by Linda Kordich – Naturalhealth365.com
Juicing a variety of leafy greens and herbs is important for our overall health – especially when it comes to juicing and blending on a regular basis. Every vegetable and fruit has its own nutritional and chemical signature. For example, a pineapple has a different chemical structure than an orange, and a carrot has a different chemical make-up than a radish – the list goes on and on.
Are you rotating your greens? Here’s why…
Leafy greens, for example, need to be rotated weekly. I suggest rotating 4 different leafy greens per week. So that means, if you are juicing four times a week, you’ll be using a series of three to four different leafy greens in your juices that week.
The next week, alternate to another different three greens. Ultimately, you should be using around 20 different varieties of greens and lettuces. There’s more but this is a good place to start.
Remember, every green, fruit and vegetable has different chemical structure to them. So, if we juice or blend too many of the same kinds of greens, lettuces, fruits and veggies – then that means our bodies may become ‘immune’ to its nutrients. We need to stimulate our taste buds, and stimulate our digestive juices – so that we can absorb all the available nutrients.
So, try not to juice just kale – as many of us do – because we get used to a certain taste, and most of us know that kale is nutritionally high in protein and other nutrients, but that does not mean we should be ‘exclusively’ juicing it.
Here’s a list of 20 different kinds of greens and lettuces to juice
Starting with leafy greens:
5. Bok Choy
6. Swiss Chard
7. Mustard Greens
8. Beet Greens
Here are some herbs to try:
Don’t forget to juice a variety of lettuces:
16. Romaine Lettuce
17. Red Leaf Lettuces
18. Butter Lettuces/Boston
Now it’s time for a delicious leafy green, herb and lettuce health tonic
6 large leaves romaine
1 large handful of fresh basil
4 ribs celery
4 leaves Swiss chard
1 inch fresh ginger root
1 lemon or 2 limes
Juice or blend….this should make about 1 liter. And, of course, always buy organic produce (only) – please. Enjoy!