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Dr. Oz Promotes Fresh Juice!

Make fresh juicing a part of your life!

Dr. Oz is my favorite doctor.  He is the only MD I have met in my life that has the integrity, knowledge, intuition and pure wisdom to know that Mother Nature’s foods, in juice form is the fastest, most transforming way to help revitalize the body’s natural rhythm, vitality and longevity.

Here is a link whereby he reveals and blows the cover off of the way manufactures make canned and bottled juices.

As he has said so many times, fresh is best and use your own juicer!

http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/mehmet-oz-md/juice-what-you-need-know

Jay Kordich

Mother Nature, Our Sustainer, Teacher and Healer

(Written by Linda Kordich)

Do you realize that when we turn towards SUN FOODS, we are also transforming the Inner, spiritual part of ourselves as well?

First, let’s talk about sunfoods.

What are Sunfoods?   These are foods that grow from the ground, from trees such as fruits, nuts and seeds that become transformed into foods edible for us to consume…..perfectly ripened by the sun.  These are perfect foods, rich with vitality, love and knowledge!

It is precisely these foods that us humans need in order to feel spiritually connected to the planet, and most importantly, to the humanity we so desperately need on this big beautiful Earth.

Did you know, that when the sun’s rays touch the Earth, it stimulates the seed from deep within the ground, to sprout and soar towards the sun? It’s in this mysterious process ~ perfectly designed, by the way, where we need focus our attention, because it’s not just the foods that will help us transform our lives for the better…. it’s the mysterious and magnificent gifts we receive from a higher source that will heal ourselves and our planet when we consume these plant foods and their juices.

For example, if we could feel the pain others feel…. feel the isolation and unfair degredation our brothers and sisters have to endure day by day, our world would change overnight.

Why?  Because when you hurt, I hurt.  It’s that simple.

Yet, if it were that easy, we wouldn’t be facing such an overwhelming dilemma we are facing now.  We need to wake up from the dream we have been living in….When we start to break free from the deep, dark crusts of apathy that wrap around our heart and soul, we begin to truly feel…..we begin to feel the pain of our own disconnection to the world, to ourselves and our loved ones.  This is the beginning of understanding that our diet plays a huge role in the way we think, act and live.

Sunbaked, living foods and their juices will help us wake up from this dark dream we are living in.  Let the colour of these juices stream into your body.  Let the blood of the plant enrich our souls.  It is precisely this act that will help us all understand how much power we have in this world to change, yet the irony is, the more of us change to a plant based diet, the more we ALL transform.

This is the reason why, that the more we teach, come together and unify, the more we can and will heal the entire human race. It may sound like pie in the sky, but actually, if you transform…..others will become inspired and do the same, and this becomes expenontial as we progress.  It’s the fastest and most comprehensive way to enlighten ourselves and our planet, and more and more of us are waking up to this humanitarian new way of living on this beautiful blue Earth.

How do I know this?

When I was a little girl, back in 1960……I distinctly remember imaging what our world would look like when I was older.  Would there be vegetarian restaurants?  It was literally impossible for us to go out to a restaurant with our family back in the 1960′s because we were vegetarians back then.  Only Chinese restaurants had the foods, and even then, one had to be careful….their sauces were laden with animal products such as fish sauces, etc.,.

It’s been 40 years since I had this thought, and look at the world!  Everywhere we go there are vegetarian options.  People by the millions are changing their diets and riding this beautiful new wave of healing.

It is possible!

I wonder what the world will look like 40 years from now?  It’s up to us all to take this farther and farther, deeper and deeper until the majority of the planet is enlightened by choosing a plant based diet.  As we ‘hook up’ to the green juices, the plant based diet foods, we begin to wake up…..and start to see ourselves and our planet quite differently.  We will ‘start’ to bloom inwardly, igniting the spark of compassion, love and understanding, just as naturally as a fragrant red rose blooms in the summertime.

Drinking fresh green juices quicken this process!

These deep, rich and magnificent colours imbedded in these plants, specifically, the esoteric information permeating within these plants…. become filled with divine knowledge, and will….indeed transform our lives into a profound understanding of ‘who’ we really are.

Especially in juice form.

