If we knew then, what we know now, Hunter’s first seven years of life has a different outcome. It is our heartfelt prayer that our extensive research will guide you to embrace essential lifestyle changes required to be prepared, informed and empowered for the betterment of not only your child, but your entire family as well.
Natural organic juicing is the biggest lifestyle change we, as a family, have incorporated on a daily basis since we embarked on Hunter’s healing journey over two years ago.
What is natural juicing?
Gary Tunsky, Cellular Disease Specialist, explained that the main purpose of juicing is to concentrate nutrients and make them rapidly and easily available to the body’s cells. Juices have an important cleansing effect in the intestines. The juices do your digestive tracts job and allow your organs to rest. We have learned that there is nothing more powerful than live organic vegetable juice to cleanse the body.
Genesis 1:29 (KJV)
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
The following is an article written by Dr. Mercola on the benefits of Natural Juicing:
If you ever feel like it’s difficult to eat enough veggies, making a small investment in a high-quality juicer is one of the best steps you can take for your health. Raw juice can be likened to a “living broth,” as it is teeming with micro nutrients that many people are lacking.
When you drink fresh-made green juice, it is almost like receiving an intravenous infusion of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes because they go straight into your system without having to be broken down.
Drinking your juice first thing in the morning can give you a natural energy boost without resorting to stimulants like coffee. Since the juice is already in an easily digestible form, it can help revitalize your energy levels within as little as 20 minutes… and this is only the beginning of its benefits.
3 Reasons Why Juicing Is a Phenomenal Health Habit
There are three main reasons why you will want to consider incorporating vegetable juicing into your optimal health program:
1. Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. This is important because most of us have impaired digestion as a result of making less-than-optimal food choices over many years. This limits your body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. Juicing will help to “pre-digest” them for you, so you will receive most of the nutrition, rather than having it go down the toilet.
2. Juicing allows you to consume a healthier amount of vegetables in an efficient manner. Virtually every health authority recommends that we get six to eight servings of vegetables and fruits per day and very few of us actually get that. Juicing is an easy way to virtually guarantee that you will reach your daily target for vegetables.
3. You can add a wider variety of vegetables in your diet. Many people eat the same vegetable salads or side dishes every day. This violates the principle of regular food rotation and increases your chance of developing an allergy to a certain food.
Plus, it limits the number of different phytochemicals in your diet, as each vegetable will offer unique benefits. With juicing, you can juice a wide variety of vegetables that you may not normally enjoy eating whole.
Additionally, juicing can help:
Promote weight loss. In one study, adults who drank at least eight ounces of vegetable juice as part of a diet lost four pounds over 12 weeks, while those who followed the same diet but did not drink the juice lost only one pound. The vegetable juice drinkers also significantly increased their intake of vitamin C and potassium, while decreasing their overall carbohydrate intake.
Boost your immune system by supercharging it with concentrated phytochemicals. Raw juice also contains biophotonic light energy, which can help revitalize your body.
Increase your energy. When your body has an abundance of the nutrients it needs, and your pH is optimally balanced, you feel energized. Since it can be utilized by your body immediately, those who juice report feeling the “kick” of energy almost instantly.
- Support your brain health. People who drank juices (fruit and vegetable) more than three times per week, compared to less than once a week, were 76 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Kame Project.1
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead: An Inspiring Visual Journey of Personal Healing
A number of fascinating and well-produced documentaries about health have emerged over the past few years, and this one is no exception. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, the award-winning film by Australian entrepreneur Joe Cross, offers an inspiring glimpse into the journey of self-healing with food.
Please click below to view documentary.
In our son’s case, it took A LOT of patience, and in time, he accepted the taste of natural juicing. Without hesitation, embracing this lifestyle change is the key to our family’s quest for optimal health.
Today, we as a family, incorporate a variety of green vegetables to our daily juicing regimen. With each passing day, we are learning the benefits of all sorts of organic herbs, sprouts, vegetable and fruits that we quite frankly never knew existed.
Trace minerals are the key to super nutritious fruits and vegetables!
The list of 120 fruits, veggies and herbs was obtained from the following site:
APPLES Fruit. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” The great benefits from juicing apples can be yours! Apples contain an impressive list of nutrients, like vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, calcium, riboflavin, pyridoxine and thiamin, plus they are rich in anti-oxidants.
