Detox Machine Technology Revealed NOT To Be a Hoax

This guide is for peopling wondering if this technology is a hoax or if it works.

As an Ebay Power Seller who has sold over 3,000 of these machines with a 99.8% positive feedback rating, I am in a unique position to truthfully explain this technology and why some people who have only skimmed the surface think it is a hoax. I promise to reveal all the secrets, both positive and negative in this guide.

First of all, this notion that the technology works by your soaking your feet in Ionized water and magically alll the toxins come out through the feet is wrong. Here is how the technology works:

There are Energy Meridians that run throught the body terminating in various points on the soles of the feet and palms of the hands. Manipulating those points manually is called Reflexology. Putting needles at various points of those Meridians is called Acupuncture. Pressing on various points of the Meridians is called Accu Pressure.

The Ionic Detox Therapy is a first cousin of those three modalities.

The difference is that by putting a Analog (digital will be covered in a moment) NEGATIVE electrical (Ionic) charge in the water with your feet in it, your body will pull that energy freely in via the Energy Meridians. That is because our bodies are Analog devices.

Digital machines are not compatible with the human body, so they need a wrist strap or charcoal fir belt to ground the machine to the body to force the energy into the Energy Meridians which produces poor results.

Back to the technology’s method of function. It works by the Energy Meridians acting as power lines allowing the Negatively Charged energy to travel all over the body; into the organs as well as the tissues.

But how does it detox? Toxins attach themselved to the body’s tissues (inclduing in the organs) by a Positive Electrical (Ionic) charge. The Negative Energy having been pulled into the body is slightly stronger and therefore breaks the toxins’ bond(s) to the body which allows them to float free and be flushed out of the body by the Lymphatic System, which dumps into the GI Tract. That is how the technology works.

Only about 10% of the toxins released exit the body through the 2,000 pores on the soles of the feet. That is because gravity has migrated them down to the feet in the tissues near the surface.

The strongest machines available also do other things for the body which will be explained shortly.

Hence, the debunkment that ALL of the toxins exit the body through the feet. Now for the explanation as to what is going on in the spa water.

I once has a potential buyer email me asking if I had ever detoxed a carrot. I diplomatically explained in my response that we had over 4,000 happy camper purchasers (Ebay is not the only place we sell our machines), but none of them were carrots and I had not heard anything back from them about carrots. But the guy had a good point.

If you try to detox a carrot, you will probably get some water color change for the following reason. Not 100% of the enrgy in the water goes into the body. There is always SOME Residual Energy in the spa water. The First Law of Thermodynamics states that enrgy cannot be at rest. It has to ALWAYS be doing something. That something in the spa water is to pull out of suspension EVERYTHING in the water except the H2O. That includes minerals in the water, the salt and the minerals in some salts and the dirt (and its contents such as pesticides) on a carrot.

In other words not 100% of the water color change is due to the material detoxed from the body. The residual energy in the water will pull out of suspension EVERYTHING in the water. But try this test. Run the machine without any feet in the water. It should turn orange. Dip a rag in it and then ring it out. It will come clean. The do a treatment and dip a rag in the detoxed material and try to ring out the rag. It will be dirty and nasty from the toxins.

Why is that you might ask. It is because the toxins retain their positive lectrical charge even after exiting the body which is why they stick to your feet, the tub, etc. The general rule of thumb is that the toxic material from the body floats on the surface as a greasy looking material of various colors. Green for example if there is dissolved Gall Stone material. The only exception to this are dead parasites (which do come out into the water frequently) and heavy metals detoxed from the body.

There you have it. How the technology works and why it can easily be ASS U ME’d to be a hoax.

A brief word on the upper end machines. Most machines sold on Ebay are from several factories in Shenzen, China. They are digital and need the wrist strap or waist belt to work. The circuit board in the various designs are all the same unit. They operate between 1.7 and 2.1 amps of DC (Direct Current – like a flashlight) and 10-14 volts. They need adjusting for every treatment or else theyw ill stall out. They do not have a warranty and reaching the sellers is impossible by telephone. Caveat Emptor.

More professioanl machines use either higher voltage or higher amperage. Three of the leading truly Professional machines are all clones of the original one. They operate at 24 volts DC with only 2.5 amps of power. But they do work better.

