Day 8: Greens, Chlorophyll, and Health

Greens, Nutrient Density Chart, Chlorophyll, Iron, Chlorophyll and Hemoglobin, Unrefined Plant Foods vs. the Killer Diseases

“Until man duplicates a blade of grass, Nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.” – Thomas A. Edison

“If you’re green on the inside, you’re clean on the inside.” – Dr. Bernard Jensen

Welcome to Day 8!

How are you doing being green today? Today we investigate an important constituent in your juices–Greens (such as spinach, kale, chard, parsley, romaine, etc.). It is no problem to juice 2 pounds of greens in a day on or off a Juice Feast, which will provide your body with chlorophyll, magnesium, and iron–the subjects of the day.

Plant Chlorophyll and Human Blood Hemoglobin

The chlorophyll-hemoglobin graphic that is attached is important. Plant blood is very similar to human blood hemoglobin, with one notable exception – the element magnesium is at the center of the chlorophyll molecule, and the element iron is at the center of our blood hemoglobin.

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Why is magnesium important for our health?

Magnesium is 17 times more prevalent in our heart muscle than in any other tissue in our body. One of our best sources of magnesium is chlorophyll, what famous research scientist E. Bircher called “con­centrated sun power” and said, “chlorophyll increases the func­tions of the heart, affects the vascular system, the intestines, the uterus, and the lungs. It raises the basic nitrogen exchange and is therefore a tonic which considering its stimulating properties cannot be compared with any other.”

In Steve Meyerowitz’s stellar book, Wheatgrass: Nature’s Finest Medicine, he makes clear the importance of the healing power of chlorophyll:

Meyerowitz on Wheatgrass…

Chlorophyll has the ability to heal infected and ulcerated wounds. In his book, Chlorophyll – Natures Green Magic, Dr. Theodore Rudolph showed in his experiments that “tissue cell activity and its normal re-growth are definitely increased by using chlorophyll.”

This makes it an important medicine for healing bleeding gums, canker sores, trench mouth, pyorrhea, gingivitis, even sore throat. Chlorophyll has the unique ability to be ab­sorbed directly through all mucous membranes, especially those of the nose, throat, and digestive tract. It makes an excellent dentifrice, especially when used in the powdered form, and a great mouth wash.

Chlorophyll’s unique ability to kill anaerobic-­odor producing bacteria–is the reason it covers up the smell of garlic, fights bad breath, body odor, and acts as a general antiseptic. These bacteria live without air and are destroyed by chlorophyll’s oxygen producing agents.

Although major scientific studies are lacking, chlorophyll is likely to be one of the primary factors behind the effectiveness of grass juice as an anti-cancer agent. Dr. Otto Warburg, the Nobel prize winner for physiology and medicine in 1931, concluded that oxygen deprivation was a major cause of cancer.There is at least one alternative can­cer therapy today in which cancer is bombarded with highly ac­tive oxygen or ozone. Unlike the chemotherapy drugs, however, this green medicine has never been found to be toxic at any dose.

In fact, not one of the 4,700 species of grasses that cover 3/4 of our planet is poisonous. What is surprising is that more at­tention hasn’t been given to chlorophyll and grass juice as potent healers.

Unrefined Plant Food vs Killer Diseases

We have a very high rate of heart disease in the U.S. (see Day 43 – Heart Disease and Hypertension), and we eat very little plant matter. Is there a connection between our processed diet and high rates of heart disease and cancer? You bet.

Check out the next graphic, “Unrefined Plant Food – Killer Diseases” from Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D.’s book, Eat to Live, the most medically referenced book on diet and nutrition ever written. This particular graphic is one of the most important that I will provide you throughout JuiceFeasting.com.

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For many of my students, and the health professionals that I have debated on the importance of a Whole Foods, largely Plant-Based Diet, this graphic has been a watershed moment.

Nutrient Density

The term “nutrient density” has several meanings.

First: nutrient density is defined as a ratio of nutrient content (in grams) to the total energy content (in kilocalories or joules). Nutrient-dense food is opposite to energy-dense food (also called “empty calorie” food). According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, nutrient-dense foods are those foods that provide substantial amounts of vitamins and minerals and relatively few calories. For example, fruit and vegetables are considered nutrient-dense food, while products containing added sugars, saturated fats, and alcohol are considered nutrient-poor food.

Second: nutrient density is defined as a ratio of food energy from carbohydrate, protein or fat to the total food energy. To calculate nutrient density (in percent), divide the number of calories or joules from one particular nutrient by the total number of calories or joules in the given food and then multiply this by 100.

Third: nutrient density is understood as the ratio of the nutrient composition of a given food to the nutrient requirements of the human body. Therefore, a nutrient-dense food is the food that delivers a complete nutritional package.

