Medicinal Juicing: Carrots, Apples, Ginger
I juice. If you have followed my posts since 2013, you know that I love to juice, especially when I am not feeling well. Nothing restarts my system like a three-day juice fast. Yes, folks, that means nothing else but water and a quart of juice. I drink about a bit more than a quart spread out between two meals (a bit more than a pint in the morning and then in the evening). I only drink water in between and somehow I do not miss the food. Now, you may spread out your juices and drink more times than this, if you must (See Norman Walker’s book on juicing; link below) throughout the day, but this is what I do and this recipe makes maybe a pint, and up to a pint and a half of juice. This stuff is cleansing and I’m sure you’ll feel the positive benefits after the three days!
Also, to me this juice tastes GREAT! If you are new at juicing, I hope you will love it. It is simply made from carrots (juicing base vegetable), then apples (which are known to keep the doctor away), and ginger. I have other great tasty juicing recipes, which I hope to share with you in the future. Some do not have carrots in them at all, but all are beneficial to health and have made me feel like a new and rejuvenated woman! Let me just share a bit of the health information with you!
Let’s look first at carrots. Did you know that there are over 100 varieties of carrots, including various color profiles of orange, purple, white, yellow, and red? Carrots contain nutrients, such as vitamin A (high in beta carotene), vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, copper, iron, manganese, potassium, and more. Their beta-carotene helps protect and prevent against cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, and more. Carrots are also beneficial in premature aging, eyesight, beautifying skin, and cleansing the body (See Real Food for Life page for more information). Carrots also improves digestion and the immune system. Read about the amazing benefits of carrots in the article on it from Organic Facts!
How much do you know about apples? Well, did you know that apples come in mainly the colors of red, yellow, and green and they come in more than 7,500 varieties? They have a host of nutrients, including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, and vitamin A (beta carotene), vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, and more! Apples have an array of benefits, including being great for anemia, arthritis, cancer, constipation, diabetes, GI disorders, gout, and heart health, and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. They are great aids to combat weakness, dysentery, and are wonderful at promoting digestion and weight loss as well as dental, eye, and skin health. Read about the healthful benefits of apples for yourself in the article from Organic Facts!
Lastly, let’s look at the root of ginger, which is a stimulating spice that has great medicinal usages. Did you know that ginger is a known aphrodisiac? Yes, but it is also a proven flu fighter! This root has an array of positive benefits on ailments, such as depression, migraines, gas, and menstrual cramps. Ginger also intensifies your appetite, fortifies the immune system, fights cancer, improve respiratory conditions, helps digestion, eliminates arthritis symptoms, and more! Ginger root sis fortified with an array of nutrients, such as vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, manganese, magnesium, niacin, selenium, protein, and dietary fiber. Drinking freshly juiced ginger and garlic has a ton of medicinal benefits for inflammatory conditions. Read more about the great benefits of ginger in the article from Organic Facts!
Now, carrots form the base of most juices. There is a simple reason for this: “The carrot juice molecule is exactly analogous to that of the blood molecule, a most interesting and revealing fact” (Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices by N.W. Walker, p.33). According to God’s word, the life of the body, the flesh, is in the blood (See Genesis 9:4; Deuteronomy 12:23; Leviticus 17:11, 14 KJV). Therefore, in order to truly cleanse the body, the blood must be cleansed. Do you see how this connects to why Jesus had to shed His blood for our sins? If there was no shedding of blood, there could have not been any remission (cancellation or forgiveness, which points to a type of cleansing) of sins (See Matthew 26:28; Hebrews 9:22; 1 John 1:7 KJV).
Now, a word about straining the juice. Most people do not strain their juices. They think their juicer gives them the juice the way it should be (and if your juicer produces hardly no sludge (which is a great indicator of the insoluble fiber, then wonderful), but I found even very expensive juicers need the juice strained. So, why wouldn’t you want to have this fiber? Well, the simple answer is that the insoluble fiber slows down absorption. Claire Georgiou writes on the Joe Cross site in the article “The Facts on Fiber & Juice” the following: “The body requires very little effort to absorb these nutrients in juice when insoluble fiber is removed. This can be very beneficial in cases where people are convalescencing, suffering with an illness, fatigued, stressed, suffering with a digestive disorder or any other condition that may affect their ability to absorb nutrients and digest their food.” We want absorption to take place quickly; so, please remember to strain. I use my milk bag in connection with my wire mesh strainer, which does a great job! I’ll do a short YouTube video to show you my process in the future.
Now, without further ado, here is the juicing recipe…
Carrots, Apple, Ginger Juice
- 6-7 organic carrots
- 3-4 large sweet apples (you choose)
- 1-2 inches of fresh ginger
- Wash produce and peel where necessary. If your juicer has a small opening, cut produce into smaller pieces.
- Juice the produce. I put my ginger between two of my apples; so that this tiny piece can juice properly.
- Next, please strain. I detest grit in my juice. You may use a milk bag or cheese cloth, but please strain the juice. You will see that more fiber is caught when straining.
- Now, enjoy!!! You may store the juice in the refrigerator for up to three days. If any is left over the third day, please discard. I try to only juice the amount I am going to drink to have no waste. Remember, let nothing remain (See John 6:12-13 KJV)