We are all trying to look after ourselves a little better. The media is often reporting how toxic our lives can be and the fact that most of us do not take in enough portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Juicing is a great way to get every nutrient we need for our bodies daily, in one drink.
Here are some interesting facts about juicing.
- Some carrot leaves, rhubarb greens, the peel of an orange and grapefruit can contain toxic substances and pesticides. These greens and skins should not be juiced. A contrast to this is the pithy white part of citrus fruit, just underneath the skin is actually very nutritious. To get the benefit from this pith, grate the peel off oranges and grapefruits instead of peeling.
- Eating 6 large carrots is equivalent to drinking 8 ounces of carrot juice.
- Making a juice from start to finish takes around 10 minutes.
- If you like green fruit and vegetables, green juice is amazingly good for you. Green juice is rich in chlorophyll, which helps the body detoxify and circulate oxygen. It also balances the body’s pH by reducing acidity. Anyone with low-grade acidosis will tell you, it can leech energy from the body and contribute to many health problems, such as kidney stones.
- If you juice celery, remove the leaves first as they are bitter and your juice will be undrinkable.
- Take care to remove the stones from all of your fruit and vegetables before juicing and put your leafy vegetables into a ball or roll before inserting them into the juicer’s feed chute as a common problem with juicers is the leaves and stones can get stuck between the juicer’s feed chute.
- Beet green leaves, parsley, spinach, and watercress produce a very rich and thick juice. They are very strong flavored and taste best when combined with other fruits and vegetables.
- The softer the fruit or vegetables, the thicker the juice. Apricots, peaches, pears, melons, and strawberries are soft-textured fruits, so their juice is very thick.
- If you juice avocados and bananas just remember that they produce a puree rather than a juice, so it is often more effective to blend them with a juice fruit for example, an orange.
- If you like raw food, it is recommended that you drink juiced raw vegetables immediately after they are prepared and on an empty stomach. The modern thinking is it is best to wait 10-15 minutes to eat after drinking 8-30 ounces. If you drink more than 30 ounces, they suggest waiting at least 45 minutes before eating. Drinking juice on an empty stomach helps the nutrients to be absorbed more quickly and efficiently
- Apple seeds contain a small amount of cyanide. It is really important to core apples and carefully remove seeds before juicing.
- Fresh stem ginger helps to relax the intestinal tract, and cabbage, which helps clean waste form the stomach and upper bowels, both provide additional digestive power.
- If you eat a whole apple, it will give you up to 15 times the amount of fiber of drinking juiced apples.
- Juicing is an amazing way to detoxify parts of your body, ie: liver and kidneys.
- Most Americans, approximately 90%, do not eat the U.S. daily recommended amount of fresh fruits and vegetables. Juicing can help a person meet the daily recommendation in one drink
Look for some recipes on the internet and make sure you buy the best juicer you can for your budget. You will feel better and look better, and you will be investing in a healthier future for you and your family.