CAL Gal Juice

CAL Gal Juice. Pic by M.C.

CAL Gal stands for carrot, apple, lemon, and ginger—basically my go to carrot juice.

I always use Meyer lemons because they are sweet and then I use whatever I can get if I can’t find them. The lemons are native to China crossed with citron and a mandarin/pomelo hybrid. As I’ve mentioned before a lemon provides 30 to 56 milligrams of vitamin C. Lemons are great for boosting your immune system and mood, which we all need now. Lemon can even help lower your blood pressure. Almost all my juices have fresh ginger root in them, which combats inflammation, helps with arthritis and osteoarthritis, relieves nausea and pain, prevents cancer, and aids digestion.

Carrots are known for improving eyesight due to the vitamin A content. A lady wearing glasses told me she takes a vitamin A pill of 25,000 International Units. According to an article written by Serena Styles for SFGate, five 8-inch carrots make an eight-ounce glass of juice, which equates to 60,142 IU of vitamin A.

With the Saharan sandstorm hitting the U.S. to Canada use ginger to improve respiratory conditions and lemons to hydrate. If you don’t have a juicer you can always grate some ginger and juice a lemon to make a hot tea. Don’t add any kind of sugar if you can handle the taste.

CAL Gal Juice
5 or 6 carrots
1 apple
1 lemon
1 inch ginger

Yield: 12 – 15 ounces

Wash produce, but don’t over wash so you get more minerals. Chop fruits, veggies, and root into small pieces. This week I tried juicing some of the pulp like John from recommended. The pulp just seemed to sit on the auger until I threw in a fresh apple wedge and used the pusher. I almost never need to use the pusher to help the produce down the feeder tube. I also juiced some of the lemon wedges at the end to help clean out more pulp like John suggests.

Happy Juicing!

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Copyright 2020 Melissa Crismon

Vitamin C

Chewable Vitamin C. Photo by M.C.

FOX 2 reported Dr. Charles Mok, who owns Allure Medical Spa, was advertising vitamin C infusions to treat COVID-19 patients, which prompted the FBI to pre-raid his Shelby Township, Michigan office. Mara Schneider, FBI spokesperson said, “The investigation includes allegations that the clinic provided fraudulent treatments for COVID-19 and that the clinic did not observe proper protocols to protect staff.” The agents seized Dr. Mok’s documents and are looking for federal healthcare fraud.

Vitamin C boosts the immune system and helps shorten the life of the common cold. Dr. Ron Paul, former U.S. Representative, has repeatedly said the coronavirus is a cold on his YouTube channel. In the late 1940s, Frederick Klenner, MD, used IV vitamin C to cure polio. Vitamin C also boosts collagen production. It fights cancer but that is argued by Western medicine. It treats infection, diabetes, stress, high blood cholesterol, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disorders, internal bleeding, piles, corneal ulcers, inflammation, and lead poisoning. It is also an antioxidant. In a 1974 radio interview, Linus Pauling said “the first 250 mg is more important than any later 250 mg. The first 250 mg leads you up to the level where the blood is saturated.”

My favorite vitamin C is by Nature’s Plus called Lovites. The vitamin is heart shaped, but it’s hard to find in the store. The label says gluten-free and vegetarian. I don’t know what ingredient makes it not vegan. I contacted them and will update their response. Amazon says 100% made in USA. I like Country Life chewable vitamin C in the berry flavor. It is a little too sugary, but still one of my go to vitamin C chewables. It has fructose, glucose, and non-GMO maltodextrin in it. It’s a New York company that manufactures it’s own vitamin C. And it’s vegan. Since the shelves are thinned out I bought NOW chewable C-500. It dissolves with a little hard sugar left on the tongue. It has organic turbinado sugar, sorbitol, and xylitol in it. NOW is located in Illinois and the website says they manufacture and quality test their product. The one I have isn’t non-GMO. But if you get the one with rose hips it is non-GMO, gluten-free, soy free, vegan, and kosher. The website’s description of C-500 with rose hips says, “Rose Hips, which are natural sources of ascorbic acid, have been included to complement this formula.” My main concern about ascorbic acid is sometimes it is derived from corn, which can be an allergen.

Powdered vitamin C is better since it doesn’t have added sugar in it. Sugar inhibits absorption of vitamins and minerals. I recently heard 95% of powdered vitamin C is sourced from China. Shopping at the health food store, I typically find American brands.

I like to buy 500 mg because I chew two wafers in an hour if I need to. From what I understand, 1000 mg an hour is what the body can use. Vitamin C is water-soluble. Your body will get rid of what it doesn’t need. I prefer to get my vitamins from fresh food and juicing. Honestly, I get great results from squeezing a lemon into water, which provides 30 to 56 milligrams of vitamin C.

Copyright 2020 Melissa Crismon