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Mean Green Juice with Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro

This is a powerhouse drink that combines antioxidants from high nutrient greens with potassium from celery and apple, bioflavonoids from lemon and the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger.

Mean Green Juice Recipe
6 kale leaves
1 cucumber
2 green apples
4 celery stalks
1/2 lemon with the skin
1/2 inch ginger or to taste

Watch Jay Kordich make this recipe with his PowerGrind Pro juicer

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.

My Secrets to Longevity

I have been quite blessed to live a long and joyful life. In a few months I will be 88 years old. I have never had high blood pressure, never had diabetes, not had a heart attack, nor have I had a life threatening illness.  To imagine we are supposed to be in the hospital once every couple of years, or to imagine a heart attack is imminent in people’s lives, once we reach a certain age is just preposterous!  Don’t imagine your life this way.  Imagine it full of vitality and joy, excitement for the next day to arrive and anticipation for more love of life to blossom as well.

In this blog I want to share my top ten reasons to stay healthy and vital.  Hopefully these words can help you mold your life into a way that is free from all food related diseases, and even mind related diseases, because our minds can also get the best of us if we don’t keep it guarded and protected from negative thinking.  As a side note, if I didn’t talk about Nature, it would be a shame.  Nature and Juicing will literally transform your life above all.  Throw a little love and forgiveness in there and your life is RICH beyond your dreams.

Here are my top ten tips for sustaining and maintaining Longevity!

1.  Protect your Mind

Don’t listen to gossip or negavity, ever!  Wipe out all of negativity from others and your mind as well.  You need to imagine your emotions are like a garden.  Negativity is like choking weeds in a tender garden.  Don’t let them in, which means that you must keep watch over your garden at all times, not allowing anything into it that could take away from the future blossoms and fruit that your garden will bare.

2.   Eat Colour in Your Foods!

Foods that have a rainbow of colours are guaranteed to be chock full of flavinoids, carotenoids and powerful compounds that bind with the damaging free radicals in our bodies, lowering inflammation and disease.  We are recommending 9 servings of these colourful foods….so that’s why juicing them is a fantastic way to get in all of those 9 servings.  From Blueberries to Dandelions, these kinds of foods need to dominate our plates.

3.  Sweating!

It’s quite important to get your metabolism moving every other day and at least once a week, we need to really sweat. Whether you like to bike, go to the gym, jog or kayak….we need to be able to sweat heavily for 30 minutes at least once a week.  We have a hot sauna at home and every other day or so I go in there and get a good sweat, plus I work out three times a week on my recumbent bicycle.

4.  Go Green ~ Grow a Garden

Grow a rich herb garden and if you have the room grow a vegetable garden. This alone can create a fantastic life for you!  Once you start your own garden and tend it daily, you will see just how transforming it is and how healthy you will become.  Grow tomatoes!  Grow sprouts in your own kitchen!  Become connected to your gardens and you will see just how much real LIFE you have been missing.

5.  Keep your Family Close

Loving your family, and your close friends by sharing your feelings, sharing the love you feel for them works wonders for the heart.  Linda and I love both of our children, even though we don’t have an extended family, we love them and stay close to them on a daily basis.  It’s crucial we share our love with them, and our knowledge and our wisdom.  Either go to Church together or Pray together or find ways you can become closer to your children and your parents, if they are still alive.

6.  Eat Vegetarian Foods!

Eating a diet rich in vegetarian foods/vegan foods is KEY to staying vitally healthy.  If you cannot give up dairy, please know that cheese is loaded with saturated fats that hurt our arteries.  Cheese especially has casein in it that is basically glue.  If you must eat dairy products, butter, cheese and milk are the worst culprits.  Yoghurt and fermented milk products would be the only dairy products acceptable, but even then, only 5% of our diet should consist of these products. The other 95% should be: fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes and vegetables.

7.  Take Naps and Sleep well at Night

I have taken (alpha) naps as I like to call them, most all of my adult life.  a 1 hour nap per day is something even our children adhere to.  It’s very important to rest the  heart and the mind in the late afternoon.  Staying up late is another no-no.  Please try to get to sleep no later than 11pm.  8 hours of sleep is a must for the heart, the nervous system and for us to learn to relax, even in a nerve racking world.

