Power Juicing FREE Mini-Course Here
Judging by the increased number of infomercials on juicing, the trend of juicing is gaining momentum. People are jumping on the fruit, vegetable and herb juicing bandwagon as they begin to understand the vast health benefits it brings.
To start from the beginning, juicing refers to pureeing produce, namely herbs, fruits and vegetables, to obtain the daily recommended intake our bodies need. Juicing can positively affect a number of health conditions as well as slow down the aging process and give us more energy to face the day.
In case you are wondering, a smoothie is a type of juicing. The main difference is that ice is added and blended as well.
By drinking the nutrients down as opposed to eating them, your body is able to absorb the nutrients faster, usually within 20 minutes and utilize less energy to obtain them. Eating fruits and vegetables is still advised, but it should be noted that cooking and preserving them strips away some of the nutrients, so when possible eating them raw is advised.
Juicing can improve health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cataracts, and cancer to name a few. Studies have shown that raw produce, not cooked, stabilizes blood sugar while nourishing the body. Vitamins A, B, E, Iron and Potassium do a lot to manage diabetes naturally. Manganese has been shown to lower insulin resistance as well increase glucose metabolism. If you haven’t heard of manganese, no worries, just look for celery, carrots, parsley, spinach, beet greens or other cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli or cauliflower, in the produce section.
Even if you are healthy and not concerned about your health, juicing has benefits as far as vanity is concerned, too. Anti-aging and weight loss are also by-products of adopting a juicing lifestyle. Many people do not realize that fruits and vegetables carry valuable enzymes that increase your metabolic rate so you burn more calories easily and they carry powerful anti-oxidants that slow down cell oxidation.
In order to get the maximum benefits of juicing fruits, herbs and vegetables, it is advised that you learn more about the nutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes each carries and the health benefits related to them. Then have fun, be creative and mix up a delicious concoction that will tantalize your taste buds and make a body feel good!
The Perfect Detox Power Juice
1 wedge watermelon
½ lb. red grapes
Place the watermelon (minus the rind) in the juicer, along with the grapes. Juice, stir and enjoy!
In today’s society, with people working well over 40 hours a week, and always running behind, the one thing that repeatedly gets sacrificed is the commitment to a healthy diet. While there are people who try to make up for this with consuming products like V8 (which you can drink while “on the fly”), this isn’t really the answer. V8 has the essential fruits and vegetables to promote health ALONG with preservatives which do not! The answer is to take a couple of extra minutes once a day to ensure you gain the nutritional benefits of juicing.
Stock up on fruits, herbs and vegetables that you like and that carry the nutrients you need to bolster your health. Besides, it is so much more fun to have a hand in creating. It just seems to taste so much better that way! The health benefits you get from consuming fruit and vegetable juices are vast. Did you know that cabbage juice can cure a peptic ulcer and cherries help with gout? Wheatgrass has a long list of medicinal benefits, such as: improves skin and hair, cleanses and builds blood, builds muscle, fights infections, dissolves tumors and helps with weight loss as it suppresses the appetite.
Cranberry juice is known to cure urinary tract infections and prevent kidney stones from occurring. “Good ol” grape juice carries an ingredient called trans-reservatrol, which is linked with anti-aging and heart health by reducing the risk of artherosclerosis. The word on the street is to drink 3 glasses of grape juice a day to keep the doctor away! Even grape pits have medicinal value. They carry anti-oxidants known as proanthocyanidins.
These are just a few examples of the benefits of juicing.
So, back to the V8 issue and bottled juices as a whole. People ask, “what is wrong with drinking bottled juice?” The answer is that bottled juices are mostly made up of fruit concentrates and not whole fruits. They are also pasteurized, which involves boiling the juice. Any time you boil fruit or vegetable juice, you eliminate some of the natural vitamins and minerals of the juice, therefore reducing its nutritional benefits.
Contrary to what people believe, juicing is quick to do. In a matter of minutes, you have yourself a glass of vitality, better health and you’ll look and feel better from it! Get yourself a juicer and see just how easy it is to do. You will be so happy you did!
Delicious Detox Juice Recipe:
2 sweet apples (Fuji apples work great here!)
5 stalks kale
1 head romaine lettuce
1 whole lemon, peeled
1 tablespoon ginger root — or to taste
The end result is delicious & nutritious!
Among all of the juicing recipes out there, wheatgrass juicing is quite popular. If you have not heard of wheatgrass, it is a food prepared from the cotyledons, (or seed leaf) of the wheat plant. It is typically grown indoors for a period of about 10 days and then squeezed into fresh juice. Wheatgrass is high in chlorophyll which is a great body cleanse. It is also high in enzymes, amino acids and vitamins and minerals.
