Judging by the increased number of infomercials on juicing, the trend of juicing is gaining momentum. People are jumping on the fruit, vegetable and herb juicing bandwagon as they begin to understand the vast health benefits it brings. If you Google “juice recipes” (with the quotation marks around it), you will find well over 5 million websites on the topic. That tells you that there is definitely a large number of people searching for recipes for juicing, therefore creating a great market for it!
To start from the beginning, juicing refers to pureeing produce, namely herbs, fruits and vegetables, to obtain the daily recommended intake our bodies need. Juicing can positively affect a number of health conditions as well as slow down the aging process and give us more energy to face the day.
In case you are wondering, a smoothie is a type of juicing. The main difference is that ice is added (and other ingredients, e.g., protein) and blended as well.
By drinking the nutrients down as opposed to eating them, your body is able to absorb the nutrients faster, usually within 20 minutes and utilize less energy to obtain them. Eating fruits and vegetables is still advised, but it should be noted that cooking and preserving them strips away some of the nutrients, so when possible eating them raw is advised.
Juicing can improve health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cataracts, and cancer to name a few. Studies have shown that raw produce, not cooked, stabilizes blood sugar while nourishing the body. Vitamins A, B, E, Iron and Potassium do a lot to manage diabetes naturally. Manganese has been shown to lower insulin resistance as well increase glucose metabolism. If you haven’t heard of manganese, no worries, just look for celery, carrots, parsley, spinach, beet greens or other cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli or cauliflower, in the produce section.
Even if you are healthy and not concerned about your health, juicing has benefits as far as vanity is concerned, too. Anti-aging and weight loss are also by-products of adopting a juicing lifestyle. Many people do not realize that fruits and vegetables carry valuable enzymes that increase your metabolic rate so you burn more calories easily and they carry powerful anti-oxidants that slow down cell oxidation.
In order to get the maximum benefits of juicing fruits, herbs and vegetables, it is advised that you learn more about the nutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes each carries and the health benefits related to them. Then have fun, be creative and mix up a delicious power juice recipe that will tantalize your taste buds and make a body feel good!
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The Perfect Detox Power Juice (An Excellent Recipe for Juicers!)
1 wedge watermelon
½ lb. red grapes
Place the watermelon (minus the rind) in the juicer, along with the grapes. Juice, stir and enjoy!
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