Eric Bakker N.D.May 1, 2022

Some who are reading this page may have never juiced before, others may have tried it in the past and not continued on, and yet others juice daily. If you are a new to juicing, I’d highly recommend starting out with these vegetables that are not as nutrient dense as others, but they are the easiest to digest and tolerate:

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Some who are reading this page may have never juiced before, others may have tried it in the past and not continued on, and yet others juice daily. If you are a new to juicing, I’d highly recommend starting out with these vegetables that are not as nutrient dense as others, but they are the easiest to digest and tolerate:

Category 1 Juices

  • Celery
  • Carrot
  • Fennel (if you like an aniseed taste)
  • Cucumber
  • Granny Smith Green Apple
  • Tomato

You don’t need to blend them all together, try each one on its own to get a feel for the taste, and then combine and see what you like. When you first start out you may want to initially dilute your juices with up to 50 percent of filtered water. Some people can tolerate pineapple juice and find it an excellent fruit juice to combine with vegetables, others I know simply cannot tolerate pineapple. It’s all about trial and error.

It won’t be long before you will want to experiment more with other vegetables, when you gain a little experience with category 1, try category 2.

Category 2 Juices

  • Lettuce (red, green, romaine, etc.)
  • Endive
  • Spinach
  • Rocket (and other salad greens)
  • Bok choy, Chinese vegetables
  • Peppers
  • Beets
  • Coriander
  • Kiwi Fruit

Are you ready to take the plunge and go all out when it comes to juicing? These are very nutrient dense choices and considered some of the healthiest vegetables and many of these choices are a wise addition to your juices for those with a yeast infection. You can of course try them as a beginner, but my suggestion is to start with category 1 choices first, move to category 2 and then move on to these choices, category 3.

With increasing experience you will want to go for these juices, they can be blended in with the others suggested above. The strongest tasting juices generally confer the most health benefits. They contain an extensive amount of phytonutrients and enzymes and will be a great step in the right direction as far as great health is concerned. Be warned, category 3 juices are not for the faint hearted, they taste strong and are best taken once you have a little experience with the other two categories.

Category 3 Juices

  • Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, Collards
  • Leeks, Garlic, Onions and Shallots
  • Radish

How Can I Make My Juice Taste Better?

Occasionally somebody asks me how they can make juice taste better, I’ve heard the odd person over time complain that juices taste unpalatable. This need not be so! As you gain more experience with juices, it will become apparent that this becomes much less of an issue, trust me. Here are a few things you can do to improve the flavour and palatability, however:

  • Lemon or lime juice. Citrus juices add a fresh taste to your juice, and in some cases they will stop juices from becoming brown. I like to juice a small lemon or lime whole, and include the rind as well as the seeds.
  • You’d be surprised how nice juice tastes with the addition of a few berries; you can add them fresh or frozen.
  • If you can tolerate fresh pineapple you are lucky, I know that many with candida can and find that juicing is great because of it. This tasty fruit can add a whole new dimension to your juicing regime, experiment!
  • Add a little grated fresh ginger to your juice, it will give a little zing to your juice and I have found that ginger can go in just about every juice combination. Only by experimentation will you be able to discover what works for you and what doesn’t.
  • Try adding a few drops of natural, organic vanilla extract. This stuff is heaven and can transform a bitter, and seemingly unpalatable drink into bliss.
  • Ice cubes. These add texture and drop the temperature of the drink, sometimes just by adding two or three ice cubes you change the whole experience, try it.

Green Vegetables

Green vegetables are important sources of potent phyto-chemicals that can have a major impact on your health; they are an excellent choice for those with a yeast infection looking for an instant way of gaining many valuable minerals, trace elements and many other important plant based chemicals not stored in your body.

Most of this benefit will be gained when consuming organically grown vegetables, because conventionally grown vegetables have often been raised with artificial fertilisers and pesticides. The great health benefit derived from green juices includes the fact that they are a great source of potassium, magnesium, bioflavonoids, iron and calcium and chlorophyll. In fact, green leafy vegetables dedicate much of their energy to maximising the production of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a great blood purifier and is therefore of great benefit for those undertaking a detox.

