The Healthy Powers of Juicing

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Iyu ae’be i o e wt m k g or w j c…. you really d nt n w f o hvnten n l d i ai yu o nu e then vv h n i o ’k o what you have been missing! Not only is it great fun, seeing and finally tasting your own creation, but it can be incredibly healthy too and a great way great way to get your recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables. D ntutm o t sbt r et w t ed a food documentary on one of the food o’qo e n h ,u Ie n y a h e i c l c channels and they were saying that two (healthy) smoothies a day, can increase fertility and sperm count in males. How true this is I am not too sure. I t o t t inow, ’ o l or t m o d y however many who are reading this may not be! Iw s’s l g g w e health-food stores were the only ones to offer healthy juices. t antoo ao hn n Fast forward to the present and now juice bars a t ‘ t n’T trend is fast r h in h g. he e e i sweeping into households too with the activity becoming a part of the daily ritual of optimal healthy living.

Isa t syht ot f s o’etnuh ri ad ee b so eph bnfs t f ro a t m so u dntaeog f t n vgt l tr t ee t ’ i a us ae a e i they offer. So juicing is a great alternative.

So then, how do you juice? Well, you can either juice with fresh fruit or vegetables, or a combination of the two. Remember that vegetable juicing is an important source of raw food, however there is a s a cva . m l aet l …. I would like to make you well aware that if you are fruit juicing, it will increase your insulin levels when it is consumed. This is important to remember, because vegetable juicing will not have this effect, however there is an exception. Beet or carrot juice. They will have a similar effect to fruits…. their functions are closely related. This will also as apply t m n ‘ne rud vgt l t . o ay udr on’ ee b so g ae o T e ia ee lu t et g a vgt l ,n ige l eh … hr s gnr rl o an r ee b sad tosi t s e a e i w ae k i You need to consume one pound of raw vegetables per fifty pounds of your body weight every day. This can be a bit tiresome, trying to work it out, prepare it and monitor it too. Smpe nw r uc g By simply incorporating vegetable juicing into your diet, you i la s e…J in ! i will easily be able to reach your target.

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I t a’f t ae fi ,u d ta sm -what compromised, over the course of time no ysa pc o leor is r o e d s f e e this can have a profound effect on our bodies in many ways. For instance this causes free radical build up, which will definitely leave us open to sudden aging and many diseases including cancer.

O r oys b i tasr a t ntetf m vegetables is compromised. But the u bd’ait o bob l h u i sr ly l e rn o great thing about juicing is it allows you to eat more vegetables than you would normally. Thus, absorbing more antioxidants, giving your body more ammunition to fight free radicals.

So briefly then, what do you juice, and what are the good sources of traditional nutrients? On a personal note I recommend berries. There are many types, however they are very rich in antioxidants, and provide many health benefits.

If you want good healthy portions of vitamin C, then look at citrus fruits such as oranges ad r e u sKw’a not to be ignored, they are literally bursting with vitamin C. In n ga f i. ii r p rt s e fact weight for weight they contain twice as much vitamin C than an orange.

Another super food is the pomegranate. Add some of this to your juic g n yu o’ i ad o w nt n go far wrong.

Check out my antioxidant berry smoothie! Fruit juices are also a good source of essential minerals including iron, copper, potassium, sodium, iodine and magnesium. Carrot juice is the age old favourite. High in vitamin A, it is a great source of betacarotene. R m m e yu Mo ea as ag g o a a i sy g et or r n” e e br or t rl y ngi yu s k ,ai “ayu ge s? h w n d n e We,h w si t r n u e a a od or o vitamin E. l se a r h l g …ge j cs r go suc f e i e e So how is juicing better for you than eating the food whole? The key is the juicing process removes the indigestible fibre. That means the nutrients are available to the body in much larger quantities than if the piece of fruit or vegetable was eaten whole. You see, because many of the nutrients are trapped in the fibre, so when you eat a raw carrot for example, you are only able to assimilate roughly one per cent of the available beta carotene. Now…juicing the carrot and removing the fibre allows for almost 100 per cent of the beta carotene to be assimilated.
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Currently, there are many juice extractors on the market. However, if you are new to juicing, it's advisable to start off with an inexpensive juicer. At least that way if you decide juicing is really not for you, then you are not hugely out of pocket.

Juicing Tp………… is • a The Pulp! Et Juicing produces pulp. A good tip is to mix the pulp in with the juice and consume it. By adding the pulp fibre back into the juice, it serves as a fertiliser for the good bacteria in the colon.

• Add Spirulina Rich in beta carotene and phytonutrients, spirulina (a type of blue-green algae) is considered a complete protein because more than half of it consists of amino acids. • d C l ea A d ho l rl Chlorella is a form of algae, like spirulina, which is a powerful detoxification for breaking down heavy metals in the blood such as mercury. Add one teaspoon.

• d Essential Oil Ad Y u ae co e rmt fl wn…. oil (EPA), flaxseed oil, cod liver oil or o hv a hi f h o o i c o e l g fish evening primrose oil. Cod liver oil is highly recommended in the winter period, while fish oils is beneficial for the summer months. Vegetable juice is a great breakfast when balanced with some essential oils and a little chlorella.

• d Seeds Ad Try adding freshly ground raw seeds to the pulp. The seeds are full of protein and essential fatty acids. Use pumpkin, sunflower and flax seeds. If you have a coffee grinder then grind the seeds in that.

• o ’O e-do Your Carrots and Beets D nt vr They are very popular vegetables for juicing, frequently appearing on menus at juice bars, however just remember they are full of sugar, and can increase your insulin levels!

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• uc vgtbe a ro t eaue J i ee l tom e rtr e a s mp Leave vegetables out overnight, or for at least one hour before preparing to juice.

Happy Juicing!!!

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