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Grocery Shopping: Your List and Guide

“Nature distributed medicine everywhere.”
- Pliny the Elder

Eric Hoffer in his book The True Believer said that one of the hallmarks of a true revolution was a geographical shift. World-renowned Mythologist Joseph Campbell said the same of a true Hero’s Journey.

There is a noticeable set of geographic shifts when you Juice Feast. The center of the grocery store, with its processed, canned, expensively advertised foods becomes obsolete, and you enter the naturally colorful world of the Produce Section.

If you watch the video by Jerry Seinfeld below, you will recall that the grocery store can be a confusing place to be, and it can be made even more so during a Feast. It can be a world of opportunity or temptation, depending on your state of mind when you enter.

Several things to keep in mind:

  1. Remember the old adage that it is a bad idea to grocery shop on an empty stomach.

  2. Drink juice before you go, and take some juice with you. As your Juice Feast progresses, people will approach you and tell you how great you are looking – don’t be surprised. When they do, you can reveal your secret!

  3. To be skillful with your time, try to buy all your produce for the week. You might want to go with a friend or loved one. 

    Also, vision yourself going to the store, visiting the abundant, beautiful, bountiful produce section with the best, most nutrient-dense foods you have ever accessed, checking out with a colorful cart, smiling all the way. By visualizing this, you will have a far better chance of an easy, happy, stress-free grocery store visit.

  4. Finally, take a list with you so that you are all business while you are there! We have provided a Juice Feasting Grocery List for you (download by clicking here) in .pdf format like all of the 350+ of David’s incredible research files on The 92-Day Juice Feasting Program.


Shopping Locally

In the last 40 years, the value of international trade in food has tripled, and the tonnage of food shipped between nations has grown fourfold, while population has only doubled.

In the United States, food typically travels between 2,500 and 4,000 kilometers from farm to plate, up to 25 percent farther than in 1980. In the United Kingdom, food travels 50 percent farther than it did two decades ago. Author Jeremy Rifkin has said that due to the intensive use of petroleum for farm machinery, agrochemicals, shipping, and even travel to and from the grocery store by car, our food is now made more from oil than soil.

The long and short of it is that producing and delivering food in this manner is unsustainable. On Day 25 of the Juice Feasting Nutrition Program, we introduce the topic of Authentic Foods, which is a standard set by 40-year farmer Eliot Coleman, who decided that we need to raise the bar from organic to local organic.

The food for your Juice Feast is going to cost about $20-35 a day, which is probably about $10-15 more than you usually spend in a day. Not bad for exceedingly good health, but still an investment. 

We encourage you to cut your costs and give more dollars back to the farmer by seeking out local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Projects, Farmer’s Markets, local gardens, and even wild foods.

You can find your nearest farmer’s markets and local producers on the USDA website:
USDA Farmer’s Markets Listings

Also consider these strong resources for finding local food in your area:
LocalHarvest
CSA Center


What You are Picking Up: Produce in Abundance

Grocery List in hand, go straight to the produce section and pick up produce for 5 days. 5 DAYS!!!

Just for starters, for everyone that is:

  • 5 heads of celery

  • 5 cucumbers

  • 10 lbs of leafy greens

  • 20-30 lemons

(You will be getting more than that, so see the Grocery Shopping info that follows on this page)

Get a big cart, and enjoy surprising yourself at just how much fresh nutrient dense food you are going to access. Many of our students get a real high off buying this much produce! You can tell just by looking at your cart that life is about to shift into something significant and beautiful and abundant!

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David and Katrina Rainoshek and a day’s worth of juicing produce!


VEGETABLES and HERBS


Leafy Greens. You are juicing 2 lbs of leafy greens each day, so you need 10lbs of greens: spinach, kale, parsley, romaine, butter lettuce, dandelion greens, chard, etc. Weigh it, and recognize that these are the most nutrient dense foods you will have ever juiced. The cell walls of these plants are tough, which is why we suggest using a Vitamix or Press-style juicer to break those walls open to release the nutritious juice inside.

