Question Of The Day

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5/17/2022

Common Juice Questions

What is a juice cleanse? 

Juicing is a process of extracting vegetables and fruits and disposing of the fiber. It is used for detoxification, an alternative medicine treatment, and is often part of detox diets. 

What does juicing do for the body?

 In the body, the liver and kidneys were created to detoxify naturally cleanse your body. Juicing is a gentle way to cleanse and bring balance back into your life.

What are some benefits of juicing?

 Juicing retains the full content of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants for the body. Juices are rich in all the nutrients of fruits and vegetables such as vitamin C, beta-carotene (converted to vitamin A) in the body, and folate. Juices are also filled with vitamin K, potassium, and magnesium.

Will you feel different if you start juicing regularly?

Yes, right away, you will feel your digestive system respond. It is recommended that you take it slow when you first start juicing. But within two weeks, you’ll notice more energy, glowing skin, and healthier skin, hair, and nails.

Should you wash your fruits and vegetables? 

YES, YES AND YES. Please do not just do that little 10-second rinse you see on some pages/YouTube. Use a solution of three parts water and one part vinegar.

What’s the difference between juices and smoothies? 

When you juice, you separate the water, which contains a large proportion (but not all) of the nutrients from the fiber and carbohydrate. You pass the vegetables through a feed tube in the juicer, and by the force of spinning blades within a basket, the juice is extracted, and a pile of dry pulp is collected separately. The juice is more comfortable for your body to digest because it doesn’t contain fiber or carbohydrates. This makes it an excellent drink for cleansing and detoxing.

Smoothies are made with a liquid — usually fruit or vegetable juice — and the whole fruit or vegetable (water, fiber, carbohydrate, and nutrients intact). This means that when you drink a smoothie, you’re drinking the total nutrients found in the juice and the pulp along with the fiber, which gives you a “full” feeling and satisfies your hunger longer.

To learn even more about juicing check out these post below!

Vitamins

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Hey everyone, welcome back to my space; today, we will be going over three amazing vitamins and a few of their deficiencies. If you have any concerns or questions, drop them in the comment box below or consult with a trusted physician/herbalist. 

 Deficiency: the quality or state of being defective or of lacking some necessary quality or element

Today we are going over Vitamin: A / C / Calcium.

If there is anything you want to know more about or need recipes, please leave a comment below, and I’ll do a post for you. 

Starting with Calcium: 

Calcium is a mineral found in many foods. The body needs calcium to maintain strong bones and to carry out many essential functions. Almost all calcium is stored in bones and teeth, where it supports their structure and hardness.

Herbs and spices are potent sources of nutrition, including calcium. The most effective way to consume calcium is in small doses throughout the day, so emphasizing the use of the following herbs and spices can be better than taking it all in at once or trying to rely on supplements for your daily recommended value (%DV)

(To read more on how much you may need, check out https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-much-calcium-do-you-really-need )

Calcium Deficiency:

Hypocalcemia, also known as a calcium deficiency disease, occurs when the blood has low calcium levels. A long-term calcium deficiency can lead to dental changes, cataracts, alterations in the brain, and osteoporosis, which causes the bones to become brittle. A calcium deficiency may cause no early symptoms.

Calcium Deficiency Symptoms:

  • Confusion or memory loss.
  • Muscle spasms.
  • Numbness and tingling in the hands, feet, and face.
  • Depression.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Weak and brittle nails.
  • Easy fracturing of the bones.

Herbs Used For Calcium:

Fresh and Dried Basil 

Dried Savory 

Dried Marjoram

Dried Thyme

Dried Sage

Cinnamon

Stinging Nettle

Dried Rosemary

Dried Dill 

Fruits & Veggies For Calcium:

Spinach 145mg/cup 

Edamame 100 mg/cup

Orange 65 mg/1 orange

Broccoli 60mg/cup

Span Peas 55mg/cup

Tomato 30mg/2 tomatos 

Arugula 30mg/cup

Fig 40mg/2 figs

White Beans 160mg/cup

Soy Beans 175mg/cup

Pumpkin Mashed 40mg/cup 

Cabbage 35mg/cup

Seeds:

 Poppy seeds pack 126mg 

Sesame seeds 126mg 

Nuts:

Almonds 30mg/9 nuts 

Brazil nuts 25mg/3 nuts 

Vitamin A: ( Stored in the liver)

 Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in many foods. Vitamin A is important for normal vision, the immune system, and reproduction. Vitamin A also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs work properly. Vitamin A can take one of three forms in the human body: retinol, retinal and retinoic acid.