8.  Forgiveness

No matter what has happened to you in your lifetime, forgiveness is crucial. Holding onto old hurts only hurts YOU!  Forgive and let go. That does not mean you have to go back to the people who have damaged your life, or hurt you in the past.  It just means you have moved on and now you are free to choose love, joy, happiness and adventure.  When we hold onto these emotions it hurts our ability to be FREE.  And holding onto these negative emotions or toxic emotions can cause heart disease and/or strokes.  Nothing is that important where our health could be jeopardized.

9.  Juice on a DAILY Basis

Green Juices are packed with so much healing power in them, you will marvel at how great you feel once you start to consume 16 or more ounces of these tonics on a daily basis!  We recommend 1.5 quarts per day of a variety of vegetable juices.  Also, if you are adverse to drinking fresh green juices, green tea is also a good substitute, and/or a good green smoothie. (see our website for suggestions)

10.  Nurture Nature!

Being in Nature on a regular basis is crucial for superior health.  We live in a small town (highly recommend….get out of the rat race!) and near our home lies a fantastic park where Linda and I walk daily.  She is an avid photographer and I am an avid watcher of Linda.  (just kidding).  Try to find three times a week where you just take a quiet walk daily and listen to the birds, watch the sunsets, observe the way the wind blows and start to tune INTO Nature.  It’s one of the most transforming things besides juicing you can do for YOU.  You will reap powerfully spiritual benefits from it. I promise.

Our Bodies are 70% Water……

We are 70% water, our blood is 90% water and our brain is 83% water. What happens to our physical health and well being as our blood, which is 90% water circulates around our body to the emotionally chaotic brain, which is 83% water and is then charged with all kinds of sugared waters, sodas like Pepsi, Coke, Dr. Pepper, etc,.?  It does not bathe the body with fresh, living highly charged antioxidant fresh juices rich with mineral waters, it pollutes every tissue, gland and organ of our body.

So let’s talk about what the typical person consumes in just a year……How many sodas have you consumed?

On average, the typical American consumes, in a year is 597 cans of soda.  That’s more than one per day!  Also the average American consumes 29 gallons of milk per year.  Plus….

The avg. American adult drinks the equivalent of 38 6-packs of beer, 12 wine bottles, & 2 qts of distilled spirits.

It’s no wonder we suffer from diabetes, obesity, lethargy and depression.  We must stop this way of living and try to substitute these toxic substances…..yes, I do believe milk is toxic now days.

Our bloodstreams deserves fresh, living, life-force-rich vegetable juices on a daily basis!  Please do try to stop drinking coffee, caffeinated teas, milks, sodas and alcohol by at least 75% and substitute the following kinds of fresh juices on a daily basis:

1.  Super Energy Green Tonic

1 Large Unwaxed Cucumber

1 Large Handful of Spinach

1 Large Handful of Parsley

2 Green Apples

1 Large Lime with skin

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2.  Liver Detoxifer!

3 Red Delicious Apples

1 medium sized Beet Root

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3.  Carrot  Juice Supreme

10 Carrots

2 Green Apples

1 inch Fresh Ginger Root

Try substituting these tonics for the sodas, coffees and specialty drinks you get at Starbucks.  These tonics will bathe every tissue, gland and organ of your body, giving you a rich energetic feeling all day.  Let these juices turn you on!  When consumed on a daily basis, juicing will change your life!

In our Book; Live Foods Live Bodies, Linda and I have shared over 40 tonics, smoothies and juice therapy recipes that will catapult you into a powerful, energetic like we live everyday.

Here’s to juice!

Jay Kordich

linda and jay speaking about juicing

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How to Travel Successfully with Your Juicer!

We have been asked by many of our friends what we ‘do’ when we are traveling when it comes to juicing on a daily basis.

We say, it’s quite easy!

We take our juicer with us on the plane because the size of the juicer easily fits into the upper portion of the cabin, with the right kind of bag.

The best thing to do, when you have to travel or even if you want to take your juicer with you on a vacation is to do the following:

1.  Pack Juicer well so the bucket does not crack.

2.  Bring along several glasses with lids on them to secure juice.

3.  Bring straws for easy sipping and a small brush for cleaning.

4.  Once you reach your destination, go to the grocery store and purchase the basics: carrots/apples/celery/spinach/beets/parsley/ginger

5.  Once you have the basics you can juice several different combinations

6.  We usually put the juicer in the bathroom of our hotel room, so that cleanup is easy.

7.  We also use the facecloths to clean our juicer if the brush was forgotten.

The benefits of juicing while you are traveling are many!

