I just finished my morning glass of carrot-ginger juice and realized this is one GAPS staple I haven’t told you much about, even though it has helped my digestion so much!To juice, you need a juicer with a filter, or a heavy duty blender and something to strain your juice with. If you don’t want to make the investment in a juicer without trying it first, do like we did and ask your facebook friends! Lots of people try juicing and then don’t stick with it.
I must admit, our family has been pretty lazy about juicing. Even though we like vegetable juice, it’s one more thing to do that doesn’t always get done. But I’m the best out of everyone at remembering to juice… because if I start to get a little constipated I remember what makes me feel better!
No… it’s not the fiber! On the GAPS diet, you actually start off with almost no fiber at all. The juice we use from Intro Stage 4 on is filtered. We compost our pulp, but some people use them as a base for raw food dehydrated crackers. I want to try that someday! If pulp makes it through your juicer into your juice, you are to strain it further!When your gut is damaged, it makes getting the nutrition from your food difficult. So the GAPS diet focuses on the most nutrient dense foods. When you juice, you concentrate the nutrients so that your damaged gut doesn’t have to do all the work of extracting them from the fiber. You get the nutrition without the work!
For people who don’t like the texture of vegetables, or who don’t like drinking plain water, juicing can be a good way to boost both liquid and nutrition in the diet.
Juicing isn’t meant to be the only way you consume vegetables on GAPS. To the contrary, we eat loads of whole vegetables as well!
On the GAPS diet, you drink your juice first thing in the morning, or a couple hours apart from meals. It is a detoxing drink, and it also gets your body ready to digest your food. According to Dr. Natasha, it stimulates stomach acid and pancreatic enzyme production, and is cleansing to the kidneys. Cabbage-celery-apple juice is recommended in the book for kidney cleansing.
The combinations of vegetables and fruits you can use in your juice are endless. Of course what you choose to include will determine what nutrition and detox properties you experience!
The ingredients that Dr. Natasha lists as most therapeutic for many people are:
- beet tops
- carrot tops
- beets (no more than 5% of total veggies added)
Any combination of these should make up at least 50% of the juice. Then you can improve the flavor and add nutrition by adding up to 50% of things like:
The easy, inexpensive combo I use most often is carrot-celery-apple-ginger! Do you juice? What is your favorite combination?