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In the world of diet and holistic nutrition you will read of the many wonderful benefits that can be obtained through juice fasting or by including juicing in your daily dietary regimen. With any dietary recommendations that requires juicing or blending of otherwise whole foods, it is wise to slow down just a touch before getting too excited. Every few years someone repackages "faddish" rhetoric from yesteryear in order to make a fortune. Too often the message given leads us to unhealthful and imbalanced solutions. We tend to jump from extreme to extreme, so long as it has a morsel of hope attached to it -- whenever persuasive and charismatic persons set themselves up as a light unto the world, rather than to turn others more fully to God's full wisdom for simple answers to their needs.

Brigham Young University researcher, Merrill Christensen, warned that half nutritional truths and slick marketing lead to the ignoring of essential basics, which if incorporated fully, would overcome the need for extremes that all too often lead us to nothing of true lasting value. Merrill quoted the scripture that says, "Vanity, vanity, all is vanity...," and warned of the great lengths we are willing to go to in order to assuage our vanity. He said that the wise and lasting nutritional approach requires that we build upon sound, complete, and sensible solutions that we can enjoy for a lifetime. I agree with Merrill.

So where does this discussion leave us with juicing? Today let's review juicing and attempt to put these benefits into a balanced context that might be most helpful to us. I've read many juicing books -- some from the great juicing master Norman Walker himself, and some from various other modern juicing gurus. Can juicing be an important part of a diet? Is it a fad? Are there possible short- or long-term medicinal benefits that can be obtained by juicing? Can we use juicing to our advantage for specific purposes? These are good questions. Let's take a moment to more fully address juicing truths, benefits, and warnings:

Juicing Considerations:

  1. Juicing Benefits: Juicing enables one to most easily assimilate nutrients from whole foods that are needed for metabolism, except that important fiber is discarded during the juicing process. The nutrients from freshly juiced vegetables and fruits require only about 15 minutes to fully enter into the bloodstream, which can be very helpful for a person in a weakened condition. By comparison, it requires two to six hours for the nutrients within whole fruits or vegetables to enter into the bloodstream, which are good and natural digestion rates when a person is whole. 
  2. Weight Loss: Juicing of vegetables during weight loss leads to high nutrient intake with relatively few calories (unless carrots and beets are used) and leads to a satisfaction that enables "high-nutrient" weight loss to be easily sustained for long periods of time. If you have ever noted the aging affect of severe "low calorie" weight-loss plans, you ought to consider what causes this effect. It is a depletion of all vital reserves that occurs during such weight-loss strategies. As you create your combinations of juices, remember that carrots and beets are high in sugar. Use only enough of these additions, along with low-calorie high-nutrient spinach, celery, cucumber, alfalfa, watercress, and so forth, in order to create a nice subtle flavor.
  3. Fiber Requirements: Juice fasting alone without other whole-food intake is not recommended for any extended periods of time unless you are willing to irrigate your colon at least once to three times daily with a colonic, or unless you chase the juice with high fiber drinks as described below. Why? Because as your body uses the extra strength provided by easily absorbed nutrients found in fresh vegetable juices, many toxins are released into the colon from your body. Without good fiber inside of your colon to act as a sponge and a transport vehicle out of the body for these toxins, they reabsorb back into you through the colon wall? There are three basic options to solve this problem. First, you can take time out of your busy schedule to irrigate your colon at least once a day (preferably twice daily); or second, you can chase the juices 30 to 60 minutes after having drank them with a combination of bentonite, psyllium-seed husks, apple cider vinegar, and water. This combination facilitates the further release of toxins and provides sufficient calorie-free fiber to carry toxins in a well-formed stool out of your body. Third, you can alternatively enjoy fresh fruit for breakfast and beginning about two to three hours later follow it up with juices (as described below) until evening. Then for dinner, enjoy a very large raw vegetable salad. The wonderful natural fiber within the fruits in the morning and large salad in the evening will cause you to enjoy regular bowel movements and will help facilitate the expulsion of toxins from the colon. Option number three is my recommended method during extended weight loss and for most any other healing crisis, although the other two methods also serve useful depending upon what it is you are trying to accomplish. Whether you juice fast, water fast, or otherwise, always remember that you must include some safe and effective method for transporting toxins out of your colon.
  4. Favorite Juice Combinations: Our favorite combinations used in juicing include carrot, spinach, celery, cucumber, and lettuce juices all mixed together. I often like to cut the tops (leaves) off of alfalfa plants that grow in ditches near to us and often substitute the alfalfa juice for the spinach juice in the above combination. I also enjoy adding some beet juice to the above combination. With a little experimenting on your part, you will find such juices to not only be very tasty, but you will also find that your body remains very satisfied and energetic from morning until evening. Why? Because so little energy is used to digest the nutrients that are expelled from the raw vegetables. Juicing offers a way to pass most of the nutrients into the bloodstream without having to expend much nutritional strength for digestion. So when you need some additional strengthening or cleansing power, or would like to replenish your nutrient supplies while losing weight rather than to deplete them, fresh juices can be used creatively and medicinally with an otherwise whole-foods diet. Juices are not whole foods and therefore ought to be viewed within the context of their uses for strengthening you in crisis or because of overt needs.
  5. Blood-Sugar Considerations: Fast absorption of nutrients is not always a positive experience for the body. For example, those who struggle with insulin resistance should not drink large quantities of juice rapidly or their insulin levels will spike tremendously. This is fact! Therefore, for such persons, a sixteen oz combination of vegetable juices should be sipped slowly over two to three hours. This process may be repeated during the day to maintain energy levels until dinner time.
  6. Pay Attention to Your Body: As you tackle any physical malady and employ the juicing of fresh whole fruits, and fresh whole vegetables as a part of your healthful daily regimen, pay attention to your body. It's intelligence is extraordinary. If you are not hungry, drink water instead of juice. It's not about drinking tons of juice or over consuming fresh fruits, but is about listening to your body and giving it what it needs and no more.
  7. Body and Food Intelligence: I want to share a little understood secret about you and the live foods you eat. Each of the 30 trillion plus cells that make up your body possesses its own unique intelligence. Laboratory studies have demonstrated that each cell possesses the intelligence to maintain its form and function indefinitely provided it is not damaged beyond repair and provided that it has access to the raw materials required for metabolism. Match that truth with the following. Living foods possess real intelligence too. Add a third variable. All intelligence can communicate directly with all other intelligence. What this means to you is that as you shop for food or gather it in the wild, or grow it in your yard, that food has the ability to communicate with the cells and intelligences within your body. If you will maintain gratitude and a spirit of prayer as you consider what living foods to eat, the intuition you will feel in these matters is really your intelligence communicating with other intelligences whose ordained purposes are to best serve your needs. Listen and trust what you are feeling. Be prayerful, be grateful, and express that gratitude to God.