Here are some:

1.  Juicing helps keep our energy high

2.  Juicing daily keeps our regime balanced so that when we get home there is not a lot of re-adjusting that needs to take place.

3.  Our bowel habits stay balanced

4.  We can juice instead of making poor food choices or poor juice choices while in the hotels.

5.  You will SAVE big money by taking your juicer with you, instead of relying on juicebars for your juice!

Just try to remember to clean your juicer out EVERY TIME you juice while you are on vacation, and your vacation and/or work related travel will be a wonderful experience!

HAPPY JUICING!

jAY kORDICH

Linda and I in Hawaii at our friends Juicebar called:

Lanikai Juice

Q and A’s …. “Why Juice?”

Q:  Why Juice?  There’s not really a great history of people drinking juices in the world.  We ate food, so where did juices fit into that pattern, before juicers were invented?

A:  We have evolved into something that isn’t the original human body,  so we have had to use other techniques to keep ourselves healthy.

The fact is,  we are the only creature on Earth that cooks our foods.  In the last 50 years, we have also evolved into eating a preponderance of processed foods, so the body has drastically changed and has been forced to compensate.  Throw stress into the mix and we all suffer even more.

At one time, millions of years ago, us humans were only munchers.  Before there was fire, before there were stoves and cookware, man just ate off the land, because that’s all he had.  He had a great digestive tract,  and a tremendous enzyme storehouse.  There wasn’t any white sugar, Gumbies, Cocopuffs, hormones in foods, pollutants in foods, etc.,.  Only Nature.

In the very beginning, man also air dried their meat, and once the meat was attracting maggots, they knew it had the enzymes needed for proper digestion and assimilation.  Sound gross?  Sure it does, but that’s the way to eat meat, if you are going to eat it.  To me, I would never touch it.  I can find all I need in fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables, legumes, herbs and soaked grains.

Back in those early days of man, he had a working appendix.  That appendix had an oily substance to lubricate the colon as you ate, so man could eat large quantities of fruits and vegetables, greens, etc.,.  Also  the availiability of the nutrients was sixty to seventy percent.  Right now some of us are absorbing only 20% of our nutrients from our foods.  When the body is digesting any food, just remember, all it is in essence, trying to do, is separate the foods from the juices, so the juices can penetrate the intestinal wall, as it is broken down to liquids.  It is only the liquids which permieate through the intestinal wall into the blodostream and through the lier to feed your sixty trillion cells.  The fiber, of course, has to be eliminated through bowel movements, yet the fiber plays an important role….our colons need to be cleaned, so this fiber takes care of keeping the 33 feet (from the opening of our mouths to the bottom) of our intestines and colon healthy.

This is why JUICING is so imperative for us now, in this day of age, due to the fact we are absorbing very little nutrients from the foods we are eating, compounded by the fact that the foods we are usually eating don’t have much food value in them.  When you juice, you are getting 100% of the nutrients from these fruits and vegetables, because they are pre-digested, going into our bloodstream immediately, feeling our 60 trillion cells.  THIS is why we juice.

Jay Kordich answering questions at his seminar, January 2011

Gardening, Sprouting and Juicing with Your Children!

Have you ever dreamed of losing weight and being fit?  Could your entire family benefit from juicing and exercising as well?  Do you have children that somehow get lost by the wayside as a result of your desire to lose weight?  It’s quite normal to think this way because we imagine our children always being healthy, that they are thin and involved so many hours a day in school.  This of course is a myth because children are suffering from serious illnesses like Diabetes more now than ever, and most schools have been cutting back on outdoor play and exercises as well.  What children are direly needing is a connection to Mother Nature and to their families in ways that can create a strong spiritual bonding experience with their parents.

Most of us here in America are fortunate to have backyards — yet we are not utilizing them in ways that will benefit the entire family.

When Jay and I were children, both of us had parents and grandparents that tended a very large vegetable garden and herb garden with several fruit trees.  Even though our backyards were somewhat small, our grandparents and parents utilized every square foot for the benefit of the entire family.  Jay’s parents grew a beautiful garden of spring greens and they also had a large selection of fruit trees as well.  They grew zucchini and carrots, parsley and spinach.

