Yes – that’s right! Not all green juices are good for you – it really depends on how you’ve been living your life the last few months & years. The higher the voltage in a green juice the more intestinal issues it can give you if you are not ready. So what do I mean by voltage? Well, the darker the green (e.g. kale, chard, wheat grass), the more powerful it is in your body and your body may NOT be ready for it. Your body may be unable to keep up with how many toxins these greens are magnetizing out of your cells causing you to feel bloated, gassy, or have intestinal pain.
How do you know you’re ready for green juice and which type? Well here are if you things to consider, if you:
- never eat any greens
- eat a lot of processed foods (food that comes in a box, can, or some other package – in other words, it has more than one ingredient).
- drink a lot of sodas (any amount but on a daily basis)
- are dissatisfied with your life
- have a lot of stress
- get less than 6 hours of sleep on a daily basis
- never exercise
If that is you – then I can tell you that you need to start really SLOW! This means start by introducing ‘lightly cooked’, easy to digest greens such as spinach, asparagus, or zucchini before you begin juicing. Once you’re used to eating these vegetables, you are ready to advance to a ‘light’ green juice. An example of a light, easy to digest green juice would be a juice containing romaine lettuce, spinach, celery, cucumbers, and maybe add a lemon and an apple to take the ‘green’ taste out. Once you’ve been juicing these easy to digest greens and avoiding processed foods, cutting back on acidic food like refined sugar, soda, alcohol, etc – you are ready to advance to the darker, intense level.
The darker, higher voltage greens include your herbs (cilantro, basil, and parsley), kale, chard, dandelions, watercress, bok choy and so on. Always add at least one lemon and a cucumber or two to your juices to take the intense green taste out and to add more water content in your juices. You can also spice up your juices by adding some ginger or turmeric root. Finally, you can dilute your juices with some raw organic coconut water (just pour it right in your juicer at the end – it also helps to clean the blade a bit).
I hope you figured out what level you are and start consuming some greens either by cooking or juicing them – it’s one of the best ways to get some high voltage life force into those cells!
This summer I’ll be posting some yummy juice & smoothie recipes, so come back and check them out.