Our machine sold as the Dyna Chi Ultra Pro A.K.A. the Ionic Body Balancer runs at 14 volts but a whopping 10 amps with a 12 amp surge cycle. That surge cycle along with a patent pending unique Ionizer (the part that sits in the water). Hence our machine’s effectiveness and the thousands of highly positive feedback comments you can view on Ebay. It is the most powerful of these machines in the world and does more than just detox.

It also has a BEFE function (Bio-Electric Field Enhancement) which literally balances the body’s energy field. That is a branch of Quantum Field Science and something which users will actually feel. Our machine also has the power to pump energy directly into the cells cleansing them and charging them up like tiny batteries.

But you might say, “How can that happen when cells get their fluids and nutrients by Osmosis through the cell walls. We were alll taught that in Biology. However, the 2003 Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded to two American doctors who proved that each cell has a pathway in and one out, which explains how we can detox at the cellular level.

The last thing our machine reportedly (NO FDA approved double blind studies have been done) is to purify the blood of pathogens by the energy zapping them. Remember, all of this technology is anecdotal and we in the industry do NOT want the FDA in our hair. Once the FDA gets involved with this life saving technology it will be outlawed like so many other therapies that have saved countless lives which have been outlawed by the FDA in the past.

If you have any questions about this topic please feel free to call us at 520-219-2550.


Turbo Insert Plate for Dyna-Flow Ion Generating Arrays

This item is a component in the Dyna-Chi™ Ion Generating Array.

Turbo Plate 9.5

It has three (3) purposes. First, it is brushed by a belt polisher machine in such a way as to create millions of peaks and valleys which increase the surface area where Ionization can take place. hence the word “Turbo” in its name.

Secondly, it reduces wear on the Anode side of the Array’s outer bars.

Finally, its tabs allow for connections to the cables that connect it to the power unit of the Dyna-Chi™ and Ionic Body Balancer BEFE (Bio-Electric Field Enhancement) Water Energy machines, which gor far past ordinary detox foot spas.

This item is on both the Anode and Cathode side of the array, but only the Anode plate needs to be changed every 25-30 treatments. Changing it does NOT require tools and takes about one minute. That may sound often, but given the systems it works with are 200-600% more powerful than any other detox foot spas on the market, 35 treatments with them is more like 100 with the Brand X systems.

How to Subside a Gout Flare in 36 hours

This Guide tells you how to cure a painful and debilitating Gout attack in 36 hours.

1. Drink as much Black Cherry Juice as you can stand. It helps break up and flush out the Uric Acid crystals causing the gout attack.

2. Eat a banana every other hour. They contain Bromelain, a natural herb which breaks up the uric aid crystal causing the gout.

3. Take the over the counter pain killer Aleve. It works much the same as Allipurinol which most doctor prescribe for gout. It just works faster and kills the tremendous pain caused by a gout attack. Follow the directions on the bottle and take a second pill as prescribed.

4. Buy a an ionic Detox Foot Bath/Spa machine ahead of time and give your self a treatment in the morning and one in the evening of the first day of the attack, plus one the morning of the second day. This is very important to get the toxins out of your body which are causing the gout attack. The Black Cherry juice, bananas and Aleve will work hand in glove with this technology.

You can find those machines for sale at a reasonable price here.

5. If you do the above, your Gout Attack should subside enough to get back on your feet within 36 hours, and you will suffer much less during it.

How I Lowered my Cholesterol 100 points in 89 days

Getting a handle on high cholesterol is not as difficult as some people believe. Below is how I did it without starving myself.

1. take a cholesterol lowering drug under your doctor’s orders. Mine is from Pakistan where he had used the world’s FIRST CHOLESTEROL LOWERING DRUG, Lovastatin, which came out in Japan in 1975. I had no side affects using that Rx.

2. Exercize strenuously for 30 minutes every other day. In my case, I dug rainwater catching wells around the native trees on my property here in the Sonoran desert and hauled the dirt a hundred yards in a wheelbarrow.  i think sex also qualifies, but if I recommended that I might get hate mail from married people.

3. Get rid of the butter, regular margarine, half & half (the hardest for me given that is the only way I like my coffee), desserts, ice cream, other gooey fat filled goodies, etc.

4. Replace margarine or butter with margarines like Benecol or others with plant sterols in them, or at least switch to olive oil based margarine, but NO trans-fat based ANYTHING. And absolutely NO Microwave popcorn!