Conclusion

Medicinally, juices may be used in combination with sound diet to strengthen the body and its ability to direct more healing strength towards this or that condition and also may be employed very successfully with long-term weight loss. If you are prayerful, you will know when to employ juicing as a part of your whole-food diet and when it is unnecessary. No doctor can be as intuitive as you can be in matters that pertain to your health. God alone knows you perfectly and how best to address your needs. Consult with Him regarding safe and effective uses of juicing. As you need strengthening from any less than whole and healthful physical condition, fresh vegetable juices have demonstrated repeatedly an ability to do more for a person than drugs, serums, surgeries, or shots and may have an important place in your strategy to enable maximum vitality and lifespan.

A friend of mine from St. George, Utah enabled himself to lose over 50 lbs and to reverse prostate cancer in just a few months -- in order to qualify to serve an extended seniors mission for his church. Juicing vegetables, eating raw fruits and vegetables freely, going for long walks daily, and working in his yard and garden enabled swift healing. He catalyzed his healing further through study, prayer, and serving the needs of those who need his help each day. He is a walking picture of health today and is healthier at 70+ years old than he was in his 30s. 

I Hope this discussion continues below in the spirit that it was presented and that it will help to open minds a little further concerning the context in which the juicing of fresh vegetables may be a healthful addition to an otherwise whole-food diet. And always remember that whole fruits and vegetables were ordained for our constitution. They provide the most nutrients per calorie consumed and require the least digestive time and energy of all foods. They alone can help you when facing any healing crisis; however, do not resist any feeling the Lord may give you regarding the used of fresh vegetable juices as a foundational part of your healing plan. 


Best,
Jim  

P.S. Please feel free to ask questions and to share your favorite juicing recipes below:) 

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Jim--thank you for a thorough explanation of juicing. I've thought about doing some juicing but the fiber question worried me. I'm so thankful for your "balanced" advice. I've read too many 'health advocates' that are biased to just one dietary method.  Since I'd like to juice just occasionally, can you recommend a good, yet moderately priced juicer?  I don't think I can justify the price of one of the expensive masticating juicers.  BTW, I love what you've shared with us in item #7.  Heavenly Father has truly given us marvelous temples in which to house our spirits!

Excellent advice on juicing Jim. I actually liked the introduction part better that described those "out there" that seek to have us follow their advice for their financial gain rather than our good health; they lead us with a flaxen cord and half truths down the path to nowhere. I'd like to hear more from your friend Merrill Christensen.

I personally blend my fruits and veggies (not all) into a smoothie so nothing is discarded. But I also eat a large salad every day to get the full benefit of fiber.

Merrill comes from a family of intellects and athletes. His mother was world-class tennis player and his father was a professor at the University in Eugene, Oregon. I've only been able to ask questions of him because my sister married his brother Todd (former #46 of the Raiders), not for any merit of my own.

Sue Anderson said:

Excellent advice on juicing Jim. I actually liked the introduction part better that described those "out there" that seek to have us follow their advice for their financial gain rather than our good health; they lead us with a flaxen cord and half truths down the path to nowhere. I'd like to hear more from your friend Merrill Christensen.

I personally blend my fruits and veggies (not all) into a smoothie so nothing is discarded. But I also eat a large salad every day to get the full benefit of fiber.

Hi Kim, my favorite inexpensively priced juicer by far is the L'Equip Juicer. I like it so much and its warrantee that I have considered sponsoring a group buy just for it. You should be able to get one online for around $99. Jim

Kim Lincicum said:
Jim--thank you for a thorough explanation of juicing. I've thought about doing some juicing but the fiber question worried me. I'm so thankful for your "balanced" advice. I've read too many 'health advocates' that are biased to just one dietary method.  Since I'd like to juice just occasionally, can you recommend a good, yet moderately priced juicer?  I don't think I can justify the price of one of the expensive masticating juicers.  BTW, I love what you've shared with us in item #7.  Heavenly Father has truly given us marvelous temples in which to house our spirits!
Thanks, Jim.  One more question, what's your model?  There are a ton of L'Equip models out there for about that price :(
It is the L'Equip XL Juicer, the nicer model. A month or so ago the Bosch Kitchen Center here locally was selling the nicer model for $99. They are often sold for more than this, from $119 to $169. Jim

Kim Lincicum said:
Thanks, Jim.  One more question, what's your model?  There are a ton of L'Equip models out there for about that price :(
Thank you for this well thought out article.  I have thought along these lines a few times when it comes to juicing.  There can be some excellent helps and benefits from juicing but I have found they play a very limited role in my families whole food diet.  I'm glad to know about juicing though in times of need.

Also I would love to hear more of your St. George friend's story!

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