Juicetrition: Juicing for the Health of It

by Sean Herbert

So, you’ve seen all the late night infomercials and listened to your friends as they bragged about how great they feel, how much weight they’ve lost, and how they are looking younger by the day… so now you want to get juiced! Your first instinct is to immediately dust off your old Margarita blender and throw in a couple of apples, strawberries and bananas and crank out a nice fruit cocktail, but you forgot the rum! Wait, aren’t you doing this to improve your health? Maybe it’s time to do a little research.


 What is the best juicer for health? “Chew your food!” Your mom was right! Your teeth and the act of chewing are the best juicer for health. The act of chewing or masticating your food combined with the pre-digestion that takes place in your mouth creates the perfect digestible solution for your body to absorb fuel. So what kind of juicer should you have?

I suggest a masticating juicer. A single auger is best to get started. Models like the Omega 8000 series are a great way to start. The main reason I suggest these juicers is they are easy to use and clean. If they are easy to use and clean, you will juice more. More juice=more life!

For beginners who want to test the hobby of juicing, I suggest the Manual Lexen Healthy Juicer. This is an inexpensive way to buy a juicer and see if juicing is for you. The only drawback is you have to do the work! A few months later, if you think juicing is your passion, you can explore the higher end juicers like the Angel or Norwalk.

 What should I juice? A wise man once broke down nutrition into its simplest form by asking, “Where does life come from?” (The Sun) “Where does the Sun store its energy on Earth?” The answer is, in something green and leafy…so eat the plants. According to many recent medical studies, lack of oxygen to the cells may be the leading cause, if not the only cause, of disease. What takes in carbon dioxide and produces oxygen? Plants. Chlorophyll, or blood of the plant, is one atom of magnesium different than hemoglobin in human blood. Hemoglobin is responsible for delivering and feeding oxygen to the cells. The largest and strongest animals get their protein from plants to feed their strong bones and muscles. So what should we juice? Something green and leafy!

Now let’s dig in the garden of knowledge a little deeper. What green and leafy plants have the most stored energy from the Sun and provide the cells with the most oxygen? The answer is sprouts… the most nutritious food on the planet!

But I don’t have time to juice! May I suggest wheatgrass—the largest source of oxygen-giving chlorophyll in the plant kingdom. The best bang for your time and money. Simply juice 2 ounces of wheatgrass, drink from your formerly rum-stained shot glass and enjoy the comparable benefits of eating 5 pounds of organic vegetables in one shot! You can’t make it any simpler than that! Wheatgrass is a natural detoxifier and blood cleanser. It oxygenates and purifies your blood, boosting your immune system and allowing the body to heal and recover faster. A week of juicing wheatgrass and your friends will be jealous of you!

But don’t stop there… broccoli sprouts contain cancer fighting sulforaphanes; sunflower sprouts activate every cell in the immune system, building muscle, bone and the neurological system; pea sprouts are a complete protein, and have been attributed to eliminating plaque on arterial walls. The benefits of juicing are endless!

Got Sprouts? carries juicers, sprouts, recipes and other healthful supplies. Sean Herbert, Juicetritionist, is the owner of Got Sprouts?, located at 1880 West 10th Street, Riviera Beach, 561-689-9464, GotSprouts.com. See ad page 21.

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