Green juices are powerfully healing in their abilities to quicken this process, yet let’s look at fruit for a moment……

Fruits are the gifts from trees, and are the manifestation of True Love from the Universe.  There are no real words to describe their essence, their beauty or even the purity of their gifts to us.  Have you ever sat under a peach tree…..smelled the fragrance and felt the weight of the branches as they swayed towards the ground during a gentle breeeze in the middle of the summer?

This is exactly what I mean….there are no words, because experiencing is the answer.  I sure hope you invest in our Beloved Mother Nature. She will not just inspire you….. she will thoroughly metamorphosize every cell in your body….enlightening your mind, body and soul.

Linda Kordich

Cruciferous Vegetables; The Good, The Bad and the Confusing….

Recently we have been hearing about the negative impact juicing kale, spinach, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables may have that is causing or may cause goitrogenic effects (goiter inducing).  Some research is saying that juicing these veggies creates a negative experience on the body, when juiced.  Steaming, cooking and/or boiling them is suggested, and the longer the better. (30 minutes).

This kind of recent research makes me pause a bit because, based on our past history, 30 plus years for me and 63 years for Jay, it does not make sense to say that cruciferous greens or goitrogenic foods (goiter inducing) needs to be cooked in order for them to not provoke the thyroid in negative ways.

For example, Dr. Garnet Chaney did a powerfully extensive study on cabbage juice and how it literally cured stomach ulcers.  He and Jay participated in this study back in the 1960′s with prisoners who were suffering from stomach ulcers; (duodenal and peptic) and found that almost 90% of these ulcers were healed with 60 to 90 days after consuming fresh cabbage juices on a daily basis.  Even the British Journal, Lancet showed these powerfully enlightening studies.  When they tested cooked cabbage on the ulcers, there was no response.

Further, Dr. Walker, Jay’s mentor and master teacher on juicing from the 1930′s through to the mid 1980′s, has said in his book, Raw Vegetable Juices, where he speaks very highly of fresh green juices, including cruciferous vegetables, stating that they are better digested and consumed in juice form.

That being said, we eat a lot of cruciferous vegetables in our salads, so we do eat them, but we also realize that eating broccoli is harder to consume than juicing it.  Sometimes we even steam them.

However, we feel that drinking liquid broccoli juice is by far more concentrated and digestible in juice form than to eat three or four cups!  Yet…we like to mix up juicing them with other vegetables.

We have been juicing spinach and other cruciferous veggies for many decades, with no goiter abnormalities with our Thyroid whatsoever.  We also have not been eating salt like “Mortons” Salt which is inflused with extra iodine. We use highly mineralized salts like Himalayan Salts or Pink Mineral Salt (Celtic Salts).  And we eat lots of seaweed on a weekly basis, particularly, I do because of post menopausal symptoms feel better when I eat seaweed.  These types of salts have a natural balance of all minerals, including iodine.

On the other hand, we have never suggested drinking pure kale juice, or broccoli juice straight. We recommend always, that greens be combined with other greens or other veggies for better asorption and for concentrated benefits specifically designed for a particular part of the body.

We may be old fashioned, but all of our great Master Teachers from the past; Dr. Norman Walker, Dr. Max Gerson and John Lust never spoke about the dangers of consuming kale juice or broccoli or cauliflower juices.  On the contrary, they speak highly of the healing benefits to the breast area of our bodies, whether we are men or women.

We like to imagine all these dedicated doctors from the past, including our combined 100 years of studying, observing and teaching by far outweighs a few articles that say that goitrogens may cause thyroid distress.  That does not mean we are dead set against some of this research coming out about the juices inhibiting the thyroid’s ability to do its job.

All we are saying is that we all may want to observe the research, and then find out for ourselves what feels comfortable, based on our own experiences with these foods…. but please don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater until more research is found, and always check to see ‘who’ is conducting the research.