My grandparents lived with us from birth. They were from Norway, and my grandmother had a garden anybody would envy.  Unfortunately, in the 1960′s when I was growing up, all of our neighbors were becoming mesmerized by the advertisements on television, practically hypnotizing its viewers to believe Coco-Puffs and Frozen TV dinners were the “IN” thing.  Unfortunately our neighbors saw my Grandmother’s garden as old fashioned and in fact I remember feeling strange because my friends in the neighborhood used to say that we had a weird family because those ‘old people’ were living in our house.  Our neighbors may have thought we were weird, old fashioned or eccentric, but I loved my Grandmother and her magical garden!

Both of our lives were built on these foundations.  Sometimes Jay and I both wonder, if what we are doing today, is rooted from these empowering experiences we had for so many years growing up?  The answer is a definitive yes!

You see, you have so much power in your hands, you don’t realize this because our focus in America has been work, work, work.  Where has this gotten us?

We are obese, unhappy, frustrated and completely disconnected to our Beloved Mother Nature who surrounds us everywhere we look, but we are so sick we cannot see anything before our eyes except trying to get to our next paycheck to pay our bills. We realize this, but connecting to Mother Nature’s Foods is a free experience.  It doesn’t cost more than a ticket to a movie for a family to start an entire herb garden and vegetable garden.  It just takes a bit of reading, a bit of inspiration and determination.

You and your family’s lives can unite in ways that you could never imagine.  Raising your children to have a divine experience with healing foods and juices is something we have lived with our entire lives.

At the onset of Spring brings priceless memories of our parents and grandparents out in the garden picking the ripening crops of chives, basil and celery that would soon be part of our dinners that night.  Then when summertime comes the sweet fragrance of fresh peas still lingers powerfully in our minds, even after forty to fifty years!

Does it seem overwhelming to start these kinds of processes if you have no knowledge?  Yes.  But Rome wasn’t built in a day.  Let’s start out with a small herb garden.  Children of all ages, even Teenagers will thoroughly enjoy this process.  Even as you begin to learn to sprout in your kitchen garden, growing an herb garden is very easy.  If you live in an apartment, it’s quite easy to create an herb garden right in your own kitchen. (see charts on growing herbs)

Once you, your children and perhaps even the Grandparents can get involved, this too will become a powerful bonding experience.  Once you get through one season with the herb garden, then you can start thinking about building a small raised vegetable garden.  And then in the late wintertime, take your children to the Nursery and buy a fruit tree together.

The bounty of fruit, herbs and vegetables are a perfect foundation to building a Living Kitchen as well!  Juicing the fruits, herbs or vegetables you grow in your own home takes the learning experience to heights that will literally transform the way your children think and live.  If you have an overabundance of herbs or fruits or veggies, you can juice them easily. After you have juiced, you now have a beautiful compost pile waiting to go back into the Earth so that the earthworms can do their work to digest the foods so they in turn can create beautiful, rich soil for the future seeds of what you plant can take root and feed you.

You have the Power of Nature in your hands! This is what millions of us have been missing for many decades that our grandparents used to do, yet somehow we have lost  these empowering ways of communing with Mother Nature.  There is a natural symbiosis that occurs when we are outdoors with the dirt in our hands, picking ripened fruit, herbs and vegetables.  It’s as if the Sun and the mysteries of Nature are healing our hearts, bodies and souls.  And to have our children with us as we mature into this process together, is a gift that everybody can have.  You have the ability to change your lives right now, and you have the power to alter your children’s lives to a way of living that is the richest you could ever imagine.

Children are unconsciously craving to find ways to bond with their families, no matter the age.  Learning together, (combined with converting this knowledge about all the different varieties of fruits, veggies and herbs into action) by blending, juicing and eating these healing foods and herbs is something you owe to yourself and your family.  Even if you are divorced or re-married, whether you are in a relationship with a love partner, or if you are grandparents….. gardening, juicing and eating Mother Nature’s foods belongs to all of us as a humanity.

When our children were younger, when we lived in Rancho Santa Fe (San Diego area). One day we went to our youngest son’s classroom to do a small talk about juicing.  It seemed simple enough to us, but what we both found shocking, was the fact that almost all of the children didn’t know the names of vegetables, or any of the fruits except a few; apples, oranges and bananas. They had never seen cantaloupes, or honeydews, mangos or grapefruits.  They couldn’t identify celery or even spinach, much less zucchini, cucumbers or green bell peppers. The only vegetables most of them were able to identify were carrots.  This was over 15 years ago.  We wondered as we were writing this book, how it had changed, hoping it would be better.  We were wrong.  Based on Jamie Oliver’s studies during his tours across America in 2010, he found that first graders couldn’t identify over 90% of the fruits and vegetables, and what made it even more disturbing was that the 6th graders had the same statistics.  This is not just alarming, it’s heartbreaking.

