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The Eight Advantages of Juicing

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Maybe the time has come to invest in a juicer and though there are many opinions about the benefits of juicing, personal results vary. On one side, some medical professionals have advised adding fresh foods, and plant based high water content foods daily. Many agree, adding juices can be a healthy and beneficial habit. On the other side, some scientists have not concluded whether juicing provides direct health benefits. It is best to do independent research and find the facts independently, but definitely consult your family’s medical practitioner.

There is plenty of evidence to support the fact that consuming a primarily plant based diet helps diminish symptoms related to high cholesterol, obesity and other degenerative diseases and there are many people who have included a healthy habit of juicing and have experienced some life altering results. So, it comes down to these 8 commonly experienced advantages that keep people juicing or adding juice to a daily or weekly diet.

1. Juicing makes nutrients more readily available. During the growing process, plants assimilate the nutrients before they get consumed making many of the nutrients more available for absorption in the digestive track. Try juicing fruits and vegetables that are organic and that have been washed completely.

2. Juicing can be an effective way to distribute essential nutrients without putting any added stress on the digestive system from processed foods. Try replacing processed foods once a day or once a week to get the advantages of juicing.

3. Juicing is a great way to overcome any dislike for eating raw, whole fruits and vegetables. For some, combining vegetables by juicing them can make consuming them more enjoyable. Try different recipes starting with common ingredients and slowly incorporating more complex flavors or nutrition.

4. Juicing allows for menu creativity. Combining local and seasonal foods can make juices very nutritious and delicious. Visit your local farmers market or health food store to see what is in season. Mix and match ingredients and recipes to plan weekly menus around local, seasonal flavors. Try keeping seasonal veggies together when juicing, it will pack a nutritional punch.

5. Juices made fresh and consumed immediately contain essential enzymes that processed or pasteurized juices do not. Many agree that fresh is best. It’s just not always convenient. Try to create a habit of consuming fresh juice products that keep the essential enzymes alive long enough to benefit the body’s systems.

6. Juicing at home can be more economically feasible and safer than buying juice. Pre-packaged juices go through many processes that risk oxidation and contamination and can be expensive as a daily or weekly habit. Juicing at home can be less expensive and ensures quality control, so keeping appliances and surfaces clean is essential.

7. Juicing adds versatility to a daily menu. It is normal to desire a variety of flavors and nutrients so eating the same thing each day can not only be boring, but can cause some mineral deficiencies in some people. Try a variety of recipes and ingredients that suit your nutritional needs and taste preference.

8. Juicing organic, non-gmo fruits and vegetables can contain fewer chemicals and pathogens than conventionally grown fruits and vegetables. Reducing the intake of additional hidden GMO’s and unknown chemicals by juicing local and organic produce can be very advantageous.

So, there are the 8 basic advantages of juicing. It’s not only a way to increase the daily nutritional intake of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, it’s also a way to save a little money, and add variety without GMO’s and pesticides.

Beetroot: A Good Ingredient for Juicing?

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Beetroots, or commonly known as beets, are very popular vegetables used in a variety of meals. They can be eaten fried, steamed, boiled, roasted, grilled, pickled, and much more. However, are beetroots suitable for juicing? The answer is yes!

Advantages of Beetroot Juice

Beetroot juice is one of the most potent juices you can consume, as it has many health benefits. The benefits of this juice include:

  • It helps with both high and low blood pressure.
  • It lowers the risk of some cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • It has high amounts if iron, great for treating and preventing anemia.
  • It prevents cardiovascular disease by preventing calcium buildup in the blood vessels.
  • It’s great for detoxifying the liver.
  • It has a myriad of vitamins that are essential to the body.
  • It helps improve stamina during exercise.

These are just some of the main benefits offered by beetroot juice if you include it in your juicing regime. Health-wise, drinking beetroot juice is definitely recommended.

Disadvantages of Beetroot Juice

There are two main disadvantages of using beetroot juice in your juicing plan, but they are easily remedied. The first is the cost of buying beetroot juice itself. Packaged beetroot juice is around $7 per 16 ounces of juice, which is in some cases what a person will spend for a whole day’s worth of food. However, if you are on a tight budget, you can still use beetroot for juicing by buying organic whole beetroots with the roots still on and juicing them yourself at home.

The other disadvantage of beetroot juice is the taste. It’s quite difficult to drink beetroot juice on its own because of the strong taste. Don’t worry about this though because you can blend it in with other nice-tasting fruits and vegetables in the blender to mask the taste. It’s worth the effort because it’s such a superfood! Even just beetroot mixed with carrot can create a very tasty juice!

So if you are thinking about adding beetroot to your juices, go ahead and do it! You’ll get a host of healthy benefits from it that will only make you feel better on the inside. If you need to cut cost, juice your own beetroots, and add the juice to other juice concoctions to make it more palatable. Juicing can get boring after a while, but by keeping things interesting and adding new fruits and vegetables to your regime (such as beetroot), you will find it easier to keep up with your regime.

Has Green Become The NEW Gold?

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In the last few years juicing has become one of the fastest growing healthy trends in the world. This year, the juicing trend has produced a multi-million dollar market for “at-home” juicing and the overall juice market has reached billions in revenue. Many small businesses from your local mom-and-pop shops to large franchise operations offer vegetable based juices on the menu. It’s become, in a sense, the new “GOLD” and also a convenient way to add abundant nutrients to any meal plan – meat eater or not.