5. Take Oral Chelation products everyday. I used EDTA, NAC and MSM based pills, but since have switched to Master Detox™. Also take Omega-3 in capsule form or in foods high in it such as cold water fish.

6. Cut out all meat except VERY lean red meat such as 80% lean hamburger patties with NO catchup. I used Lea & Perrins Worchester sauce on mine with NO bun.

7. NO CARBS after 7:00 PM

8. NO modified corn syrup sweeteners. That stuff is poison to our systems.

9. Learn to read labels! If it has modified corn sweetner, trans-fat, aspertame, or modified food starch, pass it over!

10. Eat raw veggies, especially the dark green ones. If you can’t stand something raw, then steam them a bit.


That’s it. That is all I did to get my ‘bad’ cholesterol down from 284 to 182 in 89 days.

Product Review: Dr. Schulze’s #2 Intestinal Formula

Dr. Richard Schulze was a practicing internist for many years during which he save over 300 people from having to have Colostomies by prescribing his herbal remedies to restore Colon health. Since leaving his practice to concentrate on developing herbal remedies, he has become known as THE Guru for Holistic G.I. Tract wellness.

His Formula #1, which is an Herbal laxative is covered under a different Guide.

This Guide is for his Colon Cleansing Formula #2 which is to clean a lifetime of Plaque from the walls if the GI tract. It also helps heal many illnesses of the G.I. Tract. I can attest to that personally because his two formula healed my Diverticulitis seven years ago. I know it healed because my recent Coloscopy shows zero signs of colon illness.

The Formula #2 is based on Pharma grade Bentonite clay (NOT fiber) which has an eletcrical charge to literally peel the plaque off the walls of the G.I. tract. In it are several herbal which gently aid that process and cause the colon to constrict. That may sound painful, but it is not. You will pass stuff that has been in your system since childhood. One of his famous testimonies was from a lady who has eaten crayons as a child. Yes, she passed them while using this product!

The herbs in the Formula #2 include: Flax seed, Psyllium seed, Apple Pectin, Activated Willow Charcoal, Marshmallow root, Slippery Elm bark, Peppermint leaf, and Cayeene Pepper blend.

This stuff is the BEST to cleanse your colon in a short 7 day program. It has been reported to give your colon a chance to heal itself of many illnesses such as IBB, Diveticulitus, Diverticulosis, Crohns, etc. I cannot say enough good things about this product.

The Dyna Chi Ionizing Array – What Is It?

This is a Stainless Steel device to generate Negative Ions in Detox Foot Spa machines. Unlike every other Ion Generator in every other detox foot spa manufactured as of 6/1/08, this device actually creates a flow/stream in the spa water. More accurately, it used Aerodynamic Principles in its Design to accomplish this.

Array 9.5

The result is the spa water develops a Negative Ionic Charge much faster, allowing for a faster and deeper detox session. Vortices are actually created and visible in the water.

The developer of this device, Casas Adobes Design of Tucson, Arizona has licensed Dyna-Chi International to sell it in their Dyna-Chi Detox Spas and their Ionic Body Balancer machines.

I can tell you from personal experience that this device works better than the standard ring type Ionizers used in most of these devices. A third type of ionizer used in the industry is a “W” shaped metal plates which are made in Communist China from scrap metal. That design pales in comparison, as do the ring type ionizers compared to the Dyna-Chi™ Array.


Nervous System Re-Training- How Detox Helped Me Heal

New Year’s Eve 2012 in Las Vegas with my fiance, Todd. This is something I could only dream of doing three years ago!

It’s no secret that I’ve struggled with Fibromyalgia for the better part of a decade. My collective diagnoses go beyond Fibromyalgia, but everything that’s gone wrong in my body- everything that’s been medically identified as “faulty” all comes back to my nervous system, and to a lesser extent, my endocrine system as well.

In college, I was on all the “hip” Fibromyalgia drugs- neurotin, Lyrica, Cymbalta, topamax, flexeril, lexapro, zoloft, adderol, ambien, oxycotin, phenergen, and even some of the scarier drugs, too- lamictal and seroquel, for example. The full list of drugs I’ve been on over the years is pretty long, and I’ll spare you those details. What’s important is that for me, none of that really helped calm my nervous system. Cognitive-behavioral therapy did little to help. I coped by doing what most college students do in their free time- sleep, work, and drink.

