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You’ll probably see ‘Green for Life‘ mentioned in more than a couple places on this site. It’s Victoria Boutenko’s updated book on Green Smoothie Nutrition. It’s got a lot of great recipes for green smoothies, but many books have good recipes. This book really is a good read with a lot of information, but what really got my attention was her information on chimpanzees.

It’s not so much that I wanted to learn specifically about chimps, although I do find them amazing. It was her comparison of their diet and the diet that we humans have grown accustomed to. It immediately got my attention because, as I’m sure most people know, humans have nearly identical genes as chimps, 99.4% the same to be exact.Green for Life Book Image

So how is it that their diet is half fruit, with greens (and blossoms) making up 25% to 50% of the remainder? Depending on the season and the resources at hand, pith (stems and fibrous parts of plants) and bark may account for 2-7% of their diet. At times seeds could account for 5% of the diet, and they consume some insects and even small animals in November. The chimps can also go for long periods without consuming the small animals with no noticeable ill effects. That, according to Jane Goodall, the famous chimpanzee researcher that has devoted her life to the study of chimps.

The point Ms. Boutenko makes, and what amazes me is – how can two nearly identical animals, humans and chimps, have diets that could hardly be more dissimilar? I’d be willing to bet that chimps are eating a natural, healthy diet (no fast food), and we have become victims of our own technology, our need for convenience, and of course the need for huge profits in everything. Our very health, and lives are for sale.

Again, as the author mentions too, I was surprised to find out chimpanzees have 50% of their diet made up of greens. What is the bulk of our diet? Yep, cooked carbohydrates and animal foods. The hamburgers, cheese, butter, pasta, white bread, bacon, blah, blah, you know the rest. As alarming as what the bulk of our diet is, the fact that greens are but a tiny fraction of our total diet is insane! Even the typical raw-foodist diet, although they are not consuming the animal products, still only consists of a very small amount of greens compared to the chimp’s diet. Yes, they consume much more in fruits and vegetables over the standard American diet, and add in good portions of seeds, nuts and avocado oils, but the greens are still lacking greatly.

To see these comparisons in pie charts as in Ms. Boutenko’s book really makes the point. It’s no wonder that obesity is heading towards the 50% mark, and rather quickly. It’s a wonder that our life expectancies aren’t at about 40 years and decreasing! I have no medical training, but it would seem logical that if we’re now routinely living into our 80′s and 90′s, that we could, and probably should be living well past 100 years of age.

Notice also that we mentioned greens specifically, and not just vegetables. Chimps almost never eat the root vegetables like we do unless that’s all that’s available. Think about it – when we do consume greens (without juicing) it’s normally in very small quantities, maybe a spinach salad with plenty of dressing, and whatever else we can use to give it flavor and pretty much negate the nutritional value of the small amount of raw greens. Also, we may get a couple leaves of lettuce on a sandwich occasionally, but that just won’t cut it.

So, even if we were to go on a raw food diet, although much better than the standard American diet, we would still be severely lacking in what we probably need most of all – the raw greens. Even when we do eat vegetables they are often root vegetables because they are sweeter. Carrots, yams, sweet potatoes, beets, etc. That, of course, is assuming that the chimpanzee’s diet should be a rough estimate of what we should be eating. Remember the 99.4%? I think it’s safe to assume we should be eating what the chimps eat, or at least a diet that is similar.

I won’t continue any further with my interpretation of Victoria Boutenko’s excellent book, but I do suggest you get a copy. Even if you don’t buy the book, unless you’re already juicing a lot of greens, or eating a bunch of raw greens, I would definitely get a few good green smoothie recipes (like the ones on the homepage of this site) and start to restructure your pie chart. I started with green smoothies when I got Green for Life a couple of months ago.

A jungle full of chimps can’t be wrong.









Juicing for liver health means it’s time for a delicious green smoothie. Also, if you have reason to think maybe your liver needs a bit of rest, you can take it easy on the proteins and fats. The whole grains, fruits and vegetables, Human Liveralong with our green smoothies are ideal nourishment for the liver. Kale, spinach, cucumbers and zucchini are par for the liver-cleansing course. You can also throw in some raw herbs like dandelion leaves and parsley.

