One of the most powerful healing systems in the world is the green juice fast. Vegetable juices and green juices are now one of the most commonly known ways to prevent and reverse disease. But there are some basic guidelines that you need to know in order to do it safely.
Green juice is much more intense than fruit juices. In a lot of ways it is much more concentrated, and acts much more like a drug in your system.
The benefit of green juice is that you can get a whole lot of nutrition in a small glass. Rather than eating a bunch of kale, a few cucumbers, a bunch of celery, a handful of parsley, and a bunch of carrots, which would take hours of chewing, you juice it up and all those nutrients can go right to work doing all the amazing, powerful, beneficial work they do in our bodies.
Green Juice or Vegetable Juice isn’t something most people drink because it tastes good; it is like rather strong medicine! However, a taste for it can be adapted, and the flavors can grow on you after a while. And the benefits include rejuvenation, beauty, healing, strength, clarity, detoxification, and an improvement in all bodily functions.
Here are a couple of things you’ll want to know before considering juicing though.
Oxalic acid is present in spinach, beets, and rhubarb. Juicing these in high amounts can result in an overdose of oxalic acid. You want to start with a small amount and work up to more over time.
One of Jinjee’s friends from Sweden came to spend some time with us and tried the raw vegan diet not too long ago. She got up one morning and made a glass of pure beet juice without knowing that one should almost never do more than 1/4 of a beet to a quart of juice. She was sick for about two days. Unfortunately one bad juicing experience can turn you against vegetable juice forever.
Celery juice is very benign. It is mostly water, so it is a good juice to use as a base and then you can add other stronger juices in smaller quantities. Cucumber juice is also a good base and can dilute strong vegetable juices nicely. I often use celery, cucumber and carrots as the base for green juice.
Also, parsley and cilantro are very strong as far as just juicing and drinking. They are very concentrated because they are herbs and not vegetables, so therefore they should always be diluted with other juices.
Cauliflower and broccoli juices are wonderful in the treatment of certain types of tumors that are fed by hormones produced in the thyroid gland. But if someone is suffering from low thyroid production then they should not drink cauliflower or broccoli juice.
These are just a few principles or guidelines to help you toward having a safe juicing experience. There are many more. There are juice formulas for specific ailments, and conditions. My advice is if you are thinking about doing a serious green juice fast, you should order a copy of Dr. Walkers “Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Juices”. I read it in the early 70s, and it is still one of the best books on basic juicing available as far as giving you the information and formulas to start you off on a safe juicing system. After a while, you will probably start to put together your own formulas.
My favorite is beet and carrot juiced and combined with coconut water. Easy on the beet!