What You Need to Know about Vegetable Juicing

baby drinking green juiceOne 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!

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38 Responses to What You Need to Know about Vegetable Juicing

  1. Suzanne Das says:

    Thanks so much for this post. I have tried juicing intermittently, but sometimes would feel nauseated after morning green juice and then end up eating crackers and ginger chews the rest of the day trying to calm my stomach. Never really thought of it as drug/medicine, but it makes sense. I realize I need to educate myself more about what I’m putting in my body, healthy or not. Thanks again.

  2. Leo A Blair II says:

    Good info!
    Just had a friend that passed away from First prostate cancer (10 years ago) and then he finally got bone cancer. He juiced heavily for 2 years. His attitude was not always good and his spirits were in the toilet Oh Lord, this cancer thing is nuts. I guess all we can do is try.
    Keep up the great work you all are doing in California,

    Blessings are yours.

    Leo in Rochester, NY

  3. Candess says:

    Thanks for this information. I had been using my Vita-mix for greens and it was difficult to drink the juices until I realized that all I had to do was add some water. This made the biggest difference. Now I love my greens!

  4. Kelly says:

    Great tips, thanks Storm! Lately, my favorite juice combination is Kale, Cucumber, Celery, a little Parsley & Granny Smith Apple.

  5. Indigo says:

    Hi Storm!

    Just as a background, I was diagnosed with cancer on 6/30/09 — a malignant inoperable tumor in my vagina. The tumor is inoperable, and I refused radiation and chemo. I’ve managed to keep the tumor at a slow growth rate with alternative stuff, but I think it’s at the beginning of being dangerously large (can cut off colon and/or urethra; squeeze other organs, etc., and bleeds profusely). I’m getting a transfusion a week at this point, which is keeping me alive, so I look at it as a blessing. But this isn’t why I wrote, so onward …

    I’m not sure if I wrote Jinjee about this, but I was doing heavy duty green juices (1 a day) for a few years. Then I decided to do that 30-day green juice fast. I did 10 days of it, but it got interrupted by a trip to Hippocrates in Feb/Mar 2010. There, of course, was green juice (very dilute) 3x/day, and pretty much sprouts for meals.

    I started getting VERY sick. When I got home, I stopped eating sprouts. Still sick. Stopped all my supplements. Still sick. Was doing 3 strong green juices a day. Cut back to 2, then 1. I was eating raw, taking no supplements, and doing 1 green juice a day. I had to eliminate greens (salads, etc.) because they began to make me gag. One day I threw up after the green juice, and eliminated that too. And THEN I started getting better!

    In the past month I’ve begun to be able to eat some salad again, but it’s been very weird. My husband drinks his green juice every morning and even the smell still makes me gag. And I still can’t go near a sprout except the white mung bean sprouts — nothing green.

    Did you ever hear of anything so bizarre?? I’ve asked around the raw community and no one here has ever heard of such a thing.

    Love reading everything you & Jinjee put on the internet!!

    xoxo Indigo

    • I just read your information. I use to juice alot and get sick. I went on the GAPS DIET its about our gut linings. I felt and still feel great on it. Some of us cannot digest raw foods. They are the hardest to break down. So what your are sharing is true. I love the greens raw they don’t love me. Hope this helps. Steam all your vegetables or cook in coconut oil. Peace and Good Health

  6. Elizabeth says:

    This was a little blessing in my mail box, coming at just the right time! I will begin my first ever 3-day juice fast on Holy Thursday. I really like the book titled, “Juicing for Life” I will check out the one you suggested as well.
    I look forward to this amazing experience. Thank you so much for your wonderful post!
    Peace and Raw Health,
    Elizabeth

  7. Dot Ferrante Scarpa says:

    thank you so much for this info. I wasn’t quite sure how to do the green juices. One time I made 1/3 collard greens to 2/3 carrot juice. (8-10 ounces total). It was so nasty, however I drank it. Thank you again for the tips on the celery and cucumber juice. I enjoy your daily e-mails.

  8. Jooles says:

    I love the mix of lettuce (any green leaves), apple, mango and a bit of ciltrano. I recognized that it was very helpful not to eat or drink anything after the green juice (besides water) for an hour or two to keep my stomach calm.

  9. Lillian D'souza-Muise says:

    Thanks as always for all the information you provide.
    I had one quick question. I mainly blend and drink green smoothies, mainly because I don’t have a juicer. Are their advantages of juicing over blending (other than for wheatgrass)?

