Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Beet Anemia

I think I am slightly funny with the title on this blog.  

My life has not been perfect in the past couple of months.  I am having a flare-up of the Crohn's Disease, and I am anemic.  This, of course, has nothing to do with my veganism, but the Crohn's disease itself, despite what doctors tell me.  Anyway, I have been having great results with my blood tests with juices made with my new Champion juicer that my awesome hubby bought for me for my birthday.  

Sarah May's Beet Anemia Juice:
You will blend in the juicer 1 large beet, 4 carrots, 2 apples, 4 kiwis, a handful of kale, 1/2 a lemon and two pears.  For added spice, I like to add about half of an inch of ginger root.  

The juice is the most beautiful red-purple color I have ever seen, and after drinking it I feel alive with all the enzymes and iron and Vitamin C.  My blood results have come out much better than expected.  An added bonus is that I get all the benefits of the fruits and vegetables without having to consume copious amounts of fiber.  Fiber can be the devil to a person with Crohn's disease.  I refuse to succumb to the false notion that one needs animal products for iron.  Vitamin C and Iron work synergistically together, so when I have a flare-up or Crohn’s and anemia (the two are usually present at the same time) I increase my Vitamin C uptake from natural sources.