It has been touted by Ann Wigmore and other health professionals that wheatgrass has many healing attributes, among them:
- Helps with weight loss by suppressing your appetite
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces, even dissolves tumors -
- Boosts your immune system to fights infections
- Builds muscle, therefore increases endurance
- Improves hair and skin
- Increases blood flow and helps digestion
- Regulate your thyroid
- Cancer prevention
- Oxygenate and alkalize the blood
Because of its increased popularity, you will likely find it as an ingredient in a lot of different juicing recipes and you will be able to buy it at a local juicing restaurant. If you wish to purchase it, look for it at health food stores. Wheatgrass is sold in different forms. You may buy a flat of it to take home and juice yourself, you may purchase it already juiced, frozen juice or it is even available in a powder or tablet form.
While this article will not go into the benefits of certain herbs, I highly recommend that you do some research on it (and also check out the article at: http://www.juicerecipesforhealth.com/create-your-own-recipes-for-juicing/. Wheatgrass juice has a taste that most people won’t like so try adding other ingredients, such as apples, oranges, strawberries, lemons, limes carrots, and cucumbers. You may want to add some honey to sweeten it up or other herbs like ginger or garlic to “soften” it up.
Wheatgrass has been known to cause nausea and an upset stomach. This is because of its strong cleansing affects. If you have a sensitive stomach, do not drink it every day, rather once every other day. For people with “regular stomachs,” it is still advised that you drink only 4 ounces per day and that you spread that out throughout the day and never drink it on an empty stomach.
If you are serious about incorporating wheatgrass juice into your diet, you will need to buy a different type of juicer, called a masticating juicer. This is because you need a juicer that will literally “squeeze” the juice out of the grass. This juicer also works with other produce such as celery, lettuce and spinach and other herbs as well.
People report the immediate “pick me up” after a glass of wheatgrass juice to the feeling they get after a cup of tea or coffee. As mentioned earlier, it has levels of chlorophyll which is known as the “blood” of plants because of its similar structure on the molecular level. If you are unsure of whether or not you are going to incorporate wheatgrass juice into your daily regime, go by a juice bar and order one to try it on for size. Remember, there are tremendous health benefits that go along with this one ingredient, so the benefits just may outweigh any drawbacks.
Tropical Wheatgrass Delight
2 cups fresh pineapple
Since it is recommended that we eat 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables each and every day and most of us fall short of this goal, juicing has become a popular way to achieve it. People are searching out for vegetable juice recipes because the health benefits are vast and your body has to do a lot less work to digest juice than it does when you consume whole vegetables. Did you know it only takes about 20 minutes for your body to absorb the nutrients from juice? Pretty amazing, huh? The key is developing a vegetable juice that tastes good.
The biggest reason we fall short of the daily recommended serving amount of our vegetables is because we don’t like the flavor of them, so juicing offers a wonderful alternative solution. Green vegetables are very important to our diet but don’t always taste the best. There are ways to mask the taste of those items by adding other more tasty items into the mix. Strawberries, apples, carrots, cranberries, citrus fruits and even herbs such as ginger, can turn a bitter tasting vegetable drink into a delicious and refreshing one. It is truly amazing how delicious a vegetable juice drink can be!
Here are some tips for you “first time juicers.” If at all possible, consider purchasing organic fruits and vegetables, or even growing your own. The point being that you want to avoid ingesting anything that has had contact with pesticides. If you have a local health food store or market for produce, you may want to purchase your items there. If not, be sure to wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly before juicing. You will need to cut the fruit and vegetables into smaller pieces. In most cases, you will leave the skins on, but with citrus fruits, remove the rinds (and leave the white pith). Remove all pits and seeds and start out by adding the softer fruits first.
Make this year your best and healthiest by adopting a juicing lifestyle so you can begin to look and feel better. Your body will thank you for it!
Cabbage Power Juice Blend
2 leaves green cabbage
2 carrots, greens removed, peeled
5 leaves romaine lettuce
Process the ingredients together in your juicer. Stir and enjoy!
The first rule of thumb in juicing is to make sure you use a juicer and not a blender. A juicer will literally separate the pulp out from the juice, whereas a blender will not. Also, with using a juicer, you can (and for most fruits you should) place peels, stems and all into the juicer (just make sure that you cut them into pieces). These items are rich in nutrients, so you always want to make sure to utilize them while juicing. Should you use a blender and try this, you would have quite a few “floaters” to say the least.