One of the major reasons for eating greens is that they are the most Nutrient Dense Foods available to us. David Wolfe, in his landmark book The Sunfood Diet Success System, notes:

Green-leafed vegetables are overall the best source of iron; parsley and spinach are particularly high in iron. Greens heal anemia. (Other sources of iron include red-colored fruits, such as watermelon, berries, pome­granate, and red-flesh figs).

Green-leafed vegetables often do not taste as wonderful as fruits. But eating them nonetheless breaks associations of pleasure with eating, therefore decreasing the possibility of overeating. Green-leafed vegeta­bles diminish the enjoyment in eating and act as a natural stop for us in the eating cycle.

Where does the cow get its calcium for its milk? From green grass, of course. Now we are not grass eaters, but this analogy is instructive because it demonstrates that all the minerals a cow is constructed from are present in grass – in simple green grass!

Green-leafed vegetables are always the best source of heavy minerals: calcium, magnesium, etc. The alkaline minerals in greens balance the acid-forming minerals (sulfur, chlorine, and phosphorus) found in avoca­dos, nuts, seeds, onions, garlic, etc.

Green-leafy vegetation is also an excellent detoxifier of the liver, espe­cially wild green vegetation. Deep green and wild green vegetation binds with heavy metals and chemicals from recreational drugs and allows the body to wash them out as salts through the urine.

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What you will notice above are all the items highlighted in blue that we are accessing on a Juice Feast. By using 12-15 lbs of these nutrient dense foods each day, taking alkalizing and rebuilding all the way.

To your health!

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Day 8: Introduction with David and Katrina Rainoshek

Theme Music: “It’s Not Easy Being Green” by Kermit the Frog.


Juice of the Day: Green Roxie

Here is a juice named after Roxanne Klein, who brought luxe to raw!

If you want, you can re-name your green juice after yourself, you Juice Feasting Super Hero! Mine would be called Green Katrina Spirulina. Now that would be a good juice! With wild dandelion leaves and ginger this juice is a real powerhouse!

+ Dino Kale
+ Dandelion Leaves with stems intact
+ Celery Stalks
+ Fuji or Gala Apples, skin on
+ Fresh Ginger

From Raw by Charlie Trotter and Roxanne Klein

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Today’s Downloads

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Chlorophyll

by David Rainoshek, M.A.

Chlorophyll is the pigment in plants within which photosynthesis takes place. Chlorophyll absorbs the vibrant Sun energy and transforms it into plant energy. This energy is transferred directly to you when you eat chlorophyll-rich foods, such as green-leafed vegetables.

Chlorophyll is the blood of plants, just as hemoglobin is the blood of the body; the only difference between the two molecules is that chloro¬phyll is centered on magnesium, while hemoglobin is centered on iron. Eating green-leafy food is a transfusion of Sun energy to blood energy in the arteries.


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Greens

by David Rainoshek, M.A.

GREEN-LEAFY VEGETABLES ARE PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT GROUP OF FOODS. Green leaves are the best source of alkaline minerals, contain the best fiber, have many calming, anti-stress properties, and are the best source of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a blood-builder and one of nature’s greatest healers. Green-leafy foods are the most abundant foods on earth. In July of 1940, a comprehensive report written by Dr. Benjamin Gurskin, director of experimental pathology at Temple University, that focused on 1,200 patients treated with chlorophyll was published in the American Journal of Surgery. On the power of chlorophyll, he said, “It is interesting to note there is not a single case recorded in which improvement or cure has not taken place.”


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Anemia

by David Rainoshek, M.A.

Anemia is a condition in which there is a reduction in the total number of red blood cells or volume of blood, or an abnormal size or shape of red blood cells. It is characterized by extreme paleness, weakness, a tendency to tire easily, insomnia, irritability or depression, and decreased resistance to infection. Iron is an important factor in anemia, as the formation of red blood cells is impaired in those lacking sufficient amounts of iron. However, there are many causes of anemia; iron deficiency is only one. Other deficiencies, including those of folic acid and vitamin B-12, along with abnormal hemoglobin production as in sickle cell anemia, may also cause this condition.


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iron

by David Rainoshek, M.A.

An iron deficiency creates a low-level of oxygenation in the blood. This manifests in the form of light-headedness, weakness, fatigue, coupled with an intolerance to cold. In relation to this, we must note that sometimes the body will purposefully keep iron levels low to help flush out parasites. This happens many times when one switches from a meat-based diet to a raw-food vegetarian diet. Also, the body takes time to adapt from heme iron sources in meat to non-heme iron sources in plants – another reason why transition should occur at an appropriate pace. Even so, studies show that 57% of the meat-eating population is deficient in Iron.


