JUICING AND CARROT JUICE
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© October 2019, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Table Of Contents
A Special Food For Development
A Very Yang Vegetable
Four Ways To Obtain Carrot Juice
Reasons For Drinking Carrot Juice
One of the special development foods for healing and development is carrots. Drinking carrot juice is much less important than eating cooked carrots on a regular basis, several times per week.
Carrots are extremely nourishing. In particular, they contain a form of calcium that most people need today. They are also high in bioflavinoids and anti-oxidant substances such as the carotenes, that give carrots their reddish color.
A very yang vegetable. The reasons they are more warming or yang than most other vegetables are:
1. Grow underground. Foods that grow underneath the earth are more yang than those that grow on the earth or in the air.
2. Red in color. Red foods, in general, are more yang than those of other colors.
3. Shape. Objects that are long and slender are more yang than objects that are spherical, for example.
Organically grown. We suggest buying organically grown carrots. They are widely available, even at some supermarkets, and often not expensive.
Even better is to go to a farmers market and look for organic carrots there. These will often be of better quality than supermarket organic carrots. For details as to why, read Organic Food.
Please do not eat carrots raw. They contain a lot of tough fiber and one cannot extract the minerals from them easily. Either cook them, or drink some carrot juice (see below).
Pressure cooking carrots. This is the best way to cook carrots and all other vegetables. Cut the carrots into small pieces so they will cook through faster.
Then put a little water in a pressure cooker and add the carrots. Cook for 2 ½ to 3 minutes. The carrots will come out soft and delicious. Also, always drink the water in which you cooked the carrots.
This is an excellent food for babies and young children. For babies, just mash the cooked carrots with a fork or potato masher to form a puree.
Steaming carrots. You can steam carrots for about 20-30 minutes until they are soft. Before cooking, cut the carrots into pieces. To steam carrots, use either an electric steamer, a steamer tray that you put inside a pot, or just put a little water in a saucepan and place the carrots in the saucepan and cover it. Bring it to a boil and then turn it down so it boils gently for about 20-30 minutes.
Crock pots. One can cook carrots in a crock pot. It is a slower method. Carrots do not need to be cut up if you use this method.
Other methods of cooking carrots. We do not recommend roasting, baking, stir-frying, battered or tempura cooking methods. The temperature is too high and it forms AGES that are very toxic.
We do not recommend boiling carrots unless you drink the water in which you boil them.
COMBINING CARROTS WITH OTHER FOODS
Combining with other vegetables. Carrots combine beautifully with all other vegetables. This is how we suggest eating them – in a rainbow-colored medly or mixture.
The carrots provide sweetness. This can help one to eat vegetables that are not as sweet and whose flavor you may not enjoy if eaten by themselves.
Combining with other foods. Carrots are a starchy vegetable. They can be eaten with a protein food and with blue corn chips, which we find necessary for development even though they are somewhat salty and greasy.
As explained below, do not combine carrot juice with any solid food or other liquids.
Warning. Juicing provides many nutrients in an easy-to-eat form. However, too much juicing will stop development. For the reasons why, read Smoothies, Soups, Purees and Juices.
A recommendation we added to Dr. Paul EckÕs nutrition programs is for adults to drink 10-12 ounces or about 300-350 ml (and no more) of preferably fresh or store-bought carrot juice daily. The reason is to help renourish the body faster.
This is not one of the most important parts of a development program. If you donÕt tolerate it well, or cannot get it, it is not too important. However, it provides some excellent nutrition and will speed up development.
FOUR WAYS TO OBTAIN CARROT JUICE
1. Make it fresh yourself. This is best because it is freshest. If possible, drink it quickly for maximum freshness.
2. Have it made fresh at a health food store. Some health food stores will make it fresh to order for you.
3. Buy a brand such as Naked Juice in the health food store or supermarket. They deliver carrot juice daily or every other day, so the juice needs no pasteurization or preservatives.
4. Buy a brand that is pasteurized and perhaps has preservatives to make it last longer. This is least desirable, but is still worth buying, in most cases.