I was playing roulette with my body and had no idea what kind of damage I was inflicting, until I finally said ENOUGH and got off all of those drugs (with very careful doctor supervision). Those medications did help me get through college, and I believe that my doctor was prescribing medications that he genuinely thought would help re-balance my body in the long-term and help manage symptoms in the short term. However, I had hit a point where I couldn’t differentiate between medication effects and the effects of disease. I was at least 50 pounds overweight, in excruciating pain all the time, and most days I could only be up and about for 4-5 hours before exhaustion overtook me. It was no way to live, and I knew something had to change.

Today, I’m working on re-training my body to respond to stress (physical and mental) more appropriately. The results have been excellent thus far. Getting to the point where I could actually do this though, took some work. Here’s a short synopsis of my journey towards better health:


1. DETOX. The first step was getting all those medications out of my system. I started using the Ionic Body Balancer every 2-3 days; at the time, that’s what my body could handle. By the end of the first week, I felt terrible. My body had so much to detox that I was in a constant Herxheimer reaction for about two weeks; cold sweats, IBS in a full-on flare, thirsty all the time, no appetite, very poor sleep, constant headache, pain from head to toe for weeks (an increase in my “normal” pain levels). By the end of the second week, I started feeling a bit better. Pain and headaches started subsiding. Nausea had subsided some.

A month later, the pain from the peripheral neuropathy I’d developed the previous year had subsided dramatically. I was sleeping better at night, and I was able to do more during the day. I switched my diet to a “whole foods,” diet, and dropped 20 pounds. I maintained the elimination of artificial sweeteners (like aspartame), and other chemical additives in the food-like products that fill our grocery stores. My digestive tract was happy for a change. I slept more deeply than I had in a long time, but my sleep still wasn’t great. My liver enzymes came back down to normal, and the Epstein-Barr titres came down to “inactive,” both of which hadn’t happened for over a year. For me, this detox phase also included IV Chelation to remove a mysterious buildup of heavy metals (mercury, cadmium, cobalt, and a few others) that had been diagnosed the previous year. I think this was the result of reduced methylation pathways resulting from several genetic mutations in my MTHFR gene set and living next door to the site of a century-old building that was actively undergoing renovation in college. (This testing was expensive but worthwhile for me.) The IV infusions also helped to replace depleted vitamins and minerals that had reached clinically low values.


2. MOVEMENT. I started Aquatic Physiotherapy; it’s a bit like physical therapy in a 96* salt water pool, but with some yoga-, dance-, and tai chi-like movements thrown in, and much more gentle. After several months of this, I felt well enough to consider working more than 10-15 hours a week, and my work responsibilities here at Casas Adobes Design increased. I couldn’t have been happier! My balance, coordination, and flexibility was better, AND my pain was under more control than it had been in years. YEARS. At this point in time, I started working up to a 90-minute Ionic Body Balancer session on Friday nights. Some weeks, I needed Saturday and Sunday to recover from the detox sessions, sometimes I didn’t need that recovery time. As my body recovered and became more active, I gradually added grains and dairy back into my diet.

Monthly massages with myofascial release became the norm for me to help keep trigger points and muscular adhesions under control. Since the lymphatic system is driven by our muscular and skeletal movements, movement was a key part of detoxifying from all those medications.


3. MIND/BODY CONNECTION. I started practicing “mindfulness,” which is essentially keeping your mind in the here and now – not far away, worrying about yesterday or tomorrow. I found a Naturopath who helped uncover some of my hormonal problems; cortisol, it turns out, was a key problem for me. Once we got that under better control, I found myself noticing symptoms of insomnia (which had been present for me since puberty) less often. The problems I’d had with generalized anxiety decreased greatly. My weight continued to decrease, slowly but surely. Practicing mindfulness, meditation, and visualizations was suddenly much, much easier. Exploring my own spirituality was also a part of this portion of my journey.


4. STRENGTH TRAINING. I’d gotten my body and mind clearer and cleaner, and it was time to build everything back up. I found a personal trainer who was knowledgeable on the topics of Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome. Together, we’ve slowly improved my core strength, balance, and coordination. I’ve swapped out body fat for muscle. For the first time in years, I can wear high heels for a few hours, versus mere minutes, before it becomes too painful. We’re using exercise alternating with rest to train my nervous system on when it should become more active, versus when it should not. There are still times when I do need to use medications to help induce rest, but that is steadily decreasing.