There are so many options these days to procure juice. Whether purchased from one of the many varieties found in most grocery stores, or your local juice outfit or simply made fresh at home, juicing is here to stay and so are the thousands of people promoting green juice as a healthy habit.

Yet, getting started with a juicing regimen can sometimes be the hardest part. Starting a new healthy habit requires commitment, consistency, and basic information BEFORE making any dietary changes, because it’s these simple principles that can make or break your juicing success.

In fact, many have turned to juicing for a plethora of reasons. Some people seek to lose weight, some want to improve health and some want to just jump on the next healthy habit bandwagon. There are a few things to remember when choosing a reason. Here are a few tips…

1. The most important thing you need to remember if you are juicing for weight loss is to make sure to balance your juices with fruits AND vegetables. You’ll want to stay clear of too many extra calories from the sugars in the fruit and focus on vegetable juices – they’ll be slightly lower in calories too. Just remember, individual results may vary based on other dietary and lifestyle factors. So, it’s less of a myth than it is logic that if you maintain a healthy balance of minerals, fiber and low calorie juices, some weight loss is inevitable.

Excess weight is often a result of taking in too many calories and not burning them off. Combine that with over consumption and poor diet and you get pounds that stay on for the long haul. When you juice, it is a common theory that the cells in the body have an opportunity to release extra toxins and excess fat that has accumulated over time. Even if you just juice once a day, or once a week, your body has a chance to take in more alkaline minerals that help drive toxic build up out. Just know, that your lungs and liver do a good job of purging the stuff your body doesn’t need each day. Juicing gives your body that extra boost it might need.

2. If you are juicing to restore health, it is best to speak with your health care provider first. There are some combinations of juices that can adversely affect specific health conditions, so you want to make sure you will be doing your body good, not doing more damage. There are many pharmaceuticals that can have contraindications with a variety of vegetable compounds, so be sure to ask your doctor about what ingredients support bringing the body back into balance.

Juicing can be a great way to restore the body after being sick as well. During the many phases of sickness, the body might require abundant amounts of a specific nutrient and juicing can be a great way to incorporate that nutrient in abundant amounts to a daily regimen.

3. If you’re juicing to be “cool”, there’s nothing wrong with that either. Juicing is cool. It’s a healthy habit that can have a positive effect on diminishing energy levels so juicing vegetables that support the kidneys and adrenal glands is essential. Juicing can also have a very positive effect on the appearance of the skin, eyes, hair and nails. Many people experience skin outbreaks after eating processed foods, so once the intake of processed foods is diminished, the skin and some underlying irritations can be improved.

Lastly, for the average adult, the process of starting a new and healthy habit can have a positive mental effect. Just the idea of doing something positive for your body and health can produce healthy hormones and feelings of accomplishment. Starting a healthy habit for whatever reasons can be very motivating and satisfying.

So then, wouldn’t juicing at home be a good idea?

When juicing at home, one can enjoy the benefits of being able to consume fresh juices that contain essential minerals and necessary enzymes. Juicing greens and vegetables deliver abundant quantities of minerals essential to good, balanced health like calcium, magnesium and phytonutrients. Another benefit of juicing at home is having the flexibility to choose and customize juices based on personal preference.

Lastly, making juices at home allows for close control and quality during the juicing process. There is a flip side as well. Juicing at home requires an initial investment in money for the equipment, and in time for the time it takes to prep, juice and clean. One caution : If choosing to juice at home, make sure to consume as soon as possible or refrigerate immediately to preserve freshness and nutritional quality.

What About Pre-Made Juices At The Store?
Purchasing pre-made juices are extremely convenient for most working people and parents. Since consuming fresh juices has become very trendy, it is widely available in most health food stores and there are many varieties to choose from – now more than ever before. Pre-made juices also tend to last longer than a juice made at home, which makes taking juices on the go convenient. However, pre-packaged juices sold into stores are required by law to be pasteurized to kill any harmful bacteria that may be present.

Unfortunately, the heat produced during pasteurization also kills many of the beneficial nutrients and enzymes. Pre-made juices also can tend to degenerate in flavor and nutrients more quickly because they are exposed to light and heat during the distribution process. One additional caution : When purchasing juices from a juice bar, there is no way to know for sure whether organic produce is being used, whether the ingredients have been washed properly, or whether the equipment is clean and properly functioning.

What Exactly Should You Drink?

When you begin juicing it is important to remember to consume a balanced ratio of both fruit and vegetable juices. Naturally, fruit and some vegetables are high in sugar content and may not be the right choice for you if you are seeking to lose weight or are working to control blood sugar levels. Green vegetables are often high in minerals and can be bitter, but balancing bitter flavors with the mild sweetness of apples and cucumbers make great juices. Also, use complementary fruits and vegetables together to balance the nutritional profile of your juices.

As juicing spreads around the world as a habit endorsed and practiced by working folks and celebrities alike, it seems like juicing is here to stay. One really important thing to remember when getting started juicing, is to consider your personal reasons for adding this healthy habit. Many people want to juice because they want to take control of their health. Others want to jump on the juice bandwagon because it’s a popular trend. Either way, there are many benefits of juicing and knowing your personal reasons for adding this healthy habit to your lifestyle may help you achieve your wellness goals.