrence. The benefits of juicing are extreme, ranging from improved detoxification, enhancing cellular energy, reducing inflammation, immune modulation, supplying dense and live nutrition and more.
Use pesticide-free veggies. It is wise to choose organic whenever possible. However, some vegetables are more pesticide-laden than others. Below are the vegetables that are the most pesticide loaded ones according to the Environmental Working Group. So it would be wise to only purchase these vegetables if they are organically grown, the worst ones are listed first:
- Collard Greens
- Cucumber (not bad if you peel the skin)
If you are new to juicing, start out with these vegetables, as they are the easiest to digest and tolerate:
- Fennel (anise)
These three aren’t as nutrient dense as the dark green vegetables. Once you get used to the 3 vegetables listed above, you can start adding in the more nutritionally valuable vegetables into your juice:
- Red leaf lettuce
- Green Leaf lettuce
- Romaine lettuce
After you’re used to these, then go to the next step:
- Chinese Cabbage
- Bok Choy
When you’re ready, move on to adding herbs to your juices. Herbs also make wonderful combinations, and here are two that work exceptionally well:
Note: You need to be cautious with cilantro, as many cannot tolerate it well. If you are new to juicing, hold off on the cilantro. These are more challenging to consume, but they are highly beneficial. Only use one or two of these leaves, as they are very bitter:
- Collard Greens
- Dandelion Greens (bitter)
- Mustard Greens (spicy)
If you would like to make your juice taste a bit more palatable, especially in the beginning, you can add these elements:
Lemons and Limes: You can also add a quarter to half a lemon or lime (leaving much of the white rind).
Cranberries: You can also add some cranberries if you enjoy them. Researchers have discovered that cranberries have five times the antioxidant content of broccoli, which means they may protect against cancer, stroke and heart disease. In addition, they are chock-full of phytonutrients, and can help women avoid urinary tract infections. Limit the cranberries to about 4 ounces per pint of juice.
Fresh ginger: This is an excellent addition if you can tolerate it. It gives your juice a little “kick”! And, as an added boon, researchers have found that ginger can have dramatic effects on cardiovascular health, including preventing atherosclerosis, lowering cholesterol levels, and preventing the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL).
Drink your vegetable juice right away, or store it very carefully.
Put your juice in a glass jar with an airtight lid and fill it to the very top. There should be a minimum amount of air in the jar as the oxygen in air (air is about 20 percent oxygen) will “oxidize” and damage the juice.
Purchase a food vacuum pump like Food Saver with a Ball Jar attachment. You can pour your juice into a pint jar and put the lid on and use the Food Saver to suck out the air in the jar to vacuum pack it. This will remove most of the oxygen that will damage the juice.
Immediately store it in the fridge and consume it when you are ready. It is best to drink it as soon as possible and in any case within 24 hours of juicing.
Clean your juicer properly
Whatever you do, you need to clean your juicer immediately after you juice to prevent any remnants from contaminating the juicer with mold growth.
Dr. Wald’s Favorite Smoothie Recipe
Purchase from the supermarket a bag of mixed, frozen fruits containing blueberries, strawberries, bananas, mangos, pineapple– whatever fruits you like!
- For one serving use one handful of frozen fruit and put it into a blender.
- Fill the blender with apple juice (or pear juice or orange) to cover the frozen fruit half way.
- Use purified water, covering the frozen fruits completely.
- Add 1/3rd scoop (small scoop in supplement canister) of each of the following natural, concentrated food supplements:
- Green Detox (for gentle ongoing detoxification); Brain Energy Blast (for enhanced energy balance); Purple Longevity (has nutritional longevity factors); Reds Protect (free radical fighter).
- Blend all of these up together for 30 seconds and you are ready to enjoy a delicious, comprehensive nutritional food!