When I come in with trigger points that are more active than they should be, we work opposing muscle groups to encourage those trigger points to calm down. (Working opposing muscle groups helps to stretch the muscles that hold those trigger points gently using the body’s natural patterns of movement.) We’ve made small changes to my diet that have had a big impact on lowering pain and keeping my nervous system more calm; reducing dietary sugars, increasing dietary fats, and eating carbohydrates at a specific time of day (breakfast and lunch) have all helped tremendously.

One of the biggest perks of strength training has been re-activation of muscle groups that had become somewhat dormant over the years. And, because I am moving more easily these days, my body’s lymphatic system seems to be working a bit more efficiently. My lymph nodes aren’t as tender or swollen as they once were. Given that the circulation of lymphatic fluid is dependent on muscle movement, this development is not entirely surprising.


5. NATURAL PAIN RELIEF. Today, I use supplementation and homeopathic therapies to help manage pain and keep my body less stressed. I take magnesium, a natural muscle relaxant, twice a day. I take an Omega-3 supplement that sources omega’s from both fish and grains, which my body seems to like more than just one or the other, to help manage inflammation. I use a product called Zyflamend to help reduce inflammation. I take a good multivitamin, and a calcium supplement at night to keep my blood calcium levels where they should be. (Taking calcium at night has a very mild sedative effect.) I use heat and water therapies to encourage spastic muscle to relax. I use aromatherapy in my home to help create a calming, relaxing environment. I keep homeopathic remedies, such as Traumeel, handy to reduce pain and inflammation from everyday bug bites, scrapes, scratches and bruising.  I stay in communication with my doctor and have physicals and dental cleanings done regularly.

I prepare about 75% of my food entirely from scratch, which eliminates a lot of food additives, giving my body more nutrition and less to detox from. (As a side note, this has also helped to stretch our grocery budget much further!) I create time for myself simply to rest each evening, with a longer rest period on Sundays. I use my Ionic Body Balancer regularly to help encourage spastic muscles to relax and encourage my body to continue detoxing.

Both of these strategies for natural pain relief seems to help reinforce the nervous-system re-training I’ve been working on for the last year or so. Homeopathic aids seem to work better for me at simply CALMING the nervous system (and I suspect, to a lesser degree, an immune system response), versus the initial stimulation then calming effect I’ve found many prescription drugs to have.

I’m still in pain everyday- and probably will be for the rest of my life – but for the first time in my life, I feel more empowered over pain. I am able to do more with each passing week without the negative stress effects that had been so detrimental. Today, I feel like I am about 75% recovered. I hope to be able to attain 90% recovery within the next few years. As I’ve continued to recover, the amount of pain I’m in on a daily basis has continued to decrease over time. Recovery, and detox, takes time. Unfortunately, there is no rushing this process. Slow and steady wins the race.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

There was a time, in recent human history, when every family knew where their food came from. For many families, much of that food came from their pastures, fields, and backyard gardens. For others, a local market. The introduction of the commercial grocery store, pre-packaged meals, and electrical household luxuries (such as the electric blender, iron, and crock pot) changed the way we eat in a big way. Struggling family farms collapsed over time to give way to commercial agriculture growing operations that have frequently stripped minerals and nutrients from top soil from greater demands to produce more, more, more! As our natural ecosystems have begun to collapse, pests, weeds, and bacteria have begun to kill and contaminate crops, causing food prices to rise and occasional food shortages. The introduction of increasingly toxic pesticides and herbicides into our food may be causing increased rates of cancer, allergies, and autoimmune diseases. The fact that we process most of our basic food ingredients to the point where they become food-like substances instead of real food, does not help.

As our household has transitioned more and more into buying only organic foods, we’ve seen a sharp rise in our grocery bill. Although we feel that paying a bit more for non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) fruits, veggies, and meats is worth the cost, that sharp rise in our grocery bill is still a bit painful. While we don’t have the space to raise cows or even chickens, we can tackle a backyard garden.

66915_10151397852404492_394680120_nOur extra-deep backyard planter made our Facebook page last month when it snowed in Tucson. Luckily, the seeds we’d planted the week before did just fine and are looking great now. We chose an above-ground extra deep planter partly because our topsoil is not very good, and also to avoid ground-dwelling scorpions and snakes slithering amongst our produce (we have several types of poisonous snakes here, and I do not care for them ONE BIT!). This will also allow tubers plenty of room to grow beneath ground.

