Juicing Vegetables for Perfect Health

Just one 4-ounce glass of real juice provides a full serving of fruit!

One of the best ways to boost your health and begin to repair years of damage is with juicing. Now when it comes to juicing I’m not talking about running to the grocery store and buying a bottle of juice straight off the shelves. What I’m referring to is fresh juice made in your own kitchen. That’s right, juice as fresh as fresh can be.

Juicing Basics

The benefits of juicing everyday are becoming more understood by consumers today. Juicing is an easy way to get a whopping heap of fresh veggies (and fruits) into your diet in one easy shot – or however many you want a day. You can consume far more of these veggies and fruits with juicing than you could probably eat in the same amount of time.

Another great benefit of juicing is that it’s easy to digest and thus your body absorbs so many more nutrients so much faster. This is one of the reasons juicing has become so popular with health enthusiasts.

In addition many juicer enthusiasts are fond of the process as they say it is of great benefit to the heart. Most fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins C and E, which are great for boosting your immune sytem. In fact, studies indicate that both of these important vitamins help to fight free radical damage on the artery walls and help to lower triglyceride levels.

As you probably know certain vegetables and fruits contain higher levels of specific vitamins than other fruits and veggies. For instance, if you really want to boost your intake of vitamin E consider juicing with asparagus, kiwi, spinach, and blackberries. Blackberries are also a great source of potassium and magnesium.

But these aren’t the only benefits of juicing. Liver detoxification is one of the main reasons people juice too. The liver works on overload on a regular basis. We are constantly bombarding our bodies with toxins in what we eat, breathe, and put onto our bodies. Juicing offers the body a chance to aid in detoxing the liver.

There are certain nutrients you can focus on for a thorough liver detoxification by juicing specific fruits and vegetables. The body needs the following nutrients to detoxify the liver:

If you want to create a liver detoxing juice try all or any of the following:

Liver Detoxing Foods

  • Cabbage
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Milk thistle

People who juice have different goals in mind when they do. Another great reason to juice is to alkalize your body. Today, most Westerners have highly acidic bodies. Diseases grow abundantly in acidic environments and scientists have long stated their belief that creating an alkaline environment could be one of the best ways to fight off disease.

There are juicing recipes you can make to help to alkalize the body. Keep in mind that all vegetables are alkalizing but not all fruits are. Fruits, in general, are acid in nature. Use some or all of the following ingredients to create a delicious, alkalizing drink:

Alkalizing Juicing Recipe

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach

Another great benefit of juicing is the ability it gives you to up your intake of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants. Chlorophyll can help to strengthen the blood and rebuild red blood cells. The molecular structure of chlorophyll is almost identical to a component of red blood cells called hemin, and in fact scientists have recently found that chlorophyll in the body actually is converted into hemin.

If you want to get more chlorophyll into your body consider creating the greenest juices you can. Add in the following for a green juice full of life giving, blood rejuvenating chlorophyll:

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • Wheatgrasses
  • Cucumber
  • Celery
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Greens of beets
  • Parsley

Ginger and Juicing

One way to add a little life to your juice and a plethora of health benefits is by adding some ginger. Ginger has been slotted as preventing heart attack and strokes because of its ability to prevent blood clotting. It is also helpful (and used often) as a dietary aid to prevent indigestion and nausea.

In addition ginger is used as an anti-inflammatory and to improve circulation. Here are two recipes that include a hearty helping of ginger.

Ginger Recipes

Beetroot and Ginger
(For 2 pints)

  • 4 beetroots
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 lemons
  • 6 apples
  • 4 inches of peeled ginger

Ginger Energy Juice
(For 2 pints)

  • 2 inches peeled ginger
  • 16 medium carrots
  • 6 apples

When it comes to juicing you can create any recipe you want. Just follow your taste buds. Juicing may seem like a complex undertaking but once you find the right juicer and experiment with juicing some of your favorite vegetables and fruits you’ll be hooked.

Sources:

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8 comments so far - add yours!

  1. liz says:

    After listening to Robert Lustig’s talk “Sugar: the bitter truth” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM) I am a bit confused about fruit juices. They have very more fructose and less fiber than the fruit itself. Please help!

  2. Donn says:

    Do you use the Vitamix blender to juice? Or do you use a machine just for juicing, like the Jack lalane, or the champion?

  3. Mandy says:

    I have been juicing for a while. There ARE some important rules to follow to keep from suffering discomfort or upsetting your stomach. People should do their research first.

    A couple of simple but important things are to keep your greens, cabbage, and onion to be only 1/3 of your juice. Too many greens can cause a serious upset stomach.

    Vitamix is not a juicer, it’s a blender. A juicer separates the juice from the flesh. You should send the money on a professional grade juicer – cheap ones are not worth it!

    Jay the Juiceman has a great book with lots of info and great recipies. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking into juicing.

    It’s worth the effort needed to safely enjoy juicing! Even my picky kids who will NOT eat their veggies will drink them!

  4. Chris says:

    Can you recommend a good juicer?

    • Steve says:

      I have an older Jack LaLane model that works great, really amazing how much juice is extracted and how dry the part that remains are. Do an Internet search for those juicers. I am sure the current models are as good.

  5. jen says:

    I agree, ginger is awesome in juice!

  6. jen says:

    I agree, ginger and beet is awesome in juice!

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