Benefits Of Juicing (And Some Recipes You Can Try)

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Juicing has become very popular among people wanting to lose weight and stay healthy that you’re bound to find a juice bar anywhere you go. But is juicing really living up to its hype, and should you invest in a heavy duty juicing machine? Should you implement juicing in your daily regimen?

What Are The Benefits Of Juicing?

A good juicing plan can provide you with a wide range of benefits, which include the following:

  • Detoxification. Following a juice plan helps you detoxify your body. It gives you digestive system a quick rest after years of taking in a wide range of chemicals and preservatives from foods that constitute our modern diet. Fresh juices are made from raw fruits and vegetables, which provide you with  the needed nutrients to fight chemicals and toxins in your body.
  • Weight loss. Juicing is a great way to kick start a weight loss plan. It contains very little calories and fats, and provides you with plenty of liquid intake. Juicing can also keep you full and can replace a full meal, allowing you to control your eating habits.
  • Daily dose of veggies. If you are not a fan of vegetables, then you are definitely missing out on key nutrients that will keep you healthy. Juicing allows you to get your fill of these vegetables, without the need to eat them. You’ll be surprised to know how great kale, spinach and broccoli tastes well together in a bottle. This is also a great way to have your kids get their daily fill of fruits and vegetables
  • Better Health. Getting plenty of nutrients in your system helps strengthen your immunity. It can be a great way to reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease and a wide range of diseases.

What Are Other People Saying

While juicing has become very popular among many, many health care experts do not find any difference in juicing and consuming fruits and vegetables whole. While juicing extracts all the important nutrients and plant chemicals found in fresh produce, it does not include healthy fibers which are also necessary for better digestion.

Aside from that, juices are concentrated sources of calories and sugar. For example, most people usually eat just one apple in one sitting. When you drink fresh apple juice, however, you’re probably consuming three to four apples, which mean that you’re also getting more calories and more fruit sugars. Multiply this by several drinks each day, and you’re getting yourself more calories than you need. Experts recommend that you juice more vegetables instead, as they are lower in sugar, and add some fruit slices to sweeten the juice.

Some Recipes To Try

Here are some recipes that you might want to try:

Mean Green Smoothie

  • Two cups of Kale
  • One cucumber
  • One Granny Smith apple
  • One cup of green grapes

Liquid Salad

  • Two cucumber
  • Six small tomatoes
  • A fourth of a lemon
  • A slice of onion
  • One parsley stalk.

Simple Pink Juice

  • Two cups of watermelon slices,
  • Ten small tomatoes
  • Three tablespoons of lemon juice

Coconut Splash

  • A cup of coconut juice
  • One whole orange (sliced)
  • One cup of peach slices

Simply take the ingredients together put them inside the juicer. Serve with ice.

What to Remember

It is important to note that fresh juice is not pasteurized, which can pose as a food-safety hazard. Reduce the risk of contamination by washing all fruits and vegetables thoroughly with water. You can buy produce cleansing solutions, or make your own version using salt and vinegar. Also, wash your hands properly before preparing the juice, and wash your juicer with warm soapy water after each use.

Remember that fruit juice can easily spoil and develop harmful bacteria, so prepare only what you plan to drink for the day. Make use of the extra pulp and fiber from your juice by adding them back to your juice or incorporating them in dishes so you can get all these extra nutrients that would otherwise be put to waste.

While juicing is a healthy way to get all the vitamins and minerals you need, this is not a sure ticket to good health and weight loss, so make sure that you still incorporate exercise and healthy diet into your daily routine. For more information regarding juicing and more detox recipes, please visit my blog here.

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