If you live in a warmer climate, it’s probably about time to start planting. A few things to consider:

1) Climate. Many vegetables have different varieties that may work better in warmer climates versus cold climates (and vice versa). Blueberries, for example, do require a certain amount of cold weather to produce fruit. While some varieties require several hundred hours of freezing temps, others may only require 60-80 hours of freezing temps. However, these warmer weather blueberries may not survive a long hard freeze in a colder climate. Your climate will play a big role in how long your growing season lasts, and which plants you’ll choose. Taking note of when your last and first frosts typically occur, as well as other weather-related issues will save you heartache. Arizona, for example, has a much milder growing climate and longer growing season, but since summers are so hot and dry, special measures must be taken to protect produce against withering and dying in the height of summer.

2) Effort. How much energy do you want to devote to this project? If you’re OK with more weeding, watering, and pruning, a large garden may be a welcome addition to your home. If you’re more of a backyard minimalist, perhaps a few tomato or strawberry plants in planters on your back porch may be more appropriate. Keep in mind that adding raised beds will be more labor intensive than adding a few hanging baskets or clay pots later on.

3) Money. How much do you want to invest in this project? Maybe your family eats a lot of tomatoes and that’s all you want. A packet of seeds, a few pots, and a bag of potting soil are affordable on nearly any budget. Maybe you want to introduce your kids to some new foods (studies have shown that children are more likely to eat vegetables when they help grow them). Or maybe investing $10 into herbs from your garden supply store will be sufficient. Then again, you might want to invest a few hundred dollars into raised beds, organic soil, and a composting system that will last for many years.

4) Picking Plants. Once you’ve determined your growing climate and how much money and energy you’re willing to invest in growing your own food, you can start picking out plants. Perhaps you want to harvest all your produce around the same time this summer- about 60 days from now. Or maybe you want to rotate through a few different harvests throughout the summer and fall with different plants ready for harvest at different times. If this is the case, you’ll want to stagger when you plant produce with a shorter growing time (such as lettuce) with produce that has a longer grow time (like pumpkins and melons). There are a number of interactive tools on the web that can help you figure this part out. I personally like the one at Mother Earth News. There is also a great tool at Sprout Robot for determining which plants will thrive in your area (great for novice gardeners!) and when to plant.

5) Pests. If you live in an area with deer, bunnies, and other herbivores, it may be necessary to surround your garden with chicken wire, or perhaps even a wood or metal fence to keep animals out. Keep an eye out for bugs. Some bugs are beneficial to plants (like bees and butterflies), while others can nibble and destroy (like aphids). Create a plan of some kind ahead of time as to how you’ll deal with pests.

Have fun!

Website Re-Launch!

After many months of back and forth, learning and re-learning the new web design tools available, delays for holiday orders, facility maintenance and a few unexpected surprises along the way, our new website is finally up and running! We still have a few lingering tasks remaining (such as moving our dealer database over and generating passwords for our new dealer-only access area), so please bear with us as we wrap that up.

Our new site should be easier to navigate, and should display on all browsers more uniformly. We’re also now fully linked up with Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, for anyone who follows us on those sites. Our FAQ page is tremendously easier to use, with the added option of submitting your own questions for future inclusion in our FAQ’s. (We’ll also answer your submitted question by email.)

Do you have a suggestion or feedback for us? Please let us know, we love hearing from our customers!

Juicing: Try and try again

Several months ago, after watching “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead,” I purchased a juicer. I bought a Breville 200XL and it arrived in a few days. I was excited to try my new toy after hearing about so many potential benefits: less gray hair, more energy, improved sleep, detoxification, less inflammation, etc. I made a special trip to the grocery store for some extra organic produce and got started right away.

Spinach, clinatro, pears, oranges, melon, pineapple and kiwi make for a great juice, in addition to my normal breakfast!

I wish I could say that I was excited about my first glass of juice, but I was not. I was excited until I saw the juice actually being made. I hadn’t anticipated that the juice would emerge from the juice in different layers in my pitcher and would require stirring (not a big deal, but still, unexpected). I hadn’t anticipated that cleaning the juicer would be so much work. (I’d settled on a Breville because they were supposed to be easier to clean than the Jack LaLaine juicers, and replacement parts for the Brevilles were supposed to be easier to find.) I had anticipated that the juice would taste… good. Not great, but at least good. My first glass of juice was anything but good. Spicy from too much ginger, too lemony, and very, very “green.” However, I drank it down, thinking the whole time of how much good this would do my body. I was incredibly disappointed.

