Juicing tips for leafy greens,
beetroot and dandylion
We're grateful to Richo Cech for these juicing tips.
Especially in relation to beetroot juice (the beet and the leaves), leafy greens and dandelion.
Richo tells us:
I think one of the challenges in eating/drinking your nutrients instead of taking concentrated vitamin supplements is that in order to ingest a sufficiency of, for instance, dark green leafy vegetables, in order to supply what your body is crying out for, one must eat very large portions!
This is where the juicer comes in handy.
A large volume of greens can be reduced into a single tempting glassful of concentrated fresh nutrition and taken with relative ease, without a whole lot of chewing!
Smoothies are also very helpful in this regard, as the blender/food processor does much of the work in making the contents of the fresh vegetable cells readily available to one's digestion.
One caution I might add is to be careful of beet greens.
Beets are a potent cholagogue, stimulating the gall bladder to inject bile into the liver. This is a great juicing tip to help break down excessive fats in the diet, but a little goes a long way, so just throw in four or five beet leaves - don't make a smoothie or juice from an entire bunch of beets (too much).
For those of us that limit the amount of fats in our diet, we don't need massive doses of beet greens, and an overdose will cause queasiness or, potentially, make you throw up. Not so nice.
Furthermore, although smoothies and juices are highly recommended, don't stop EATING dark green leafy vegetables - you get a lot more fiber when you eat steamed vegetables as opposed to juiced vegetables, and its the fiber that carries the toxins OUT of your system.
So eat your greens.
Dandylion - not just a weed!
Another way to make sure that toxins are flowing out of your system is to add Dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis) along with your other vegetables that are going into the juicer.
You can use the whole plant - leaves, stems, flowers, root. Or, just the leaves is fine.
Dandelion is a great diuretic and specifically helps you expel toxins by way of your pee.
But be a bit careful about where you pick your dandelions. They are one of the most heavily sprayed of all plants, and they won't help you rid your body of toxins if they've been SPRAYED with toxins.
So grow them or encourage them in your garden.
Certified organic dandelion seed is available at Horizon Herbs.
Richo Cech has written some highly rated books on growing and using medicinal herbs - see panel on the right
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