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In Wikipedia:

Here are “Goitrogenic” Foods:

Goitrogenic foods

Certain raw foods (cooking inactivates the goitrogens) have been identified as lightly goitrogenic. These foods include:

  • cassava
  • Soybeans (and soybean products such as tofu, soybean oil, soy flour, soy lecithin)
  • Pine nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Millet
  • Strawberries
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Vegetables in the genus Brassica [5]
    • Bok choy
    • Broccoli
    • Broccolini (Asparations)
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Cabbage
    • Canola
    • Cauliflower
    • Chinese cabbage
    • Choy sum
    • Collard greens
    • Horseradish
    • Kai-lan (Chinese broccoli)
    • Kale
    • Kohlrabi
    • Mizuna
    • Mustard greens
    • Radishes
    • Rapeseed (yu choy)
    • Rapini
    • Rutabagas
    • Tatsoi
    • Turnips

Summertime Salsa Everybody will Love!

Here’s a fantastic recipe from our Living Kitchen!  Raw, living Salsa is such a wonderful food to eat in the summertime. You can put it over baked potatoes, over a blended soup, over a salad, and/or on top of anything cooked to help that cooked food become more ‘alive’ with enzyme activity.

What do we mean by ‘alive’ with activity?  We are talking about living foods that have not been cooked.  Jay and I recommend 75% living foods in our diets to help digest the 25% of cooked vegan foods we eat.  If you have a majority of living foods in your diet, the cooked foods you are eating will greatly benefit just by virtue of the plethora of enzymes in the raw foods.

Here’s a great recipe you can use to put over the top of your living soups, cooked soups, baked potatoes, salads, rice dishes, or as a side dish to a cucumber sandwich!

*Note: (Leftovers can be juiced….if you have any of the spinach/parsley/tomatoes/garlic/basil/bell peppers left…juice them up and add some carrots and now you have a fantastic veggie juice to go with your meal…and you don’t have to throw away the extra foods)

Here are the ingredients: (for 4)

1/2 cup cilantro

1/2 cup flat leaf parsley

1 sweet onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic

1/2 cup basil

1/2 cup red bell peppers, or orange or yellow, or mix them together

2 seeded jalapeno peppers

1 cup spinach

Take all of these ingredients and run them through the food processor.

(if you don’t have one, then use a blender, but do it on very slow speed)

Then put all ingredients into a large bowl and add the following ingredients

3 beefstake tomatoes, chopped and seeded.

juice of 2 limes

salt (celtic seasalt preferred) to taste

chili powder to taste

1 cup diced sundried tomatoes (soak for several hours if needed)

As an addition to make it heavier:

2 Haas Avocados ~ mashed and mixed into the recipe the end.

Wild Greens ~ How to Juice them and why they are so good for us!

Today we are going to chat briefly about three power packed wild greens that very few people are juicing, nor are they using in their diets, yet these three little greens can seriously help detoxify your kidneys, liver and purify your bloodstream.

Don’t know what these greens are?

Have you ever taken a walk in the park during Springtime and seen wild dandelion leaves and Stinging Nettle leaves growing randomly in the park?  I remember those crazy wild yellow flowers from the Dandelion Greens that seemed to sprout up overnight, and who can ever forget the powerful nettle leaves that sting so badly, it would take 24  hours to get the pain to go away?

Drinking them in tinctures and/or herbal infusions are quite different from juicing them. Just make ‘sure’ you know your greens. This is why we say, purchase them from stores, instead of randomly picking them up in the open fields, parks or forests.

Miraculously these three different greens pack a powerful punch when they are juiced.  And no, the stinging Nettles do not get into your throat when you juice them!  And no, the yellow flowers that accompany them are not suggested for juicing.

How do we find Comfrey, Stinging Nettles and Dandelion Greens?

Most all Farmer’s Markets carry them, and Co-ops have them in the summertime.  Ask your grocer, and ask your farmer’s market people. If they don’t carry them, they will most  likely know where you can go to find them.

What’s the best way to select them?

Dandelion Greens are best picked when they are young. The older the leaves, the more bitter they will taste.  Jay and I love the kinds of Dandelion Greens that have a red stem to them.  They have a bit more iron in them.

Helpful information: Dandelions support digestion, reduce swelling and inflammation, and treat viruses, jaundice, edema, gout, eczema and acne, also aids in liver detoxification and strengthens kidney function.

Comfrey leaves follow the Dandelion Greens as far as picking goes. But if you don’t have them growing in your neighborhood (we don’t really suggest doing this because people use pesticides on their  lawn and also pesticides for spiders) so we suggest buying them from the Health Food Stores, Co-ops and other Farmer’s Markets.

