Ask Michele Tune "Is juice good for you?" and she will answer with a big smile. The author and blogger known as "Raw Juice Girl" on the internet world spreads her message of healing with juices and raw food every day through her writing, teaching and speaking engagements. Michele blogs extensively about her experiences with raw food, fasting and making juice. She spent most of her young adult life, doctor after doctor, looking for a cure for many chronic conditions. Things were so bad with her that she writes: "I had to wear Depends." Thanks to the healing power of raw food, fasting and juices, Michele has lost over 100 pounds, regained her health and no longer needs to wear diapers or undergo painful and embarrassing medical treatments. We were lucky to catch up with Michele and ask, "Is juice good for you?" You have probably already guessed the answer.
First we asked Michele to share personal experiences with the health benefits of making juice.
How did you become interested in making juice?
I discovered juice while studying online. I was looking for alternative solutions for my health. I was intrigued by the healing benefits of raw juices and juice fasting and the many testimonies I read on the internet.
By that time I had lost some weight (about 40 pounds or so, I believe) but I was still obese and had to wear Depend's diapers. I was in my early twenties and so discouraged about my health. I had reached the point that people are talking about: I was willing to do everything necessary to reverse my health – and life -. The more I researched, the more I was inspired by stories from people like Alissa Cohen and many others. I discovered that people around the world had experienced healing through juice fasting: livers, bladders, heart disease, cancer, skin problems, mental problems – there were all kinds of healing stories in abundance!
A few years later my bladder problem completely disappeared and I lost more than 100 kilos. Raw, living juices and juices are so healing for me.
How did you start making juice?
I started with a second hand juicer, mostly produced from the gardens of friends, and a determined mind to experience nothing but a healing, juicy journey – and that is exactly what happened.
I was so motivated to make juice quickly. I started after I felt that I had done enough research and felt that I could venture safely without harming myself. Of course I did not realize that I was a little too motivated! I thought I could quickly make a 30-day juice if I had never started juice in my life. I took Day Four of that 30-day juice quickly before the detox symptoms overwhelmed me and I decided that I needed to be more realistic.
I let myself rest for about a week and then decided that I would quickly shoot for a 7-day juice. Guess? I made it! Moments later I completed a 14-day fast juice, a 21-day fast juice and finally I had enough juice experience that I went for the 30-day fast juice. This time I made it! And this time a miracle happened: on day 21 of that 30-day juice I quickly noticed something incredible. I no longer had a bladder problem; I no longer needed Depends on it!
Other juice benefits
Because Michele's healing was so powerful, we asked her to describe more of the benefits she gained from making juice. Not everyone will experience the same benefits.
What benefits have you experienced in making juice?
The list of benefits I have experienced is quite long: Improved hair, skin, nails, colon, more restful sleep, eyesight, digestion, weight loss. Also, by day 21 of my first 30-day juice quickly, my bladder healed completely. Since then I have a healthy bladder. Natural remedies along with raw juices and juices also helped balance my blood sugar, cholesterol, hormones, metabolism and more, and I have now lost over 100 pounds!
Do you recommend special juice equipment?
I dream of owning an Omega 8003 juice extractor or a Green Star. I have heard such wonderful things about them both. I also often wished I had a wheatgrass press; However, I don't really feel that you need the best / most expensive equipment to make a good start with making juice and to find out more about it. Unlike a juicer, a good knife for chopping products and perhaps a large cutting board are useful tools for making juice.
Can you share your favorite juice recipe?
My favorite juice combination of all time is spinach-carrot juice. It's great & # 39; early in the morning – so refreshing, sweet, energetic and delicious! In my opinion there is nothing to compare! And I'm actually horrible about measuring my juices. Normally I just throw a few carrots (depending on their size) and a handful of spinach in the juicer and I enjoy the amount that comes out.
Are there any special juices that are known to have health benefits?
Yes! Too many to mention here, that's for sure. Beet root is a blood booster and cleanser; carrot juice is excellent for eyesight, is full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and more; dark green helps to make the body alkaline; Cabbage juice is sweet, helps cleanse the colon and fight cancer – the list goes on.
Do commercially prepared juices offer the same benefits?
No, not in my opinion. In addition to the artificial preservatives and other chemicals that contain commercially prepared juices, the person who consumes the juice does not experience the fresh taste – or health benefits – of the raw, living enzymes.
Getting started Juicing
We asked Michele for advice to help people make juice.
What is the easiest way to make juice?
Pick up a juicer at a local store or online. If finance is the main reason why you have not yet started making juice, pick up a juice extractor at a Goodwill or another thrift store. Craigslist is an online advertising service where you can find second-hand juicers and Freecycle is a list where people place items to give away. Maybe you are lucky to find a juicer there. There are countless books, websites and blogs with great recipes. Experimenting is also fun.
Is Juicing good for you?
Absolutely! Even if fasting juice (aka juice partying) is not involved, only delicious juices and wonderful health benefits will certainly come from enjoying raw juices as often as possible.
What other advice could you give people about making juice?
I feel that people are too hard on themselves. People interested in juice should know that they do not need the most expensive juice extractor or much knowledge to get started with juice. And if the products themselves are the problem, there are farmers' markets, communal gardens and other solutions.
My advice: simply buy a juice extractor (and produce) that falls within your budget – and start making juice!
Note: Juice fasting must be consciously approached. It should not be seen as a quick fix for weight loss, but instead look at unprocessed juices and juices as an opportunity for your body to enjoy living enzymes that the body – and the mind – craves and can thrive on.