Drinking our fruits and vegetables seems to be all the BUZZ these days. So we decided to explore a little more into the subject….
What is Juicing?
Juicing extracts the juice from fresh fruits or vegetables. The resulting liquid contains most of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) found in the whole fruit. However, whole fruits and vegetables also have healthy fiber, which is lost during most juicing.
There are a variety of juicing combinations that are very tasty!. Here are some of the benefits from individual vegetables and fruits when juicing:
Tomatoes have high levels of vitamin A,C,K and a range of B vitamins. Research has shown that it has an abundance of lycopene which is a strong anti-oxidant and supports cardiovascular and neurological health.
Beets contain nitrates which promote cellular function and studies show that they have a profound impact on energy levels. They are a superb source of folate, vitamin C and have powerful antioxidants called betalains which are specific to beets.
Carrots have a sweet flavor when juiced and supply is with beta-carotene and a wide range of carotenoids which benefit our vision and cardiovascular health.
Apples are loaded with polyphenols and pectin. They are wonderful as use for pre-biotics and rejuvenation of the skin. As they say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, and it’s health benefits prove it!
Strawberries are great for adding a sweet flavor to your juices and have vitamin C, folate, calcium, iron and magneseium. In addition they have iodine which supports hormone production. Here in southern California we have the unique opportunity to enjoy these wonderful berries almost all year.
And Finally, Citrus juices. Another great reason to live in Southern Cali! We are able to get any of the citrus fruits all year and they are always kissed with sun sweetness. They have vitamin C , flavonoids, and pectin all of which aide in digestion, immune support, and are power antioxidents for overall wellneing.
How does it work?
When we drink the juice it goes into our stomach whose job is to convert that food into usable energy for the rest of the organs and blood/cells. It takes a while for raw or cooked vegetables or fruits to breakdown the fiber, and, that is a good thing because it gives our insides “a workout”. However, like a good steady exercise routine sometimes it’s good to give our stomach a little rest from working so hard. Juicing is a great supplemental way to get us our nutrient packed veggies and fruits. The juice is already partially broken down into easy to absorb vitamins and minerals so that our stomach only has to work on the delivery of these nutrients. When the nutrients are sent through our intestines to be absorbed by the kidney and liver which I like to call the “wash cycle”, they are recognized by the organs and immediately sent to the blood/cells and rest of the body to be used as energy. Juicing is like giving our cells a straight shot of energy. When we drink freshly made juice, all of the alive nutrients get absorbed into the body and blood stream because our cells recognize it as “one of their own” . This process benefits our whole body within minutes.
When to juice?
This is the perfect time of year to juice. As Spring has Sprung and it is time to lighten our diets and refresh our souls. Some suggestions for use are when you feel tired and need a boost of natural raw pure energy without the caffeine or sugar crash. An 8 ounce bottle is easily packed into a lunch pack or cooler. It helps when you are feeling “stopped up” and your digestion is sluggish. Juices can be a good way to cleanse and refresh the body. Just one apple or a lemon (known for their cleansing properties) does wonders. It can be a great way to get children to eat their vegetables by adding them to a tasty freshly made fruit juice. Enjoying a fresh cold pressed juice can be a refreshing morning and afternoon snack.
Add a little POP of Essential oil!
One drop in your freshly pressed juices can be an added health benefit as well as bringing out delicious flavors. Any of the citrus essential oils like lemon, lime or wild orange will bring out the flavors in apples, beets and strawberries. For digestive support ginger mixes well with any juice. For immune support cinnamon or clove can give a rich warming taste your carrot or apple juices.
Be creative and allow for many taste tests....that's the best part;)