After the first two days of dutifully juicing once or twice a day, I didn’t feel any different. If anything, I was far more tired than usual because of the extra dishes, cutting, and chopping. By the third day, I had put the juicer into the back of my pantry, promising myself I’d try again “later.”

Fast-forward to December 2012. After spending the greater part of this year working with a personal trainer and making some significant dietary changes, my balance is better than ever, and my IBS is finally under control after 7 long years of fighting with my body over the control of my digestive tract. My fiance’ and I watched “Hungry For Change,” which sparked a long conversation between the two of us about what we could do to improve our health. We paused the movie more than once to run to our kitchen for a quick inventory of how much HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) was still lingering in our pantry, how many of our dry goods had additives, etc.

Although I wouldn’t call our lifestyle “unhealthy,” we still have a lot of room for improvement, like many Americans. We prepare most of our meals from scratch so we know exactly what we’re eating. We buy organic whenever we can. We eat a nice variety of produce, meats, and fish, and limit the amount of processed foods (either purchased frozen or from a drive-thru). We recycle more than we throw away, and we turn off lights when we’re not using them. However, we both deal with some kind of pain and inflammation issues (asthma for him from a military deployment, and Fibromyalgia for me). We eat more meat (organic or not) than we probably should. We don’t eat enough fresh produce. We eat more processed foods than either of us would ideally prefer, despite our efforts to plan meals at least a week in advance. We consume more sugar than we’d like. Although there is a food co-op where we live, it means driving 15 miles each way to pick up our produce. (That’s a lot of time in the car when we could buy organic produce for slightly more about a mile from home.) Many times, organic meat is just too expensive for our grocery budget, and it requires a trip to a different grocery store than where we buy many of our dry goods, for lack of selection.

We decided to start juicing again, really just to see if we would feel any differently than we did while watching “Hungry for Change.” We both felt like we needed to do something that would help make us healthier. I had originally planned to take a few days off from work so that I could do a juice fast without risking whether I’d have to call in sick or not. When it became clear that we weren’t going to be able to do a true juice fast, we altered our plan; we would start by introducing ourselves to the idea with one glass of fresh juice for each of us per day.

This time around, I decided to forego the juice recipes that had ended in so much disappointment the first time around, but used that experience to my advantage. We purchased produce that we normally like eating, to start. We bought spinach, cilantro, apples, oranges, pears, cucumbers, tomatoes, kiwi, pineapple, carrots, melon, berries, and kale. We normally do not buy kale as neither of us cares for it, but I’d hoped that we might find it more palatable in juice. I used mostly fruit (oranges, pineapple, pears) for our first glass of juice this time, with half a cucumber and two carrots for balance. And… (drum roll, please)… it was actually GOOD!

So far, I’ve been juicing once or twice a day for the last three days. I am finding that my body seems to be trying to self-regulate itself again where my circadian rhythms are concerned; I have spent the last 15 years or so fighting with my body over all things sleep-related. I am falling asleep earlier and waking up a little earlier, which is a huge deal for me. My GI tract seems to be trying to clear itself out. I am finding that concentration on a single task seems to be easier. I have had a few mild headaches, but nothing debilitating by any means (another welcome change!). I have been a bit more tired than usual, but I’ve also felt more productive during the day. I’ve been steadily losing about half a pound a day.

Some stirring required!
Seeing these changes has motivated me to put up with the cleaning that the Breville requires. Now that I have fallen into a rhythm with it, it feels like less of a nuisance. I suppose that part of the shift has been a shift in attitude for me; keeping my juicer clean shortly after drinking the juice has kept me on top of all of our dishes (I am notorious for letting dinner dishes sit in the sink until the following day- pots and pans included). I know now that when I fill up my metal mixing bowl, I’ve got enough produce to make two medium-sized glasses, or one very large glass, of juice. I know now that I prefer a somewhat random mix of produce, rather than any kind of “theme.” I know now that I enjoy a mix of fruits and vegetables, using my pineapple or berries with leafy greens. My fiance seems to mostly agree. I know that I really do not enjoy the kale that is available from our local organic market, in any form. I know that I must make it for work me, and not the other way around.
Here’s to a Happy (and Healthy) New Year!

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