Keeping healthy as a musician

I recently created a video on a subject that I think is crucial for any musician.

Playing a musical instrument is a physical activity and therefore requires our bodies to operate at peak efficiency. To keep ourselves at that peak state, nutrition plays an important role. I am an advocate of vegetable juicing as an addition to eating right and moderating recreational things we put into our bodies. The concentrated vitamins and minerals provided by juicing can provide the body what it needs for the energy and stamina required of playing an instrument at full potential.

Videos and blogs on juicing are easy to find. Juicing has become a more popular practice throughout the past 20 years. But it still is not embraced by the majority of people. I focus on musicians because I am part of that community and because of the nutritional choices I see being made by my friends and colleagues.

The video demonstrates the two types of juicing I do: wheatgrass and vegetable. I learned of wheatgrass when I stayed for a week at the Hippocrates Health Institute in Palm Beach, Florida. Hippocrates was the philosopher who said, “Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” One of the Institute’s observations is that 75 percent of healthcare spending goes to treating preventable chronic diseases, most of which are diet-related.

From their website, Hippocrates describe wheatgrass as nature’s greatest healer. Chlorophyll is ‘bio-chemically similar’ to human blood in nutritional composition and is thought to help build and support a healthy cardiovascular system. Wheatgrass also helps purify the blood, boost energy and reduce free-radical damage to the heart and body.

This powerful grass creates an internal environment that suppresses bacterial growth and counteracts ingested toxins. It also helps to purify the liver, build the blood’s oxygen-carrying potential and regulate digestion.

My typical juice is done with vegetables such as cucumber, dandelion, chard, collard greens, beets, and carrots. I don’t use fruit since I try to avoid the high sugar concentrate fruit juices contain. I use beets and carrots specifically for their own sugars which helps make the concoction enjoyable.

As a testimony to juicing, I consistently maintain a high energy level and very rarely am sick. In fairness, I also should credit eating very well, daily exercise, and moderation of alcohol.

Watch this video. If you decide to try juicing with an inexpensive juicer, let me know if you feel a difference after 30 days in your energy and emotional state.

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