If you’ve recently decided to make a positive change on behalf of your health, then what better way to get started than with a regular juicing habit? Juicing is an inexpensive, easy, and delicious way to improve your energy, fight back against the disease, and enhance your feelings of wellness. All you need to get started, is a juicer, a little creativity, and some motivation.
Juicing is the process of extracting juice from fruit, and with it, all the nutrients, enzymes, and minerals that are contained within. When you start juicing, it’s best to make sure that you have a goal in mind to keep pushing you forward into success. For instance, maybe you want to start juicing as a way of losing excess weight, or perhaps you’re hoping that you can use juice as a way to fight back against stress and anxiety. Either way, set your target, and let’s begin.
What are the Key Benefits of Juicing
Before you start exploring recipes and ideas for your new juicing habit, you’re going to need to make sure that you understand what the benefits of juicing entail. After all, you might be wondering why you can’t get the same advantages just by eating more fruits and vegetables.
While eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, or drinking healthy smoothies is good for you, and could help you to overcome a range of chronic health concerns – consuming the same amount of fresh produce that you’d get in your standard juice in raw form is harder than you’d think. The juicing process removes the fibers from fruit and veg to make the juice more concentrated and easier to absorb into the digestive system and blood stream.
The key benefits of juicing are:
- It gives your stomach and digestive system a much-needed rest by removing complex fibers.
- It allows for the quicker digestion of foods and a more rapid absorption rate for nutrients.
- Juicing gives you access to a host of fresh produce you might not get in your typical diet – eating a handful of kale and spinach might not be appealing, but when mixed with some ginger and lemon, it could make a killer juice!
Which Fruits and Vegetables Should You be Juicing?
So, you know why juicing is good for you. Now you need to figure out which products you should be juicing if you want to get the most out of your new hobby. Most people start their juicing experience by using the fruits and vegetables they like the flavor of. However, after a while, it’s a good idea to start trying new combinations and adding different foods to your menu. Ideally, you’ll want to juice more vegetables than fruits, as fruits can be rich in natural sugars.
If you’re concerned about getting started with vegetables, try to stick to the ones that are less aggressive in taste, to begin with. For instance, carrots and apples can make a sweet and refreshing drink. On the other hand, fresh red peppers are perfect for adding a spicy, but a sweet kick to any drink. Although vegetable juices will take some getting used to at first, the benefits of drinking your vegetables are hard to beat.
Whenever possible, I recommend adding vegetables like beetroot for cleansing your kidneys, celery, and cucumber for hydration, and kale for antioxidant purposes into your vegetable mixes. Remember that lemon is a super food that will help to clear your system and bring down some of the harsher flavors of Rooty vegetables.
Other Juicing Key Tips to Remember
You’re almost ready to start juicing. However, before you do, try to keep the following tips in mind:
- Keep some of the pulp from your juices left over to add back into your juice for an extra dose of fiber when you need help hitting the bathroom.
- Listen to your body and remove any substances that might cause stomach aches or discomfort. If you find yourself feeling nauseous when drinking a juice – simply stop drinking it.
- Drink your juices straight away, before they have a chance to oxidize. This will help to make sure that you get the highest possible concentration of vitamins and nutrients.
- Always use organic fruits and vegetables to avoid exposing your body to harmful toxins and pesticides. You can also soak fruits and vegetables in clean water with apple cider vinegar to help remove pesticides from the surface of the skin.
- Keep your intake of natural sugars through fruit juices to a minimum. Make sure that you use fruits with a low glycemic index where possible.
And there you have it; you’re ready to start juicing!