juicing basics

Juicing Basics - Getting Started

by Bob Hannum
June 30, 2013

  Table of Contents

 - Why Juice
 - Juice or Raw
 - Juice or Cooked
 - Juicing Benefits
 - Fight Disease
 - Juice Recipes
Juicing is the simple process of transforming fresh fruits and vegetables as well as herbs and spices into a delicious drink. Special juice recipes can directly target your nutritional concerns.

Why Juice

More and more people are turning to juicing to improve their health. Studies show that drinking fresh juice increases energy and reduces the risk of developing many of the common health problems we face today. And it's the most convenient way to get all your daily requirements of fruits and vegetables. I even save money because a glass of fresh juice each day gives me more nutrients than vitamin and mineral supplements.


Juice or Raw

There are benefits to drinking your daily recommended serving of veggies and fruits instead of eating them as solid raw foods. Liquids are absorbed by the body more quickly and completely, because absorption of the many vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients starts right away as soon as the liquid enters the mouth. Whereas, the same nutrients in the form of solid food take a slower path of absorption through the stomach and intestines.

Juice or Cooked

Cooked food is simply not as nutritious as its raw form. For instance, enzymes play a key role in metabolism and are chiefly found in raw foods, but most are lost when cooked, processed, or preserved. This is particularly true for bottled juice which must by law be pasteurized in order to be commercially sold. Enzymes are destroyed by pasteurization and are essential for converting food into body tissue and energy. Enzymes are particularly important for those trying to lose weight: they help the body to burn more calories which assists in weight loss.

Juicing Benefits

Increased energy and weight loss are not the only benefits of fresh juice. Recent research suggests that drinking fresh juice can also delay the effects of aging. Specifically, fresh fruits and vegetables contain compounds known as antioxidants which neutralize free radicals in your body. Free radicals are chiefly responsible not only for aging, but also for many degenerative diseases such as cataracts, high blood pressure, and even cancer.

Fight Disease

Let's explore how juicing fights one of our most common and chronic diseases: diabetes. Recent research indicates that raw fruits and vegetables are super foods for diabetics because they nourish the body while stabilizing blood sugar levels in ways that cooked food cannot. In the past, doctors cautioned people with diabetes to stay away from sugar of any kind, even those found in fresh fruits and vegetables. That recommendation has been proven wrong.

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Researchers have found that specific nutrients such as vitamins A, B, E, and the minerals iron and potassium which are abundant in fresh fruits and vegetables aid in naturally managing this disease. Specifically, vitamin B7 which is found in mangoes, nectarines, and peaches aids in digestion and activates enzymes, a key process for diabetics. Additionally, manganese which is found in celery, garlic, carrots, cruciferous vegetables, parsley, spinach, and beet greens, helps reduce insulin resistance overall and improve the metabolism of sugar.

Juice Recipes

A great resource for recipes that help you lose weight, boost energy, fight the effects of aging, and even target diseases, is a new recipe book based on the latest research Ultimate Juicing Recipes & Tips. You can find it in the “Juice Away Illness!” box on the right.

Juicing is a simple way to optimize your health and energy. The really exciting thing about juicing is that you can make your own recipes and tweek them to satisfy your specific taste and health needs. What a wonderful way to combat your own health challenges by drinking a fresh and all-natural juice that you easily made yourself! I also found that the first time I started juicing I discovered entirely new sections of my local supermarket, and produce I had never seen before! So start your juicing adventure today!

You can easily begin with an inexpensive juicier sold online or at your local kitchen supply store. Any juicier will do, but if you're interested in what's best among the hundreds of models available refer to my article on juicer reviews.

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