Helpful information: Helps liver detoxification, kidney weakness, abd soothes irritable bowel syndrome and bronchitis.

Stinging Nettles ~ follow the same course. The larger they are, they more bitter they are.  Buy them (wrapped) so that your hands do not touch the leaves.

Helpful information: An effective tonic for gout, weak or overburdened liver/kidneys, nettle is also good for the symptoms of hay fever, scurvy, PMS, and helps heart patients.

Here are some fantastic juice combinations Jay and I have been using for the past six or seven years:

(Just as an FYI….these greens are very potent, and we suggest you start slowly, and don’t drink more than 8 ounces at a time) because you may incur a bit of diarrhea, intestinal cramping or nausea.  This recipe will give you 8 ounces, whereas you can juice this tonic once a day for ten days without having any kind of negative reaction. If you want to amp it up a bit, then double the recipe for one person, 16 ounces.

Wild Dandelion Greens! (recipe for 2)

4 small Dandelion Leaves

6 ribs Celery

1 Lime with skin

1 green Apple

1 cup baby Spinach

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Wild Green Nettles (for 2)

6 small leaves (about 3 inches long) Nettles

1 Green Apple

1 large Cucumber with skin (no wax)

1 Lime with skin

1/2 Beet with its greens

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Wild Comfrey (for 2)**

4 Comfrey Leaves (medium sized)

1 Large Green Apple

1 large Lime with skin

1 large Zucchini

1 cup baby Spinach

**Comfrey cannot be used for women who are pregnant or lactating.

Can’t Drink Carrot Juice? Here’s some great Substitutes!

We use carrots quite frequently in vegetable juices.  We love carrot juice, but that is not true for everybody. It’s normal to imagine carrots being part of almost every tonic!  However some of us just don’t like to drink carrot juice, yet on the other hand, some are allergic or find carrots to be too sweet because of pancreas troubles, and/or hypoglycemia, diabetes.

Doctors are saying no to fruit juices for those who suffer from blood sugar problems, but let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water.

We realize this can be an issue for some people, and it’s true, carrots have become hybridized, so much so, that their natural sugar content is much higher.

We have good news!

You don’t have to bypass juicing any longer…..hopefully our substitutions will bring you some help.

Whenever you see a juicing recipe that calls for carrots, we recommend you substitute l large zucchini for approximately 3-4 medium sized carrots.  So if the recipe calls for 10 carrots, use approximately 3 large zucchinis.

Zucchini, in its raw state has a very sweet taste and also juices very well.

Here’s a great TONIC for substituting Carrots with Zucchini:

2 Large Zucchini (Green)

1 Red Delicious Apple

1 Lime with skin

6 Large or 3 Super Large Swiss Chard Leaves

1 Medium Beet with a few of the Beet Greens

(This makes a fantastic, sweet and powerful tonic….one of our personal summertime faves)

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Here’s some interesting facts about Zucchini:

Zucchini Squash is low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. It’s also a good source of Protein, Vitamin A, Thiamin, Niacin, Phosphorus and Copper, and an excellent source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese. Usage: Raw in vegetable platters, but especially wonderful, shredded in salads, and used in juices to replace carrots.

Selection: Good-quality zucchini, also known as courgette in the U.K., should be firm, smooth-skinned and small in size. The surface will shiny and dark-green in color. Also, they come as Yellow. These are just as potent, if not more potent than the green Zucchini, because of the bright yellow colours.

Avoid: Avoid product that is soft, wrinkled, blemished or dull in appearance, or has fungus on the skins located on the soft parts of the Zucchini. Large squash will be less tender than smaller product. Zucchini is available year-round, with peaks in late spring and early summer.

Another good substitute for carrots are Cucumbers.

When you see a vegetable juice recipe that calls for carrots, and you don’t have any yellow or green zucchinis around, you can substitute 1 large cucumber for every 5 carrots. Why?  Because cucumbers have more juice in them than zucchinis, plus the English Cucumbers are larger than most cucumbers.  Cucumbers have a nice sweet taste to them as well.