    Thanks again,

    Lillian

    • Storm says:

      As far as nutrition goes, the nutrient density is more dense with juice than it is with blended greens with water. When you blend your greens, you do get the fiber, but the nutrient density is lower.

      • Lillian D'souza-Muise says:

        Thanks storm. You are so kind to take the time and answer my question. Juicing and blending are then equally important. Do you mainly juice fruits and blend greens?

  10. Theresa says:

    I don’t know why you don’t just eat the food.
    Why bother to juice it? Isn’t the fiber good for you?

    • AJ says:

      I have heard that the enzymes in stomach start to ruin nutrients when food sits there longer than 40 minutes.. By juicing, you absorb instantly..

  11. Wendell says:

    This is great ! extremly helpful thanks.

  12. Deneen says:

    My challenge with juicing is I live 40 minutes from any markets that sell organic foods. I find it difficult to keep enough food in the house without running to the market every few days. How do you plan and stock up enough food without it going bad?

  13. Linda says:

    There is always more to learn…thank-you for the info. While I would agree that eating greens in salads is desirable, there are those (like a son of mine), that prefers a green drink over a salad. I am just glad that at least he’ll go for the green drink. By the way, try adding an apple and some lemon juice for those that were having some difficulty getting the juice down. The apple helps with digestion and taste and mixes well with other things. The lemon can make the drink almost taste like lemon-aid.

    • MtnHarmony says:

      Thanks for the lemon suggestion. I enjoy lemon water but never thought lemon in my green smoothies, lol. I do enjoy apples in them. There was an article the other day saying lemon water in the morning can aid digestion and absorption.

  14. Angie says:

    Thank you for this. I had just bought a bunch of beets today at the farmers mkt and now I also know to cut back on the parsley and cilantro I was probably using too much and maybe eating too much raw spinach in salads. Will order that book mentioned.

    • onyx11_76 says:

      Raw Spinach might be ok since it takes longer to absorb in the body. I think he meant to watch out for too much juiced Spinach.

  15. Maggie Sullivan says:

    Thanks so much for all your good work, Storm. My 2 year old intact French bulldog (on an all raw) was diagnosed w/enlarged prostate about a month ago. His vet said the only solution was neutering him. I got online and found an herbal dog-prostate drops formula, but also started adding 2+ oz per meal of juiced raw veggies, always with some greens involved. (Have gotten broccoli in lately too as I heard it’s very supportive of the prostate in humans.) In about a week he was back to normal. It’s so, so heartening and exciting, what juiced veggies can do. I wish veterinary medicine was more supportive of the raw diet. Well, as more of us get on this bandwagon it will have to catch up. Thanks again for everything you do. Men especially need your work.

    • onyx11_76 says:

      Dogs are not vegetarians, they are carnivores. While dogs can survive on a vegetarian diet it is not recommended. I normally don’t say this but you might need to listen to your vet this time. And I hope you don’t own a cat since they are obligate (strict) carnivores and will die from a vegetarian diet. You might say that cats eat grass, but ask yourself do they thrive on grass? Humans eat red meat, but do we thrive on red meat? It’s a shame that people don’t realize that animals are not human and thrive on different foods than we do.

      What do wild dogs and cats eat? I doubt that they eat veggies out in the wild and guess what they don’t get cancer or diabetes. Do you know why your dog got cancer in the first place???? I have a diabetic cat and quickly realized that the processed dry food was the reason why. After feeding him an all wet diet his coat became shiny, he stopped spitting up hairballs and the shedding is much less than it had been. Didn’t take me long to figure out that I was not feeding him the proper foods. When you eat too much meat and processed foods then you get cancer and diabetes etc. SO the same goes to an animal that is eating a species-inappropriate diet.

  16. Jennifer says:

    Hello,

    I hope someone can answer my question. I have tried juicing before several times, and always find I become progressively thirsty. Like intensely, where my mouth dries out, I believe I am dehydrated and become very tired. I drink tons of water, and was wondering if anyone else experiences this. Or if I am the rare person who juicing is not good for.

    Thank you

  17. Michele Cortright says:

    Jennifer the symptoms you describe are of high blood sugar. Juices often are high in sugar content from the fruits and veggies. Yes it is true. Maybe try to cut down on the amount you drink in one sitting. But I would check your sugar. Unless you already know you are diabetic. I am diabetic and must be very careful with juicing. Just saying. Good luck with this!

