Juicing 101: Learn the Benefits of Juicing

Are you considering juicing so that you can get more vegetables and fruit into your diet? A few years ago, juicing was popular in the health community but today more people are juicing to increase their daily intake of fruit and vegetables into their diet. You can use fresh juices to help you lose weight, to cleanse the body, and add more vitamins and nutrients to your diet.

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Learn more about the benefits of juicing and how to pick the right juicer for your needs below.

What is Juicing?

What is juicing? Juicing is simply a process of extracting fresh juice from fruits and vegetables. The juice contains water, vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients that your body needs. However, most juicers leave behind the pulp which contains the fiber.

The Benefits of Juicing

Fiber Slows Digestion Down

Fiber has its own health benefits and you will miss out on these benefits if you rely on juicing only. So it is best to make sure that you consume enough fiber in your diet too. However, fibrous fruits and vegetables take longer for our bodies to digest. The longer it takes for our bodies to break down these types of foods the more nutrients our bodies end up missing out on. Juicing takes out the fiber making it so much easier for our bodies to digest and absorb the vitamins and minerals.

Get Your Recommend Amount of Servings

Juicing also allows you to easily get in the recommended 6 to 8 servings of fruit and vegetables that our bodies need for a healthy diet. When you cook your vegetables, they are losing important nutritional value. Even though eating raw veggies or fruits, they are packed with nutrients but as I mentioned it earlier your body doesn’t always get all of the benefits.

Adds More Variety to Your Diet

Plus, most people get comfortable eating the same types of foods over and over and don’t get a wide variety of fruits and veggies into their diet. Juicing allows you to add new choices to your diet and you can even mix them so that you don’t taste them. Plus, juicing gives you a ton of options. You can choose a variety of herbs, fruits, and vegetables for endless combinations of juice.

What Do You Need to Get Started on Juicing?

There are two types of juicers on the market: centrifugal juicers (high-speed) and cold pressed juicers (low-speed).

Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain Multi-Speed 900-Watt Juicer

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A high-speed juicer process the fruits and vegetables at a high rate of speed. It pushes them through a spinning shredder. The shredder then forces the contents against a mess filter using a centrifuge force. It leaves the pulp remains in the shredder basket or it is pushed to a separate wastebasket depending on the type of juicer that you purchase. This type of juicer does get warm as it is processing your juice and some people think that the heat causes the juice to possibly lose some nutritional value.

Breville BJS600XL Fountain Crush Masticating Slow Juicer

 

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Fountain Crush Masticating Slow Juicer or to purchase it.

Low-speed juicers process the fruits and vegetables at a lower rate of speed so it generates less heat. Plus, it doesn’t make as much noise either. If you plan on using a bunch of leafy green vegetables in your juices, this type of juicer tends to do better with a low-speed juicer. A cold pressed juicer comes in two shapes: horizontal or vertical (takes up more counter space). They both work exactly the same so you can choose the shape that best suits your kitchen. Plus you can even use a cold pressed juicer to make nut butter, homemade pasta, or baby food too.

How to Start Using Your Juicer

It is fairly simple to start creating your own healthy juices. Pick up as many organic fruits and vegetables from the grocery store. Then use the following instructions:

  1. Wash all of your produce and herbs thoroughly before using them.
  2.  You don’t have to dry your produce or herbs before using them.
  3. Follow the manufactures instruction for your model of juicer.
  4. Use the most delicate produce or herbs first. If you plan on using herbs, you only have to use a small amount.
  5. Follow the delicate items with softer fruits and vegetables such as berries, tomatoes.
  6. Finish off with the harder fruits and vegetables such as apples or celery.
  7. Enjoy your juice.

Juice Consumption and Storage

When you are making your juice, you should only make the required amount that you plan on consuming. Don’t make a huge pitcher of juice and plan on drinking it throughout the week. The juice that you are making with your juicer is raw and it doesn’t have any preservatives in it. Unlike the juices that you purchase at the store. If you make too much juice, you can freeze it immediately so that you can use it at a later time. Once it is thawed, you will need to consume it immediately.

Whether you want to start juicing in order to lose weight, cleanse your body, or to simply get more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Plus you will reap the health benefits of juicing. It is also the easiest way to consume the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables in one serving of juice. I hope that you have learned the benefits of juicing today and that you start enjoying those benefits.

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What is your favorite combination of fruits and vegetables to turn into juice? Or what is the first recipe that you plan on trying?