When you hear the word “JUICER”, what’s the picture you see in your mind? It’s probably a fast whirring device that is devouring carrots and turning out carrot juice within seconds. Mmmm, it’s good and good for you. But wait…there’s more!
There is much to be said for including more fruits and vegetables in your diet, and juicing is a relatively easy way to do that. You can pick almost any fruit or vegetable to juice, but have you ever realized that all juices are not created equal? Two important aspects of juicing are 1) WHAT food you are juicing and 2) WHAT machine you are using. When you get more serious about juicing for health, I hope you will take the next step and educate yourself about those two questions. So, for those of you who are ready to know more now, keep reading.
Many of you have heard the saying “You are what you eat”. To be your best, you must eat the best. No one said that was an easy way to live in our culture, but if you are motivated to lose weight, look and feel younger, increase your energy, have better digestion, live longer, recover from a chronic illness, avoid surgery and prescription drugs and protect yourself from developing a dangerous disease, then you have compelling reasons for eating healthfully.
When most people purchase a juicer they immediately start juicing fruits. This is partly because we are already used to drinking fruit juices and let’s face it, they taste good. However, the best choice you can make is to EAT your fruits and JUICE your vegetables. Since vegetables are harder to digest when eaten whole, they tend to be bulkier and break down more slowly in the body than fruit does. When you juice your vegetables, your body absorbs the available nutrients immediately. Vegetables are the building blocks of life, responsible for strong, healthy muscles, tissue, glands and organs. Whole fruits are more easily digested than vegetables and a good source of fiber, as well as revitalizers and cleansers of the body. In general, whole fruits are easier and tastier to eat than whole vegetables. I am not saying that you should not juice fruits, only that you should expand your juicing to include the dark leafy greens, and cruciferous veggies that provide the chlorophyll, beta carotene, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that will help you achieve optimal health. Adding a sweet apple, carrot, ginger or lemon juice to the bitter tasting greens will make them very palatable and delicious.
Buy organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Pesticide residue is just counter-productive to the healthy lifestyle you are trying to achieve. Organic produce only needs cold water to rinse off any dirt that may have accumulated during picking and transporting.