Red Vegetables

Benefits of beet juice are that it is a strong blood builder and purifier. This is due to the fact that beets optimise the utilisation of your oxygen stimulating red blood cells. Beet juice in moderation is good for those with chronic candida, and the leaves are just as good if not better than the beet itself.

Are you congested, have high cholesterol or have a stomach ulcer? Then be sure to add a tiny amount of red hot pepper to your juice. Be careful! They can really add zing to your juice, so be sure to start with a tiny amount and feel free to experiment. The health benefits of cayenne pepper include its pain-reducing effects, its cardiovascular benefits, ability to help prevent ulcers and its effectiveness in opening congested nasal passages. Some red vegetables and fruits like the humble tomato are good source of phyto-chemicals such as lycopene that is a powerful antioxidant with anti-cancer properties.

Juices Contain Little Protein

I started to notice some time ago in my clinic that the patients who were placed on juice fasts felt great for the first few days but them became tired by the end of the first week. After ten to fourteen days they felt really washed out and went back into normal eating, including various proteins like eggs, fish and chicken and plenty of carbohydrate or energy-producing foods like bread and potatoes.

Many on the juice fasts lost weight; in fact for some it was quite a dramatic weight loss with results that were quite astounding. It is very important for you to know that juices contain very little in the way of protein and virtually no fat so they are not really a complete food, if you want to do nothing but juice for a week or two this is fine, but be sure to add a good quality protein powder containing either brown rice or yellow pea protein. Both of these protein choices are low in allergic potential, unlike whey (cow’s milk) protein powders that may contain copious amounts of sugars. Just take a scoop or two a day of protein powder can make all the difference, and add this to water or to the juice you like best when you are on the juice fast and your energy won’t suffer.

Health Tip – Caution with Fruit Juices Initially With a Gut Problem

Do you have SIBO, a chronic yeast infection or irritable bowel syndrome  and crave sugar or sweet things?   Maybe you have diabetes, are overweight or obese or have high blood pressure or high cholesterol (high triglycerides in particular). Then I’d advise caution with high fructose containing fruits, the very sweet fruits, and it is best to limit these fruits until you normalise your condition.

Gut problems, especially when chronic, can initially aggravate with fresh fruit juices, but in my experience if you persist with an 80% vegetable juice and 20% fruit juice blend you should be fine after a few days. Providing you only take in vegetable and fruit juices, and avoid all other solid foods containing any form of sugar for up to a week. Yes, it is possible to have juice if you have gut issues, just make the right choices and experiment. Stop if you feel worse or an aggravation of your symptoms, you may need to experiment with different combinations until you’ve worked out what best suits your needs.

You are always safe with lemon and lime however, and these two fruits are a good addition to any vegetable juice that is bitter, as these citrus fruits are great at masking any strongly bitter flavours of some of the more beneficial deep leafy greens. As you improve, you should be able to include more fruits in your diet over time and as usual – experiment to see what works best for you.

Preferably Use Organic Fruits And Vegetables – Or Grow Your Own

When you juice, be aware that if you buy fruits and vegetables from your local supermarket that you may be consuming a hefty dose of unwanted chemicals. You are most probably aware that commercially grown fruits and vegetables contain chemical residues of herbicides and pesticides. Whenever possible, be sure to buy organic fruits and vegetables which contain no chemicals, or grow your own.

Here is a list of the fruits vegetables that are the ones most likely to contain pesticides according to the Environmental Protection Association:

  1. Celery
  2. Pears
  3. Spinach
  4. Kale
  5. Collard Greens
  6. Lettuce
  7. Carrots
  8. Cucumber (not as bad if you peel the skin)

Drink Now Or Drink Later?

I find that juicing takes a lot of time, don’t you? First you have to obtain the vegetables and fruits, wash them, juice them and then comes the clean up. Like me, you are probably thinking “Can I juice once a day and drink some now and some later?” Not really, some folks recommend that you cover the juice well, or fill the container to the top (to exclude oxygen), whereas other people tell you to get a vacuum pump and suck out the air from the container, thus reducing the amount of oxygen in contact with the freshly made juice.

Why bother? Just make it and have a fresh juice once a day, you make it and then drink it and then clean up. That way you won’t be compromising the quality of the juice and its over and done with!

Most people juice in the morning, but if that does not work out well for your schedule, please feel free to choose whatever meal works best for your lifestyle.

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