If you are new to Green Vegetable Juice, start with two favorites: spinach and parsley, then move to kale, romaine, butter lettuce, chard, and so on. One other green of note: cilantro. This green pulls heavy metals from the body, particularly mercury, so if you have had, or do have, mercury fillings, please use this green each week of the Feast. You may also be interested in the information on Biological Dentistry on Day 44 of the Program.

Celery. We juice one head per person of celery every day of the Feast. Why? Because celery is loaded with organic sodium, which is one of most important alkalinizing minerals. Most of us are deficient in organic sodium from eating a standard or acid-forming diet (meat, dairy, wheat, processed sugar, and soy). Putting back in organic sodium will reduce or eliminate acid reflux disease, ease gastrointestinal distress, heal the lining of the stomach, aid digestion of proteins, and alkalinize the bile of the liver and gallbladder (acid bile creates gallstones). Celery is a key part of the alkalinzing aspects of the Juice Feast.

Cucumber. Cucumbers have a reputation as the best kidney cleanser known. They are a diuretic; thus, they prevent bloating due to water retention, and they help to wash the kidneys and bladder of debris and stones. Cucumbers are cooling, refreshing, water-rich, filling, low in calories, alkaline, and high in energy. The popular health lecturer and teacher Paul Bragg said of cucumbers, “There is nothing more nourishing for the skin to have than the liquid juice from the cucumber. The nutrition-rich water that it contains, when taken into the body, adds luster to the hair, sparkle to the eye, color to the lips, tone to the skin, and spring to the step.” Paul Bragg, even in his 90s, had beautiful skin, in part due to his daily juicing of cucumbers. We use 1 cucumber a day per person minimum, and they go very well with celery juice and leafy greens. One of our favorite juices is leafy greens with celery, cucumber, lemon, and apple. We will discuss juices more in the next section, “Getting Juicy: Making Beautiful Juices.”

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Sweet Root Crops: Carrot, Beet, and Yam. These are sweet, and also your most calorie dense vegetables that you can juice. In terms of calories per quart of juice, you can’t be(e)t a yam! We buy about 5 lbs of carrots for every 3 days of Feasting, so you might want to get 10 lbs for yourself. Carrots last a long time in the fridge, so you can’t overbuy them. Also, this is not the 1980s, so we are not suggesting making huge quarts of carrot or yam juice on a regular basis. These roots are for adding calorie and nutrient value to your Green Vegetable Juice. However, using a centrifugal juicer like a Juiceman can make you some carrot or yam juice in a real hurry, and we do break ours out for this purpose.

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Radish. If you have an underactive thyroid, radish juice can help you out. It has an element called raphanin in it that balances thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Raphanin is what you might call an adaptogen, meaning that it will bring your thyroid into balance whether it is under- or over-active. Radish is also high in sulfur, which is a beauty mineral that helps build and maintain youthful skin. To really benefit from radish, you are looking at 1/2 cup of radish juice into your Green Vegetable Juices each day, which takes about 1 typical bunch of radishes to make. And you can juice the tops, too.

Red Bell Peppers. These are high in Vitamin C and add a delicious taste to your Green Vegetable Juice. Because of their cost per lb, they are not a main constituent of your total juice calories, however. We add these in to create a wide spectrum of produce flowing into our Feast.

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Hot Peppers. These are great for your cardiovascular system. I have had clients use Cayenne Pepper in their juices for years. Start low and work up! On Day 6 of the Juice Feasting Nutrition Program we have an incredible file for you on Cayenne: the benefit of years of research.

Garlic. According to Daniel Reid in his excellent book, The Tao of Sex, Health, and Longevity, “Garlic has been prescribed as medicine since the dawn of recorded history In China, and probably long before that. Egyptian medical texts dating from 1550 BC list garlic as a major ingredient in 22 prescriptions, and it is a well-known fact that countries where garlic is consumed in large quantities suffer a significantly lower incidence of cancer. Chinese texts clearly state that in order to be fully effective, garlic must be consumed raw.