Green apples are lower in sugar than red apples, plus they slow the digestion of carbohydrates like breads, potatoes and sugars, and help to stimulate the pancreas. But be careful about juicing seeds and all. Apple seeds contain cyanide, enough to potentially harm young children, so exercise caution in juicing the seeds of too many apples. Always buy organic apples, as they are the number one fruit for retaining pesticides.
ARTICHOKES Vegetable. A little bitter, but aids the liver in the detoxification process.
ARUGULA Bitter green. Sharp, peppery flavor, considered one of the most anti-cancer foods.
ASHWAGANDHA Herb. Some of the benefits from juicing the Ashwagandha root (also called Indian Ginseng): it contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-stress properties.
ASPARGUS Vegetable. Asparagus is good diuretic, and some consider it a super food because of its high nutritional content. It helps regulate blood sugar levels. In fact, there are many benefits from juicing asparagus. For one, it contains high levels of vitamin C, beta carotines and glutathione, which make it is a great cancer fighter. I add asparagus every time I juice. Though I prefer organic veggies, our organic asparagus got pretty expensive (like 1/3rd of our juicing budget), so we decided to just get regular asparagus, since it retains very few pesticides. For the highest nutrient levels, get the smallest stocks of asparagus available.
AVOCADO Fruit. Avacados are loaded with anti-oxidants and are nutrient dense. However, I especially like to add avacado to my vegetable juice because it is a wonderful source of protein and beneficial fats. During juice fasts, it is important to supplement your juice with fats and proteins, since fruit and vegetable juice generally has very little of these essential nutrients. Avocado contains very little water, so you can’t really juice it. However, you can run it through your juicer, catch the pulp, and then stir that into your juice. If you can’t afford to buy organic avocado, you will be glad to know that avocado tests very low for pesticides.
BANANAS Fruit. Bananas just don’t contain much water so you can’t really juice them. However you can run themthrough the juicer and catch the pulp, then add the pulp to your juice. It is commonly known that bananas contain a large amount of potassium. They are also high in magnesium and vitamin B6. Bananas can be frozen and then run through the juicer for a delicious sorbit. I also like to add in a few frozen strawberries and blueberries!
BASIL Herb, Mint. What are the benefits from juicing Basil? Basil sprigs contain exceptionally high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin A, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zea-xanthin. Basil oil is an antioxidant, is antiviral and antimicrobial, thus making it potentially helpful in treating cancer. It is said to help enhance blood circulation in the brain, which may help one to think more clearly. Some claim it can help to treat Attention deficit disorder and ADHD. Therefore the benefits from juicing basil make it worthwhile to include a little every time you juice.
BEANS Vegetable. Provides energy while helping to stabilize blood sugar. A great source of protein.
BEET ROOTS Vegetable. It’s high in sugar, and adds sweetness to juice (though not so good for diabetics). Roots, stems and leaves may all be juiced. Can help to cleanse and support the liver. Again, this is one of those items that I purchase every week for juicing. The first day or 2 I juice the beet tops, then juice a beet root a day. Beets are very strongly pigmented (good for you), but be careful, the juice can stain anything they touch.
Beetroot juice may lower blood pressure. In a study at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London participants who drank 20 oz. of beetroot juice showed significant reduction in blood pressure within 2 1/2 hours. They linked this affect to the nitrate found in the beetroot, which reacted with bacteria in the mouth and resulted in blood vessels dilating.
BEET TOPS Dark green, Bitter green. Tangy, with a hint of mustard flavor. Helps to detoxify the liver. Beet tops are one of the dark greens, so they are a good source of wonderful chlorophyll.
BELL PEPPER Vegetable. The benefits from juicing bell peppers is that they are a good source of vitamin C, thiamine, vitamin B6, beta carotene, and folic acid. They also contain a good amount of phytochemicals with exceptional antioxidant value. My wife and I like to add a slice to spice up the flavor of our juice.
BLACK RADISH Vegetable. It’s bioflavonoids help with heavy metal detoxification. Rich in vitamin C, the B vitamins, and sulfur. It has a strong bitter flavor and can cause bloating.
BLACKBERRIES Fruit. This fruit is loaded with the antioxidant anthocyanins, which is great for decreasing inflammation. It is also a good source of the vitamin folate, and contain Omega 3 fatty acids. If frozen, thaw before juicing.