We don’t recommend you using cucumbers that have wax on them. Be careful because some organic cucumbers can and ‘do’ have wax on them.  Try buying the English Cucumbers that are packaged in plastic.  Jay and I buy these frequently, and have found a good organic source where we will, and are confident you too can find them. Since we live in a small town, there shouldn’t be any troubles in finding them. Some organic growers don’t use the plastic to cover them, so just make sure to ask them for the organic English Cucumbers.

Here’s some great information about Cucumbers:

Cucumbers are low in Saturated Fat, awith very little Cholesterol and Sodium. They’re also a good source of Vitamin A, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Manganese, and a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Potassium.  They are also very high in natural mineral water, so when juiced, it easily helps hydrate your skin.

Usage: Salads, Juices!

Selection: Good quality cucumbers are an even dark-green color, firm and relatively thin but can be either long or short.

Storage: Store in containers, either plastic zip lock or in a storage container. Otherwise they develop fungus and wilt.

Avoid: Avoid cucumbers that are soft, yellow or wrinkled on the ends, or especially the ones that have fungus on the skins. Huge fat cucumbers may be full of large seeds and bitter.  That’s why we recommend English Cucumbers. They are not fat, they are slender and yield a superior amount of juice over the seeded, wetter, fatter kinds of cucumbers you get in the grocery store.

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Here’s a great tonic substitution for carrot juice by using Cucumbers:

2 Large Cucumbers (preferably English)

3 cups Spinach

1 Lime with skin or 1 Lemon with skin

1 cup Parsley

2 Red Delicious Apples

1 inch square fresh Ginger Root

(This is a great tonic!  It tastes fantastic, and is a super beautiful green colour. Most people can not even realize how sweet this tonic is, but it’s a fantastic drink for the summertime.)


How to Reach 90….at Full Throttle. My Top 10 Tips!

I will soon be 88 years old, and  as a gift, I thought it may be wise to share some of my successful ways of living with you.  Please send them to your parents or grandparents.

When we age, it’s very easy to get caught up in a rut, staying at home most of the time, feeling like life has passed us by. Tragedies and traumas can get us down, even when we are younger, so these Principles can help anybody, no matter the age.

Since I feel God has blessed me with a passion for teaching people about juicing for over 6 decades now,  I have been able to succeed in reaching an age that I know ALL of us can reach!  May God Bless all of you at all times, and may He help instill these principles into your daily lives.

Here are my top ten tips…..

#1. Change your Diet! Eat an Organic Vegan Diet, and Juice Vegetables Daily, (up to 2 quarts per day) and eat Fruits in Season.  This is probably the most important change you can make because it will help keep you vital, and open to change, just by virtue of these juices flowing through your body daily.

#2. Take Organic Superfood Supplements: Chlorella, Wheatgrass Juice, Barley Greens, Supergreen Powders Daily

#3. Take Cat Naps ~ Yes!  Take a 20 to 30 minute cat nap daily.  You can even do this at work. Even if you have to go to your car during lunch break, it’s that important.

#4.  Exercise! 30 minute daily exercises are a must.  Even if it’s a brisk walk. Getting in the outdoors is crucial, every single day.  Trips to the gym are ok, but remember fresh air is priceless.  Our lungs need it.

#5. Serve Others Daily. Find a way to help someone who is older or younger who is in need of help.  Even if it’s a short note to someone who is hurting, or someone you can visit.  Serving others selflessly keeps us connected as a large human family.

#6. Drink Water! Drink lots of purified water.  I drink steam distilled water because I get my organic minerals from my vegetable juices.  I recommend 6 glasses a day.

#7. Create Goals. As we age sometimes we lose focus and/or forget what brings passion into our lives.  When we reach some of these goals, it keeps us mentally fit and optimistic.

#8. Forgiveness. We must forgive the past, no matter how much it impacted our lives.  If we don’t forgive, it’s like walking forward with our head turned behind us.  There is no healthy future when we are tied to the past. Let Go and Let God bring you the gifts that are waiting for you when you forgive.

#9. Overcome your Limitations! Overcoming our own inner fears is crucial to living a long healthy life.  Once you get past these fears, you will feel a surge of incredible energy.  It takes daily effort, but as you overcome each little fear, they become easier and easier to conquer.