Modern science confirms the efficacy of this ancient remedy. American biochemists have discovered that ‘allicin’, the active component in garlic, works as a powerful antibiotic and fungicide. In fact, allicin has proven even more effective than penicillin in suppressing certain types of disease-carrying agents. However, allicin appears only in freshly cut or crushed raw garlic, again confirming the wisdom of ancient Chinese medical advice. When you cut a clove of raw garlic, a neutral vegetable substance called alliin mixes with a plant enzyme called allinase to produce the potent allicin factor. The characteristic odor of fresh cut raw garlic is caused by this powerful enzyme reaction. The garlic pills, garlic oil and other odorless garlic extracts sold in health-food stores are devoid of the allicin compound and are therefore therapeutically useless.

In ancient China, tuberculosis was effectively treated with hot compresses of fresh raw garlic applied to the back. The volatile therapeutic factors penetrated the skin and entered the lungs, killing the bacillus that causes tuberculosis. Garlic is also effective in ridding the alimentary canal of worms and other parasites, preventing colds and influenza, and giving a tonic boost to the libido. Regular daily consumption of fresh raw garlic provides round-the-clock protection against a host of contagious diseases and parasites.”

On the Juice Feast: Use fresh garlic in your juices by adding it to the mix in your high speed blender, or by running cloves through the Juicer. Besides using garlic in Green Vegetable Juices, one of our favorites is – and we know it sounds weird, you just have to try it for yourself – Grapefruit juice with Garlic.

Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes). You may have never used these before, but they are great if you have chronic fatigue syndrome, or according to John Heinerman, diabetes or hypoglycemia. In Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Healing Juices he writes:

All three diseases share at least one major cause for their origins. Each one of them is related to blood sugar imbalances of some kind. In the case of diabetes, it is too much sugar and too little insulin to burn it up. But in the case of chronic fatigue syndrome and hypoglycemia, it’s just the opposite: too little sugar in the circulating blood plasma and way too much insulin. This is a situation that is comparable to leaving the furnace on in July. The Jerusalem artichoke contains a starchy component called inulin. This is not related to what the pancreas produces (insulin), but is instead a unique carbohydrate which is quickly converted into an efficient energy that nutritionally supports those organs (liver, pancreas, spleen) responsible for normal blood sugar metabolism. Put another way, inulin stabilizes wildly erratic blood sugar levels. It does away with the yo-yo effects and maintains a blood sugar level somewhere in the center. Once this happens, these energy-draining problems are adequately corrected.

Ginger Root. Ginger has been in human use for over 5,000 years, and ranks as one of the world’s ten favorite spices. Among ginger root’s hallmarks are its:

  • anti-inflammatory action

  • anti-oxidant capabilities

  • high enzyme activity

  • support of probiotics in your body

  • antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal properties

  • abilities to relieve stomach upset, even during a Juice Feast

Ginger is a potentially powerful antiulcer treatment rivaling three of the nation’s most popular drugs which account for $2.8 billion in sales annually. The anti-ulcer effect of ginger is complemented by a host of other important digestive values which include relief of both diarrhea and constipation, liver protection and probiotic support. The anti-nausea effect of ginger is well documented, making it particularly protective and therapeutic in the event of a mild cleansing reaction on a Juice Feast in which the stomach feels upset. For phlegm, 1 Tablespoon of fresh ginger juice with lemon in a cup of warm water can go a long way to getting rid of mucus and cleaning the sinuses. For all these reasons and more that you can read about on Day 84: Feast Breaking, you should consider using ginger root regularly in your juices during the Feast. About one-half to one inch of ginger root per day on the Feast is excellent

Burdock Root. This root is one of the most widely used blood purifiers, and the most important herb for healing chronic skin problems. According to John Heinerman in Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Healing Herbs and Spices, “Burdock is one of the few herbs that can effectively treat eczema, acne, psoriasis, boils, herpes, syphilitic sores, styles, carbuncles, cankers, and the like.

On the Juice Feast: there are two ways to use burdock. One is to juice fresh burdock, about 2 inches per day. The other is to make a tea from the root. Heinerman advises a quart of boiled water reduced to a simmer, adding 4 teaspoons of dried, cut root to simmer for 7 minutes. Remove from heat and steep for two more hours. Drink 2 cups a day on an empty stomach (or more if chronic skin conditions persist). You can also make a larger quantity and wash the skin with the tea.


FRUIT

Keep your blood sugar level in mind as you select the appropriate amount and type of fruit for your individualized Juice Feast.