BLUEBERRIES Fruit. There are many benefits from juicing blueberries. They are high in phytochemicals, which is a useful tool in getting rid of belly fat. Though they are sweet, blueberries are still helpful in preventing type 2 diabetes, and if you already have diabetes they can help to improve insulin sensitivity. It is best to purchase only organic blueberries, as they do tend to retain pesticides.
BOK CHOY Vegetable. Of the cabbage family, bok choy has a mild flavor and is a bit sweet. The benefits from juicing Bok choy is that it has powerful antioxidants, is high in vitamin-A, vitamin-C, beta-carotene, calcium and dietary fiber, and contains potassium and vitamin-B6.
BORAGE Herb. Thought to have the power to help the memory and ward off melancholy. The leaves add a cucumber flavor.
BROCCOLI Vegetable. More vitamin C than an orange, has antioxidant beta-carotene, promotes healthy vision, anti-inflammatory, and has detox support nutrients. Great for diabetes.
BRUSSELS SPROUTS Vegetable. Green beans and brussels sprouts are the only two vegetables that contain natural insulin. A mixture of two ounces of juice from each of these vegetables is considered one of the best juicing recipes for diabetics.
BUGLEWEED Mint. Bugleweed is highly recommended for anxiety disorders, nervousness, and for helping people with insomnia.
BURDOCK Herb, Wild green. One of the best plants for cleansing, and a wonderful digestive herb. Burdock resembles belladonna, which can be deadly if injested, so be very careful when picking burdock to get the right plant.
The top picture is of Burdock, which can be juiced. The picture below it is of poisonous belladonna. If you aren’t sure, please don’t take a chance.
BURNET Herb. Are there benefits from juicing Burnet? Yes, it is supposed to be good for colon health, and is recommended to help to reduce hemorrhoids and varicose veins. Also known as Pimpernel, this hardy perennial does well with low light and will still be putting on leaves when most plants have died of frost. Juice the young leaves for a cucumber flavor.
Cabbage Vegetable. One of the benefits of juicing vegetables is found in cabbage. Though a strong flavor, Cabbage is rich in yttrium and selenium, and great for colon health, since it coats the digestive system and helps to protect it. Cabbage might also be helpful for healing stomach ulcers.
Cantaloupe Fruit. I grow these in my garden. I always try to add a little fruit to my juice, and cantaloupe is a good choice of fruit for juicing. You can cut in half, clean out the seeds, then scoop out the flesh and put through the juicer. Or if your juicer can handle it, you may juice rind, seeds and all.
Carrots Vegetable. Help to stimulate and improve overall liver function. May help reduce insulin resistance. Carrots are also a great source of potassium and selenium. Talk about benefits of juicing vegetables! Cut off tops and ends before juicing.
Carrot greens Dark Green. Carrot greens are rich in vitamins, especially vitamin K, and phytonutrients, and may be juiced. They are rich in potassium, which gives them a bitter flavor, so be cautious of adding too many to your juice. Some people can have an allergic reaction to carrot greens, so once again, exercise caution.
Catnip Mint. While it seems to drive cats crazy, catnip can serve as a sleep aid for humans, as it has a mild tranquilizing or sedative effect.
Cauliflower Vegetable. Since the florets don’t contain much juice, we juice the base (cut off the brown bottom) and use the florets in salads or stir fry. The green leaves are also juicable and nutritious. They have a strong cabbage flavor.
Celery Vegetable. Stem and leaves may be juiced. Leaves add a little bitter flavor. Helps to cleanse the digestive system of uric acid.
Chard Dark Green. An excellent source of vitamins C, E, and K, carotenes, chlorophyll, and fiber, plus magnesium, iron, manganese, and especially high in potassium and selenium.
Cherries Fruit. Cherries are known to help reduce uric acid, and can help prevent the inflammation caused by gout. Juicing parsley (a good diuretic) along with cherries will help to flush the uric acid from the body.
Chervil Herb. A close relative of parsley. Sow seeds generously, as germination is poor, and takes about 2 weeks, though it is a fast growing plant. It has a mild licorice like flavor comparable to Anise.
Chicory Herb. Has a strong bitter flavor, so is best to add items like carrots or celery to tame down the taste. Both the leaves and root may be juiced. Helps with cleansing of the liver.
Chinese bitter melon Fruit. This fruit ranks high for benefits of juicing vegetables, since it is widely acclaimed to help in lowering blood sugar levels.
Chives Herb. A delicately flavored member of the onion family. Seeds do not remain viable for long, so best purchased as a starter plant. Snip the leaves before it has a chance to develop flowers. Stems and leaves may be juiced.
