Saturday, December 3, 2011

Juicing: A Creative Way To Get Your Nutrients

Saturday, December 3, 2011
Juicing: A creative way to get your nutrients
by guest writer Allison Brooks

Many people today don’t understand how food really works with our bodies (or at least I didn’t). Most know that there are healthy foods, processed foods, fuel foods, and then those fast-foods, but not everyone knows how those foods work with our body. It wasn’t until the documentary, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, came out that I learned what phytochemicals, lycopene, and other foreign words were. But after some research I learned how these natural chemicals interact with our body to promote healthy function, and that all my “natural” foods weren’t so natural anymore.

Many of these natural mixes and chemistry-knowledge have led many naturopathic and homeopathic practitioners to produce immune booster to help the body during its weakest times. These range from common cold remedies, to post-workout relief, and to more serious issues like cancer. This does not mean that these juices cure cancer, but instead aid the body and keep it strong during very intense conventional treatments. Many doctors see that benefits from these natural juices and have recommended patients with a cancer prognosis, to practice juicing with specific recipes or take classes to learn the helpful components of each ingredient. This is not only a healthy addition for patients, but it also gives them a sense of control when life might seem out of their reach.

So today, I have listed a couple of yummy recipes to spur any cleanse, detox, immune boost, or just healthy treat. Best part the prep time is just a matter of seconds. Hope you enjoy!!

Day After Thanksgiving Treat:

This juice is a healthy way to use some of those turkey-day leftovers.


1 cup cranberries
1 orange, peel removed
1 apple
1 cup butternut squash, cubed
4-6 leaves collard greens (about 1 cup, packed) Directions:

* Wash produce well
* Juice
* Pour over ice
* Sprinkle cinnamon on top of juice


Hawaiian Getaway

This juice has actually been studied, and used in cancer hospitals to give patients a healthy boost and delicious treat. It is rich in antioxidants and great for digestion, and its a little taste of paradise.


¼ Pineapple
1 cup blueberries
1 piece for fresh ginger (roughly ½ inch)


* Wash ingredients
* Core and Peel Pineapple
* Juice
* Pour over or blend ice
* Sprinkle coconut on top for an added island feel.

More daily juice ideas can be found at the Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead website.