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Apples – Granny Smith, Fuji, Gala, and Braeburn. Apples have very high mineral contents,also malic acid and tannic acid, and pectins. According to Heinerman, “Pectin is a water soluble substance in many fruits and vegetables…that is a natural scubber derived chiefly from plant cell walls… When it combines with certain mineral salts in an apple, they form an insoluble salt that has strong laxative properties.” Therefore, apples are of the greatest therapeutic importance in normalizing the intestines. A great formula for this laxative effect is equal parts of spinach and apple together in a juice, which will cleanse and regenerate the entire intestinal tract. Spinach is high in oxalic acid that combines with the mineral salts and pectin in apples to really do the job. Heinerman says, and we and our students can attest, that this strong and safe chemical action actually pulls off old encrusted fecal matter from the walls of the intestinal tract and colon!

Besides being a great cleanser, apple juice purifies the blood and is helpful for skin and liver, and as a general tonic. After juicing, the liquid often oxidizes quickly so it is best to store for even a short while in the refrigerator.

Apples contain some 15 calories per oz (220KJ per 100g). The vitamins present include C, thiamine, riboflavin, nicotinic acid, carotene, B6, biotin and folic acid. There is a little sodium and a lot of potassium and phosphorus.

Apple juice is good as a drink but excellent in overcoming a liverish feeling, in helping sort out digestive disturbances and also for flushing the kidneys!

Citrus – Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, Tangerine, and Tangelo

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One of the most important qualities of citrus is that it is a hydrogen concentrator. Hydrogen is very important for hydration. This is why people in southern climates love citrus. This is important for those of us re-establishing excellent health because we have probably been chronically dehydrated, and citrus can go a long way to rehydrating every cell in our body. Citrus of all kinds is also a well-known fighter of congestion. Citrus juices have long been used to clear mucus congestion in the lungs, throat, sinuses, stomach, intestines, and liver. Grapefruit juice in particular is excellent for reducing cellulite, as cellulite is a symptom of poor lymphatic flow (congestion).

When using citrus, remember that lemon juice goes in Green Vegetable Juice very well. Another favorite of ours is lemon-grapefruit-orange juice! When we make this, we add in MSM, as Vitamin C and MSM potentiate each other.

Melons – Watermelon, Cantaloupe, and Honeydew. When it comes to calories per dollar, you cannot beat watermelon juice. A good-sized watermelon will yield almost 2 gallons of fresh juice, and it costs only 5-10 dollars. Watermelon juice is also fast to make, and keeps well during the day. Watermelon juice is known for its ability to aid the body in flushing out excess acids. This is particularly helpful in cases of arthritis, gout, or skin problems, all of which result from an over-acid condition. When you make watermelon juice, if you are fortunate enough to get an organic melon, juice it skin and all. Our favorite with this melon is watermelon/lemon!

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Cantaloupe (and Honeydew) is an excellent source of vitamin A on account of its concentrated beta-carotene (provitamin A) content. Once inside the body, beta-carotene can be converted into vitamin A. Both vitamin A and beta-carotene are important vision nutrients. In a study of over 50,000 women nurses aged 45 to 67, women who consumed the highest dietary amount of vitamin A had a 39% reduced risk of developing cataracts. In another study that looked at the incidence of cataract surgery and diet, researchers found that those people who ate diets that included cantaloupe had half the risk of cataract surgery, while those who ate the highest amounts of butter, salt and total fat had higher risks for cataract surgery. Beta-carotene has also been the subject of extensive research in relationship to cancer prevention and prevention of oxygen-based damage to cells. Provitamin A is also very helpful in healing Crohn’s Disease. It, along with trace elements such as magnesium, manganese, zinc, and chromium which are present in cantaloupe, can reduce intestinal inflammation associated with Crohn’s and restore health to injured mucosal tissue.