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magnesium

by David Rainoshek, M.A.

Magnesium, the relaxer mineral, is one of the most important minerals for overall health. Magnesium is important for all muscles, heart function, and the digestive system. Magnesium deficiency is associated with a chronic stress state and decreased adrenaline function. More than 80 percent of the population is deficient in magnesium. Magnesium is very important in the treatment of all people with chronic exhaustion, adrenal exhaustion, and depression. It is very important for the optimization of neurotransmitter function.

Almost everyone in North America is deficient in magnesium. This is particularly true with people who are experiencing tension, anxiety, adrenal exhaustion, chronic fatigue, constipation, and muscle spasm. Magnesium is very good for muscle cramps and spasm, particularly when people are fasting. Magnesium activates many enzyme systems and is involved in neurotransmitter production. It helps regulate temperature control in the body It is needed for synthesis in protein. Magnesium is used by the pituitary gland as part of its regulation of parathyroid, adrenal, and thyroid function. It is a key enzymatic mineral used in almost 100 different enzyme systems in the Krebs cycle of making energy in the mitochondria of our cells.


Online Articles

How to Increase Iron in Your Diet by Cindy Jones-Shoeman

How to Get Plenty of Iron as a Vegan

Hair Loss May Be Linked to Iron Deficiency, Cleveland Clinic Experts

Got Bad Breath? Try Chlorophyll for Halitosis by Mike Adams

Forget about breath mints. You can never take enough to cover halitosis if your breath really smells bad. The only real way to get rid of bad breath is to solve the problem internally. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to do that: Chlorophyll. It’s Mother Nature’s amazing green cleaning machine, and the more you take, the cleaner you get.

Chlorophyll in Wheatgrass Proven to Fight Cancer by Sheryl Walters

Wheatgrass is an amazingly nutrient dense food. Dr. Earp-Thomas once said that, “15 pounds of wheatgrass is the equivalent of 350 pounds of carrots, lettuce, celery and so forth.” Wheatgrass contains no less than thirteen vitamins and all 20 essential amino acids. It also contains chlorophyll which has some proven health and anti-cancer properties.


Great Books

by Steve Meyerowitz

New, expanded, and improved, this worldwide best seller has everything you need to know about this wonder plant and its miracle cures. This is possibly the most up-to-date, nutrition filled, research packed book on wheatgrass in print. Learn how to grow wheatgrass and use it for maximum therapeutic benefit in a total health restoration program. Also included are testimonies by people who have been cured using wheatgrass and the history of wheatgrass going back to biblical times.

Everything you need to know about this wonder plant and its miracle cures. Including why it works, where to get it and where to go for help. How to grow it, juice it, take it and create a total health restoration program. Nutrition, research, healing retreats, detoxification, history, chlorophyll, cancer, real stories by real people. Wheat, barley and Kamut grasses.


by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

In this new edition, which incorporates the latest scientific nutritional data, Fuhrman’s restrictive diet plan is designed for clinically overweight people who suffer from a spectrum of lifestyle/obesity-induced conditions like diabetes and heart disease and need to drop a significant amount of weight fast—about 20 pounds in the first six weeks. The basis of Fuhrman’s program is Nutrient Density, expressed by the simple formula health equals nutrients divided by calories. Fuhrman’s “secret” to optimum health and permanent weight control is giving the body only what it needs. An aggressive six-week vegetarian plan segues into a regimen that includes a limited amount of animal products, like lean fish or egg whites once a week. Although proven and sound, this guidebook is not for someone who wants to lose those last 10 pounds or fit into her wedding dress; this is a serious undertaking for dieters whose umpteen previous efforts have failed and whose health is endangered.


by Victoria Boutenko

Everyone knows they need to eat more fruits and vegetables, but consuming even the minimum FDA-recommended five servings a day can be challenging. In Green for Life, raw foods pioneer Victoria Boutenko presents an overlooked powerhouse of nutrition in this equation: greens. For their bounty of minerals and nutrients, greens exceed other vegetables in value. Green for Life details the immense health benefits of greens and suggests an easy way to consume them in sufficient quantities: the green smoothie. This quick, simple drink benefits everyone, regardless of lifestyle, diet, or environment. Green smoothies eliminate toxins, correct nutritional deficiencies, and are delicious as well.

