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The Benefits of Juices and Smoothies

Juicing is hard, time-wise.  It takes planning and effort, but it’s like jet fuel for your cells.  I tell my patients, “You just have to make the commitment and do it.”  Green juices are an amazing, easy to absorb, nutrient-dense food, and do not require much processing.

If you’ve downloaded my Hormone Handbook (get it here), you know that the juicing technique used in my liver cleanse is like a medication to treat your liver.  I  recommend enjoying a glass of fresh pressed juice or a green smoothie once a day after day for energy filled days and restful nights.

If you buy packaged juices, the pasteurization process kills all the good nutrients, as well as harmful bacteria.  That process also kills the living energetic plant enzymes that do the very work you’re drinking juice for.  Check out the glycemic indexes of some of the over the counter, bottled or canned juices, and you’ll see they have so much sugar that you might as well eat a donut.  For example, an 8oz. serving of V8 juice has 8 grams of sugar per 8 oz. serving!

That’s why it’s so important to commit to do-it-yourself juicing.  However, some people who have severe time constrictions feel it’s worth the investment to find places that make fresh organic vegetable juices right in front of you.  In California and Seattle you can actually order these juices through Amazon Fresh to get it delivered to your door.

Regardless of whether you are choosing to make your own fresh juice, or ordering it from a local juicery, adding one fresh pressed green drink per day to your routine will provide you with essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Plus, you’re able to add more fresh veggies into your diet than if you were attempting to eat them within a salad.

Here are two recipes for you to get started:

Green Juice

1 cucumber
2 celery stalks
1 big handful of kale (about 6 kale leaves)
1/2 lemon
1 green apple
1/2 inch ginger
Clean, chop and place ingredients through a juicer. Enjoy!


Green Smoothie

2 handfuls of spinach
1/4 pineapple
1 avocado
2 TBS chia or hemp seeds
Ice and water to taste
Blend all ingredients and enjoy!


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