#10. Throw out the Negativity. Never ever let negative thoughts enter your mind. Once you let them in, they grow like a cancer.  The key to keeping optimistic is to substitute them for a loving or exciting thought.

Juicing and Blending….You need Both!

JUICING and BLENDING…You need both!
Today I am going to explain what the late, great, Master Teachers taught to me about the differences between juicing and blending back in 1948 to 1960.  That would be Dr. Max Gerson, Dr. Norman Walker and Dr. Kirschner.
There are two distinct reasons behind the differences between juicing and blending, but first let’s talk about how juicers work and the reasons behind juicing.
Some juicers extract the pulp out the back (like our slow juicer, The Power Grind Pro does) and other juicers squeeze out the pulp from an auger type of a juicer like the Champion, the Greenstar or the Samson and Omega.
For example, when you are juicing your greens, the greens hit the blades, and within a half of a turn it’s in your glass, and the pulp is out in the bucket within an instant, so the oxidation process is not as near as intense.  However, not all juicers are equal in this aspect. Some juicers spin so fast (16,000) rpms, that the friction is quite high when the produce is hitting the blades.  It depends, but it is still by far less agressive than blending your foods. Juicing extracts all fiber (pulp) from the foods, so that when you are drinking the juice, it’s 100% free of pulp. Some people think this is not as smart as blending so that all the pulp and juice are combined. This assumption cannot be further from the truth, so this is why I am going to explain it in depth so that you, in turn, can help people understand the truth.
When you juice fruits/vegetables/seeds/nuts/grains…whatever it is you are jucing, these JUICES become pre-digested, meaning they go into our bloodstream immediately, bypassing any need for digestion because they are in pure juice form.  Have you ever drank alcohol and/or coffee and felt the effects from it within just a few minutes?  Well that’s because alcohol and/or coffee has no pulp in it and has a powerful effect on the body, negatively of course!
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Almost every human being living now has huge challenges with digesting the foods we eat.  It’s not really about the digestion as much as it is about the ‘absorption’ of the foods you are eating. Statistics say that as we age, we absorb 10% less every ten years of our life. So that by the time we reach the age of 50, we are only absorbing 50% of the foods (nutrients) we are eating and by the time we are 80 years old, we are only abosrbing the nutrients from the foods at the rate of 20%. Some people absorb only 5-10% by the time they reach this age.
This is why juicing is so important.  Absorbing 100% of the nurients is why juicing is an incredible way to feed our bodies. Yet I can understand why so many of us are blending our greens and fruits because it seems natural to say, “the juice and the fiber are better to consume together, because all this fiber is going to be wasted unless I blend them together”
This is not accurate.  Let me explain.
Yes, juicing is devoid of fiber!  Fiber has no nutrients in it, once the juices have been extracted from it.  Fiber that is left behind in your juicer should be used in your compost bin or best used as mulch for your flower beds.  It should ‘not’ be consumed in the ways we are consuming it through the process of blending.
However, fiber is quite important…..But ONLY when fiber is found in the foods you eat, not in foods you are blending.  For example, let’s say you eat a salad.  You begin chewing, and once you start to chew, your salivary glands start to produce enzymes called Ptyalin, and another enzyme called Amylase.  These enzymes secrete saliva so that your foods are absorbed into your stomach easier.  As you chew, you swallow.  Did you know that the stomach has something called a peristaltic wave?  It beats at 22 beats per minute, helping us evacuate the fiber from our bodies.  Now, once the food is in the stomach, the stomach begins to separate the pulp from the juice.  The juice (or liquid) from the salad now is being absorbed through the intestines, when then go into your portal vein, and then into the liver to feed our 60 trillion cells.  Meanwhile,the fiber is being pushed through the intestines,  (which is 33 feet combined from the mouth to the anus).  This is the reason why We as humans NEED fiber, but through eating our foods. Through this process, the body is doing what a juicer is actually doing, separating the fiber from the juices, so that our bodies can assimilate the nutrients that have been extracted from the fibers. This is why I have been saying for 63 years….
