The benefits of juicing fresh vegetables (and only 1 piece of fruit per glass — too much sugar even from fruit will imbalance your hormones and negatively impact your health and fertility!) are known to many; however there are still many interesting facts about exactly why they make us feel so good. They are higher in essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and they just taste better!
Check out these facts:
- The minerals and nutrients contained in juice can help with removal of toxic waste and enhance the immune system.
- Minerals such as calcium, copper, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, boron, zinc, iron and selenium help with the elimination of toxins, all found in high amounts in fresh organic vegetables.
- Organic sulphur compounds help to destroy poisonous chemicals and cleanse the bloodstream and liver.
- Polyphenols (the plant molecules which give fruits and vegetables their colour) including the carotonoids and flavonoids serve as potent antioxidants.
- Vitamin C and E help with reducing oxidative stress.
An obvious and important benefit of home made fresh juice is that there is no added sugar. This already puts fresh juicing ahead of the game. The reason that added sugar is so detrimental to your health is that it is heavily refined and absorbed instantly into your blood stream. Refined sugar plays havoc with our blood sugar hormones, and very quickly starts to affect your moods, and energy levels.
By controlling what you put into your juice you know how fresh it is. When you use organic vegetables and fruits you can be assured there are absolutely no pesticides, preservatives, artificial colours, heavy metals, or moulds. This allows you to get the purest product for your body.
There are many juicers available today and the quality varies enormously. There are two main classes of juicers: centrifugal or masticating. The first are the loud, cheaper versions, that spin very fast—these types damage nutrients and don’t extract the best out of the vegetables. The second type of juicer, as the name suggests, ‘chews’ the vegetables (or slowly crushes them) liberating all the goodness into your glass.
What to look for in quality juicers:
- Low RPM rating — about 110RPM is ideal
- A powerful motor;
- Quiet operation
- A range of juicing abilities (i.e. juicing vegetables and herbs etc)
- Easy to operate
- Easy to clean
Ideally when you make your own juices you want to include higher quantities of veggies and only 1 piece of fruit per glass/person. Fruits without their fibre become ‘simple sugars’ and impact severely on blood sugar levels (as mentioned earlier). Even if the fruit is low in the glycaemic index, when juiced, the carbohydrates become incredibly concentrated (think of how many oranges you have to juice to get one glass of orange juice!).
Now let’s get some healthy combinations happening. Remember the more brightly coloured the better!
Start with easily digestible juices such as celery, fennel (anise) and cucumber. Although these are not as nutritionally dense as other vegetables, they can be a good starting platform to acclimatise your taste buds and you can build on them later.
Your dark green leafy vegetables are full of wonderful phyto-nutrients, which enable and improve digestion and liver function. Once you start feeling at ease with the idea of adding new vegetables you can start introducing these: Endive, escarole, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce and spinach. Then, try: Cabbage, chinese cabbage and bok choy. Cabbage is one of the most healing remedies for repairing gastric ulcers. The cabagge family is great to help to balance hormones and it is particularly helpful in oestrogen dominant conditions. Women with thyroid dysfunction should avoid it due to its potentially goitrogenic effects.
When you are ready you can start adding herbs and spices to your mix as well. They have wonderful healing properties too! Try parsley, coriander, ginger, turmeric root, garlic (great for the cardiovascular and immune systems)
Bitter vegetables are great for further improving digestion and liver function, which in turn help with hormonal balance and general health. Include one of two bitter vegetable leaves: Kale, collard greens, dandelion greens, mustard greens (however these vegetables should be used only if you don’t have any suspicion of having thyroid problems or low body basal temperature in your fertility charts) — anything extra bitter.
Be aware when buying your leafy vegetables for juicing, that you buy from shops that sell the leaves still attached to the main stalk. Vegetables quickly lose their nutritional value when processed.
Create Balanced Meal
To do this you will need to add in a raw fat and protein source and by doing so it will mean you can have your juice as a meal.
Recommended sources of good fat, which aid in improving fertility include: raw organic sheep’s or goat’s cream/yogurt, fresh raw biodynamic eggs, coconut butter, freshly ground flax seeds or pumpkin seeds (use a coffee grinder).
Another reason why adding oil (fat) to your vegetable juice may be helpful is that fat can help you better absorb the vitamin K (and other fat soluble vitamins A,D,E) from your vegetable juice. Vitamin K is very important for gluing the calcium into your bones, which is particularly important during pregnancy. Additionally, new research suggests that vitamin K significantly reduces calcification in the arteries.
Give juicing a try! It’s delicious and super nutritious for your fertility! Enjoy!