I was exhausted all the time! No amount of coffee could make me feel energetic. It was like I was constantly fatigued. I thought it was because I was a single mom of four kids, but I couldn’t figure out how to build up the energy I needed. In the mornings I would work out with friends. The rest of the day I’d run my business and be a homeschooling mom. I thought feeling fatigued was just part of that. Until I found a nodule on my thyroid. Then I found two. Then another in the back of my neck. They were small, but alarmed me that they were even there. I was in Puerto Rico at the time, getting ready to head back to New York. When I got back, I went to my doctor.
After some blood work, he let me know my metabolic system had shut down. I had hypothyroidism and my iron was dangerously low, as well as my vitamin B and D. I’d caught Covid the year before and he informed me that my system had not rebooted itself. My options were various infusion therapies and medication.
Being as how I’m familiar with herbal medicine and how to improve health using plants as allies, I decided I wasn’t going to take a back seat to my own health. I decided to go on a two-week juicing regimen.
I chose ingredients that were packed with the vitamins and nutrients I was lacking as well as those that could help detox the waste from my body. Every morning before I ate or drank anything, I made a juice. I also made sure I’d wait at least 30 minutes before eating or drinking anything else after that, These are the ingredients I juiced:
Beets, Celery, Carrots, Lemon, Spinach, and some days parsley and cilantro. I didn’t have any specific measurements, but I stuck to around two beets, two carrots, two celery sticks, 1/4 lemon, handful of spinach, and half handful of cilantro and parsley. This made enough for about a 16oz glass for me daily.
The first day I started on the juicing, I felt more mental awareness and a little more energy. I can’t say it was a significant change, but it was enough for me to notice. Over the next few days, I gradually had a boost in energy and had much less of a desire for coffee or any processed or junk food. I didn’t notice much of a weight loss, but I did realize my stomach got a lot flatter, and my boyfriend noticed a change in my waistline.
One thing I will give you a heads up about is beet poop and pee! When you drink a lot of beets, your pee can appear reddish or pinkish. Same thing with your poop. It scared me at first, but then I quickly realized what it was from. Other than that, I saw nothing but benefits from my juicing experience. Now what happened when I saw the doctor was even more exciting!
My blood test results came back and my metabolic system is working properly, but thyroid is functioning as usual, and my iron is up to normal levels. My b12 and vitamin d levels are still a little low and I’m working on that, but that’s a hell of a turnaround!
Have you tried juicing for your health? What results have you had? We’d love to hear about it!