Cantaloupe is also an excellent source of vitamin C. While beta-carotene and vitamin A are fat-soluble antioxidants, vitamin C functions as an antioxidant in the water-soluble areas of the body. So, between its beta-carotene and vitamin C content, cantaloupe has all areas covered against damage from oxygen free radicals. In addition to its antioxidant activity, vitamin C is critical for good immune function. Vitamin C stimulates white cells to fight infection, directly kills many bacteria and viruses, and regenerates Vitamin E after it has been inactivated by disarming free radicals. Owing to the multitude of vitamin C’s health benefits, it is not surprising that research has shown that consumption of vegetables and fruits high in this nutrient is associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes including heart disease, stroke and cancer. One cup of cantaloupe contains 112.5% of the daily value for this well-known antioxidant.

Cantaloupe is a very good source of potassium and a good source of vitamin B6, folate, and niacin (vitamin B3). The combination of all these B complex vitamins make it an exceptionally good fruit for supporting energy production through good carbohydrate metabolism and blood sugar stability. These B complex vitamins are required in our cells for processing carbohydrates (including sugars), and B-vitamins are also excellent for reducing all kinds of stress. If life has been overly stressful for you, or you have had a worried stomach, consider doing some cantaloupe juice on the Juice Feast!

Pineapple. The hallmark of this delicious tropical fruit is the presence of its anti-inflammatory enzyme, bromelain. Bromelain is great for reducing inflammation anywhere in your body, and this enzyme will also serve to digest animal and plant proteins in your intestinal tract. Pineapple juice is also antagonistic to parasites, and is good at breaking down liver and gallstones. Finally, pineapple is great to mix with Green Vegetable Juice. A warning, however. The bromelain in the pineapple digests proteins, and your Green Vegetable Juice is loaded with protein. That means that combining the two and leaving them sitting for hours will find you returning to a glass of partially digested Green Juice. Better to drink this right away, or make the two juices separately and combine just before drinking!

Grapes. You have heard that wine will turn on anti-aging genes because of an element in grapes called resveratrol. Well, it just so happens that you can get just as much resveratrol, if not more, from juicing fresh grapes. So, grapes are a wonderful youthing food.

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According to John Heinerman in Heinerman’s Encylopedia of Healing Juices (pg 142), dark grape juice is excellent for keeping herpes and polio viruses in check. He writes:

Two Canadian microbiologists published an important piece of research in the scientific journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology (32:757-63, Dec. 1976). Appropriately entitled, “Virus inactivation by grapes and wines,” their report presented documented evidence to show that the high concentration of tannins in these fruits were potent killers of disease-causing viruses in test tubes. The two researchers bought grapes, grape juice, and raisins from local grocery stores, and red, rose, and white wines in Ottawa, Quebec Province. They then added viruses to the grape extract made from pulp and skins, to the grape juice and infusions of raisins, and to the wines. All inactivated the viruses. Grape juice was especially potent against poliovirus and herpes simplex virus.

Berries – Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, and Strawberries. These are wonderful, and pretty low on the glycemic index. Your best bet for getting their juices is to buy them frozen. It’s okay – these fruits are designed to freeze in their natural environment. Thaw them covered in a bowl overnight, and then pour them into a nut mylk bag in the morning and sqeeeeeeze all that great fresh juice out. It will be an excellent addition to your juices.

Stone Fruit – Peaches, Nectarines. These are almost unjuicable. The best you can do is chop them up, blend them in a LOT of water, and make yourself a peach or nectarine water. Don’t go bothering to count it as a juice, though. Too low in calories to count for anything other than a lovely peach or nectarine tea!


FURTHER ITEMS

Young Coconuts. The water from these is one of your best sources of electrolytes. Also, young coconuts are easy to open and acquire water from, which is calorie dense. However, young coconuts are also hybridized by combining a wild coconut with a date palm, making them very sugary. Only use young coconut water on the Juice Feast if your FBS reading allows for some fruit juice. It is also helpful to mix into the water some spirulina, chlorella, or E-3Live, and some green superfood powder concentrate such as Vitamineral Green. This will improve the mineral profile of your coconut drink so that it is not a high-sugar/low-mineral food, which is where we can get into trouble. For more on coconuts, see Day 18 on the Juice Feasting Program to learn about their healing miracles. And remember, the delicious young coconut meat is not part of the Juice Feast. Scrape it out with a spatula and freeze it for use after the Feast.

