If you are juicing for detox, have you shopped for organic celery lately? If you got it – lucky you!
I have been “hunting” for it for the last few weeks in my go-to store Whole Foods but—no celery!
What is going on?
The manager told me that there is a shortage.
Finally, in a local health food store a few days ago, I saw organic celery for $6.99 each stalk! I couldn’t believe my eyes. It used to be between $1.99 and $2.99.
Why is such a price jump of almost 300%?
According to Farmer’s Report from 5.24.2019, the celery supply is tight because of cold and wet weather in certain celery producing parts of California.
But there is another reason, and it is man-made. There is celery juicing craze going on around the country!
Did you know that?
I am wondering: do they just go with Celery Juice Challenge and after having little acne pop up and disappear, they quit, and it is the end of their “detoxing”?
Or are they changing the lifestyle, switching from eating processed food to healthy options, committing to include raw juicing to their daily regimen and do other healthy things?
And most interesting – where all those people been before?
1. Plants And You – How It Works
Well, I am not going to convince you “for” or “against” celery juice challenge. It’s up to you.
My goal is to deep dive into why we drink raw juices, what are the benefits, is it really juicing for detox, what are reasonable anti-juicing arguments, and how to juice the “smart” way.
Since the subject is raw juicing, let’s first review six primary reasons why all those “natural” stuff is so important.
- Our body as an ecosystem is a part of the most significant ecosystem there is—NATURE. Any time we break the “nature” rules, we pay for it dearly.
- Any inorganic elements must be converted to the organic form to be appropriate for you and me to assimilate them. “Who” does a conversion? PLANTS!
- Plant food is the source of all the building materials for your body: minerals, enzymes, vitamins, proteins, carbs, fats. And these are living materials, not the “cooked” ones.
- If the body is deficient in some of those nutrients, it tries to compensate and “steal” the missing element from other parts of itself. Can you guess the consequences?
- The body cannot STORE nutrients, vitamins, and enzymes. It needs a new supply of essential elements every day. And it’s your responsibility!
- Your cells are replaced all the time. Blood cells, for example – every two weeks! So, there are no “old” cells in the body. But the process only works as designed if there are enough enzymes and essential minerals.
Does this all make sense to you?
→ TAKEAWAY: You are alive because of plants! Get enough living nutrients!
2. Why Drink Raw Juice
One of the fastest ways to supplement your diet and assure the “delivery” of new enzymes and minerals is JUICING! There are numerous reasons for this.
Cooking Destroys Nutrients
What happens when you process your food by heating, boiling, frying, and baking?
The good stuff disappeared. And if you don’t supply new “building materials” for trillions of your cells, how would you feel eventually?
The juicer “breaks” food without a high temperature. What’s in your glass? Vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes, sugars—living materials for your life!
You’ve got my point.
Of course, you can argue that you do eat your raw veggies. Great! But do you eat enough of them? Here we are facing another challenge.
Today soil is not as fertile as it used to be due to ongoing commercial harvesting. It is depleted of essential nutrients. Result? You need to consume more and more of those carrots, beets, and leafy greens to get all vitamins and minerals.
And even though I eat a lot of raw veggies, I cannot “graze” all day long.
Breaking The Cellulose
Have you ever seen how people eat an apple with a knife and peel it off? But skin contains the highest number of nutrients!
Cellulose in fruits and vegetables is often the most nutrition but very hard to break.
And this is where chewing gets help—juicing to the rescue!
Nutrients As “Fast Food”
The body quickly assimilated nutrients from juicing since it does not have to separate fiber. Juicing—the process of breaking veggies and fruits into the liquid—allows you with ease to obtain essential nutrients from their raw state and digest them instantly.
→ TAKEAWAY: The wisdom of juicing is not to replace your regular intake of fruits and vegetables but to SUPPLEMENT your healthy diet and assure a good supply of essential nutrients, vitamins, and enzymes.
3. Juicing Biggest Myth
Now let’s dispel the myth that you drink juice to detox. Isn’t it why all this celery craze is going on?
As I have covered in detail in my prior posts, not your food or juice detox your body. Your liver does(!) as part of your NATURAL BODY DETOX SYSTEM.
In addition to a liver—the largest filtration organ in the body—you also have kidneys, skin, intestines, lungs, and lymph which are continuously detoxing your body. This system is in place regardless of what you do, and it works very efficiently.
