Juicing makes the body more alkaline and less acidic — why is this important? Because disease cannot survive in an alkaline body… and weight loss can’t happen when you’re acidic!

To lose weight and keep it off, just like reversing disease, you need to flood the body with alkaline foods (juicing is the best way) and limit the acidic foods.

Incidentally, the best juices for weight loss are made from carrots, celery, spinach, beets, parsley, and a little ginger.[1]

Now if you’re juicing a quart of vegetable juice or more every day, it can cost a fair amount of money, especially if you’re trying to do everything organic – not as expensive as chemotherapy or having a stent put in your heart, but expensive nonetheless.

But here’s my little money-saving secret: Most chemicals used on conventional produce are hydrophobic. That means they stick to the pulp of the fruits and vegetables, not the juice.

So, don’t be afraid to juice conventional produce; you’re getting a lot less exposure to these chemicals that you might think. However, it’s still a good idea to wash everything first.

So what do you juice?

First of all, it should be obvious that you can’t just go out to the grocery store and buy juice off the shelf. Even expensive, organic vegetable juices in the refrigerated section of your grocery store won’t help you heal the way living food can.

Why?

Because if it’s on the shelf, the law says it has to be pasteurized – that means heated to a high temperature, which means all of the raw food living enzymes are dead.

And don’t let the term “flash pasteurized” fool you. The food has still been heated. It’s still a dead food.

Now, pasteurized products are not all bad; they may have a fair bit of nutrition left in them, but it’s not what is found in nature. In fact, it has been “denatured” and no longer contains the living, enzymatic action your body needs to halt and reverse disease.

Juicing fruit is not the answer, either. Now, raw fruit has living enzymes, but it’s best consumed as a whole food, not having its fiber removed in the juicing process.

Here’s why…

Part of the function of fiber in a whole piece of fruit is to regulate the release of the fruit’s sugar in the bloodstream. But when you juice a piece of fruit, you separate the fiber from the juice, which concentrates all of the sugar from that whole piece of fruit into a small amount of juice.

Without the fiber to regulate it, the sugar is released into your body too quickly, and that’s not conducive to healing.

Vegetables, on the other hand, are the best thing to juice to get maximum nutrients into your body with the least amount of digestive effort; which, as you remember, promotes healing.

Vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables, have a lot of vitamin and mineral content and not nearly the sugar of fruit. This is why raw, living vegetable juices are your most powerful form of healing.

So… remember this rule of thumb: eat your fruits, juice your veggies.

[1] Conscious Health by Ron Garner

 

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