Making a juice from fresh fruits and vegetables to create a drinkable nutrient goodness of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Juicing is a controversial subject in the nutrition world, especially since juice fasts and cleanses are currently a major dietary trend. People who are for juicing claim it’s a fast and convenient way to get nutrients into our bodies, while opponents argue we miss out on important health benefits from the nutrient-rich skin and fiber that is extracted during the processing.
Regardless of what anyone says , a glass of your favorite greens is still a better choice than a processed, sugar-laden snack. Here are my juicing
tips to learn how you can safely incorporate juicing into a healthy, balanced diet. You will feel amazing that you actually put something good into your body. Your body will thank you for it.
SELF MADE OR STORE–BOUGHT?
Choosing the right juice can be confusing, especially since they all claim the same health benefits. Here is how to spot the good juice from the ehh juice.
Store-Bought Pasteurized Juice:
These juices are not so beneficial for you, since they have been sitting on the shelves who knows how long. Juices can sit on the supermarket shelf for weeks. They usually contain artificial flavors, additives, and preservatives that are added to extend the shelf life. They often contain as much sugar as soda. Stay clear of these juice wannabe’s.
If you need a healthy juice on-the-go, read labels carefully and look for raw, organic, and unpasteurized. I usually get a freshly made at WHOLE FOODS or I go to my other favorite place KREATIONS I believe if you are local, they also deliver.:) yay…
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Either you make your own juice or Freshly Made Juice in front of you is the best option. This is the only way you know that you are getting the freshest juice available. Juice bars are increasingly popping up in cities and in health food stores. Ask if the ingredients are organic. Homemade juice will save you money long-term and allows you to get creative with your juice recipes is a quick and simple resource to find new recipe books and great deals on juicers.
PICKING YOUR JUICER.!!!
When doing a research for the right juicer, there are three options to choose from –
Centrifugal, Masticating, and Twin-gear.
Centrifugal juicers: They are the cheapest and the easiest to clean; however, the fast processing oxidizes nutrients faster, causing your juice to lose some of its nutrients before it gets to your glass.
Masticating juicers: Extract more juice because they operate at slower speeds, so you get more nutrition per glass. Also, nutrients don’t oxidize as quickly;therefore, juices can be stored in a well-sealed container for up to 24 hours.
Twin-gear juicers : The most powerful and can be used to make nut butters and ice cream. Juices stay fresh for up to 72 hours once it’s refrigerated in a well-sealed container; however, they are the most expensive kind.
SOME TIPS FOR JUICING !
Fresh juice can develop bacteria very quickly, so to be safe, don’t wait. If you are making your own juice or getting it from a juice bar, down it as soon as they make it, you don’t want vitamins and minerals to be destroyed with increased exposure to air and light.
You cannot live on juice alone. Juicing is a great way to add extra nutrients and minerals into your diet, but there is typically little protein, fat, and fiber present. Your digestive system was created to work. A little rest is fine, but just as the mind must be kept active in order to keep it working at a high level, the same goes for bodily processes like digestion.
Be creative with your produce selections. The good thing about juicing is that it allows you to consume a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables. Try new stuff. Choose high quality produce. Going organic can be more expensive but it’s a health investment that pays off long-term. Make smart shopping decisions using the Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen lists. Which I have on my Organic Vs. Conventional Blog post.
All juices are not created equal. Vegetable juices are nutrition powerhouses. Fruit juices, although an excellent source of vitamin C, are high in naturally occurring sugars and should be consumed less often. If you’re new to juicing, try adding apples, pears, lemon, or ginger to help
make your vegetable juice more tasty. Slowly work towards a 3:1 ratio – three vegetables to one piece of fruit.
BENEFITS OF JUICING
- Fast and easy absorption of nutrients
- Increased energy levels
- Clearer thinking ability
- Glowing eyes and skin
- Strong hair and nails
- Heightened sense of taste and smell
- Strengthened immune system
- Improved appetite control
- Provides a healthy rest for your digestive system
- Health benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables that you wouldn’t normally eat raw or whole
Until next time