The days when you could only get fresh fruit and vegetable juice from your local health food store are long gone. Not only are there juice bars on practically every corner, but the choices of juicers you can purchase to use at home are practically limitless….and super affordable.
Why You Need to Juice
Of all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to maintain optimal health, 95 percent of these come from raw fruits and vegetables. We literally need to eat A LOT of fruits and veggies to get what we need from our diets alone. Here’s where juicing comes in. One 16-ounce juice can contain a few carrots, a whole cucumber, a cup of spinach, one beet, a quarter of a piece of ginger, and a couple of apples.
Who can possibly (or wants to) sit down and eat all that in one sitting?!?
When you juice, you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals out of a large of fruits and vegetables. Exactly what you need to maintain optimal health. The nutrients you receive from the juice bypass the digestive process altogether and end up going straight to your blood stream.
How Juicing Works
A juicer works by extracting the juice that is contained in fruits and vegetables. There are special blades that chop your fruits or veggies into tiny pieces and then spin them in such a way that the juice is removed from the pulp.
In this process the fiber is removed from whatever you’re juicing. We all know that fiber is important, but in the case of juicing it allows for increased absorption of healthy phytonutrients your body needs. Juicing is a great way for those people who can’t eat a lot of fruits and vegetables to get the nutrition that’s going to keep them vibrant and healthy.
All juicers are not created equal, however. Slow juicing is something that’s become quite popular. Not only does slow juicing give you more juice, but it does so at a cooler temperature that helps preserve more vitamins and minerals. Slow juicing also requires you use less fruit or veggies to give you the same amount of juice. Juice that is extracted from a slow juicer retains its nutrient content longer than juicers that work at high speeds.
6 Whole-Health Benefits of Juicing
There are seriously so many reasons to juice that the possibilities of different juice recipes are endless. And many are even backed by science! Before you get into making some of these amazing health tonic creations on your own, you’ll be happy to know just why juicing is so darn good for you. Here’s six reasons to get you started.
When you drink fresh juice, everything that is going on internally within you starts to change. Juice is huge in antioxidants and will help begin to remove excess toxins that have accumulated in the body. Juicing will help you to clean out your system and allow organs and muscles to function as they’re designed to. Most juices are alkaline to the body, great news for people who tend to consume diets with too much acidity.
When to Juice
Juice whenever you can! Really, the best time to juice is in the morning on an empty stomach. This will help your body to more easily absorb all that wholesome goodness in your glass. It should be consumed immediately, as once it hits the air it begins to immediately oxidize and lose its nutritional value. Storing your juice in an airtight, glass container with a lid will help slow down this process and allow you to still get most of the benefits if you can’t drink it right away.
If you absolutely can’t drink juice in the morning, drinking it during the day is fine too. It’s packed with the nutrients you need, and your body will thank you for it no matter what time of the day you decide to drink it.
Things to Keep in Mind
All juices are not created equal. Juicing has become extremely popular in recent years, and there are now a lot of options to choose from. Grocery stores coolers are lined with different kinds of juice…most of which should be avoided.
Fresh juice made from a juicer is completely different from the bottled juices you’re going to find at the store. These juices are pasteurized, meaning they’re heated and processed, something that kills the nutrients you need. The best way to juice is seriously to do it yourself, or go to one of those fancy juice bars and have someone make it for you.
If you do decide to juice on your own, make sure the produce you’re purchasing is organic. Non-organic produce is full of pesticides, and seeing that most pesticides are water-soluble, they’re being extracted with the juice. If your juice isn’t organic, you’re basically introducing all these pesticides and harmful chemicals right into your bloodstream. And you can’t just “wash” off pesticides.
They’re inside the fruits or veggies.
However you get your juice, just make sure you’re getting it…and make sure it’s organic. Juicing will make you feel amazing and is a great way to give your body exactly what it needs.