Now is the time to change your life and help enlighten your children’s minds and their bodies so that they can experience long lasting, vital health by incorporating juicing, gardening, sprouting and outdoor exercise on a daily basis.  Interestingly, this new world of vital health is not exclusive to just children. Within just a short time, everybody’s bodies start to change for the better, no matter the age.

I’ve Been Juicing since 1948 ~ I Share My Master Teachers with You

To My Friends,

I want to share some of my mentor’s words and information. These Master Teachers who also happened to be doctors, taught me the Powers of Juicing back in the late 1940′s.  For the past 62 years, I have had the distinct honour to teach these virtuous ways of living.  I thought it may be a good idea to share them with you tonight.
As time goes by sometimes information is lost, so I want to make sure I share with  you all as much as I can about what was selflessly taught to me so many decades ago.

There were two books I read in the 1940′s that I read over and over and over again, time in and time out, and today they are still quite relevant. The first book was called:

Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices by Dr. Norman Walker
Become Younger by Dr. Norman Walker


And then in the early 1960′s my favorite book:

Live Food Juices by Dr. John Kirchner

All of these books were like my bible. I must have read Dr. Kirschner’s book 500 times throughout a period of a decade.  I never met Dr. Kirschner, but his book shook my entire world, exploding the myths about protein I once thought were true.  I used to think red meat had the best protein to build powerful bodies, but I was wrong. Plant-life has the best usable proteins for humans.  During the time I read Dr. Kirschner’s book I had already been reading Dr. Norman Walker’s Fresh Vegetable Juices, which was first published in 1936!


We need to know there are other alternatives to helping our bodies heal and recover from either disease or trauma.  That’s what these doctors did for me over six decades ago. Their information is priceless, so I thought you may be interested in reading some of the books that helped me during some pretty dark times.


I learned from Dr. Walker, back in the 1960′s about the glands and why they are so important, as well as all of our internal organs, and how juicing cleanses and purifies our system naturally providing all the natural minerals, plant food enzymes and vitamins our bodies can assimilate at a rate of 100% because they are in juice form.

In Dr. Walker’s book, Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices, this is where I learned a tremendous amount of information about juice combining. In the 1960′s I went to visit Dr. Walker in Arizona and spent some time with him going over and over all of his theories and juice combinations and personal lifestyle.  He was a gentle man, and someone I will never forget.  He cemented my convictions about juicing even more.

He was not a total raw foodist. He did consume dairy products and had his own goats at home where he was able to get fresh, unpasteurized raw milk from his goats. He believed that cow’s cream was far more digestible than cow milk. However, he preferred goat’s milk because molecules were smaller in goats milk than in cows milk, making it more easily digestible.

I learned from Dr. Kirchner, that carrot juice is almost identical to the human blood, chemically speaking. And I learned that toxemia is due to poor food habits and that carrot juice combined with greens can and does eliminate toxemia. He showed photos of several people who were dying and how vegetable juicing took them from their death bed to vital, pure health within just a few months.

In the 1960′s I started to read other books by:

Paavo Airola ~ How to Get Well
Colon Health ~ Dr. Norman Walker
Sprouts The Elixir of Life ~ John H. Tobe

By the 1970′s after 25 years of reading and researching, selling juicers and teaching anybody who would listen about the beautiful life of juicing, I quit reading so much and started to become more active in lecturing, teaching and demonstrating at health conventions, Seventh Day Adventist Hospitals and helping others do research on cabbage juice healing stomach ulcers.

By the 1990′s I finally had the distinct honour to reach millions of people through television, which influenced millions and millions of Americans to juice on a daily basis.

Now in this new millenium, I am finding that balance, family, enjoying life every moment brings me great joy, along with juicing everyday. I am not as driven as I once was, so being in Nature brings a lot of deeper wisdom and understanding about the mysteries of life and of love.


Interestingly, though, I have been called back to work, and I am happy to do so.  Hopefully I will have more time on Earth so Linda and I can write more books to help inspire more and more of you to rely on the healing powers of Mother Nature, and of course, in Her juice form as well!

