Best Juicing for Hepatitis C Liver - Juicing fruits and vegetables is a great way to help your liver! There is nothing like drinking a wonderful glass of goodness that is freshly made from your own kitchen. So where do you start? All you need is a juicer, fresh produce, and a routine that makes it easy. If it is quick and easy, you will be more likely to consistently prepare juices as part of your liver loving lifestyle. When you start juicing you can think about time, cost, and nutrition. Let’s look at them together. I’ve been doing this for years. I really wish we could just sit down on the back porch and I will make you a juice while we chat.
What kind of juicer is best? A professional juicer has a hefty price tag, and also some benefits. You can go out and buy an expensive juicer if it fits your budget and your counter top. Have you seen the size of those things? Keep in mind that if you use it frequently, it has to either sit on your counter or be easy to put away. The pro juicers work fast and reduces the amount of pulp that is left over. That means more nutrients for your liver. I use the type that you can get at a discount store. In 30 years of serious juicing, I have only burned up 2. They last a long time when they are cared for according to the manufacturers instructions.
What makes a healthy liver juice? Good clean produce! If you can get organic vegetables and fruits it is always best. You will probably be using root vegetables like carrots and beats. You will also be using vegetables that have may have been sprayed with pesticides. If your produce comes from another country, they may even use pesticides that have been banned by the FDA in the United States. I have used veggies and fruits from many sources. I go cheap. If it hits the pocket book too hard, you may not feel like you can afford to juice. Then the juicer sits in the cabinet. Or ends up in the garage.
Best vegetables and fruits for the juicing with liver disease. I have researched a lot and know that many vegetables and fruits have certain properties that can help support your liver. You know what? Unless you are into being specific about everything, don’t get bogged down in all that. Just be aware of what is safe for the liver, and what to avoid. Vegetables and fruits, when consumed in their natural state are always good for you. You can check my recipes for how to blend them. Here’s a quick list.
Ginger root, Cabbage, Cayenne Pepper, Chard, Kale, Collards, Garlic and the list goes on.
Best Steps for easy juicing. This is not going to be an exhaustive list. Everything I know about juicing will fill up several blogs. This blog is the simple instructions on getting started.
Prepare vegetables and fruits for juicing. Wash and or peel all vegetables and fruit. Your root vegetables can simply be scrubbed with a vegetable brush if they are organic. If they are not, I go ahead and peel them just slightly. Cut the tops and bottoms of carrots or beets and give them a quick scrub or use the vegetable peeler. Skinny carrots go through as is. Bigger ones are cut down to size. Apples and pears need to be cored. I remember something about the seeds not being good for you. I cut into them into quarters and leave the skin on. Spinach, celery etc need to be washed thoroughly.
Lay all of the produce out on a paper towel or just on your counter before beginning. That way you do not have to stop the juicer as much. You can experiment with the amount. Mine is usually 4 or 5 carrots, a piece of fruit, and a stick of celery and/or beets.
Turn the juicer on and start pushing them through the juicer. Apples, pears, spinach or other leaf veggies and celery are soft. Carrots are extra firm. So – I put in a few pieces of one of the soft fruits or veggies and then run some carrots through to kind of “clean” the juicer. It also makes a nice layered look in the glass. I just love the colors!
HINT: It is easy and cheap to buy a large amount and clean them all at once. Simply stick the cleaned carrot sticks, celery, beets, or whatever in separate plastic zippler storage bags. Then when you are ready to juice, all you have to do is take them out and you are ready to juice! Spinach can get really soft if stored for too long, so buy it when you KNOW you will be juicing consistently.
HINT: Beet juice can stain so I am extra careful with it. Don’t let it keep you from using them!
AVOID: Grapefruit or grapefruit seed extract does have beneficial properties. However, it is also proven to increase the performance of some drugs, while decreasing it in others. Your best bet is to avoid grapefruit altogether. It is hard for me, but there are some things you cannot play with if you are on Hepatitis C Treatment or have Cirrhosis.
There are many liver detox recipes for juicing, but be care and consult with your doctor before adding any supplementations. I consider most of my diet to be liver detoxing or liver cleansing because I am so careful. Living the life! The only thing that I add that is not fresh is my green powder. I use a brand that my doctor approves of. Remember: Everything in moderation.
What probably will NOT work in your juicer: Watermelon, bananas, mango, blueberries, strawberries, and other fruits are too soft and will clog up your juicer. I tried putting them in the freezer years ago and it was a mess. With today’s immersion blenders, it is easier to just make a smoothie from some fruits. I digress.. another blog.
Check out my favorite juice recipes!
I hope you will consider juicing as a fun and healthy way to cleanse your liver. The Best Juicing for Hepatitis C Liver blog shows how easy and cheap it is to get started making your own vegetable and fruit juice. Remember what to avoid and use safe recipes. Some that claim a cure should always be taken to your doctor. Karen:)
What is your favorite juice recipe? Have you noticed any difference in your energy level or liver enzymes since you began a liver loving diet?
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