Green for Life includes the latest information on the abundance of protein in greens, the benefits of fiber, the role of greens in homeostasis, the significance of stomach acid, how greens make the body more alkaline, the healing power of chlorophyll, and more. Also included are the results of a pilot study demonstrating the effectiveness of adding just one quart of green smoothies a day to one’s diet, without changing anything else in dietary intake. Green smoothie testimonials and recipes give readers confidence and motivation in exploring green smoothies for themselves. This updated edition offers important new research on the role that omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids play in metabolic health and includes nutritional data on select green smoothies and updated findings on organic versus conventional produce. Offering more in-depth nutritional and experiential information than Boutenko’s recently released Green Smoothie Revolution, Green for Life makes an ideal companion piece to its recipe-rich successor.


by Victoria Boutenko

Thanks to processed and fast foods, being overworked, and feeling stressed while eating on the fly, it is increasingly difficult for most of us to eat anywhere near a balanced diet. We may not be obviously sick, but may suffer from lack of focus, insomnia, sluggishness, or any host of symptoms caused by nutritional deficiency. Green Smoothie Revolution takes aim at this silent epidemic by restoring balance to our diets.

Combining nutrition and know-how with recipes that pack a powerhouse punch, Victoria Boutenko reintroduces long neglected fruits, vegetables, and greens in the most persuasive style for our busy lives: with fast prep and delicious results. Featuring 200 recipes, Green Smoothie Revolution offers both simplicity (4 ripe pears, 1 bunch parsley, 2 cups water; blend well) and enough variety to keep taste buds happy and nutrients coming from a wealth of options.


by Bernard Jensen

Bernard Jensen has been a pioneer in the health field for more than 45 years, and his Health Magic Through Chlorophyll, part I of the Magic Survival Kit series, opens yet another door for health seekers. his classes on nutritional subjects and talks on the spiritual, mental, and physical needs of man are highly regarded by those who hear them. In a country where few men are widely known unless their works are reflected in the media, Bernard Jensen has without widespread coverage created a large audience among those who believe in Nature as the way to health. A skilled health counselor, he is a doctor who believes in preventive medicine and in natural, pure, and whole foods as a key to gaining and maintaining well-being. The holder of a chiropractic degree, he specializes today in nutrition, a primary study in the drugless healing art.


by Beth M. Ley

Chlorella is the ultimate green food. This green algea is nature’s richest source of chlorophyll, DNA & RNA. Chlorella provides a very well-balanced package of essential nutrients. Along with its rich stores of complete protein, Chlorella also provides essential fatty acids, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, enzymes, chlorophyll, RNA/DNA, antioxidants, special fiber and its own unique Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF). Working to maintain bodily health, prevent disease, and enhance recuperation, Chlorella can be thought of as a complete health supplement. Chlorella is so complete that we could survive on it alone for an extended period of time.

Chlorella benefits us in four main ways:

1. Provides complete nutrition to normalize body function.
2. Supports and strengthens the immune system.
3. Detoxifies and purifies the body.
4. Promotes healthy cellular growth and repair to slow down aging.


by Jonathan Wright

This is a very important book. Low stomach acid is an overlooked issue when considering health challenges, and can manifest as poor digestion, low energy, low Iron, low B-12, hypothyroidism, bloating after eating, depression, tendencies to get colds and flus… Don’t miss this book! It is one of my favorite resources on digestion and health! – David Rainoshek, M.A., Juice Feasting


Media, Films, & Documentaries

Greens Can Save Your Life With Victoria Boutenko

In this inspirational lecture, Victoria addresses some of the most intriguing questions regarding health. Is anything missing in the raw food diet? How do chimpanzees eat in the wild? What is green smoothie and what are its benefits? Why is it hard to love greens? What is the nutritional value of greens? Fiber – the magic sponge. What is the significance of stomach acid? How can greens make the body more alkaline? Why is healthy soil more valuable than gold? (Available on DVD: Greens Can Save Your Life with Victoria Boutenko).


Presentation: The Miracle Of Greens: How Greens And Wild Edibles Can Save Your Life With Sergei Boutenko

The Miracle of Greens: How Greens and Wild Edibles can save your life; brings Sergei Boutenko’s world-renowned lecture to the convenience of your home. In this DVD, Boutenko builds on the concepts of Green For Life (a book by Victoria Boutenko) outlining why it is so important to incorporate more green leafy veggies into your diet. Furthermore, Boutenko instructs how easy it is to develop a healthy routine that will benefit your body, mind, and longevity!

Sergei introduces the importance of eating more wild edibles foods. He then takes the viewer on a virtual wild edible walk in which he demonstrates how easy it is to stay safe while harvesting nature’s FREE superfood. Running time: 70 min. (Available on DVD: The Miracle of Greens: How Greens and Wild Edibles Can Save Your Life with Sergei Boutenko).


I Am Active

Yoga Camp - Day 8. 30 Days Of Yoga Camp continues with this yummy restorative practice. Let your hair down, take a break off the arms and wrists. Rejuvenate and restore. The mantra today is I CHOOSE. A but powerful practice, this stretchy, soothing, healing yoga will leave you feeling balanced and open.