Getting Juiced About Juicing

30 May 2012
Author: Hippocrates Wellness Team
Read time: 4 min
Category: Archive

Why Juice?

There are so many reasons to get juicing. Here are just a few:

It’s loaded with alkaline nutrients!

Your body is required to be a certain pH in order to stay healthy. That pH is slightly alkaline. Unfortunately, the pH of most people is completely the opposite; most are very acidic. Disease thrives in an acidic body. Green juices are pure liquid alkaline nutrition that is absorbed almost instantly. Consistent consumption of green juices and a healthy alkaline diet will help to bring the body back in balance and create a body where disease cannot survive, but you can thrive!

It’s totally unprocessed!

Unlike most food today - and all juices - that sit on a shelf at your local supermarket or many health food stores, your fresh-made, organic green juice is not processed AT ALL. Whenever anything is cooked, pasteurized or heated above about 115ºF, nutrients and live enzymes are degraded, denatured, or destroyed, often times making the food/juice almost nutritionally devoid. In addition, most store-bought items have preservatives, artificial sweeteners and/or other chemical additives that take away from your health, instead of give to your well-being.

It’s absorbed immediately!

Green juices are liquid nutrition that your body drinks up almost immediately. Because the juicer does the “processing”- pulls the liquid nutrients from the fiber, your body doesn’t have to do the work. It can just enjoy the rich infusion of nutrients. This is excellent for those who are so sick and cannot process regular food efficiently, as well as for athletes pre- and post-workout, or for those who want an instant boost.

It contains loads of protein!Yes, protein!

It may surprise you to discover greens are one of your best sources of instantly absorbable, alkaline protein. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and green veggies are loaded with these muscle-building nutrients. How do you think cows get their amino acids, magnesium, calcium and other muscle and bone-building nutrients? FROM GREENS! They eat the green grass that contains all the phyto-nutrients we need to flourish. So, cut out the middle-man and go straight to the source– EAT YOUR GREENS!!

It’s full of live food enzymes!

Food enzymes help make the digestion of food possible. All of nature’s uncooked and unprocessed foods are full of enzymes. I like to think of them as the “electricity” in food that gives our food “life,” and when we eat this “living” food, this “life” or “electricity” is then given to us. But once you cook your food, they are gone. Enzymes are destroyed at temps over about 115ºF, so store-bought juice that has been pasteurized (a high-heat process) essentially has killed off all the live enzymes. Many call this “dead” juice. This is why it is best to make your juice fresh. xxyourself?xx Drink up!

It gives you energy!

I have never had a cup of coffee. I’ve just never liked the smell enough to taste it. Plus, I know it’s very acidic and one of the most heavily sprayed (pesticides, etc.) crops around. But, I don’t need coffee. My morning cup-o-green-juice feels like 10 times the amount of caffeine I would get in a cup-o-Joe. After a green juice, you can find me bouncing off the walls straight through until lunchtime. More energy is probably the #1 comment I hear from those who begin green juicing. Give it a try and see for yourself! n

Dr. Ginger is a green juicing fanatic and an instructor in the Hippocrates Wellnesss Program. Her book can be found in the Hippocrates stores, as well as on her website www.drginger.com.

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