A Juice for What Ails You

A Juice for What Ails You

You know I love my VitaMix! But there’s another love now, our juicer… I feel there are amazing benefits to both. With the VitaMix, we can receive the whole food with all it’s natural goodness broken down to a cellular level. I also can make soups, salsas, sauces, dips, nut butters, milks, and smoothies with the VitaMix!!! And with the juicer, we get the nutrients from a larger quantity of produce in a thin juice form. So, they are both great.

Juicing has healing power from colds to cancer! It’s quite amazing how juicing sustains you all day long! The Gerson Institute uses juicing successfully with all their patients suffering from a variety of chronic issues and cancers. They have a guide to the best juicers here. We bought the middle of the road brand, but may get a better juicer down the road. For now, the L’Equip 306601 XL Juicer
works great for our family.

UPDATE (Jan. 2013). We now have an Omega vrt350!!! I absolutely loved it!


As we have talked about before, we loved the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. While Joe Cross was on the road I saw him enter a juice bar where the blackboard showed different symptoms and juices that help. So, this inspired this post! On this documentary he does a Green Juice for the majority of the time. Here is that recipe:

Mean Green Juice Recipe

1 cucumber
1 good bunch of Kale
4 celery stalks
1/2 lemon (rind on ok)
one small knob (about ½ inch or less) of ginger root
2 granny smith apples (gala is good too)

Cut the cucumber into spears. Cut a lemon in half and core the apples. Juice the cucumber, kale, celery, lemon, ginger and apples. Serve immediately.

This will make about 2 glasses of mean green juice. I believe this recipe is what Joe Cross used in his movie and called “mean green juice.”

If you’re doing a straight juice fast like Joe Cross did on this documentary, please consult with your doctor first. Some great points before you start one are found at DoctorYourself.com. He gives more specific and scientific pointers before you begin.

Vegetables and fruits have different roles. For example, garlic is known as “nature’s antibiotic”; lettuce is a mild sedative; celery and fennel are known for their supply of magnesium and calcium, giving a calming effect; beetroots help lower blood pressure! So, I wanted to research some more ailments we have and what combination of foods treat these problems. This is not a prescription, just a recommendation as you learn to juice for your health! It’s a super long post, but hopefully helpful to you!!

Try these for your general conditions:

For General Health
Banana, Orange, Strawberries, Mint leaves

For Relaxation
Apple, Pineapple, Mind, Lime

For Tired body, Jetleg, Hangover
Apple, Orange, Carrot, Beetroot

For Energy
Beetroot, Spinach, Carrots, Apple, Dill

For Reducing Stress
Tomato, Carrot, Coriander, Broccoli, Celery

For Improving Digestion
Apple, Beetroot, Ginger, Carrot

For Improving Immune System
Anti Flu, Anti cold
Apple, Carrot, Lemon, Ginger, Garlic

For Depression:
Broccoli, Carrot, Mango, Spinach, Watercress

For Detoxing Body
Apple, Grapefruit, Watermelon, Ginger

For Cleansing Liver
Pineapple, Carrot, Beetroot, Lime

For Heartburn:
Bananas, Papaya, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Cucumber, Parsnips

As a Skin Tonic
Carrot, Capsicum, Spinach

Weight Reducing
Parsley + grape juice + pineapple juice.

For Youth retaining
Cucumber + radish + pepper (1/3 cup each)
2/3 cup concord grape juice + 1/3 cup pineapple juice.

Try these for your more specific health needs:

Blackberry + parsley juice
Parsley + grape juice

Celery + parsley juice

Celery + papaya juice
Celery + endive + carrot juice

Celery + parsley juice or just Celery

Bladder Ailments
Celery + pomegranate juice

Blood Pressure too high
Carrot + parsley + celery juice
Lime juice + whey powder
Grape juice and carrot juice.

Blood Pressure lower
Parsley juice
Capsicum + garlic juice.
Pomegranate juice

Blood Purifier
Blackberry juice + black cherry juice + parsley juice + dandelion juice + Tomato juice.

Common Cold
Watercress + apple juice with 1/4 tsp pure cream of tartar
Lemon, Onions, Citrus Fruits, Carrots (recipe below)

Cholesterol Reduction
carrot + apple + ginger + orange + strawberry + spinach

Coconut milk + carrot juice

Complexion (yellow)
Grapefruit juice.

Complexion improve
apple + cucumber

Spinach + grapefruit.

Diarrhea remedy
Carrot + blackberry juice.

Celery + parsley juice.

Gall Bladder
Radish + prune + black cherry + celery juice
Carrot + beetroot + cucumber juice
Prune + black cherry + celery + radish juice.

Beetroot + radish juice
Green vegetable juices.

Coconut milk + carrot juice

Celery + parsley juice.

Carrot + pineapple juice with honey
Parsley + alfalfa + pineapple juice.

Coconut milk + fig juice + parsley + carrot juice.

Carrot + blackberry juice.

Insomnia (sleeplessness)
Lettuce + celery juice.

Celery + parsley + asparagus juice
Carrot + parsley juice.

Kidney (bladder) problems
Celery + pomegranate juice.

Radish and pineapple juice
Carrot, beet, and cucumber juice.

Memory improvement
Celery + carrot + prune juice

Nervous tension
Celery + carrot + prune juice
Lettuce + tomato juice.

