I believe America is the “land of extremes”. As far as health and nutrition, here you can find the worst, mutilated lab made food one can possibly think of, as you will find a big variety of very nutritious, healthy food that was grown in perfect and sustainable conditions, with lots of care.
Going from one extreme to another, here we also find an actual trend where people who indulged in junk food, toxic meats that came from factory animals, and over-medication, desperately feel the need to “detox”, to do something for their health, and so load on veggie-fruit juices every day. Around gyms you can see now people lining up at cafes for a “green smoothie” after workout, just to continue with another one when they get home, instead of dinner.
I often have clients that hit the “GAS” pedal of juice-making to the ground and are very surprised when I tell them to stop…And yes, “gas” has something to do with it, but there is much more than that! Here are the main issues:
1. One Juice Doesn’t Fit All
As proved by the Metabolic Typing® concept, concentrated fruits and vegetables in the form of juice, are not well-tolerated by protein types due to the high potassium content. On the other hand, in carbohydrate metabolic types, juicing can be beneficial, especially when used along a correct diet, which nourishes the metabolism. This is why many serious diseases like cancer were successfully treated with intense juicing in certain metabolisms, while they dramatically failed in others.
But then, as taught by the Metabolic Typing® methodology, we know that finding the right juice for the right body doesn’t stop here! We also have mixed types, who need to eat a variety of foods in a certain combination, in order to get maximum efficiency and thrive! Yes, just throwing fruits and veggies in a blender or juicer, can completely disturb and confuse the cells of such metabolisms!
The effects of nutrition are both absolute and cumulative. This way, potassium will definitely stimulate certain metabolisms and increases their oxidation rate, regardless of how one feels or reacts when consumption is begun. And over time, the cumulative impact would grow stronger … and stronger. What initially might be experienced as “no impact”, in time could yield increased appetite, sweet cravings, blood sugar fluctuation, lethargy, hyperactivity, anxiety, nervousness, energy loss, depression, aching joints, etc. – and never be connected to the use of the juice since symptoms wouldn’t necessarily manifest until weeks later.
On top of that, a large number of people have very poor digestion these days. Although theoretically nutritious and high in enzyme content, raw juices and veggies can further irritate the gastrointestinal system and sometimes generate more damage than good. If symptoms like flatulence, bloating, burping occur, you might have an idea of how the juice affects your digestion.
2. Thyroid Problems? It Might Be Your Juice!
There are more than 13 millions people that suffer from low thyroid function (hypothyroidism) in America and this number is growing, due to improper diet, stress, and incorrect treatment that fails to address and determine the real cause behind it.
Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, mustard greens, spinach, radishes, turnips, arugula, bok choy, collard greens, rutabaga, watercress, even pears and peaches all contain substances called goitrogens, which suppress thyroid function. Soy contains goitrogens as well.
Cooking crucifers reduces the goitrogenic substances by about 2/3. Fermentation does not reduce goitrogens, so fermented crucifers such as sauerkraut should be eaten in moderation.
Many of these vegetables are commonly included in fresh veggie juice blends or in salads. Moderation here is key, especially when you know you might suffer from hormonal imbalances (which mostly affect thyroid function as well) and you know your metabolism can’t thrive on such concentrated juices.
3. Oxalic Acid And Mineral Absorption
Oxalic acid occurs naturally in quite a large number of plants and can combine with calcium and iron, forming less soluble salts known as oxalates. As a result, foods high in oxalic acid, by lowering calcium in the body, can worsen the imbalance of protein types, who are already low on calcium.
High oxalic acid foods are chocolate, cocoa, coffee, spinach, Swiss chard, most berries (especially strawberries and cranberries), beet greens, bell peppers, currants, endive, grapes, parsley, plums, mustard greens, rhubarb, summer squash, sweet potatoes, and tea.
So eating raw spinach regularly and worse, when used daily in juicing, can interfere with mineral absorption and irritate the intestines. The good news is that by light cooking or steaming you can reduce the oxalic acid and still benefit from the nutrients that these foods offer.
4. Is Juicing Right For You?
With all these being said, one wonders if it’s better to totally ditch juicing after all? Of course not! There are many situations where we have to choose wisely our foods, supplements and health advisers, if we want to reverse illness and metabolic imbalances. The matter of “juicing” is such a “situation” as well. And to find the answer which is right for you and your metabolism only, I suggest to find out your metabolic type® and discover if your existent mineral and hormonal imbalances can be worsened by juicing or not.
5. Different Juicing Recipes For Different Metabolisms
To further prove that there IS hope for avid juicers, also consider this: once you know your metabolic type, you will also be able to purchase a cookbook, which is especially designed for your unique metabolism, with delicious recipes which won’t leave you hungry, but feed your cells instead with what they really need. These cookbooks have been developed by one of my mentors and gourmet chef, Nancy Dale, CN and can be a great help when trying to adjust to a new way of eating.
To give you an idea of how differently should juices be customized for different functioning metabolisms, I’m writing below two of Nancy Dale’s recipes for juicing, one for a carb type and one for a protein type. You will notice there ingredients like “raw spinach and cabbage”, but keep in mind: moderation and customization!
Nancy’s Juice for Carbohydrate Types
|Green Power-Make sure you use only organic vegetables. Rinse and cut in small enough pieces to place in juicer.||1-2 C. arugula leaves,1 cucumber,1 zucchini,1 carrot,½ lemon|
|2||Ginger Blaster– Use only organic vegetables and fruits. Rinse and cut in small pieces to fit in juicer.||1-2 inches ginger root, peeled, 1-2 C. kale leaves,1 C. cabbage leaves, 1 cucumber, 1 apple, cored andquartered, ½ lemon|
|3||Pink Lady– Use only organic vegetables and fruits. Cut into small enough pieces to fit in juicer.||1-2 C. loose leaf lettuce, 1 cucumber, ½ C. parsley,½ beet, ½ lemon|
|4||Puerto Rican Cabbage Drink– Use only organic vegetables. Rinse and cut into small enough pieces to fit into juicer.||2 C. cabbage leaves, ½ C. carrots, 2 T. onion,2 T. cilantro, ¼ lime, ½ T. Bragg’s Amino Acid (soy sauce)|
Tip: Triple recipes and juice once for all three meals and store in a glass container for the other meals. Drink first before eating for best results, or may drink in between as a pick-me-up.
Nancy’s Juice for Protein Types
|Sweet BeginningsWash ingredients. Use organic when possible. Juice add cream, stir and serve.||2 carrots, ½ apple, ¼ medium beet, 1 celery stalk,½ C. raw cream or coconut milk|
|2||Fall V-8 Wash ingredients. Use organic when possible. Juice, add cream stir and serve.||1 parsnip, 1 C. Jerusalem artichokes, 1 C. kale leaves,2 stalks celery, 1 C. spinach, ½ C. raw cream orcoconut milk|
|3||Sweetheart-Wash ingredients. Use organic when possible. Juice add cream, stir and serve.||3 carrots, 1 apple, ½ small beet, ½ C. raw cream orcoconut milk|
|4||Greenie-Wash ingredients. Use organic when possible. Juice, add cream, stir and serve.||¼ C. cabbage, 2 stalks celery, 1 C. fennel, ¼ C. raw creamor coconut milk|
|5||Pink Lady-Wash ingredients.Use organic when possible. Juice, add cream, stir and serve.||1 red apple, 3 celery stalks, ½ medium cucumber,5 lettuce leaves (bibb), ½ C. raw cream orcoconut milk|
Tip: May add a raw egg to any of these for added protein or make sure you eat your primary protein before drinking any of these juices.
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