I bet that you or someone you know has said these words at some point in your life “I am not eating enough veggies”. This statement is actually true when looking at most people’s diets. On rare occasions people are diet conscious enough, to make good choices when it comes to the right kind of foods to consume. One of the easiest ways to add vitamins and nutrients into your diet is to start juicing with fruits and veggies. It might be expensive to buy a good quality juicer, therefore we will talk about their varieties later on. But first let’s explore what raw juice can do to elevate your body’s system to its highest capacity. Raw juices can be used when treating many disorders and diseases. There are many diets which promote juicing and promise the most coveted benefits most people seek: weight loss, elevated energy levels, detoxing your body and some studies even show a link to curing certain types of cancer. One of the most well known books that explain the miracles that a change in diet can create, and has been used by many cancer patients, in conjunction with chemotherapy or as a solution by itself, is Gerson’s therapy. You can find many books and studies done on this approach on the official website. Just like with any other diet changes, make sure to consult your doctor before starting this therapy.
3 Things How Juicing Can Help You
- It provides more nutrients to your body. This is especially important to those who have digestive problems and can not always eat a lot of veggies. Juicing, however pre-digests the food and helps to process it in a gentler way.
- It will help you consume larger amount of veggies. The recommendation is to consume 6-8 servings of fruit per day. That involves a lot of planning and requires time. With just one simply juice you can get as much as 4 servings in.
- It will help add variety of veggies for those who are not keen on veggies but can easily drink a glass or two mixed with a fruit for a better taste.
In addition, juicing can also lead to:
Weight Loss People that consume at least 8oz of vegetable juice tend to lose 15% more weight compared to those who do not drink green juices.
Enhances Brain Health People who drink green juices are less likely to develop brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Boosts The Immune System Juicing can help revitalize the system. Whenever you are stressed the immune system goes down. Foods like carrots, turmeric, ginger, garlic, and wheatgrass can help boost it and should be either incorporated as whole foods or juiced with the veggies.
Increase Energy Drinking green juice can increase your energy levels as it contains (especially leafy greens) vitamins A, C, K, Magnesium, Iron and the almighty B which all provide natural energy and keeps your energy levels up and running throughout the day.
What Is The Best Juicer?
There are many juicers to choose from, and the price varies from $50 to over $800 dollars. I highly recommend slow juicing models which are also know as masticating or slow juicers. These newer juicers extract juice by first crushing and then pressing fruit and vegetables for the highest juice yield. They do not produce heat (or very little) it helps to keep most of the nutrients intact. What Is The Recommended Time of Day to Use? The easiest and most convenient time of day to get the most benefits from juicing is to incorporate it into your breakfast routine. Make a tall glass of juice before you have breakfast or if you are not a “breakfast person” this will provide even more benefits for you. Choosing what to juice is easy. Start from the basics like what type of greens you prefer or have in your fridge: spinach, kale, wheatgrass etc. We recommend that you add some sort of citrus for the vitamin C benefits (great for the immune system and your skin) , choose a fruit (apple, mango, grapes for the natural energy – fructose). For even better results add a little ginger or turmeric. Voila – you have yourself an easy, packed with health benefits breakfast on a go. Here is a recipe for a great wake me up juice full of nutrients, vitamin C and energy boosting greens.
The Super Green Breakfast Juice
2 big handfuls spinach
1/2 seedless cucumber
1/2 cup pineapple or mango
1/2 large navel orange, peeled
1/2 lime, peeled
1/4-1/2 cup water
Add all ingredients together. I recommend to always start with leafy greens first, so it can be pushed down with a more solid fruit or vegetable. Enjoy immediately, as you can get the most benefits and vitamins if consumed within 20 minutes of juicing. Juices can also be refrigerated for up to 8 hours or up to 20 in a vacuumed sealed container. Enjoy!