Juicing Basics or if you like “Juicing 101″ will get you started in the right, healthy direction. here are some ideas and tips to get you going.
If there’s one thing I like as much as drinking smoothies, it’s drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices. I got onto the juice bandwagon well after I got into smoothies, which is probably not that unusual considering the equipment involved. But once I sprung for my own juicer instead of just using my mom’s blender for making smoothies and protein shakes, I was hooked.
Juicing is a rush. There’s just something about feeding a bunch of carrots into a hungry machine and watching the bright, colorful liquid pour into a glass. It’s like being a chef and getting to instantly enjoy the fruits of your own labor – literally.
What’s even better is the knowledge that what you’re making is both the healthiest and most delicious thing you can consume. Your body knows it and immediately thanks you for it.
Raw juices are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and phytonutrients contained in fresh fruits and vegetables; and there are a variety of juice recipes for healing and fighting disease.
You’ll find that the benefits and pleasures of juicing are well worth the few minutes it takes to clean your juicer. Think of juicing as an all-natural way of taking vitamins for optimal health and disease prevention.
Since juicing simply removes the fiber from the nutritious juice of the fruit, it is possible to consume more nutrients by juicing that it is by simply eating the raw fruit and vegetables whole. Imagine eating four large carrots, an apple, a celery stick and a quarter of a lemon for a snack. Sounds like a big endeavor, doesn’t it?
Don’t get me wrong, dietary fiber is important and necessary for good health, but it also requires a lot of energy and work from your digestive tract. Juicing allows you to take in all the healing nutrition of fresh fruits and vegetables, with less work from your body’s digestive system.
Juice recipes that heal include fruit and vegetable mixtures which aid in digestion, prevent cancer, promote weight loss, boost the immune system, strengthen bones, and promote good blood and a healthy heart.
Some important and helpful points to remember when juicing
- Use fresh fruits and vegetables: Fresh produce is more ‘alive’ and contains the highest nutritional value possible. Organic produce is even better.
- Drink it fresh: Fresh juice oxidizes quickly, so in order to get the most nutritional benefit and the best taste, consume your juice as soon as you make it rather than keeping it in the refrigerator for later.
- Swish the juice: When drinking juice we can miss out on the beginning of the digestive process, which comes from chewing our food. It is therefore recommended to swish the first sip of juice around your mouth for a bit in order to stimulate digestion.
- Wash and slice your produce: Fruit and vegetables often come with dirt or pesticide residue, so it’s best to give them a good wash before juicing. Be sure to chop up your produce into manageable pieces so they won’t get stuck in or overwork your juice machine. Also remove any spoiled areas on your fruits and vegetables.
- Do your research: In order to find the best juice recipes for healing and your favorite fruit and vegetable combinations to suit your taste and dietary needs, try a variety of recipes available in books and on the web. Be informed, experiment and – most importantly – have fun.
Juicing Basics: to help you with your own in home juice making.