Juicing is an efficient way to include a variety of fresh vegetables, in large quantities, into your daily diet that you or your family might not otherwise eat on a regular basis. Vary the vegetables you juice daily to ingest an assortment of essential nutrients.
If you’re interested in learning more about juicing, we answer a few basic questions you may have.
I eat fruits and vegetables every day. Why should I drink fresh extracted juice? Drinking freshly juiced produce bypasses the digestion process and sends the highly concentrated vitamins, enzymes, minerals and antioxidants quickly into the bloodstream, so your body better absorbs the nutrients.
Should all the fruits and vegetables in your diet be juiced? No. Most nutritionists and doctors do not suggest that you go on a juice only diet. It is important to include fiber in your daily diet, which juicing removes. Juicing is a great boost to a healthy, whole foods based diet.
I’m overweight and a diabetic, should I be juicing? Yes. However, it is best to limit juicing to vegetables, to reduce sugar intake and to improve your health status. Consult your natural health professional for specific juicing recommendations.
Does it matter when I juice? Drink juice on an empty stomach, about an hour before eating a meal. Juicing in the morning or early afternoon is a great energy booster. For optimal nutrient intake, drink the juice the same day it was extracted.
What are the general health benefits of juicing? Juicing raw vegetables stimulates the metabolism, increases energy, boosts immune function, reduces the risk of disease, and enhances excess weight loss.
Plant a juicing garden
To ensure the quality of the vegetables you juice, when planting a vegetable garden this year, plant a “juicing” bed of vegetables that are nutrient dense and juicer friendly. Ideal juicing vegetables include: cucumber, tomato, broccoli, carrot, bell pepper, potato, pumpkin, radish, cabbage, kale, and other dark green leafy vegetables, beet, squash, zucchini, onions, celery, and more.
Want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with authentic Mexican food? Don't forget juicing!
Fresh produce typically found in local, Mexican markets that are great to juice, include beets, tomatoes, scallions, peppers, chard, carrots, limes and cilantro.
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