Juicing is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do for your health. Fresh vegetable and fruit juices should become a regular part of your daily health plan.
“If you do nothing else for your health, have a juice every day.”
Juices assist the body in many processes associated with modern day living. Juices are a great way to give your body all the nutrients it needs for optimum function in one easy to prepare drink. Let us have a look at the common benefits of consuming fresh fruit and vegetable juices on a regular basis;
• Many of the foods we consume, even if having a good diet, are deficient in nutrients. Juices are an easily assimilated form of nutrients. The pre-digested juices pass easily into the system delivering a rich source of bio-available nutrients. Many people today do not digest food efficiently which leads to nutrient deficiencies and disease. Many people do not consume many foods in their raw state either, so juices are a great way to get your hit of fresh, raw foods each day.
• Juices are high in natural enzymes. These enzymes assist the digestive processes and cleanse the digestive tract of accumulated matter. Enzymes naturally increase your life force. Enzymes are an important active ingredient in fresh juices. Enzymes are components in foods assisting with digestion by improving the assimilation and utilisation of nutrients. Enzymes also carry out millions of important biological and chemical functions in the body. Unfortunately with food processing and delays in food consumption from the time foods are harvested, enzymes are destroyed. This effectively reduces the assimilation of all the other essential nutrients in food. Fresh juices contain the following enzymes to name a few;
– Protease, which assists in protein digestion
– Cytochrome oxidase, an antioxidant used in cellular respiration
– Amylase, which facilitates carbohydrate digestion.
– Lipase, assists in fat digestion
– Super oxide dismutase (SOD), is an antioxidant found in the body’s cells which inhibit the process of oxidation and aging.
• Juices are rich in chlorophyll which is the green content of plants. Chlorophyll is almost identical in structure to haemoglobin, therefore building the blood and increasing its ability to carry oxygen. Chlorophyll is also a strong blood cleanser removing accumulated wastes and toxins.
• Fresh fruit and vegetable juices give the body a concentrated source of fruits and vegetables normally not consumed in the course of the day. This is why juices are a fantastic way to maintain health even when a good diet is not available. A little effort each morning will produce great results for your health. Juices are also a great way to ensure children receive the nutrition they require. Children can be picky eaters from the ages of 18mths to 4 years old and if trained early they will look forward to their daily juices. Children also mimic parents, so if you consume a juice everyday you will find they will want one too.
• Restores alkalinity to the blood. Juices have an alkalizing effect on the blood. Raw fruits and vegetables are predominantly alkaline which assist the body to balance its pH balance. This improves conditions such as arthritis, peptic ulcers, urinary disorders, skin conditions, aches and pains.
• Juices build up the system. The concentrated source of nutrients and detoxifying affect of fresh juices strengthen the system making it less susceptible to disease. Colds and flu often become a thing of the past and more energy and vitality are enjoyed. Sickly people and children notice the immediate benefits of regular juices.
It is best to consume a fresh vegetable juice in the morning. The juices not only give you a good start to the day, they assist with the morning cleansing process the body undertakes after the evening fast. Many toxins are released at night and need to be flushed from the system first thing in the morning. Because fresh vegetable juices contain many natural enzymes and cleansing agents, they stimulate the liver and kidneys to flush the toxins.
Tips for juicing
You will need an electric juicer. Many varieties exist, however most bottom end of the line juicers are fine. Juicers are available which extract wheat grass and barley grass juice which are better, however the cheaper versions will be fine to get started.
The fruits and vegetables you choose should be first washed and cut into smaller portions to take the load off the juicer. To make life easier, when you buy the fruits and vegetables, partially prepare them and place them in the fridge ready to be juiced through the week.
Begin having juices which are diluted as the strong cleansing effect can give some people a headache and nausea. These symptoms are a reflection of the amount of toxins in the system. By beginning slowly with dilute juices this will pass after a couple of weeks of having the juices every day. A clear improvement in symptoms and energy can be seen after only one month of regular juicing. If you miss your daily juice for a week or two you will begin to notice your body slowing down.
The ideal start in the morning is 500ml of pure water with lemon, lime or grapefruit juice followed by another 500ml of vegetable juice.
All juices have their own unique properties for health. A good daily juice is a combination of Carrot, Celery, Apple, Ginger and Beetroot. Experiment with different tastes and alternate your juices to gain a full spectrum of nutrients and healing options.
Make the juice into a complete meal
– By adding some spirulina or chlorella powder you will be increasing the protein, nutrients and chlorophyll content of the juice.
– Add nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds are rich in nutrients, fatty acids and protein.
– Add an egg. Organic eggs are best and contain a good level of protein and lecithin for the liver. Eggs need only be added if you are vegetarian. Add the raw egg directly to the finished juice.
– Add good cold pressed oils. Cold pressed olive oil, mustard seed oil or flaxseed oil or even cold liver oil if you can handle it, are valuable additions to juice. Only 2 tablespoon need be added to improve the nutritional balance of the juice. You will notice your skin and hair quality will improve dramatically.
Add some garlic
Garlic can be added once to twice per week to help prevent the formation of intestinal parasites. Only one to two average sized cloves need to be added. At this level you will not be affected by garlic breath. If you cannot have garlic for religious reasons do not worry. Add half a cup of sunflower and pumpkin seeds several times per week will prevent parasites from forming.
Add some of the pulp
The pulp is still a useful addition to the juice. Add some of the pulp back into the juice for increased fibre in the diet. The additional fibre is important to maintain health, regular bowel habits. If constipation is a problem, then a few teaspoons of psyllium husks (isabgol) should do the trick.
– Drink the juice fresh or store it very carefully
Juicing is a time consuming process. Most people ask can they juice it all in one go and drink it later. The problem is that juice is very perishable, so it is best drunk immediately to get all the benefits of the nutrients. If it is carefully stored it will last up to 24 hours with only little decline.
– the juice should be placed in an airtight jar and filled to the top. Wrap the jar in a cloth as light can destroy the nutrients and store it in the refrigerator. When consuming the juice, let it warm up, as vegetable juice should not be too cold when consumed.
Lemon: liver, gallbladder, allergies, asthma, cardiovascular disease, colds
Citrus: Cardiovascular disease, liver, obesity, haemorrhoids, varicose veins
Apple: liver, intestines
Pear: gallbladder, intestines
Grape: colon, anaemia
Papaya: stomach, indigestion, haemorrhoids, colitis
Pineapple: allergies, arthritis, inflammation, oedema, haemorrhoids
Watermelon: kidneys, oedema
Black cherry: colon, menstrual problems, gout
Berries: antioxidants, eyesight, glaucoma, heart disease
Greens: Cardio vascular disease, skin, eczema, digestive problems, obesity, breath
Spinach: anaemia, eczema, blood cleanser
Parsley: kidneys, oedema, arthritis
Beet: gallbladder, liver, osteoporosis, blood cleanser
Wheat grass: anaemia, liver, intestines, breath, blood cleanser
Cabbage: colitis, ulcers, digestive tonic
Carrot: Nutritive, liver, alkalises, blood cleanser
Celery: alkalises, rich in minerals, arthritis, kidneys
Cucumber: oedema, diabetes, digestion, blood pressure
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