(For a better explanation of how vitamin a works as far as the measurement, check out this post-https://www.nutri-facts.org/en_US/nutrients/vitamins/a/intake-recommendations.html)

Vitamin A Deficiency: 

Xerophthalmia is the term for the expression of vitamin A deficiency. This happens when you don’t consume or enough vitamin A from your diet or properly absorb or convert the vitamin A you consume. 

Vitamin A Deficiency Symptoms: 

  • Alcoholism
  • Gluten-sensitive
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS, Crohn’s, or ulcerative colitis)
  • Pancreatic disorders or a lack of bile from the gallbladder (bile helps break down fat and absorb fat-soluble vitamins)
  • Liver damage or disease
  • Low stomach acid, heartburn, or GERD
  • Severe calorie restriction, potentially tied to an eating disorder

Herbs Used For Vitamin A:

Basil

Spinach 

Parsley 

Thyme 

Sage 

Watercress 

Fruits and Vegetables For Vitamin A:  

100 G / IU ( international units per day) DV ( daily value)

1/2 c of Carrots 459 MCG- 51% of the DV

1 Sweet Potato 1,403 MG – 156% of the DV 

1 c of boiled Black-eyed peas 66 MCG-7% of the DV

1/2 c of Spinach 573 MCG- 64% of the DV

Other significant sources of Vitamin A 

Butternut squash 

Red bell pepper 

Mango 

Tomatoes 

Parsley 

Tuna

Shrimp

Cod liver oil

Eggs 

Goat Cheese 

Vitamin C ( Per 100 G) 

Vitamin C is a vitamin found in various foods and sold as a dietary supplement. It is used to prevent and treat scurvy. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient involved in repairing tissue and more.

Vitamin C Deficiency:

Scurvy is the name for a vitamin C deficiency. It can lead to anemia, debility, exhaustion, spontaneous bleeding, pain in the limbs, and especially the legs, swelling in some parts of the body, and sometimes ulceration of the gums and teeth loss.

Vitamin C Deficiency Symptoms:

  • Rough, Bumpy Skin
  • Corkscrew-Shaped Body Hair
  • Bright Red Hair Follicles. 
  • Spoon-Shaped Fingernails With Red Spots or Lines
  • Dry, Damaged Skin
  • Easy Bruising
  • Slowly Healing Wounds
  • Painful, Swollen Joints

Herbs Used For Vitamin C :

Chili Peppers

Thyme 

Parsley 

Basil 

Fruits and Vegetables: 

Green bell peppers 80.4 MG

Pummelo 61 MG

Longan Fruit 84 MG

Guava 228 MG

Strawberry 58.8 MG

Lime 29.1 MG

Lemon 52 MG

Brussels Sprouts 85 MG

Grapefruit 31.2 MG

Sun-dried Tomato 39.2 MG

Questions you may have?

What is the difference between calcium and vitamin C?

Both calcium and vitamin C are important essential nutrients for your body, but they’re nothing alike. Calcium is typically a metal, but when it loses 2 electrons, it becomes a nutritional mineral your body can use to regulate some of its processes. Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is a molecule made from multiple atoms of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. It is found in high concentrations in immune cells, and it is a co-factor that allows certain enzymes to do their job. Those are just 2 of the many things it’s good for.

Is It Possible to Have a Vitamin C Overdose?

The maximum recommended amount, or upper limit, is 2,000mg per day for all adults. When a person takes more than the recommended limit of vitamin C, they may experience mild digestive disturbances. These can occur if the vitamin C that the body does not absorb irritates the gastrointestinal tract. In lighter terms, yes. To read more about it, check out this post-https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326249#how-much-is-too-much.

Check back tomorrow for another post.

References:

Office of Dietary Supplements – Vitamin A. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-Consumer/.

Click to access Juicefactsandmyths.pdf

https://www.viridian-nutrition.com/blog/nutrition-news-and-views/what-does-an-iu-measure-in-vitamins

Unprocessed Juice.

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Hey everyone, welcome Back!
 Today, we are going to talk about Unprocessed Juice. Most people don’t know that when you juice from home, you are drinking unprocessed juice! Nowadays, juice and juicing are a big deal. For the past almost month, we have been stuck in the house. This is the perfect time for healing and trying new things. I know a lot of you have a lot of questions on unprocessed juice, so I will do my best to answer them all. We will start by talking about pasteurization, and I will go over what it is, and why people do it. Pasteurization is the process of heat-processing liquid or food to kill bacteria that may be harmful to people if they consume it. This also allows the juice to keep longer as it destroys many microbes that can cause spoilage. Freshly squeezed juice made on sites, such as at a restaurant, juice bar, grocery store, or farmers market, are not required to be sterilized. But, these establishments are required to use a warning labels either on the juice packaging, or they must provide them to the consumer. 