Coconut Oil (unrefined). Coconut oil has been used as a food and a medicine since the dawn of history. Ayurveda (the medicine of India) has long advocated its therapeutic and cosmetic properties. On a Juice Feast, coconut oil has several uses: 1. for the skin; 2. for eating (up to 1 Tablespoon per day); 3. for use in lubricating the enema kit and yourself during an enema. Reasons number 1 and 2 are explained below. Reason three is because coconut oil acts as an antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal agent, and is very resistant to rancidity, as opposed to olive oil or sesame oil, which are commonly used for enemas, but tend to photoxidize and go rancid. Stick with coconut for your enemas.

Hemp Oil. Hemp seeds are the only food known that contain the exact ratio of essential fatty acids (one part omega 3 to three parts omega 6). Flax seeds and flax oil provide therapeutic quantities of omega 3, yet hemp seeds provide a long-term stable source of omega 3, omega 6, as well as omega 6 (GLA), and omega 9 (a beautifying monounsaturated fat). This is why we have chosen hemp oil over flax oil for the Juice Feasting Program, and for lifetime use after the Feast.

Omega 3 fatty acids (found in hemp seeds, hemp oil, flax seeds, and flax oil) are essential fatty acids (they are called “essential” because they must be present in our diet to experience good health). These fatty acids are strong antioxidants. They protect us from the sun and build beautiful skin. They also strengthen the immune system and help us to burn excess fat.

Hemp seed is the highest natural source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), a type of super-omega 6 fatty acid that has strong anti-inflammatory properties. GLA also helps maintain hormonal balance. Within unsprouted hemp seeds we find small undeveloped green leaves waiting to be sprouted, making hemp seeds one of the few unsprouted seeds that contain chlorophyll.

Hemp seeds also contain a significant quantity of lecithin. This nutrient is excellent for building the internal organs (liver, brain, etc.).

Fish Oil. Yes, Vegans, we know. David Rainoshek ate no fish for 17 years… But for those of you who are not eating Vegan, pharmaceutical-grade fish oil is one of the best sources of the essential fats DHA and EPA. If you have had skin problems, digestive problems, memory fog, DENTAL issues… this might be just right for you. MANY of our Vegan friends found their kids teeth suffered from a Vegan diet until fish oil came into the picture. Most of humanity has lived near the oceans for all of our history – and we have been eating fish with success for a looooong time.

On the Juice Feast: 1 Tablespoon of Hemp Oil or Fish Oil max each day, in your juice. Also, 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil, max each day.

Dr. Bronner’s Soap. This is a natural soap that has been around for years. We like peppermint because it acts as a natural deodorant. Enjoy for showering and many other things (the bottle tells all!)

Hydrogen Peroxide (3% in the brown bottle at any grocery/drug store). This is useful on the Feast for tooth brushing, rinsing your mouth, and for dunking your nut mylk bag in to kill anaerobic bacteria. If you have mercury fillings, do not use Hydrogen Peroxide to brush your teeth, as the extra oxygen will pull mercury from the fillings and expose you further. If you want to learn much more about Biological Dentistry, Root Canals, Mercury, Fluoride, and how to take great care of your teeth for the rest of your life, see Day 44: Biological Dentistry and Teeth when you become a subscriber to JuiceFeasting.com.

Raw Honey. This is our favorite liquid sweetner. The reason is that maple syrup has been cooked for 40+ hours, and even most agave nectars have been heated past 140 degrees F, rendering these sweetners higher on the glycemic index, and lower in nutrients. Honey, however, can be purchased raw and local. It is one of the most biologically active foods on the planet, is enzyme rich, and can help persons who eat local honey to move past allergies to local plants and their pollens. On the 92-Day Juice Feasting Program, we advocate using local raw honey for making Master Cleanser, which has historically used Grade B Maple Syrup.

