We know we need to eat vegetables, but itís difficult to eat a lot of vegetables in one sitting. Thatís why juicing is a good idea. Itís easier to drink vegetables than eat them. Youíd never sit down and eat 3 oranges, but thatís how much it takes to get the juice for an 8-ounce drink.
When you juice, you are helping your body with the first stage of digestion. Drinking your vegetables means that it is easier to absorb the vitamins and antioxidants, and that can only be a good thing.
Usually people juice raw vegetables, which are much better than cooked, as cooking reduces enzyme content. Many people wouldnít eat raw vegetables if it were not for juicing.
When you juice, use fresh fruits or vegetables and drink the juice soon after putting it in the juicer. Keeping it in the fridge overnight and then drinking it will not be as good for you as drinking it fresh.
You can buy bottles of juice, but they tend to contain too much fruit to make them taste sweeter, and also they are often pasteurized. If at all possible, itís best to juice your own vegetables.
Many people start to juice and then give up because the juicer itself is difficult to clean. I did some research before I started juicing and some of the easiest to clean are the Omega 8000 juicers. I have a friend with a Jack LaLanne Juicer and she said thatís easy to clean.
Juicers separate the juice from the pulp. Many people throw the pulp out, or alternatively you can mix some back in. If you find you are mixing the pulp back in with the juice, then you may prefer a Vita-Mix because they are easier to clean. A Vita-Mix is really a blender and just mixes everything together instead of separating the juice from the pulp. Itís really up to personal taste as to whether you invest in a blender or a juicer. Personally, I own both, but use the Vita-Mix more than the juicer.
There are many things you can juice. Here are some common combinations:
Beets, carrots, celery
Spinach, celery, apple
Kale, cucumber, carrots
Carrot, pineapple, orange
Apple, pear, beet, carrot, cabbage
Apple, cantaloupe, honeydew
Lettuce, apple, orange, celery, cucumber
The most important thing with juicing is to start slow and not overdo it. You donít want juicing to make you feel nauseous, but to make you feel healthy. So juice a small amount daily until you are used to it.
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Jack LaLanne's Ulitimate Power Jucier