Cilantro Dark Green, Spice. When looking for benefits of juicing vegetables, don’t forget cilantro. It is rich in antioxidants and essential volatile oils, and is also rich in vitamins and minerals. Cilantro, together with Chlorella, are the two key plants for helping to flush mercury from the body. It’s leaves and stems may be juiced, and have a strong, pungent flavor that many find appealing.
Collard greens Dark Green. It is rich in chlorophyll and highly nutritious, collards are said to offer protection against hemorrhoids, constipation as well as colon cancer diseases.
Coconut milk Fruit. Start with a ripe coconut. Open it, save the coconut water, pry out the coconut meat, combine the meat and coconut water in a blender, then put it through the juicer. A large coconut can yield up to a pint of ultra healthy coconut milk. This can be added to your vegetable juice as a source of protein.
Cordyceps Herb. A small mushroom that resembles grass, cordyceps are great for the lungs, and beneficial to those with a weak respirator system. It enhances energy so that physical labor is easier. They are known for their anti-aging properties. Use cordyceps to maximize your benefits of juicing vegetables.
Corn Vegetable. Corn may be juiced, and contains many nutrients, but has high sugar levels, so it can easily spike blood sugar levels. It is best to purchase organic corn or juice corn from your garden, as most corn that is grown is genetically modified.
Cranberry Fruit. Boosts metabolism and helps to dissolve fat, plus are a good diuretic. Anti-inflammatory that is helpful for those battling with diabetes.
Cress Bitter Green. Watercress has a hot, sharp and biting flavor. It is highly nutritious, and an excellent source of vitamins B6 and C, plus carotenes and manganese.
Cucumber Vegetable. Cucumber is a wonderful natural diuretic, and helps with urination. It is helpful for kidney, pancreatic, liver and bladder disease. It contains the enzyme erepsin, which helps in the digestion of protein. Cucumber juice, together with carrot, lettuce and spinach juice, helps with hair growth, and cucumber and carrot juice are said to help alleviate the inflammation, swelling, and pain in joints and muscles caused by excessive uric acid. Cucumber juice is valuable against diseases of the teeth and gums, and it’s high mineral content helps in preventing splitting of fingernails and toenails.
Dandelion Greens Dark Green, Wild Green, Herb. Dandelion is bitter. It helps with general detox, especially with cleansing the liver. Helps with digestion. One of the benefits of juicing vegetable found in dandelions is the chlorophyll. And we thought dandelion was a weed?
Dill Herb. It’s leaves may be used in juice, but use sparingly, as a bit of dill taste will go a long way. It is a good source of calcium, manganese and iron. Dill contains flavonoids, known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties.
Endive Bitter Green. Bitter flavor. Helpful for weight loss and as a light laxative. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, and contains essential amino acids, fats, and starch.
Eggplant Vegetable. In the same family as tomatoes, potatoes and sweet peppers, one of eggplant’s main health benefits is its ability to lower bad cholesterol. It is linked to improved brain activity, and contains the powerful antioxidant nasunin.
Escarole Dark Green. Also known as Endive. Has a bitter flavor. Helpful for weight loss and as a light laxative. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, and contains essential amino acids, fats, and starch.
Fennel Herb. Fennel is one of the principal healing herbs great for healthy juicing, widely believed to benefit the eyes, plus it can help to suppress the appetite. Lightly sweet, this herb tastes a bit like black licorice.
Fennel juice has traditionally served as a tonic to help the brain release endorphins into the bloodstream. Endorphins are peptides which help to reduce fear and anxiety while causing a feeling of euphoria. For a single glass of juice, juice 2 or 3 stalks, with leaves and flowers.
French green beans Vegetable. Juicing 6 a day is especially helpful for the eyesight of diabetics, plus they help in preventing sugar levels from rising right after a meal. They are rich in iron, and help to energize the body. They have anti-inflammatory nutrients like beta-carotene.
Frisee Bitter Green. Milder, slightly bitter flavor. Also known as curly endive, frisee’s yellowish-green frilly leaves can be used in healthy juicing, or used in salads. It helps to reduce high glucose, and so is beneficial to diabetes patients. It is rich in vitamin A and beta-carotenes, which convert to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is beneficial for healthy skin and good eyesight.
