Raw fruits and vegetable, even organics, can have parasites – something that many raw foodists don’t like to talk about. Remember, these are not your grandmother’s garden vegetable, lovingly hand grown and harvested just before eating. In Grandma’s time, you not only ate organically, without needing a label, you didn’t even have to wash your produce. The natural bacteria and earth minerals on unwashed produce grown in Grandma’s own garden was actually good for you! But that IS NOT TRUE anymore – unless you have your own organic garden and are very careful with what you put on it.
Today, you don’t have any idea where your produce has been, or who has been touching it. Some organic produce comes from South America, often thousands of miles away. It has been sitting in dark, dank cargo containers. Who knows what critters are stowing away with them! Then they sit on the back of a truck for a thousand miles or so, “breathing” in the exhaust from thousands of cars (yes, the veggies are still breathing), having been put there by teamsters with various levels of hygiene, until they are unloaded at distribution centers or stores by workers who probably are unfamiliar with the word “hygiene.”
So almost everyone has some parasites anyway, but still it is a good idea to try to eliminate them from the produce we use. So before washing thoroughly, I recommend soaking produce for 10-20 minutes in a sink or bowl filled with filtered water and sea salt or hydrogen peroxide.
If that sounds like too much work for you, consider getting an automated produce washer a revolutionary new product from Samson. The GBW-300 Ultrasonic Washer combines ultrasonic cleaning technology with ozone plus nanosilver antimicrobial action. You can even use it to clean and disinfect dishes, as well as your juicer parts.
Finally, don’t freak out about everything I just said! If you can’t soak or perfectly wash your produce, or can’t find organics, make juice out of anything that is available – even if you have to rinse them in your motel sink! Remember that raw juicers, as part of your raw food diet, are building up your immune system and elimination system powerfully. You healthier body can easily handle a few toxins or even a couple of parasites! The concentrated goodness in raw juices more than makes up for any toxins. To compensate for possible parasites, and because you probably already have some, you may want to try a parasite cleanse periodically. There are various electronic parasite zappers and herbal products on the market that you can research.
Juice of the Day:
1 small Bok Choy
1 Red Pear
1/4 cup Blueberries
1 inch size Ginger
1 Celery Stalk
1 Tbsp Goji berries
1 Tbsp Flax seeds
1 Tbsp Hemp seeds
1/4 cup Granola