Green juice is what it sounds like – juice drink made with greens.
Let’s get this out of the way: there’s nothing magic about juice.
Vegetables are good for you, and you already know it. The only thing that’s bad about vegetables is they’re not fun to eat.
Steak, eggs, bacon, these are fun to eat. You fry them in a pan and eat them. Vegetables are just a pain to prepare.
For most of my life, I haven’t eaten enough vegetables. This changed when I got into juicing after I found the most comprehensive site on juicing that ISN’T new-age hippy mumbo jumbo.
There’s nothing magic about juice, it’s just a very quick and efficient way to get more vegetables than you can possibly eat. There’s no hyperbole in that statement, either.
If you don’t believe me, try this experiment:
- Eat carrots all day long and see how many you go through.
- The next day, juice that number of carrots and see what’s faster.
It’s a no-brainer.
Why was I interested in juice in the first place?
You probably already know it has something to do with over-all health, and you’re right. I was born prematurely, and have always had health problems as a result.
In 2016, skipping the third trimester isn’t as dangerous as it was in 1990. When I was born, my whole body would fit in my father’s palm. It took several months for me to gain enough weight to leave the hospital.
Some of my organs don’t work right, I’ve had problems with my hormones, and I’ve learned to work around these issues. What drives me crazy, though, is my skin.
I have extremely dry and irritated skin. Its one thing to be a little dried out on your extremities, but its another thing entirely when the skin on your face is peeling off every day.
If you’re in business for yourself, your face is extremely important. Having a dry, irritated, peeling face doesn’t help you make a good first impression.
Now, a lot of people have dry or irritated skin when they grow a beard, but that isn’t the case here. My skin is normally dry and irritated whether I’m clean shaven or bearded.
I got into green juice as a natural way to medicate my skin. Given the choice between a natural remedy or a chemical one, I’m going to take natural every time.
Did drinking green juice clear my skin?
Yes, it did. I drank my favorite juice (recipe at the bottom of this post) every single day, with one variation on training days, and my skin cleared considerably.
Often times, random trolls on YouTube or Twitter will try to shame me because I’m good looking with healthy skin. I’ve never understood their argument, but even friends of trolls agree – I’ve got smooth skin these days.
What happens if you stop juicing?
People have a strange idea that something only works if you do it once and the results last forever. This isn’t a realistic view of the world.
Think about what happens when you drink coffee – the caffeine makes you more alert. Do you stay that way forever? No, of course you don’t. Eventually, you’ll have to drink more coffee.
Coffee is natural, and juice is natural. Even things that aren’t natural, like synthetic hormones, only work when you take them.
Near the end of July, my juicer broke. Things wear out, no big deal. I decided to try an experiment, though.
My experiment was to see what would happen if I abruptly stopped juicing. I was getting an abundance of nutrients and the abundance was removed overnight.
The first picture in this article is from early September. For the month of August, my skin was still clear. It took about five weeks for my skin to return to its old irritated self.
The second picture in this article is from today. It took around five weeks of green juice to make my skin clear and smooth again.
The picture below is a side-by-side of the first two, to give you a before and after.
Is juicing worth it?
It absolutely is. If you’ve got dry and irritated skin, go pick up a juicer and try it yourself.
Given the choice between clear skin and a peeling face, I don’t see how drinking green juice couldn’t be worth it. The benefits don’t stop at skin health, but those are the only benefits I juice for. Everything else is just icing on the cake.
My favorite juice recipe
My go-to recipe is the following:
- Four fists full of kale
- A double fist full of spinach
- One peeled beet (training days only)
- One peeled lemon
- A fist full of carrots
- Chunk of fresh ginger about a third the size of my thumb
I don’t go crazy measuring my kale and spinach, I just make sure to add a lot of it. If you add a beet, it will be a purple juice drink.
Some people don’t respond well to beets, but I love them. I don’t know a lot of the science behind it, but beets are the best pre-workout supplement in existence.