Juicing: A How-to Guide for Increasing Your Health

By on 01/13/2016
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Juicing at home is one of the easiest and fastest way to increase your daily fruit and veggie intake. Raw, uncooked fruits and veggies are the most nutrient dense and provide your body with a plethora of varying vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Unfortunately, most of us do not enjoy eating our daily requirements of veggies raw, and many also fail to vary fruit intake properly. Our bodies suffer as a result as they are deprived of much needed nutrients.

As always, there is good news! Juicing can solve this problem for you in a very quick, easy and super tasty way!

Some of the best health benefits of juicing:

  • It is one of the easiest ways to incorporate the recommended daily amount of fruits and veggies into your diet.
  • It helps protects against cardiovascular disease and cancer.
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties (great for suffers of rheumatoid arthritis).
  • Because of its high content of flavonoids and anthocyanins, it helps reduce oxidative cellular damage (cell damage from pollution, chemical exposure and free radicals).
  • Juicing cleanses can regulate the digestive track, stimulate weight loss and even increase energy.
  • Juicing also boosts the immune system and can make skin radiant.

Step one on your juicing journey is to buy a juicer! You don’t need to spend a fortune as there are many highly reviewed models available for under $75. So no need to drop $400 on that shiny Williams Sonoma juicer – unless you want to!

Once you’ve got your new kitchen gear, it’s time for the most complicated step, so pay close attention… Add fruits and veggies. Juice them. Drink. Enjoy!

Yes, it really is that easy!

All you really need to know is how to prep you fruits and vegetables, and for that, here is a helpful guide: A-Z Produce Prep.

A great time saving tip is to prep a few days worth of fruits and veggies at once and then portion them up into labeled zip-lock bags so you can just dump them in the juicer when needed.preportioned juicing ingredients

Don’t know which fruits and veggies to juice together? Well, there are hundreds of recipes online and different mixes for different needs, so just start Googling!

Here is a handy recipe chart to help you get started:

Easy Juicing Recipes

 

While there are enough recipes to keep you busy for the rest of your life, don’t feel glued to other people’s creations. As you juice you will learn what you like and don’t like, so branch out and create your own, custom health-boosting juice.

A good general rule to follow is to mix different colors to vary nutritional content. Also, add more veggies than fruits to keep sugar and calorie content low.

It’s important to note that when you juice, you don’t get the fiber that’s in whole fruits and vegetables.

This is because juicers extract the juice and leave the pulp behind. Well, that pulp has all the fiber. This is easy to fix though! Simply add some of the pulp back into the juice! Done! Adding pulp back in will also help you feel fuller longer which can cut down on snacking and aid in weight loss.

Another great idea is to save the pulp and add it to recipes for an easy nutritional boost. Carrot pulp tastes great in any recipe that calls for a tomato sauce. You can also add pulp to most soup broths, or to various baking batters.

When is the best time to drink your freshly made juice?

Honestly, any time is a good time, as long as you drink the juice on an empty stomach. This is when your stomach is most capable of absorbing all nutrients.

There are basically two main ways to consume your juice. Either add 1-3 glasses of your juices into your daily diet, or go for a 1,3, or 5 day cleanse, which means consuming only juices and water. (If considering a cleanse, it’s best to start with a 1 day cleanse and work your way up to 5 days.) You will also need to make cleanse-specific juices so that you can get the maximum benefits. Here is a helpful chart:Juicing Cleanse Recipes for Beginners There you have it. Juicing is easy, affordable and packed full of amazing health benefits. Also, delicious. It is delicious. If you commit to substituting one “bad” drink a day (like soda, energy drinks or a sugary blended coffee drink), with one freshly made juice a day, your body will thank you in the form of more energy, better skin, weight loss and overall better health. You will then be motivated enough to add even more juices into your daily routine and then take on a cleanse or two. Before you know it you will be a juicing pro – a glowing, energetic, healthy juicing pro!

About modernhealthproject

Hi there! This is my little blog project where I am trying to learn more about health, wellness and living a balanced life, while also sharing a bit of my silly side as well. By "silly" I mean sarcastic. And by "a bit" I mean way too much. Sorry about that.♥ - Anna

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