Obviously, juicing in and of itself is great, but when juicing for liver health we can also think of other specific foods that are known to aid in liver health like citrus fruits, apple, blackberries, beet, asparagus, broccoli, carrots (they contain the most beta carotene of all fruits and vegetables) cauliflower, cabbage, celery, garlic, ginger, kiwi, mint, onion, oregano, pomegranate, prunes, raspberry and strawberry. With the incredible list of fruits and vegetables known to be great for the liver, you can come up with some fantastic juicer recipes that your liver will love you for.

With all of the toxins that we’re regularly exposed to like coal-fired electrical plants, vehicle emissions, oil refineries, not to mention medicines that can be very hard on the liver, excessive alcohol consumption for some, and we don’t even want to get started on all of the processed ‘food’ that many of us push down our neck! Combine that with herbicides, pesticides, and who knows what else, and our liver has it’s work cut out for it.

Obviously, a lifestyle change that includes juicing not only helps the liver, but also every cell in our body.



We’ve all heard of antioxidants, and their ability to protect our cells from harmful free radicals. We get these antioxidants (vitamins, minerals and other food-based chemicals) from foods rich in beta carotene, and the vitamins C and E.

So what are these free radicals that we need protection from? They are molecules that become unstable and ‘free’, allowing them to slam into DNA cells, causing them to mutate into cancer cells. The liver, and in fact, all organs can be damaged by these free radicals. Antioxidants can help protect us from these harmful free radicals. Many believe that these antioxidants can also help detoxify pollutants, thereby easing the work load on the liver.


Vitamin C

We all know that citrus fruits are an excellent source of vitamin C, and they are also easy to include in nearly any juicer or recipe or to juice alone. Other good sources of vitamin C are berries, broccoli, cucumber, kiwi fruit and spinach.


Vitamin E

Next on our list is vitamin E, which is a fat soluble antioxidant. It protects fats from being damaged by these free radicals. Vitamin E helps to protect the cell membranes, which are fat-based, that protect the liver. Also, vitamin E can reduce scar tissue in the liver, which can eventually lead to cirrhosis of the liver. Apples, blackberries and kiwis are excellent sources of juice-able vitamin E.


Beta Carotene

Beta carotene and other carotenoids are antioxidants that are necessary for general health and to maintain a strong immune system. The liver converts beta carotene to vitamin A, which can help to restore somewhat damaged liver fibers to healthy tissue. We all know that carrots are an excellent source of beta carotene, and is actually the best source of beta carotene, as mentioned above. Broccoli, blackberries, kale, kiwi, peaches, spinach and watermelon are also good sources of beta carotene and should be included regularly in your juicing recipes.

With all of the nutrient-rich foods that we have available, juicing for liver health can be easy, as well as delicious!


In the search for fitness, wellness and healing several individuals are turning to juicing recipes. Juicing recipes focus on live whole foods for optimum nutrition instead of the heavily processed, empty calorie foods that make up the average, daily diet.

Everybody knows that if we do not eat properly, our health and life will suffer for it. Our bodies need the proper fuel and nutrients to work effectively. We get this fuel from the foods we eat. If someone eats a junk-food based diet the results are malnutrition, lack of energy and illness.

A great means to supplement your nutritional needs in with juicing. Juicing recipes use a variety of fruits and vegetables in a way which leaves much of the nutritional value of the foods intact and usable to the body.

Although you could use any fruit or vegetable which is pleasing to your tastes, there are many foods which work synergistically together for the best advantages.

There are thousands of research studies which have proved the effectiveness of plant sterols and phytonutrients in preventing and healing a wide range of diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and digestive problems. They could also aid reduce chronic inflammation and the pain linked to arthritis and other auto-immune diseases.

Done correctly, juicing can be a good weight loss tool. If you’re full and satisfied with good, nutrient dense food cravings become a thing of the past. Overeating is under control. Fewer calories are consumed and weight loss is the result.

While it is true that most people do not eat even the lowest recommended quantities of vegetables and fruits, those who include fresh juicing in their diet normally exceed that amount. This means they’re receiving all the extra nutrients that are contained in these foods.

There are many super foods that you would need to include in your juicing recipes everyday. They include celery, carrots, cucumbers, lemons, pineapple, cabbages, and a variety of berries, apples and greens such as spinach, turnip or mustard. All are proven disease fighters.

Anybody could benefit. Try a few juicing recipes. A healthier body will be the reward. Are you willing to know more about juicing recipes and strengthen your health? Then here is a website which gives out complete information on juicing recipes. Unleash the secrets to vibrant health at

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