Weight Reducing
Parsley + grape juice + pineapple juice.
Beet greens + parsley + celery juice.

Celery + prune juice
Cucumber + pineapple juice.

Cucumber + endive

Sore Throat remedy
Watercress + apple juice with 1/4 tsp pure cream of tartar

Stomach Infection
Carrot + blackberry juice.

Beet greens + parsley + celery juice + green kale.

Clam juice + celery juice.

Ulcers Stomach
Celery, Spinach + grapefruit.

Here are a few specific recipes we found online from others who have tried these and work for them:


1 stalk of celery
1 carrot
1/2 a cucumber, skin on
1 sprig of dill
1 apple

1 stalk of broccoli
2 carrots
1 apple

Common Cold:

FIRST RECIPE (citrus based for Vitamin C):
2 oranges
1 grapefruit
1 lime
1/2 cup of cranberries

SECOND RECIPE (vegetable based with garlic):
3 carrots
6 spinach leaves
1 garlic clove (if you can handle it, add more cloves)
half a lemon
pinch of cayenne

Better Skin:

1 apple
1 handful of dandelion leaves
1 medium beet
Dandelions are super cleansing to the liver. I happen to drink dandelion tea every day. When I forget, I notice my skin will get worse.

4 carrots
2 stalks of celery
1 apple
Carrots are super cleansing on the entire body. Celery adds water to aid in hydrating our skin.

2 pears
a quarter head of fennel
2 apples
Add a 1/2 tsp of powdered licorice after juiced.

While all juicing will improve skin’s appearance, these recipes specifically feed the body with nutrients to make you glow from the inside out!


3 celery stalks
2 tomatoes
handful of watercress

2 carrots
4 broccoli florets
4oz of alfalfa sprouts

1 cup of chunked fresh pineapple
handful of any variety of grapes
1 apple

Body Pump:

1 beetroot
6 carrots
2 sticks celery
1 whole cucumber with skin
1 grapefruit
1 kiwi fruit
1 plum
2 pears
2 apples

Heart Health & Stress

4 tomatoes
3 carrots
Fresh rosemary leaves

1. Cut the tomatoes and carrots into small pieces.
2. Press alternate pieces of tomato and carrot together with the rosemary leaves through the juicer.
3. Pour into a glass. Stir and drink immediately.


Shop seasonally if you’re not treating an ailment. Juicing seasonal veggies and fruits will keep you stronger and healthier because the quality of the produce will be higher. It has also been said that God allowed certain fruits and veggies to help you deal with the seasons (ie. allergies in Spring, coolness in Summer, extra vitamin D in Winter). God is good!!

Again, these are all things I’ve found online and other sources. As I try my own blends, I’ll post those recipes. You can do all of these in the VitaMix, just maybe add fewer ingredients and water to thin them out. You can also use a cheese cloth with your Vitamix to remove some of the pulp.

Always look for organic and local as much as possible. Or, if you are like me, I follow the Dirty Dozen list so I don’t waste our funds on produce that isn’t high in pesticides.

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I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and friend. My journey is to find balanced health in my life spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Reaching out to others through the sharing of information and encouragement through daily life and my website www.puregoodness.net.

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  1. Sarah Abare
    February 7, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Great resource! I wish we had these when we did our juice fast a couple of weeks ago, but they will still be helpful from now on. Something to note from my experience juicing: the rinds of fruit (oranges, lemons, grapefruit, etc.) are incredibly bitter. Luke made OJ without de-rinding the oranges first and I could even get it down and then I couldn’t get the acrid taste out of my mouth all morning. In my opinion, it’s worth the extra effort to peel those types of fruit first.

  2. Sarah Abare
    February 7, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    *couldn’t even get it down

    • February 7, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      GREAT point Sarah! Thank you! How did that fast go? how did you feel and how did your body respond???

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  4. Reeba Mathew
    February 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I just started juicing not to long ago and this was perfect in getting all the information that I need! Thank you Rachel!

  5. Molly
    May 27, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    What a great ,detailed article Rachel! Thank you! Am getting my Vitamix next week and was looking to explore in to juicing . Found it really useful and interesting.

    • May 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      that’s awesome Molly!! use the link on our home page to get free shipping! looking to post some new vitamix recipes really soon!! love both juicing and vitamixing… I feel both are so good for us!

  6. August 4, 2012 at 1:31 am

    What an amazing and extensive recipe list, thanks so much. I am on day 11 of a 30 day cleanse and can use some inspiration as to what juices to try next.

  7. Ray
    January 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Hey Im reading the three and four glasses a day. Is it okay to drink like 24 oz. twice a day? Im not big into making juice and storing always told to juice and drink. If need be juice ahead but if possible juice and drink. Just seeing what most people do and think. Thanks all and Peace out….

    • January 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      Are you doing a juice fast? As long as you’re not hungry, you should be ok. Any amount of juice a day along w a healthy diet is great! If you’re fasting you may feel like you need a little more. You can store juice as long as you fill the jar to the top and don’t allow air in.. This will keep it fresh. Oxygen is what starts destroying the nutrients..

  8. Ray
    January 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Any recipes for recurring Urinary Tract infections?

    • January 20, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      fruits and veggies that are good for UTI’s are: Blueberry, Cranberries, Lemon, Watermelon, Carrot, Celery, Fennel, Onion, Parsnip, Turnip

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