Garlic Herb. A known appetite suppressant. It also increases the brain’s sensitivity to leptin, a hormone that controls appetite. Studies show that one of the compounds in garlic has a natural antibiotic-like effect. It is antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, and antiviral, but it must be consumed raw to have this effect.
Ginseng Herb. Can help to boost energy, improve concentration and increase immune function. Siberian ginseng is especially good to combat stress. Both Siberian and American ginseng can give an energy boost when added to vegetable juice. Both berries and the root may be juiced.
Ginger Root Herb. Helps to boost metabolism, and is the best plant source of zinc, which gives a big boost to your immune system. Good for heart and detoxing the liver.
Goji Fruit. Known as a super food. It contains an anti-aging antioxidant, and stimulates T cells, resulting in a reduction in fatigue and increase in the effectiveness of the immune system.
It can help regulate blood pressure and blood sugar during the early stages of diabetes. Helps to minimize cancer growth by controlling the peroxidation of lipids. Has a positive effect on vision and can help to regulate weight. Is said to help with digestion and memory function. If you can find Goji fruit, it would be a wonderful addition to your healthy juicing.
Grapefruit Fruit. Peal the fruit, leaving as much of the white pith as possible, since it is rich in bioflavonoids. It is probably best not to put the seeds through your juicer, as it may hurt it. Red grapefruit has antioxidants to help lower high blood sugar levels.
Grapes Fruit. A good source of manganese, vitamins C and B6, riboflavin and potassium. These days grapes are receiving much attention for their resveratrol, which is an anti-aging antioxidant. Many people now take resveratrol as a supplement, but you can get a healthy portion by adding grapes to your vegetable juice.
Green beans Vegetable. Green beans, like other legumes, are high in protein which can help regulate blood sugar levels. They are low in calories, yet help to give you that full filling. They are rich in manganese, vitamins C and B6, riboflavin and potassium, making them healthy for the heart.
Green pepper Vegetable. We include a slice of this every time we juice, for a nice addition to the flavor. They are said to help with liver disease, constipation, arthritis and high blood pressure, making them a good addition for healthy juicing.
Horseradish Herb. Can help with digestive disorders. It contains a significant amount of cancer-fighting glucosinolates. These help to remove carcinogens from the liver and may also suppress the growth of tumors. It also helps to facilitate weight loss. The root and leaf may be juiced.
Jalapeno pepper Spice. When added to the items you juice, can help to increase the metabolism, plus they are anti-inflammatory. Capsaicin is the main chemical that makes jalapeno peppers hot. Capsaicin inhibits Substance P in the brain, which serves to transmit pain. Less Substance P, less migraine and sinus headaches!
Jerusalem Artichoke Vegetable. This tuber is similar to water chestnuts in taste. It can be combined with carrot juice and beet juice to help lessen cravings for sweets and junk food.
Jicama Vegetable. A sweet, starchy root of a bean plant which looks like a turnip. When this root is juiced, it provides an excellent source of oligofructose inulin, a sweet fiber with zero calories that is not metabolized by the body, making it an ideal healthy juicing sweetener for diabetics and dieters.
Kale Dark Green, Bitter Green. Tastes a bit like broccoli, with a slightly peppery, bitter flavor. It is a good source of dietary fiber, and rich in carotenoid antioxidants, plus 47 flavonoids antioxidants, which are key in fighting the formation of cancer cells. It fights inflammation, and helps the body to detox. It has a huge amount of chlorophyll, another cancer fighter.
Kiwi Fruit. Great for asthma sufferers, it can help to lessen trouble with wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing during the night. Kiwis have phytonutrients, which act as an antioxidant and help to repair DNA. Contain folic acid, vitamins C and E, plus numerous beneficial minerals.
Kohlrabi Dark Green, Vegetable. In the same family as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower , kale, collard greens and brussels sprouts. Both fruit and leaves can be juiced. The leaves can help to cleanse the liver.
Lamb’s quarters Wild Green. These leaves are tasty in salads, and this juicing guide shows they are a great source of chlorophyll. Lamb’s quarters are rich in calcium, vitamins A and B, especially riboflavin and folic acid.
Lavender Herb, Mint. Lavender smells great to us, but deer, rabbits and other wildlife don’t like the fragrance. It is also a good bug repellant, which can help to keep away mosquitoes and gnats while working in your garden. Our juicing guide shows that lavender leaves add a special touch when juiced together with citrus fruits, mint, rosemary, sage, berries, and other fruit.