I have found, that after teaching juicing for 62 years, it is a true teaching,not a fad as so many had cast me as being part of. Juicing is a powerful teaching that reaches our cells and our souls, and I am dearly grateful to have been able to share all my passions with you.

I hope these insights can and will inspire you to juice everyday and to perhaps pick up some of these old books, so that you too can learn and share what these GREAT Master Teachers have taught me.



Jay Kordich

Why JUICING Works! The Number 1 Key to Vitality

1. Why Juicing Works   ~ Key #1!
Linda, Jayson and me in 1990, juicing!
Fresh, living (sun-baked) vegetable and fruit juices are a veritable liquid powerhouse rich in natural plant enzymes, phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  It is the number one KEY to longevity and vitality.  We like to think fresh juicing is like taking a bullet train to your destination instead of walking.  Making fresh juices delicately extracts these living nutrients which are literally bound within the plant as the juicing process releases them into juice form. For many years in our health seminars we sometimes would pick up a carrot and say hey, can anybody squeeze the juice out of this carrot with their own hands?  Of course it’s impossible to do, but did you know carrots have more juice in them than oranges do?  The mystery of juicing still baffles us, even after over sixty years of teaching this subject, every time we make fresh vegetable juices, we continue to be enlightened.  This is the beauty of life.  To be on an enlightened path everyday discovering newer ways to become healthier, wiser, more loving and tender sustains and invites youth no matter what the age.
You see, juicing delivers 100% of the nutrients through its pre-digested form.  It’s pre-digested because we don’t have to go through the digestive processes in order to benefit from the nutrients we are consuming.  That’s why we say: “It’s the juice of the fiber that feeds you.” Juicing gives you the highest density of nutrients per calorie. Fiber is essential for proper bowel function, yes, but we recommend eating a diet high in all fibrous forms such as fruits, soaked nuts and grains and seeds, vegetables and herbs.  Combine these food with a big dose of vegetable juices on a daily basis, and now you have the power of LIFE in your hands!
Can you tell we are excited about juicing? Absolutely.  Can juicing add vitality and energy and especially longevity into your life as well?  Absolutely.  That is what this book is about.  Everything important about juicing will be shared with you.  By the time you finish this book, you and your family‘s lives will be transformed on so many levels.  That’s the whole point as to why we are writing this book. We want you to apply this knowledge, so you can become empowered and share these virtues and truths with your own children, or grandchildren and they in turn share with their children.  Ultimately and collectively we will become a superiorly healthy Nation as we should be.  We are the richest Nation in the world, yet almost at the bottom of the wrung in health. To us, this is a travesty!
What we find interesting is that it never ceases to amaze us when people taste fresh vegetable juices for the first time, their eyes widen and a surprised grin appears on their face immediately.  Then they completely finish off the juice in the glass, asking for more.  We have never seen a person tell us that freshly made vegetable juices taste bad.  The challenge is not really the taste, but learning and integrating all of the techniques and skills of making juicing a daily habit at home. That’s what The Living Diet will teach you.  We have decades of experience to empower you to get that juicer up and running in your kitchen on a daily basis, and also we will guide you on how to make the right choices with understanding why the ‘lifeforce’ from living foods needs to be part of your daily regime as well.
We want you to intimately know this word:  life-force!  The life-force from foods is what’s missing in our diets, in a huge way. Most of our meals are completely devoid of the life-force.  Sometimes you will hear us say, dead food is devoid of the life-force, and it’s true. The more life-force you can consume, the more energy, vitality and longevity is assured.
One of the best reasons for juicing  is because of the immediate feeling of energy you feel.  At the same time you will feel a natural calm, because your body is getting the nourishment it craves. Over the long run, your stamina will likely increase, and your bowel habits will change dramatically for the better.  Everyone should be eliminating at least twice a day. When you are juicing on a regular basis, you are guaranteed to have no troubles in that department.  What’s more, your skin will probably start to improve, including losing a ton of excess weight.
Some people ask: why should we juice fruit when we can purchase it in the store?  You can buy orange juice, for instance, right in the dairy case. Yet scientific research shows 90 percent of fruit’s food value lies not in the flesh, but in the peelings and just below the surface. And that is the real juicing advantage. Juicing releases nutrients that are normally unavailable because of our inability to eat food parts that are indigestible, like the rind of a watermelon or the white fiber of an orange.  In addition to this fact, is that orange juice loses a huge percentage of the natural vitamin C within just minutes of extraction.  Therefore, it’s almost as if you need to have your mouth up on the spout of the juicer as the orange juice is coming out!