Most warnings will look something like this:
“This product is produced in a facility that also processes tree nuts.”
WARNING: This product is not pasteurized and, therefore, may contain harmful bacteria that can cause serious illness in children, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems.”

Now, I know you may be wondering: “if the FDA says it’s not safe, should I let my children drink it?” I have no children, and I am just a Humble juicer here to spread knowledge and help heal. With that being said, if you let your children, elderly parents, or anyone high-risk eat Mcdonalds, Processed foods, and any type of dairy, Honestly unprocessed juice is the last thing to worry about. Continue to read below to see some tips to ensure a clean rewarding juicing experience.  Please understand that I am not shaming anyone because my current diet isn’t the best. This sidenote is just an example for you! I also know many parents whose kids love our juices and juicing period. When juicing, make sure to clean everything, including all fruits, vegetables, cutting boards, knives, blenders, juicing machines, and glasses or bottles. Even if you’re not using the peels, clean them anyway. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water before and after preparation.Cutaway any damaged or bruised areas on fresh fruits and vegetables. Throw away any produce that looks rotten. ( I will be making a post/video once I get set up in our new house on shelf life for fruits and vegetables)Wash all produce thoroughly under running water before cutting or cooking, including produce grown at home or bought from a grocery store or farmers market.

Sidenote:* (Humble Soul soaks fruits and vegetables in a mixture of 1 part vinegar (about 1/2 cup) and 3 parts water (we fill up the sink) for about 10 to 15 minutes) If you decide to use your sink, please wash and rinse it before and after every time to reduce contamination. )*Scrub firm produces, such as melons and cucumbers, with a clean produce brush under running water. Even if you plan to peel the produce before juicing it, wash it under running water first, so dirt and bacteria are not transferred from the surface when peeling or cutting into it.

*Sidenote: When we( Humble Soul) soak our fruits and vegetables, we do scrub the firm fruits and vegetables after the soak while rinsing.*After washing, dry produce with a clean cloth or paper towel to further reduce bacteria present on the surface.

*Sidenote: When washing leafy greens, make sure every bit of leaf gets soaked and rinsed. It may be easier to use a colander.*It’s not necessary to peel vegetables such as cucumbers, carrots, and beets, but some people prefer to remove the skin of these vegetables if they’re not organic. Peels often contain more nutrients than the veggies themselves. Food-safety experts advise that if you do peel such vegetables, make sure you’ve cleaned them first and washed the utensil you’ll be using to peel them with. You don’t want to introduce bacteria that might be on the surface of the veggie or fruit or the peeler into the product itself. For foods such as cantaloupe, the skin is to tough for a juicer, and fruits like oranges citrus fruit peels can be too acidic for many people’s systems and must be peeled. When it comes to cruciferous vegetables — broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussel sprouts — things get trickier, because bacteria and dirt can be lurking in the tight florets. It’s best to blanch these veggies by dunking them in boiling water for about 10 seconds. The impact of blanching on the availability of nutrients is minor, and some of the nutrients become more bioavailable and easier to digest. For softer fruits like berries, it’s best to use a colander as well. 


*Sidenote: Broccoli juiced can be challenging to digest, resulting in bloating, gas, or cramping. I wouldn’t recommend juicing it, especially if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome*
Another big question I get asked a lot is: “can every fruit and vegetable be juiced?” The answer is yes. Now, should they be juiced? The answer is no.

Fruits like strawberries, mangos, blueberries, and raspberries do not juice well, trust me. They are best for smoothies or a slushie, even ice cream. (lol)

Don’t juice the peel of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and tangelos. They have volatile oils that can cause stomach upset. Lemon and lime peel is fine.

Don’t juice rhubarb leaves; they are toxic. The stalks are fine to juice.If you’re on warfarin or other blood-thinning medications, avoid high amounts of parsley juice.If you’re prone to kidney stones, go light on oxalate-rich juices such as spinach, rhubarb, beets, okra, and Swiss chard.

Avocados contain little to no juice, and it would get messy fast.

Please be sure to cut up and deseed your apples. Apple seed contains amygdalin, which can be poisonous when metabolized.

Dark leafy greens like kale and spinach provide a dose of calcium and vitamins A and C but skip running them through a juicer if you’re prone to kidney stones. 

If you’re sensitive to fructose, you should consider steering clear. Pears contain sorbitol, a non-digestible form of sugar that can create a quick bowel movement. That’s why many people drink pear juice to treat constipation.

