Photo: Dr. Ginger Southall
As an athlete (triathlete, runner, mountain climber and Bikram yogi) I am always seeking ways not only to push myself, but to take my strength, vigor and endurance to the next level and I’ve learned how consuming real, unprocessed, whole foods can do just that.
I’ve worked with triathletes, runners, bodybuilders and fitness competitors, adding daily fresh-made, organic vegetable juices, experiencing exactly how they maximize resources for their ultimate performance.
Unprocessed, alkaline juices and foods nourish the body from a cellular level, providing critical vitamins and minerals, phytonutrients, amino acids, water and electrolytes all in a very bio-available form that the body can put to quick use, not only in terms of immediate performance and energy, but in terms of recovery and repair as well.
If you are an athlete and high performer, consider juicing of vegetables and herbs (not fruit) to take you to your athletic pinnacle. Juicing (not smoothies) is the most efficient way to get whole-food nutrients into your body. There is no fibre to digest so juice supercharges your body right away.
A juice cleanse can help the athlete who aspires to advance their nutrition for peak performance, or the person who has been stuck in a rut, eating unhealthy, processed food and is tired of their toxic body and health challenges.
There are more details in my book, along with whole food recipes inspired by the rainbow.
Decipher the PLU Sticker
You know that little sticker you find on the produce you buy? That’s called the PLU sticker and you need to become an expert at interpreting it. The numbers on the PLU, or “price look up” sticker reveal the most important thing you need to know about your precious food — how it was grown. Here’s what the numbers mean.
The Colour Groups for Rainbow Juicing
- Red Cabbage
- Red Peppers
- Supports urinary tract, prostate and DNA health
- Protects against heart disease and cancer
- Orange Peppers
- Sweet Potatoes
- Supports eye health
- Immune function
- Overall health, growth and development
- Spaghetti Squash
- Yellow Peppers
- Supports retinal and overall eye health
- Leafy Greens
- Sprouted Grasses and Algae
- Supports artery and liver function, eye and cell health
- Promotes gum health and wound healing
- Keeps bones and teeth strong
- Purple Cabbage
- Supports brain, bone, heart and artery health
- Boosts memory
- Protects against cancer
- Counters aging
- Anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties
- Boosts immunity
- Helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol
Dr. Ginger Southall is a chiropractor, wellness consultant and author of The Rainbow Juice Cleanse.
Recipes reprinted with permission from THE RAINBOW JUICE CLEANSE ©2015 by Dr. Ginger Southall, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.