Juicing For Lifelong Health

David McCluggage, D.V.M., C.V.A.

Birds should eat fuits and, especially, vegetables each day. Unfortunately, many bird are reluctant to eat vegetables, or they only eat them only sparingly.

Juicing is an excellent alternative for those birds that resist their veggetables. It is also a great addition to the diet in all birds as we will show you.

Juicing provides a concentrated powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, flavonoids and other complex nutrients that are so valuable for you and your birds

Birds that don't like to eat vegetables will often drink them when juiced, especially if you follow some of our guidelines.

Why is juicing so good? It is an excellent way to provide a large amount of vitamins and minerals in a concentrated form. benefits include:

We recommend that you take the pulp from the juicer and feed that to your birds also, adding it with the "soft foods" you feed at night - just mix it all into the same bowl.
  • Once juiced, fruits and vegetables requires hardly any digestion, making the valuable nutrients immediately and completely available to the bird
  • Juicing uses more fruits and vegetables, so a bird consumes far more vegetables than if they were simply trying to eat the vegetable itself. Thus, they recieve far more nutrients from juicing
  • Is a liver detoxifier

Some veterinarians do not recommend feeding vegetables and fruits to birds, instead recommending that they only be fed commercial pellets. We could not disagree more! The nutritional benefits of fruts and vegetables far outweigh any potential negative issues.

Juicing is easily the most powerful way to provide all the nutrients your bird needs to thrive. Juicing will often heal your bird from the worst diseases, and return your bird to a level of health far beyond anything you have seen before.

Looking at the nutritional content of fruits and some vegetable, the most significant problem it the amount of sugars they contain. The content of sugar in fruits is far more than vegetable, although some vegetables, carrots for example, have significant amounts of sugars as well. To limit the amount of sugar in your bird's diet, feed mostly vegetables. When feeding veggetables and fruit, do not feed other foods that have significant amounts of sugars (most processed foods for people have very large amounts of sugar, don't feed them!). With juicing, juice mostly vegetables, and use smaller amounts of fruits for flavor only.

Juicing is a great way to enhance your bird's health. Juicing will concentrate the remarkable healing benefits of fruits and vegetables, eliminate the potential problem of low caloric and nutrient density, and literally provide your birds with a vitamin and mineral super drink. These drinks are even more helpful because they contain numerous other phytonutrients (complex healing compounds) that a bird needs to thrive.

Fruits and vegetables can be said to have two components: the fibrous, partially-indigestible component, and the juice, which resides within the cells of the plant. Only the juice found within the plant's cells provides the vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates we need to thrive. Juicing concentrates these wonderful nutrients into a more easily digestible juice. Birds will usually consume juices readily, in much larger quantities, than they would the fruits from which they come. This makes juicing an ideal way to provide many of these valuable nutrients.

Juicing provides a concentrated powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, flavonoids and other complex nutrients that are so valuable for you and your birds. We recommend that you feed the pulp as well as the juice for added nutrition. The fibrous component in the pulp is important for a healthy digestive tract. Feeding whole fruits and vegetables will also provide this fibrous component, and should be a regular part of your bird's diet.

When juicing oranges and lemons, you must remove the orange part of the peel as it contains indigestible oils. You should, however, leave the whitish portion of the peel as there are a number of extremely valuable bioflavonoids in this part of the orange and lemon.

Only your imagination limits what you can do with a juicer.

One rule of thumb I use is that if I am placing nutritious but plain- tasting produce in the juice, I will add something especially tasty like apple or pear to make it taste better for the bird.

It is always best to feed the juice fresh daily, as storage will diminish the nutritional content. If you must store it, pour the remaining juice into an ice tray and freeze. The individual frozen cubes will give you a bird-size serving that will defrost quickly.

One final thought: these recipes are one of the best ways to improve your bird's health. They are vastly more healing than most products people will find in "vitamin stores", and have healing powers far greater than the commercial "one-product-heals-all" miracle products so widely marketed. And it is all available at home for you to use to help your loved ones!

