As a family, we started juicing several months ago. I did research on juicing and found it fairly simple to incorporate into our healthy lifestyle, not much equipment is needed and it’s a great way to boost your immunity with a dense, quick absorbing shot of nutrients from fresh fruit and veggies.
First thing to consider is a juicer. Research shows that you will get better results from a masticating juicer. The main difference between masticating (slow) and centrifugal (fast) juicers is the heat centrifugal juicers produce causes loss of nutrients.
I chose the Aicok Masticating Juicer (Amazon) for the price (around $100) and the size. It’s not too large and it doesn’t take up a lot of room. After several uses, I find it easy to use and cleanup is a breeze.
Juicing caught my attention for the many health benefits it provides
- A more efficient way to absorb nutrients into the body – no fiber quicker absorption
- Consuming more fresh produce – you can juice way more than you could ever eat
- Promoting healthy dieting habits (please note that I did not start juicing for weight loss but incorporating juicing into your daily routine can help with this)
- Flooding the body with micro-nutrients, phytochemicals and enzymes that are lost during traditional cooking methods
How to Juice
While there are a few ways to juice, as a practical method for my family and because we are just starting out, juice shots are our preferred method. What’s a juice shot you ask? 4 to 6 ounces of fresh juice per person. You can do this daily or about 3 times per week.
Juicing should be a blend of fruits, vegetables, roots, herbs like parsley and cilantro, and grasses such as wheat grass. A good ratio is two vegetables to 1 fruit. Remember that by juicing a blend of vegetables and fruit, you increase the alkalinity in your body which helps fight cancer and reduce inflammation.
Below is a list of fruits, veggies, herbs and roots that we use in our juice. I have also included the some of the nutrition benefits that each one provides.
- Kale – probiotic, iron, Vitamins K A and C, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory,
- Spinach – Potassium, iron, magnesium, Vitamin C
- Carrots – Vitamins K A and C, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese, eye and heart health
- Celery – antioxidants, enzymes, folate, Vitamin B6 K and C, anti-inflammatory, reduces cholesterol and fights high blood pressure
- Cucumbers – hydration, fisetin (prevents Alzheimer’s disease and protects your brain), reduces cancer risk
- Kiwi – Vitamin C
- Pineapple – Vitamin C, bromelain, improves digestion and fights stomach cancer
- Green Apples – Vitamin A, lowers cholesterol, flavonoids and polyphenol
- Strawberries – Vitamin C
- Limes and Lemons – Vitamin C and cancer fighters
- Parsley – strengthens the immune system, fights bad breath, natural diuretic
- Cilantro – antioxidant, clears out heavy metals, lowers blood sugar
- Ginger Root – lowers blood pressure, boosts your immune system and metabolism, fights inflammation
- Turmeric Root – fights inflammation and boosts immunity
Here is a quick demo video that I shared on Instagram using the Aicok Juicer. I give some more details about the benefits of the fruits and vegetables I am using.
Top 3 reasons for choosing juicing
- Boosting my immune system with a shot of quick absorbing nutrients
- Fighting inflammation in my body thus reducing cancer risk
- Healthier skin, hair, teeth, bones – well, pretty much healthier everything!
As you can see, juicing is a great way to provide your body high level of quick absorbing nutrients. Juicing will help you boost your immune system, fight inflammation and get critical vitamins, phytochemicals, and enzymes into your system. You should try it as a part of your healthy lifestyle.
Please note that juicing is not a substitution for eating fresh fruit and vegetables. You should eat your daily recommended requirements.
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