Juicing 101

When my clients ask me what they can do today to improve their health, I tell them to start juicing! Juicing allows you to get all the necessary nutrients from your fruits and vegetables in a quick and convenient way. Juicing also improves immune function, digestion, allergies and chronic dis-ease. Learn more about the health benefits of juicing, the type of juicer that is best for you and an easy green juice recipe!

Here are some of the reasons why I prescribe ‘a juice a day’:

1. Weight Loss. Rich in antioxidants and vital enzymes, juicing can cleanse your body of stored waste and toxins that interfere with proper organ and cell functioning.  Often, people struggle with losing weight (even when they follow a super healthy diet) because their systems are backed up with toxins. Antioxidants in raw vegetable and fruit juice bind to toxins and flush them out of your body. During this process, the body is able to release fat cells that were storing toxins to protect tissues and organs. Drinking two glasses of fresh fruit and vegetable juice in addition to following a whole, plant-based diet can not only detoxify your body but also gives you the required nutrients to help you shed weight.

2. Nutrient Dense. Juicing offers an abundance of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients and antioxidants – nutrients that increase the micro-electric potential of your cells. This improves the body’s use of oxygen, so your muscles, tissues and brain all feel energised.

3. Disease Prevention. When you consume fresh raw juice, along with eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, your whole internal environment shifts to a healthy, balanced state. When your internal system is healthy, your cells, organs and systems are able to do the jobs they were designed to do. A healthy bio-terrain is key in preventing a dis-eased body and improving digestion, cell growth and immune function.

Ready to give it a try at home? Here’s some help on choosing the right juicer for you.

Centrifugal juicers are typically the most common type. They use a fast cutting blade that spins against a mesh filter, separating juice from the fruit or vegetable’s flesh (via centrifugal force). Thereafter, the juice and pulp are separated into different containers. One of the downsides of centrifugal juicers is that their fast-spinning blade generates heat, which damages vital nutrients and enzymes present in your fruit and vegetables. The heat also oxidizes those ingredients, making them less nutritious.

Masticating juicers extract juice by chewing, crushing and then pressing the fruit and vegetables for the highest, most nutritious juice yield. Because they produce minimal heat, they maintain more of the original nutrients of the fruit and vegetables. The juice you make from a masticating or cold press juicer is more like the juices you’ll get from a professional cleanse company like Plenish. The L’Equip Omni Juicer (http://www.ukjuicers.com/lequip-omni-juicer) or the Hurom Slow Juicer (http://www.ukjuicers.com/hurom-slow-juicer-HFSBF06-HU600) is great as well.

You have the knowledge, and now you have the juicer. How about a simple, delicious and super healthy green juice recipe?

1 large cucumber

1 handful of kale

1 handful of spinach

1 green apple

2.5 cm of ginger

½ a lemon

Juice, stir and enjoy!

 

x Natalie

Post Author: Natalie Angstadt

Natalie Angstadt is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner by the AADP (American Association for Drugless Practitioners). She received her Holistic Health Degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her holistic nutrition company, Second Nature, offers a range of nutrition and holistic health services from one-on-one counseling, group sessions, workshops and corporate programs. Natalie is passionate about her green juices, yoga, boxing, travel and making people look and feel healthy! For more nutritional tips check outwww.secondnatureco.comnatalie@secondnatureco.com; 07703 820 302

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