Here are some of our favorite juicing recipes:

The Apple Cleanser

  • 1 apple (cleaned but not peeled)
  • 1/3 orange (using a vegetable peeler, remove the orange outer layer, but leave the whitish pulpy layer to be used in the juicer
  • 1/3 banana (remove the peel)
  • 1 tsp of MediBulk

The Carrot Delight

  • 1 carrot (cleaned but not peeled)
  • 1/3 apple (cleaned but not peeled)
  • 15 grapes (dark-skinned grapes are best, seed grapes are good, and use the seed in the drink)
  • 1/8 teaspoon of Avian Support Formula (Click here to read about Avian Support Formula). This powder is optional, but beneficial.

Fruit Juice Utopia
  • 1/2 ripe banana (peel removed)
  • 1/2 orange (using a vegetable peeler, remove the orange outer layer, but leave the whitish pulpy layer to be used in the juicer
  • 1/2 pear (cleaned but not peeled)
  • 10 grapes (dark skinned grapes are best, seed grapes are good, and use the seed in the drink)
  • 3 sprigs of parsley
  • 1/2 fresh apricot (plums are acceptable as well)

Broccoli Antioxidant
  • 4 florets of broccoli
  • 1 slice of lemon peel
  • 1/2 apple (cleaned but not peeled)
  • 1 capsule Oxygenics

The Immune Booster
  • A sprig of dandelion or spinach
  • A sprig of fresh thyme
  • 1/2 apple (cleaned but not peeled)
  • 1/3 carrot (cleaned but not peeled)
  • 1/2 orange (remove the orange outer layer)
  • 1 Shiite mushroom, chopped and soaked overnight (available at many grocery stores, do not drain the liquid from the mushroom, use it in the juicer)
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

Whole Body Detox
  • 1/3 beet (cleaned but not peeled)
  • 1/2 apple (cleaned but not peeled)
  • 1 sprig of parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon UltraClear Plus; optional ingredient, but very helpful in this case

Liver Repair and Restore
  • 1/4 tsp of Turmeric (fresh turmeric from a grocery store is best, dried is acceptable)
  • 1/2 apple (cleaned but not peeled)
  • 3 dandelion leaves or spinach
  • 1 tsp Green Tea (steeped as per normal)
  • 4 capsules of SAT by Thorne
  • Garlic 1/2 clove, crushed
  • 1 hard boiled egg

Note: This juice formula is remarkable in its ability to repair and restore a bird's liver. Most birds will drink this from a spoon. For others, you can add a little vanilla extract or your bird's favorite yogurt (1 tbs.) to enhance the flavor. Add water to the right consistency. Place the juice in the food bowl as the only food source for several hours. Alternately, you can pour this healing liquid over any fruits, bread, or other soft foods your bird likes to eat. It can often be fed from a spoon or pipette as if your bird is being hand fed.
Because only an avian veterinarian can diagnose liver disease, WellVet.com assumes a qualified veterinarian has already seen your bird if you suspect liver disease. If this is not true, you should immediately seek out this support. Complimentary therapy works very well with Western veterinary medicine in treating liver disease, and WellVet.com highly recommends you contact us for a Phone Consult in order for your bird to receive optimal therapeutic care.

The Intestinal Healer
  • 1/2 apple (cleaned but not peeled)
  • 2 tbs. plain or vanilla yogurt (active live culture)
  • 2 tsp Aloe Vera juice
  • 2 leafs of spinach or dandelion
  • 1 tbs cooked rice (prepare one day prior to juicing; cook until extremely soft, and leave in the refrigerator overnight)
  • 1 tsp MediBulk
  • 1 carrot (cleaned but not peeled)
  • 1 kale leaf
  • 2 sprigs parsley
  • 1/2 celery stalk
  • 1/4 tsp flax seeds (the whole seeds, not flax seed oil). If you don't have flax seeds, use coconut oil)

  • Note: this can be added to a hand feeding formula to provide added nutrients, including calcium, liver herbs, and antioxidants.