When was the last time you could honestly say “Gee! I really feel great!”? If you’re like most of us you’re have to cast your
mind back quite some time to find the answer. To be able to honestly make that statement you’d have to be in optimal health.
It’s something that we don’t think about much until we get sick, and then we would do nearly anything to get it back. When we don’t feel well, it affects every area of our life, from job performance to relationships. Wise people look for ways to improve their health, not only when they are ill, but also during times of wellness.
Juicing is a great way to have optimal health. In fact, you may wish to call it juicing for health. It can help current illnesses improve and also acts as a strong preventative against future disease.
Pick up any diet plan and despite all their differences (and there are many!), and you will find that nearly all of them have one thing in common: they recognize the value of consuming fruits and vegetable and recommend consuming them frequently.
But even if you are committed to eating vegetables and fruit, it can be difficult to consume the recommended daily number of servings of five to nine servings. Perhaps you find that you’re too busy to prepare them, or maybe you really don’t like to eat veggies and fruit.
Juicing is the perfect answer. Juicing allows you to get the benefit of the nutrients contained in vegetables and fruits, without having to eat so much.
When you juice plant foods, you extract many of the vitamins, minerals, micronutrients and enzymes that your body needs for good health. The power of these ingredients found in vegetable juices has been proven by patients who have chronic diseases.
As their health improves while drinking the juice from vegetables and fruit, they have seen diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and even obesity improve. Drinking vegetables juice can impact these diseases to the point of lessening the need for medication!
Juicing provides not only great nutrition, but it provides it in a way that makes it easy for your body to utilize. When vegetables are juiced, the cell walls of the plant begin to be destroyed or broken down, which is essentially a pre-digestion process.
The advantage to you is that your body is much better able to extract the nutrition from the juice, because less digestion is required.
Further, your body is able to quickly absorb the nutrition from the juice, because it’s in liquid form. Liquid nutrition gets into your blood stream much more quickly than nutrition from solid food, because there is less digestive work that needs to be done to prepare the food to cross into your system.
You’ve said “juicing for health”, but what exactly is juicing?
Juicing is the process of extracting the natural juices from plant foods. There are many different kinds of plants that can be juiced, including vegetables, fruits, leafy greens, sprouts and roots.
There’s really no limit to the kinds of plants that can be juiced, as long as the plants you are juicing are edible. If the plant is not meant for human consumption, then you obviously shouldn’t drink the juice from it.
There are different ways to extract the juice from plants. Some citrus fruits can be juiced by hand, by squeezing the cut up pieces of fruit with your hands. But this is time consuming and limits the kind of juice you can enjoy to only citrus varieties.
The simplest way is to use an appliance called a Juicer. There are different types of juicers:
This type of juicer chews the plant fibers to extract the juice and is a very effective type of juicer. Importantly, it efficiently extracts the juices from leaves and grasses such as parsley, kale and cilantro.
While this is the most common type of juicer (and the kind you will find in many stores), it’s not very efficient at extracting juices from leafy plants.
This type of juicer works by grating the plants and then pressing the pulp against a spinning strainer. While you’ll get juice from plants using this type of juicer, much juice will go to waste.
If you are a beginning juicer and don’t want to invest much money initially, this is a fine type of juicer to start with.
This is the most expensive type of juicer, but you get what you pay for! This type of juicer extracts juice by pressing food between rolling gears. It results in the most juice and the driest pulp of all the juicers available, therefore, it is very cost effective.
There is also less heat involved in the juicing process, so fewer nutrients are destroyed.
While nearly all fruits and vegetables lend themselves to juicing, there are some that deliver superior nutrition and will greatly enhance your overall health. Here are eight top foods to juice and how their juice can benefit you.
Kale. Kale is a dark green, leafy vegetable in the cruciferous family. People who consume large amounts of cruciferous vegetables have lower risks of some types of cancer. Kale can also reduce the chances that you will have heart disease.
Carrots. The pigments (called carotenoids) which give carrots their dark, orange color are the power house in carrots. Carrots are thought to be one of the best cancer fighting foods.
Broccoli. Broccoli, another cruciferous vegetable, is a great vegetable to drink if you are interested in detoxifying your body, because it has anti-inflammatory properties. There are also many antioxidants in broccoli, which help to neutralize cancer-causing free radicals in your body.
Garlic. The juice of garlic may be a little strong, but the health benefits of garlic are worth it. Garlic has antibiotic properties as well as immune strengthening abilities.
Citrus. Whether you are juicing oranges, lemons or limes, the juice from citrus fruits can give you a boost of vitamin C that can help prevent rheumatoid arthritis. Just be careful not to use too much orange juice, because of its sugar content.
Cabbage. Cabbage juice is a very useful for healing stomach disorders. Its healing properties are thought to be related to the glutamine content. Consume in small amounts.
Cranberries. Because of their high antioxidant load, cranberries are a great juice to consume. They also have lots of phytonutrients. Cranberries are widely known for their help in preventing urinary tract infections.
Parsley. The juice from parsley is great for cleansing the blood. It acts as a diuretic, which assists its detoxifying ability. It also has high levels of iron and may help people who suffer from anemia.
“There’s no doubt that juicing is a great way to give your body super nutrition. When you juice, you’re extracting vital nutrients from vegetables, fruits and grasses that you can consume in a form that’s easy for your body to absorb.
“You can generally derive much more nutrition from juicing some of your vegetables than if you tried to eat them all. The fact is that you can drink more vegetable nutrition than you can eat. For example, it’s much easier to drink the juice from an entire bunch of kale than it is to eat that much kale!”