smoothies

Juicing

You may have heard people say that they “juice” and thought to yourself, “What the hell does that mean?” It usually means that the person prepares nutritious homemade juices from fresh fruit and vegetables.

When I began my journey to health, I found juicing to be a really important part. It gave me energy, filled my body with nutrients and vitamins, and made me feel refreshed. It was a great way to ingest all the fruits and vegetables that I couldn’t eat during the day.

Think of it as stripping out the most vital nutrients from a plant and sending it on a one way road into your body. Because you remove the pulp (fiber) when you juice, there is nothing to inhabit direct absorption of all the vitamins and minerals. However, smoothies are very beneficial as well (with pulp). The fiber that is ingested is great for digestion. Due to the pulp, it may take a bit longer for your body to reap the benefits of your smoothie. That is why I prefer juice. It’s also a personal preference because I like the consistency and texture of juice better than smoothies.

Some benefits (among many others) that come with daily juicing:

  • clear skin
  • higher energy levels
  • less fatigue
  • alkaline body free of disease
  • improved digestion
  • graceful aging
  • Cleansing of toxins

Here are some juicing tips:

  • For ultimate benefits, juice is better digested in the morning on an empty stomach. Try to go as long as possible without eating or drinking anything else to let your body absorb the deliciousness.
  • Rule of thumb is 3 veggies to 1 fruit (don’t forget all the sugar that is in fruit)
  • Try to buy organic. You don’t want your body directly absorbing chemicals and pesticides with those nutrients. Dirty Dozen, Clean Fifteen
  • Shop around. Club stores (Sam’s, Costco), farmer’s markets, produce stores, Whole Foods, WalMart. Check prices, quantities, and quality!
  • Juice it all! Many people throw out kale stems, for instance. I juice them! Why not?

Looking for a juicer? They can be quite pricy. I love my Breville Juice Fountain because it’s reasonable priced, easy to clean, and efficient. Not willing to shell out the cash yet? I used a blender then strained the smoothie through paint straining bags to remove the pulp and extract the juice. It was cheaper. But a little more time consuming.

Breville Juice Fountain

P.S. Just received this e-mail from “Hungry for Change figured I would share:

“…this week we’re featuring Jason Vale. Jason learnt from his own health issues just how much one can benefit from juicing daily. He suffered from psoriasis, eczema, insomnia, asthma, hay fever and was also a heavy drinker and smoker. After adding in a couple of juices per day he began to notice dramatic changes, seeing a fast improvement in his health! His body was finally getting what it needed. His 7-day juicing program has allowed him to see many others heal their bodies too. Find out more here: www.HungryForChange.tv/Juicing

XOXO
D.