Keep in mind that bananas and avocados are very soft and can potentially clog your juicer, so you may want to leave them out of your “concoction.” Also, with citrus fruits, you will need to remove the rind around them but keep the pith intact before putting them in the juicer. For those that aren’t familiar with the term pith, it is the white
spongy, fibrous tissue lining the rind of the fruit. It is packed with great nutrients, so you definitely want to leave that on while placing the fruit in your juicer.
You may be reading this article looking for specific recipes, but I want to stress that the beauty of juicing is using your own creativity. By now, you already know what fruits and vegetables that you like, so take that a step further and consider which ones will taste good combined. If there is a particular vegetable or fruit that is high in the nutrient that you want, consider throwing in another fruit or vegetable that you like that has a strong taste. Strawberries, and citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes and oranges are great for this and will really take the bitter taste away from dark, deep, leafy green vegetables. To begin with, take three fruits and vegetables to juice and when you become a pro, add more to the mix!
It is important to note that green vegetables can cause some gastric discomfort, so limit your juice output to no more than 2 ounces per glass. Otherwise, get yourself some Beano or other food enzyme to help your body process it better!
It is recommended by just about every health authority that we eat 6-8 servings of vegetables per day, yet most of us fall short of this by a mile. Juicing is such a wonderful way to ensure that we receive those nutrients. There are too many health benefits to list here in this short article, so be sure to adopt juicing into your lifestyle and have fun with your creations!
Very Berry Melon
½ cantaloupe, without the rind
1 cup strawberries
Juice the combination. Stir. Enjoy!
If you are reading this article, chances are you have heard about the health benefits that juicing has and are researching the topic to find out more about it. Studies have shown that juicing can alleviate certain health issues, such as asthma, high blood pressure and diabetes, to name a few. There are thousands of delicious juicing recipes available that provide wonderful health benefits.
It is important to learn what types of nutrients, specifically vitamins and/or minerals that a particular health problem can benefit from. Once you have that information, you will be able to find out what fruits and vegetables will provide those needed ingredients to improve your overall health. Lastly, you can then tweak your recipes to find the tastiest combination of those items!
If you are interested in slowing down the aging process, juicing can help you do so! The biggest factor contributing to looking older is oxidation, which is where your cells become damaged by free radicals. Consuming anti-oxidants will help. There are many fruits, vegetables, even herbs that are full of ant-oxidants. In fact the list of fruits and vegetables is quite expansive: Grapefruit, pears , strawberries, oranges, apples, blueberries, figs, grapes, melons, papaya, raspberries, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, leafy greens, tomatoes, onions, sweet potatoes and pumpkin.
The list of herbs filled with anti-oxidants is as follows: Cayenne, oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley, german chamomile, garlic, ginger, gingko, green tea, thistle, spearmint, lemon balm milk, peppermint and tumeric. Just writing down these ingredients is making my mouth water! It sounds good, doesn’t it!
Another example of how juicing can improve your health is the benefit that folic acid provides. If you are a person who suffers from asthma, you will want to find or develop juicing recipes that include: Blackberries, guava, pineapple, raspberries, orange juice, asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, potatoes, spinach and kale. Folic acid has been shown to reduce or even alleviate allergy symptoms, which directly impacts your breathing ability.
I highly recommend that you spend time becoming more familiar with the nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables, perhaps starting out researching the ones you know that you like, but keep researching until you find the ones that will help with whatever health issue you want to improve. We pretty much all know things like oranges are full of vitamin C and bananas have potassium, but it is time to dig deeper and learn more to fully benefit from juicing.
Another thing to consider is that you use good quality fruits, vegetables and herbs and that they are locally grown or organic, if possible. The best quality would be ones that you grow yourself as you can control that they are free from pesticides, but in any case, just make sure you wash them off really well beforehand.
Once you have figured out the right ingredients, the fun begins. As a beginner, you may want to follow a recipe, but once you get the hang of things, you will be able to create a masterpiece without any written instructions. Keep in mind that you need a lot of fruits, vegetables and herbs to create one glass of juice. A good rule of thumb is to figure on using about one lb for one glass of juice (one cup in size).
Juicing is fun and easy to do. Keep in mind that you want to keep the peels on the fruit and vegetables, as there are great nutrients within and the juicer can manage them as long as you cut them into pieces.
Once you learn the correct fruits, herbs and vegetables to combine into delicious and health boosting juicing recipes, you are ready to begin enjoying the long lasting benefits. Have fun and here’s to your health!
Hunger Buster Carrot Juice
1 orange, cut in wedges
3 carrots, peeled
Place both ingredients in your juicer. Juice, stir and enjoy!