Green Qi, The Picker Upper,

Fernando Bernall, DOM, AP Medicine

Here’s a little juice blend bound to give you a picker upper.

Carrots 8
Lemon 1
Apple 1
Ginger 1 inch
Cucumber 1
Red Pepper 1
Beet 1/4

Remember to drink juices slowly. In fact if you should “chew your juice” or swish it in your mouth prior to swallowing to give a chance to the enzymes in the mouth to predigest the juice. It also gives the juice a chance to warm up a bit before hitting the stomach. Remember, in Chinese medicine cold drinks put out the stomach fire.

Also remember to add a warming ingredient to your juice. I always add ginger to my juicing to bring the cool nature of most vegetables towards a neutral temperature..

Be sure, if you are a diabetic, or have a weak digestive system to dilute the juice by at least one third of the glass. Particularly if you are heavy on the beets, which normally should only be a small fraction of your cocktail since they are rich in sweets.

In this page I will share with you my thoughts on the practice of Juicing.

Generally speaking, juicing is a practice that is contrary to the principles of Chinese medicine. The idea is that vegetables and fruits are generally cold in nature and damage the function of the digestive system which, in Chinese medicine, is the Spleen System. Thus, according to Chinese medicine theory, vegetables should be warmed prior to consumption.

I do believe that there are cases in which the above applies. However, there is no doubt in my mind that raw food is the closes source of Qi from the sun that one can consume.

I will write more on this as time permits. Of course, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

One last note: always consult with your doctor to see whether juicing is right for you.