Now that we went over a few things, I hope this has cleared up a few questions. If you have questions anymore, please feel free to message me on here or shoot me an email. Check back soon to learn more. Don’t forget to drink your water and say your prayers. The time to heal is now. Stay beautiful! 

Fitness and Juicing

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ALOHA! Thank you for taking the time to read this. Today we are going to talk about fitness and juicing. A lot of you have been asking me is it okay to do a juice cleanse while working out and the answer is yes. Another question I get asked is “are there juices to help with pre-workout, post after work, and all in between,” and the answer is yes. So get comfy, grab some water, and learn something new today.

We will start by talking about a few tips on Juicing and Working out. When beginning a juice cleanse, it’s important to drink six juices a day. You may have to up your juice intake to nine juices a day. It’s essential to listen to your body and what it needs. If you plan on doing cardio or resistance training, consider adding at least 15-17 grams of a plant-based protein. My favorite protein is Hemp powder, but any will do. Drink a gallon of water a day. A good habit to start is weighing yourself pre-work. Then, post-workout rehydrating 16-20 oz water for every 1 lb lost through sweat (in addition to electrolyte-rich beverages like coconut water and even juice). But of course, don’t over obsess about the number. Whatever goal you are trying to reach, you will. Don’t be so hard on yourself. I recommend 8-12 oz; our beet pine research has shown that beets have a specific nutrient that can help to promote oxygen uptake by muscles. Beets are also a source of electrolytes (potassium and some sodium). This may be necessary for conjunction with having quick-digesting carbs during the workout (i.e., a banana or even a few dates or figs) for extra energy. This may be the best way to start before doing a full juice cleanse. If you are a hardcore athlete, consider adding extra electrolytes such as coconut water or sea salt. 

If you are like me, coming from a diet of sodas, chocolate bars, energy drinks, and various other unhealthy supplements, that is an absolute no-no during exercise. When you start juicing, it may come as a shock to the taste buds as they adapt to an organic diet. But I am here to tell you it’s worth it. If you are already juicing and just here for some tips, always encourage someone else. Getting the best results out of any training, exercise, or regiment is pairing the right juices with the correct exercise, and of course, selecting the right juicer and blender. Fiber content is necessary for any proper diet and workout regime. Always remember that there are juices that work similarly to laxatives, making them a great way to start detoxing the body before an exercise program. Nothing beats the feeling of walking into a gym, knowing you’re clean on the inside and out. As always, if you have any concerns or questions, consult with your doctor. I am not a doctor, just a future herbalist in training, trying to heal the world. Some juices that push weight loss and will clean the system are celery, wheatgrass, lemon, apple, papaya, and spinach. Each will accelerate weight loss and increase your metabolism. It’s important to remember the body loses electrolytes during a workout, but it also losses something more critical, glycogen. Both glycogen (which is a form of stored carbohydrates in the body) and electrolytes need replenishing every morning, and also after every workout session. 

  • It’s good to remember your body takes about five hours to digest fat, three hours for protein, and two hours for carbohydrates. For this reason, if your workout is a few hours away, your meal should consist of a combination of low fat, high carb foods with moderate protein. If your workout is about 90 minutes away, have a snack to energize like almonds. Remove large pits and hard seeds from fruits such as peaches, plums, and cherries. Smaller and softer seeds, like those found in watermelons and grapes, can be juiced as they include beneficial nutrients.

I will make a second post with recipes and workouts. Some tips to remember is always to remove the peel from citrus fruits before juicing them. The peels from oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits contain oils that are indigestible and provide a bitter taste. If consumed in large quantities, citrus peels can lead to digestive problems. Lemon and lime peels can be juiced, but if consuming them, make sure they’re organic to avoid pesticides. The white portion of citrus fruit is the most beneficial part as it contains the most vitamin C and bioflavonoids (an antioxidant). Don’t forget to wash your produce and remove any bruised portions. For washing, I recommend using vinegar and castle soap. Soak your fruits and vegetables with hot water for 10 min then rinse thoroughly with cold water.  

Foods and other vegetables that will help grow and build your muscles are 

  • Mushrooms
  • Buckwheat
  • Soybeans
  • Beans
  • Protein powder
  • Quinoa
  • Chickpeas’

Lose weight:

  • Grapefruit
  • Apples
  • Melons
  • Passion Fruit
  • Berries 
  • Kiwi Fruit

Clear Skin:

  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Spinach
  • Oranges
  • Papaya

Ph Balance:

  • Kimchi
  • Yogurt
  • Garlic
  • Flaxseed
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet Potatoes 

I hope you learned something new today. I hope this helps you on your journey. Check back for part two with recipes and workouts. Stay Beautiful.