Juicing is a controversial subject in the nutrition world, especially since juice fasts and cleanses are currently a major dietary trend. Advocates for juicing claim, it’s a fast and convenient way to get nutrients into our bodies, while opponents argue we miss out on important health benefits from the nutrient-rich skin and fiber that is extracted during the processing.
SO, LET ME GIVE YOU A FEW TIPS ON JUICING….
Regardless of your juicing stance, a glass of your favorite greens is still a better choice than a processed, sugar-laden snack. Follow these juicing tips to learn how you can safely incorporate juicing into a healthy, balanced diet.
WHAT IS JUICING?
Juicing involves the extraction of juice from fresh fruits and vegetables to create a drinkable cocktail of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.
HOMEMADE OR STORE–BOUGHT?
Choosing the right juice can be confusing, especially since they all claim the same health benefits. Here is the low-down on how to spot the good juice from the bad.
STORE-BOUGHT PASTEURIZED JUICE
Juices that sit on the supermarket shelf for weeks. These juices often contain artificial flavors, additives, and preservatives that are added to extend the shelf life. They contain little to no nutritional benefits and often contain as much sugar as soda. Stay clear of these juice imposters!
STORE-BOUGHT, PRE-PACKAGED RAW JUICE
A great option when you’re in a time crunch. Fresh juice can be purchased at health food stores or good supermarkets. If you need a healthy juice on-the-go, read labels carefully and choose words like raw, organic, and unpasteurized.
HOMEMADE OR FRESHLY MADE JUICE
The best of the bunch – this is the freshest juice available. Juice bars are increasingly popping up in cities and in health food stores. Ask if the ingredients are organic. Homemade juice will save you money long-term, and allows you to get creative with your juice recipes.
BENEFITS OF JUICING
- Fast and easy absorption of nutrients
- Increased energy levels
- Clearer thinking ability
- Glowing eyes and skin
- Strong hair and nails
- Heightened sense of taste and smell
- Strengthened immune system
- Improved appetite control
- Provides a healthy rest for your digestive system
- Health benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables that you wouldn’t normally eat raw or whole
This is what one of my clients had to say about Juicing; “Juicing is like a full body facial on the inside. My skin is literally clear for the first time in my life, it’s like each cell is singing”
And quoting another client “Juicing has made me kick the habit of starting my day with coffee. I am now a die hard fan of juicing, it has cured my acidity, my energy levels are phenomenal. My day never starts without my juice”.
And another client said” I never believed in vegetable juicing, though I had heard about it several times. For me it has been the best nutrition that I give my body and I have seen amazing results such as relief from gas and flatulence and constipation, weight loss, removal of pigmentation, lots of energy, reduced pre menstrual symptoms such as abdominal cramps”.
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