  18. Margaret says:

    Been on a mini juice fast so very encouraging to keep me going!

  19. Not so much a comment but more of a question or request for your site. I have been searching your site for a recommendation regarding a ‘juicer’. There are hundreds of different models available and some are very expensive but given the length of time and amount of juicing that you and your family have done I was hoping you could add a section to your webpage that gives what you like to use and why. I’m sure there are good reasons for not making a recommendations since your site is about getting healthy and staying healthy, but I don’t want to spend good money for an integral peice of equipment that won’t hold up to the daily usage I expect from this purchase. Your experience and knowledge regarding a juicer would be very much appreciated!

    =)

    BTW – Really love what you are doing here! Gives a whole new meaning to ‘living green’ (I already drive a VW TDI!)

    Warm regards,

    Charlie Stahl
    Leslie, MI

  20. maria says:

    i too have made myself sick after juicing anything I could get my hands on! Informational!
    Maria
    http://www.-choose-raw-food.com

  21. i dont understand why more people are not aware of this diet. It seems to me that once again the powers at be want you to stay sick.

  22. Lisa says:

    I am on day five of my juice fast. It been a wonderful experience. These are the tips I can offer. After you make your juice with the veggies of your choice (I use cucumber, kale, califlower, brocolli, green onion, celery, romaine lettuce and parsley,and cabbage) I always add one or two fruits. either apple, orange or grapefruit. it gurantees a fresh good taste. Cucumber is a great choice for each juice. Do not use Garlic. very pungant and nothing covers the taste, not even lemon. I did get very dry mouth yesterday for the first time. I added a tsp of saltwater to two cups of water and it was gone by morning. I woke up today, day five and felt fatigued for the first time. I ended up making my juice with half fruit and half veggie (I usually load up on veggie), and was rejuvenated within 20 minutes. I also find having a cup every couple hours words great to avoid hunger pains. I drink about 7 cups a day. I read that fat does not burn until day 4, or 5/6 if low metabolism. I lost five pounds in five days so far.

    • onyx11_76 says:

      You should do some more research on how much juice to consume during the day, if you are drinking 7 – 8 ounce glasses a day that is not enough juice. At least 64 ouunces a day and a minimum of 96 ounces of water.

  23. Douglas Gray says:

    Romaine lettuce is mild like celery and cucumber, but has a greater concentration of nutrients. It is less concentrated than kale, but you can use a lot more of it in juicing. Main thing is palatability. Max Gerson, the famous cancer M.D. said that mixing apple with carrot is good, as the malic acid make it easier to assimilate. A juice of 40% carrot, 40% romaine and 20% apple is great.

    Also, grapes and greens is good. You don’t need a juicer. Just use a blender, and pour the mixture through a five gallon paint strainer bag (Available at Hom Depot). With the grapes you can get by without adding water, although adding a little water makes it easier.

    • onyx11_76 says:

      Great info on the percentage of fruits/veggies that should go into a juice to get the most bang for your buck or health I should say. I always like something a little sweet in my green juices but usually try to use less than 25% fruit. I think most would rather get a juicer than to do the paint strainer from Home Depot. Sounds like too much work, but if it works for you then great.

  24. CAGuitarGirl says:

    I was wondering about being borderline diabetic. Is it ok to use grapefruit in that case? I love to use kale, carrots, cilantro (my favorite with kale) & grapefruit with a dash of cayenne. Talk about good!!!! OMG I love this stuff!!!!! Over ice……summer is here!! Thanks!!
    CAGuitarGirl

  25. Tara says:

    Has anyone ever found themselves smelling like chlorophyll because it driving me insane!

  26. Meredith says:

    Hi Storm,

    Am on day 16 of a 30 day juice cleanse and feeling so different than at the start of this. I have juiced before in my life but have never focused on greens as I am now. The first glass of green juice (kale, celery, cucumber, green apple, ginger root and lime) I thought, “Dear Lord I hate this and will never be able to drink this stuff for 30 days.” But something odd happened, the next morning I suddenly loved the taste. No joke. It’s weird. Perhaps my body realized this would heal it and convinced me I loved it.

    Your site is wonderful and I will check back often.

    Meredith

  27. Amber says:

    I just heard about this and was wondering if a blender would work instead of a juicer..?
    This sounds so amazing and want to get started very soon.

    Thanks, Amber

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