One of the most important benefits of fruit and vegetable juicing is the benefit of the trace and major minerals heartily available.  The most amazing story of photosynthesis can well explain the importance of these magical minerals.  The mystery begins with soil, the sun and the seeds of plants.  Plants literally drink minerals up from the soil. If you could grab a handful of rich earth, eat it, and absorb the body’s full requirement of iron, calcium, phosphorous, zinc, and boron, you would never have to buy food. But you can’t. Only plants, with their roots down in the ground, can draw up the minerals and store that vital power in the plant’s cell walls—and in the form of juice, the absorption level goes through the roof.  Instead of absorbing only twenty or thirty percent of the nutrients, you are absorbing 100% of the nutrients, into your bloodstream, immediately.  Do you see?
This is a very important statement, and I want you to read and re-read this again, so you understand the reasons why we need plant-life and why it’s so imperative we consume large quantities of plant-life daily either through juicing or through our meals.
Live foods also are bursting with what we call the ’sparkplugs of life’….. plant derived enzymes. The difference between living foods and cooked, devitalized foods is whether they contain this essential ingredient.  This is one of the keys to longevity!  Cooking foods, even placing them in boiling water, virtually kills all enzymes. Any food that is cooked over 118 degrees almost confirms all of the natural ‘life-force’ is gone, meaning the enzymes have all gone up in smoke, literally.  Why is this important? Enzymes initiate, direct, or accelerate virtually every chemical reaction required for life.  All natural foods consumed in their living and/or raw state are bursting with these life-giving natural plant enzymes, helping digestion and better absorption of our foods.
Most fruits and vegetables also contain phytochemicals (phyto- means “plant”); they are the pigments and compounds that give plants their individual colors and flavors. Back in the 1940’s throughout the entire 1980’s I used to say that these powerhouses of nutrients were ‘yet unidentified’ nutrients because science hadn’t defined yet what these phytochemicals or antioxidants were.  It was only in the 1990’s where the medical establishment and dedicated scientists finally caught up with the exploding information that was coming to the forefront about the healing powers of plant-life.
Clinical trials now have established that plant-life has powerful antioxidant activity and may lower the risk for certain types of cancer. Some phytochemicals bind physically to cell walls, thereby preventing pathogens to lodge themselves inside. Others, such as lycopene, can help reduce heart disease, and lower cholesterol levels. Lycopene is easily found in tomatoes, and as you will find out, we have some spectacular tonics made out of fresh beefstake tomatoes combined with lemons, spinach, carrots and celery, making for a powerhouse tonic rich in a rainbow of coloured nutrients!
The final section in the opening chapter addresses those readers who are already vegetarians. Most vegetarians and vegans are not taking advantage of the Power of Juicing.  Once they start to incorporate juicing into their diets, they too will find that their vegetarian diets had been missing this key ingredient, and their energy will soar once they start incorporating fresh fruit and vegetable juicing into their daily diets. Granted, vegans and vegetarians are way ahead of the game, but they will be amazed just how much farther along the path to vitality they will find themselves in once they start to incorporate some of these vitally important juicing habits into their daily lifestyle. Let’s also not forget teenagers who recently have become inspired to eat a vegetarian diet, yet are eating the wrong kids of foods such as Twinkies and crackers for some of their meals. Granted let’s give them credit for understanding the benefits of vegetarianism and/or veganism, but if they are the only vegetarian in the family, it can lend itself to a bit of a disaster as far as support is concerned.  This book, as we have said throughout these chapters, is designed for Families.  That means husbands, wives, children, grandchildren, grandparents, and yes even teenagers.  Whoever is managing the kitchen needs to read this book thoroughly and invest time and invite their family members to get involved!

Jay Kordich PBS Interview ~ January 2011

Here’s a short interview I did a few months ago with the local PBS producer, Bill Shafer.  He’s one of the nicest guys ever!  It shows a bit of my background with Juicing and where I’ve been in the last 15 years. Hope you enjoy it.

http://growingbolder.com/media/health/nutrition/the-father-of-juicing-fights-back-716935.html

Please let me know your thoughts.  Also, don’t forget we have just launched our new juicer, the Power Grind Pro. It’s the best juicer I have ever used or endorsed.

Best of Health,

Linda and me in 2006