IT’S THE JUICE FROM THE FIBERS THAT FEED YOU!”
Your juicer is separating the fiber form the pulp so that your body can absorb the liquid part of the foods through your intestines and the fiber is being evacuated out of your large bowel, so that, once it is out of the body, it has done its job.
BLENDING:
Blending is quite different. There are two major actions that we need to be aware of before we start to think about blending foods. First, the intense speed factor need to be considered, and secondly, drinking the juice with the fiber is not a wise choice.  I will discuss both of these.
#1 (Digestion) For example, if you are adding green foods such as spinach, kale, parsley, apples, to the water in the blender, we need to realize that adding water to the foods is creating a real challenge to our digestive tract.  First, we are not allowing the salivary glands to mix in with the blended foods, so, once we swallow it, it has now left our mouth and is sitting in the stomach, but…. without the proper enzymes to help with digestion! Now the stomach has to begin the process of separating the pulp from the fibers, so that the body can evacuate the pulp out of our body, so that the body can absorb the liquid part of the blended foods.  THIS is the process of digestion.  Did you know that if, even the size of a microscopic fiber were to reach your bloodstream, you would die of a blood clot?  This is why the body has to separate the fibers from the juices.  Consuming blended juices this way, without the help of the salivary glands, can and most likely causes distension in the stomach, intestinal gas, bloating and also give us an unnatural feeling of being too full. Plus you will not feel energized, you will feel sleepy because now the blood that was in your head has to go down into the stomach to help digest the blended foods.
#2. (High Speed)  The foods you are blending are spinning at unimaginable speeds.  25,000 revolutions per minute. But it’s worse than that. It’s really 25,000 times 4 blades as they spin in unison, or sometimes these newer blenders have 6 or 8 blades.  When you multiply those blades times 25,000….you get way into the 100,000 to 150,000 revolutions per MINUTE.  These speeds heat up your foods, destroying the lifeforce, as they unnaturally rip apart these tender tissues from the plant’s leaves.
What happens to the food when it’s being blended that quickly?  Friction and heat is what happens!  Through this process, we lose all valuable enzymes that were once in the greens or fruits or foods.  We also lose valuable nutrients.
Why?
Because high speed kills enzymes and nutrients and oxidation occurs.  This is why SLOW juicers (like our new Power Grind Pro)are being designed and manufactured  so that, through slower speeds we are preserving the nutrients and the friction is minimal, if not, non existant.  Now the enzymes we are searching for, and also the powerful anti-oxidants, phyto-nutrients, vitamins and minerals are being preserved, and are in tact, ready to be absorbed into your bloodstream, in perfect order.
This is why I can’t understand why people will go to the trouble of purchasing a very expensive slow juicer, yet also have a high speed blender.  I want to make sure we are looking at these important issues, because as a teacher, this is my job!  It’s my job to help us all better understand the choices we make to help us build powerful and effective LIVING KITCHENS.
High speeds kill, so keep your blending to a minimum.  Foods such as bananas, avocados, figs, salad dressings, living soups and 99% water fruits such as mangos, etc.,. are great for blending, but just remember, that when you are blending, you should have a slower speed blender as  you blend your living soups, otherwise they could be called cooked soups!  Start your blender off slowly and do not use the high speed button.  This is what Linda and I do.  For example, we blend about twice a week, but we juice twice a day.
Making smoothies is really fun, however, just remember that JUICING is meant to feed the body in a superior way, and blending is more for smoothies and fun.  If you must blend, please try to blend only on low speeds.
This is why Juicing is entirely different than Blending.  Please share this and/or re-post this on your page so that others can benefit from it. Thank you.
Your friend,
Jay Kordich

