Juicing is easy to get started with. All you have to do is take your favorite vegetables and run them through a juicer and you are done. There is no doubt that eating more fruits and vegetables is good for you. There are countless studies that prove this. Juicing is an easy method for increasing intake of fruits and vegetables. And hey, if you do not like vegetables you will soon.
Juicing for health problems?
There is some literature that advocates juicing and juice fasting, that it is a cure for everything, from diabetes to cancer, poor vision, and everything in between. This may well be true, but there is no scientific evidence to support this.
If you have bad health, use vegetable juices as a supplement to a good diet, not as a medicine for a disease. You do not need to go on a juice fast to drink vegetable juices either, just add some vegetable juice to your regular diet – then there will be less room left for the bads.
This being said: It is nutrainfo’s belief that you should always
think for yourself and question authority.
One note to bring up is the fact that there are plenty of empirical evidence that shows juicing can help with many illnesses. One wonderful example is the story of Joe Cross. Joe Cross in his documentary “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” shows his transformation in real-time. He lost a lot of weight and rid himself of an “incurable disease”, with the power of juicing- It is a documentary which everyone should watch.
Words of wisdom from the “Father of Medicine”:
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
The theory behind vegetable juices is that fiber and anything else that is difficult to digest is removed so that the body can absorb nutrients more easily and faster. You can also radically increase the number of vegetables you consume and “flush your body” with vitamins and minerals.
Eating 5 carrots or half a cabbage head takes a while, but a glass of carrot or cabbage juice can be “eaten” in a minute or two. Although, juicing carrots may not be the best option, especially if you wish to lose weight since it contains a lot of sugar.
You should drink the juice right after you have made it. You could store it for a day or two in the refrigerator, but it will lose its nutritional value the longer you keep it in there.
Can juicing be bad for you?
Some articles state that juicing is bad for your health. One argument for this is that by juicing, you are able to consume large amounts of fruit in a very short time, and fruits are high in fructose.
However, the solution to this “problem” is a simple one. Do not juice that many fruits. I always juice leafy green veggies where I then use half an apple, or one to “sweeten the pie”.
You can also use lemons or limes, these are amazing at eliminating the bitter taste of the dark, deep green leafy vegetables which provides most of the benefits of juicing.
Another argument is that certain vitamins and important antioxidants disappear when you juice the vegetables since they are to be found in the fibers. Many other articles claim the opposite, so the final verdict is not yet fully established.
A solution to this is, of course, to make smoothies of fruits and vegetables so that it brings all the fibers or, when juicing, you can add some of the pulp back into the juice. You can also use the leftover pulp for cooking.
Many proponents of Juicing has talked about clearer skin, more energy, healthier gut and even how it has helped them combat a disease.
- I would consider myself as one of these proponents. This is because it helped me cure my own Chronic Urticaria (incurable according to my doctors), just like Joe Cross did. You can read my story about the subject here. I am literally practicing what I am preaching.
Juicing for health
Eating 10 portions of fruits and vegetables per day was tied to a:
- 24 percent reduced risk of heart disease.
- 33 percent reduced risk of stroke.
- 28 percent reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
- 13 percent reduced risk of cancer.
- 31 percent reduction in premature death.
For example, apples and pears; citrus fruits; salads and green leafy vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, and chicory; and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower may all help in the prevention of heart disease, stroke, and early death.
Juicing lets us put all kinds of leafy greens into use at the same time. Normally when you eat a meal you have perhaps just one kind of leafy greens, and just a small amount of it, if any at all.
I am sorry to tell you, but I already think you know, that there are no magic pills to lose weight. There are several blogs out there giving people advice on which juices are the best to drink in order for you to lose weight. And sure there are some juice recipes that are better than others for this purpose.
The most important thing to remember is to avoid using too much fruit in your juices. What we want when we set our mind to losing weight is to choose a way that keeps the weight off once you have reached your goal. Doing a juice-fast, even though it is a great thing to do, will not keep that weight off ones you go back to your regular diet.
Try and do what I did, which is to combine juicing with a plant-based diet.
Juice or smoothie?
A juice consists of the squeezed fluids from the vegetables and fruits. A smoothie includes all parts of the fruit, both juice, peel, and the pulp. The difference in content between juices and smoothies are the fibers. There are insoluble fibers that are formed into a mass in the smoothie, which you will then drink. That is why smoothies are thicker. A juicer, on the other hand, will push out the insoluble fibers to the junk basket and only keep the soluble fibers.