You can do a lot to help your liver and your natural body detox system. And it doesn’t include going on juicing binge, even though juicing help.
While the liver works very hard to filter all the waste, it needs glutathione (the master antioxidant), enzymes, and phytonutrients. And, as I’ve stated earlier, the body cannot store them. You need a new supply of these powerful “agents” again and again.
And if you don’t have enough?
Simple. Your detox system will not run smoothly and efficiently. Result?
Lack of specific enzymes can slow the process of breaking down stuff your body doesn’t want.
And here comes another side of juicing myth that juices flush toxins. FALSE!
To flush toxins and harmful chemicals, you need WATER. So, you should drink plenty—between 8 to 10 glasses a day NOT including anything else. For me, I will make an exception for water with lemon, lime, mint, and no(!) sugar.
Another way how you can help the liver is by changing your habits and step by step getting off the SAD—Standard American Diet. Even the name tells it all– “S-A-D!” I guarantee that some people doing that celery juicing are back at lunch to french fries.
So, STOP EATING CRAP!
→ TAKE AWAY: Even though juicing is NOT detoxing your body, it helps to optimize the detox process.
4. Arguments Against Juicing. True or False?
Along with its benefits, juicing has a negative side. And even though some arguments from critics of juicing do have merits, it is a matter of HOW you are juicing. There are DOS and DON’TS.
I call it “Smart Juicing.”
The #1 black mark on juicing is about FIBER. And rightfully so!
Fiber is essential for waste removal. It also helps to “clean” walls of your intestines, which is vital for nutrients absorption.
Well, what do you do with fiber? Do you throw it?
I don’t! I use fiber in soups, salads, dips, and different other dishes and freeze small among of pulp. NOTHING IS WASTED!
Fruit juices are high in sugars and can be a bad kick to your liver. That is why I drink only(!) vegetable juices. Quick sugar absorption can be damaging, especially for people with any chronic condition or post-condition.
What about the whole fruit?
The pulp in the whole fruit act as a “shell” preventing sugars from going right to the bloodstream. The name of that pulp is insoluble fiber.
Exceptions for me in using fruit juices are for baking, in gelatin dessert and lemons and limes in my veggie juice. In baking, all pulp go right to my wheat-free muffins! On occasion, I can use a little of the juice of Granny Smith apple as a touch to some of my veggie juices.
Well, do you drink fruit juice? What’s your story?
There is an anti-juicing argument that by “drinking” your food, you will overconsume and might quickly become overloaded with some vitamins and deficient in others.
Does it hold water?
I think it does. Below are rules you should follow:
- Rotate your veggies
- Juice only(!) as a supplement to your regular diet with lots of whole fruits and veggies
- Don’t go on a juicing binge!
- Always dilute highly concentrated juices like beets and cabbage
Another concern among the anti-juicing audience is an issue of oxidation—that juicing extraction can “strip” some vitamins because of reaction with air.
Well, it is also a reasonable argument. But!
How about pre-cut fruits and vegetables on all store shelves, including so-called “health-food” places? How about salad bars? Or side veggies for a barbecue? Sometimes they are “sitting” on open air for hours.
Yes, you probably will lose some vitamins, but the rule of juicing is: drink your juice right away! Do not store it in a fridge, do not put it in a thermos!
→ TAKE AWAY: Follow all those “dos” and “don’ts” and you will be safe, enjoying your veggie squeeze.
5. Juicing for Life – The Smart Way
Now, what do you think about juicing? Have you ever tried?
Eight years ago my husband at the time gave me an old book about juicing. It belonged to his grandma, who was given three months to live when she got cancer. Well, that book became her juicing bible. She was blessed to be around for another nine years.
Well, I love juicing, and I have been doing this for a long time. It worked for me, my family, and a lot of people I know.
But I do only “smart juicing”–as a fabulous supplement to my natural diet with no shocks and no extremes. Also, I consume fiber, rotate my juices and buy only organic veggies.
In conclusion, if we are smart, we cannot separate ourselves from nature and plant life. Without plants, we will not survive.
Nature offers us plenty to sustain life and stay healthy. Therefore, we need to know how to get it!
So, “smart Juicing” is not a trend or a challenge. It is juicing for LIFE.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
Founder of Detox Generation
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