90,000 Heat Unit (H.U.) Cayenne Powder. In Juice Feasting, 90,000 Heat Unit cayenne pepper is mostly used for making Master Cleanser, a drink discussed in the Intro Section called The Juices. However, you can also put cayenne into your other juices, if you really enjoy it or are looking for the benefits of cayenne. When buying cayenne for the Feast, make sure that the container it is in specificies 90,000 HU, or it probably is not. HU is the measurement of capsaicin in the cayenne, which has been found to be a healing agent for:

Allergies, Arthritis, Atherosclerosis, Blood Clots, Bowel Diseases, Bruises, Cancer, Common Cold, Congestive Heart Failure, Diabetes, Diabetic Neuropathy, Duodenal Ulcers, Elevated Cholesterol, Elevated Triglycerides, Fatigue, Free Radical Activity, Frostbite, Headaches, Head Congestion, Heart Arrhythmias, Heart Disease, Heart Attack, Heatstroke, Herpes Zoster, Hypertension, Indigestion, Infection, Indigestion, Lumbago, Motion Sickness, Mouth Sores, Multiple Sclerosis, Nerve Inflammation, Neuralgia, Night Blindness, Obesity, Pain, Peptic Ulcer, Duodenal Ulcer, Poor Appetite, Psoriasis, Respiratory Disorders, Shingles, Toothache. Cayenne is truly an amazing food. On the Juice Feast: Start with about 1/10th of a teaspoon in a quart of Master Cleanser or juice, and work up from there. We have had students use up to a teaspoon in each quart of juice, but this is a lot of cayenne. For more on this great element for cleansing and healing, read the Cayenne File in full on Day 6 of the Juice Feasting Program.

Kelp Granules. Low sodium Kelp Granules are a convenient way to get your sea veggies, and to supply your body with much needed iodine every day of your life. Kelp granules are “salty” yet low sodium, thanks to the rich complement of potassium, magnesium, and other mineral salts. Kelp granules are an especially rich source of Potassium, Iron, Iodine, Vitamin B-6, Riboflavin, and Dietary Fiber. Phytochemicals in Kelp have been shown to absorb and eliminate radioactive elements and heavy metal contaminants from our bodies.

On the Juice Feast: ¼ tsp per day while feasting to supply iodine.

Bee Pollen Granules. Bee Pollen is our number-one favorite superfood. There are several reasons we include pollen as part of the Juice Feast:

ONE: NUTRITION: Pollen is said to contain all the elements necessary for the sustenance of human life. The San Francisco Medical Research Foundation estimates that pollen has more than 5000 different enzymes and co-enzymes, which is more than any other food in existence. The high amount of enzymes, such as catalase, amylase, and pectin-splitting enzymes, make pollen and aid to digestion. Some research suggests that pollen is absorbed directly from the stomach into the bloodstream. Pollen is a vegetarian source of human-active B12, most of the B vitamins, vitamins A, C, D, and E, rutin, all the essential amino acids, the essential fatty acid called linoleic acid, fats, complex carbohydrates, simple sugars, RNA and DNA, steroid hormone substances, a plant hormone similar to a secretion of the human pituitary called gonadotrpin, 15% lecithin, and many other unknown factors. According to research by doctors from France, Italy, and the former USSR, pollen is the richest source of protein in nature. Gram for gram, pollen contains an estimated 5-7 times more protein than meat, eggs, or cheese. The protein in pollen is in a predigested form and therefore easy to assimilate. Pollen is also abundant in trace minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, manganese, potassium, copper, silicon, sulphur choline, titanium, and sodium. These minerals are highly assimilable because they are bound organically from plant metabolism.

TWO: COMPASSION: We miss chewing anything on a Juice Feast. This is one thing that you can chew on for the entire Feast, whether it is 7 days or 92.

THREE: LIFE PRACTICE: This is a major longevity food. By eating about 1 Tablespoon per day, you will develop a strong positive bond with this food that will last for a lifetime.

When buying pollen, get it from a reputable source, organic, and preferably from a refrigerator. It should cost no more than $12-15 a pound.

On the Juice Feast: 1 Tablespoon per day, maximum. Everyone who is new to bee pollen should start by placing 1 pollen granule under the tongue, to check for an allergic reaction. About 1/2 of 1 percent of the population is allergic to pollen as a food, but please check. If you are in doubt, please consult an allergist. Many people using pollen who have allergies during pollen season find a partial or complete resolution of their allergies by combining a plant-based diet and eating bee pollen as a life practice.

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