REASONS FOR DRINKING CARROT JUICE, AND NOT OTHER JUICES
1. Carrot juice adds many extra nutrient to oneÕs diet. Most people desperately need the extra minerals and other phyto-nutrients.
In particular, carrots have a very bioavailable form of calcium that is very helpful for almost everyone. Few other foods supply quality calcium today. Dairy can be a good source, but most is damaged due to pasteurization and homogenization. Even raw dairy is hybridized and not as good as it was formerly.
2. The most yang juice. Carrots are one of the most yang vegetables. They grow underground, and are red in color. For example, carrot juice is much more yang than any green juice, which I do not recommend because it is much too yin.
Wheat grass juice is more yin than carrot juice, but one only drinks one or two ounces of it once or twice weekly, so it is less of a problem.
IMPORTANT CAUTIONS WITH CARROT JUICE
1. If you make it fresh, use a vegetable juicer, and NOT a Vitamix or other blender because:
A. Blenders do not break up the carrots enough to extract enough of the nutrients.
B. They mix the juice with too much water and air, which is not desirable.
C. They leave the pulp intact, which is not desirable in this case.
Examples of acceptable juicers are the Champion, Omega, Bevel, Greenstar and others. Any of these will work. Each have advantages and disadvantages.
2. Do not add fruit to your carrot juice. It unbalances it, and makes it much more yin in Chinese medical terminology.
3. Never give carrot juice to a baby or to a child under about 10 years old. It is too sweet and too yin for babies, and for younger children. Many of them are fast oxidizers, and sweet foods and beverages are quite harmful for them.
4. You must limit carrot juice to 10-12 ounces daily. More will make the body too yin, interferes with digestion, and upsets the blood sugar.
5. Have your carrot juice ALONE, and not with a meal. The reason is that it is a liquid, and drinking any liquid with a meal will impair your digestion. Have carrot juice at least 15 minutes before a meal, or at least an hour after a meal.
6. Do not drink other liquids at the same time with carrot or wheat grass juice. For example, never have milk with it. Have the juice alone and then ideally wait an hour before eating or drinking anything else.
7. Do not have green juice. It is much too yin.
8. Do not add other things to the carrot juice. Do not add green superfoods, protein powders, vitamins or anything else to your carrot juice.
9. Look for organically grown carrots. This is not a guarantee of quality, but it is usually much better.
10. Orange skin and eyes. A downside to drinking carrot juice is that it may cause your skin to become slightly orange. This is completely harmless. In fact, some people like it, as it makes a person look a little sun tanned.
11. People with a lot of yeast problems or extreme sugar sensitivity may not tolerate carrot juice well. Solutions are:
1. You may skip the carrot juice in this case.
2. Drink less of it, if this is tolerable.
3. Drink a little when you make it, and leave the rest in the refrigerator and drink it some hours later.
As oneÕs health improves, tolerance to the sugar in the carrot juice will improve.
12. Itchy eyes. One or two people report itchy eyes after drinking carrot juice. This is also most likely a result of the sugar in the juice irritating the liver or intestines. Once again, if this is a real problem, skip the juice, or reduce the amount. The problem will likely vanish as your health improves.
13. Moldy carrot juice. A few people have reported that they tolerate fresh carrot juice, but do not feel well on store-bought juice. This can be because carrot juice that is not fresh can become moldy. Check the date of manufacture and avoid older juice.
Another possible reason for this problem is that some carrots are not as healthful as others. It is possible the carrots used in the bottled carrot juice or store-bought juice were not as good as those used in the fresh juice. Look for organically grown carrots, although even these vary in quality.
14. Drink carrot juice as soon after making it as possible.
15. Wash all carrots with a vegetable brush before making juice, but do not peel them.
16. An alternative. Instead of carrot juice, you may have 1-2 ounces of wheat grass juice, but only once or twice weekly. It is more yin, but quite nutritious.
Do not use dried wheat grass juice. Fresh is best. You may have some frozen wheat grass juice if that is all you can find. Do not have both carrot juice and wheat grass juice on the same day.
17. Swishing. Swish juice around in your mouth when you drink it so that you absorb some in your mouth.