If you are thinking about starting juicing, I suggest that you, if you can afford it, buy organic. This is to avoid chemicals and pesticides. Also try to buy products that are grown locally, as long journeys mean that the food has been stored for a long time. And possibly had to ripen during transport.
Vitamins and minerals can disappear, and it is also better for the environment since it does not have to go around the world to get to you and your juicer.
All that, however, may seem like “overkill”, which it is if you can not afford it. No matter what kind of vegetables for eating or juicing, you should know this, it is great for you. Your body needs it. We consume way too little vegetables.
What you need to make juice
You need a juicer, not a mixer or blender or food processor. A juicer will make juice, with a mixer, you can make yummy smoothies, but you can not make juice. Believe me, I have tried to make juice with a mixer and squeeze the mass through a sieve.
It takes a long time and it does not work well at all, nowadays I use this juicer- Breville. A mixer will chop and mash vegetables and make a gritty mass and, is great for this purpose of making smoothies- this is the one I use for making smoothies- Huatop.
When you buy a juicer, you must, of course, consider how much money you want to spend, but also look for a juicer that is easy to clean. If you juice often you may not want to spend a lot of time on cleaning the thing. There are however different types of juicers:
– The juice extractor – centrifugal juicer
This is the most common juicer. It has knives which cut the fruit and vegetables which, subsequently separates the juice by spinning your veggies and fruits rapidly at high rpms (rotations per minute) against the side of the juicer. You can buy a cheap juicer, but make sure that it does the job. If the pulp comes out wet, then the juice has not been separated properly.
The juice extractor usually has a big slot that makes it quick and easy for you to put in large pieces of vegetables and fruits, and they are usually quite easy to clean. The juice comes out with a little more foam than a masticating juicer does. I personally use a juice extractor. The argument against a juice extractor, is that a masticating juicer is better at extracting nutrients.
Something to note here is the fact that all fruits and vegetables lose nutrients when heated, just the same as when you cook. The problem with centrifugal juicers is that the fast-spinning metal blade generates heat, which destroys some of the enzymes in the fruits and vegetables you’re juicing.
– Masticating Juicer
This is a juicer that crushes and squeezes the fruits and vegetables slowly, with low rpms, that then will force the fruit and veggies through a sieve. The benefits of this are that it does not heat the juice and destroy the nutrients.
It is also easier to juice spinach and wheatgrass than it is in a centrifugal juicer. I personally will mix those kinds of vegetables with, let us say, celery for example- this since I use a juice extractor.
The Masticating Juicers are more expensive than a centrifugal juicer, some take a little longer to clean and some have a smaller slot so you have to cut the vegetables into small pieces before you start.
There are also more expensive and more advanced juicers on the market, but these are usually for professional use.
Eat your fruit and drink your vegetables
My own personal preference is to juice vegetables because they are harder to break down than fruit. And to make smoothies from fruits and berries because large portions of the vitamins are present in the shell and will sail down into the smoothie.
One vegetable not to juice is the avocado, it will clog the juicer but you can, however, use avocados for smoothies. The avocados in smoothies are very tasty and it gives a creamy texture too it.
Some articles also claim that you should not mix fruits and vegetables when juicing because the juice will begin to ferment in the stomach. The only fruits to be mixed with vegetables are apples, lemons, lime and maybe orange. Like I said before, I personally take half an apple or one and put it in my juice with the veggies.
There is no need to remove the shell when juicing fruit and vegetables, you just rinse the fruit and the vegetables from any dirt or insects.
What should you do with the pulp left?
If you spend a lot of money on organic fruits and vegetables, you may not want to waste half of it by throwing it in the garbage. In any case, that is the way I think. So, for each juice recipe, I try to find a food recipe where you can use the pulp. The pulp leftovers can be used to make soups thicker, as a filling for pies, baking or for making veggie burgers.
To summit up
- Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables.
- Juicing allows you to consume an optimal amount of vegetables in an efficient manner.
- You can add a wider variety of vegetables to your diet.
- If you can afford it, use organic veggies.
- Try to drink your juice sooner rather than later.
- The pulp leftovers can be used to make soups thicker, as a filling for pies, baking or for making veggie burgers.
- There are plenty of empirical evidence that shows juicing can help with many illnesses.
- Juicing is an easy method for increasing intake of fruits and vegetables.
- You can use lemons or limes, to eliminate the bitter taste of the dark, deep green leafy vegetables.
So, now there’s nothing that can stop you.
- Get a juicer.
- Juice the vegetables.
- If you by any chance do not like vegetables, well, believe me, your taste buds will change and then you will not get enough of it.
Good luck with your juicing!
– You can read my personal story on how I regained my health by juicing here.