The Powerful Healing Properties of Beet Juice

The benefits of making fresh beet juices are numerous.  We feel it’s the best root vegetable for cleansing the liver/gall bladder.

High in nutrients, this overlooked root which spends its entire life underground until it comes to the table. It is not only a liver cleanser and blood builder, but contains antioxidant properties, as well.  Jay and I love to juice beets and use them in combinations…… because they can be highly powerful and will make your throat feel scratchy, or it will effect your vocal chords if done in excess.

What does in ‘excess’ mean?  Don’t do more than 1 large beet at a time, and never juice beets straight, unless you have learned to build up a tolerance for it.

Here are the kinds of combinations we recommend: (for 2 people and always organic please!)

1 large beet with its greens

2 Red Delicious Apples

1 Large Red Bell Pepper

1 Large English Cucumber

1 small slice of fresh ginger root

This tonic is quite red!  It’s beautiful and can give you a huge burst of energy.  Please share this tonic with another person, it’s meant for two people.

Nutrients:Beets are a source of Vitamin A, B, (folic acid) C, iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, carotenoids and dietary fiber, unless of course you are juicing them.  You can keep the pulp and use the pulp for a good VEGETABLE soup as a base, especially if you are going to add carrots to any tonic with beets.

Liver Cleanser:

Beet Root is used to not only detoxify the liver and spleen, but helps with treatment of many other liver ailments, such as cirrhosis, jaundice and other diseases of the liver.  PLEASE REMEMBER….beet juice will cause your urine and feces to turn a bit red, so don’t be alarmed.

Blood Builder: Beet juice stimulates the lymph fluid (the straw-colored portion of the blood).  Beets are also good for building blood as well as helping to balance the blood’s pH balance by reducing the blood’s acidity.

Low Level Iron:

Corpuscles are blood cells which may contain excess accumulations of fat.  By removing the excess corpuscle fats, they can be eliminated from the body.  Let’s clean out those corpuscles!  I just wish everybody would or could understand just how powerful fresh vegetable juices can be for recooperating the body from disease, and/or from congestion. Especially beets are quick to help and cleanse and purify.

We recommend juice 5 to 7 beets per week for two weeks, combined of course with other vegetables as mentioned above.  Afte these two weeks, you will notice your blood will be quite rich and clean.  You can do this a few weeks before you have to go the Doctor and see what he says when he takes your next blood test, but remember, THIS is not the only thing you need to do to keep your blood clean…..stay ALKALINE with your juices and food as well, with no caffeine, sugar, alcohol or white foods.

Our book, Live Foods Live Bodies has a tremendous amount of great juicing recipes, including beet recipes, or our original book, The Juiceman’s Power of Juicing has a plethora of wonderful juice combinations I have been using for over 6 decades.

Happy Juicing!

Jay Kordich

SPINACH can help Heal our Stomach

For the past ten years or so we have seen several books being published that take juicing to another level.  Some books however are not focusing on the basics of juicing, which I intend on helping to keep in the forefront so that we don’t lose our way as we progress deeper into the teaching of juicing.  The basics of juicing deal with the BASIC JUICING COMBINATIONS and why Dr. Walker and Dr. Gerson created them.  Today I am going to focus on SPINACH.  The benefits of spinach and other basics need to be shared again so that we can see just how powerfully healing Spinach is.  It is the most powerful stomach healer for the entire digestive tract. (stomach, duodenum and small intestines.  It also helps the thyroid, the large intestine, eye troubles, headaches, high blood pressure.  ONE pint per day combined with carrots is the key.  60% carrots to 40% spinach.  ALL of this must be in organic form.

Unfortunately for those of us who do yearly or bi-yearly colonics, this does not help the small intestine, only the large.  To find vegetables or greens that can heal and detoxify our small intestine is quite rare, so please juice more spinach.  It may take a month to see long term results, but it is well worth it.

Should we be juicing baby spinach or adult spinach?  This is a common question we get asked.  Honestly, we prefer the adult spinach, as it’s had time to assimilate all the nutrients more than the baby spinach. Baby spinach is good for salads, as they are sweeter than the adult versions. Always organic, though please.

Here’s the tonic: (for 1)

10 carrots

3 cups spinach (raw)

ORGANIC ONLY!

Start off juicing the spinach (1 cup) then flush through with 4 carrots, then use another cup of spinach, then flush through with 3 more carrots, then use the last cup of spinach, and flush through with the rest of the carrots.

Drink immediately, but slowly.  Do this twice per day, and within 24 hours, you should be feeling tremendously better.   Linda and I juice at least two quarts per week of this basic tonic.

A wee bit of information about Oxalic Acid:

Dr. Walker always taught me that Oxalic Acid is found in cooked and canned spinach.  Oxalic Acids crystalize in our kidneys, thus forming kidney stones.  When cooked, the Oxalic Acid atoms become inorganic as a result of excessive heat and may form Oxalic Acid crystals in the kidneys as mentioned above.

Here’s some very interesting information on Spinach you should know;