If you are planning to nourish yourself with home-made fresh juices there are a few things that you should know.
First off, you should use organically grown, unsprayed produce when it is available. This is because almost all of the produce that you find in the supermarkets is sprayed with either a coloring agent or a pesticide of some kind. Look for a label on your fruit or vegetable that says that it is “Certified Organic.” If organic produce is not available in your area then it is a good idea to peel all of your produce before juicing it or wash it well first.
You should also wash everything well. The molds and bacteria that are part of these bruises can make you ill. To be safe don’t juice older fruits or vegetables and stay away from ones that have blemishes or bruises in the first place. Organically grown produce is not necessarily that clean!
Don’t juice citrus skins. The skins of grapefruits and oranges contain a toxic substance. You should also peel tropical fruits like pineapple, kiwi, mango and papaya because they are grown in countries where toxic pesticides are still legal.
Some fruits and vegetables are more likely to be tainted with insecticides. The produce that is most likely to contain poisons are apples, pears, avocados, peaches, pineapples, bell peppers, parsnips, turnips, cucumber and tomatoes. You might also want to remove the outer leaves of lettuces, cabbages, kale, collards and other leafy vegetables in order to reduce the risk of juicing pesticides into your glass.
You must remove all the pits from fruits such as peaches, plums and avocadoes before juicing them as they contain cyanide. They can also clog up and ruin the inside of your juicer.
Your juicer will last longer if you slice the fruit or vegetable into smaller pieces before you put it into the hopper. Take the time to cut the produce up into chunks that are easy for your machine to accommodate.
It is very old school to say that you should juice vegetables together and fruits together but that you should never juice both fruits and vegetables together. This comes from an old food-combining concept that says fruits are for cleansing and that vegetables are for bodybuilding. In this modern day and age there is no reason why you can’t accomplish both at the same time. Feel free to combine your lime juice with celery juice and your orange juice with carrot juice or whatever you like!
Fresh juices are great at both rebuilding and cleansing the human body. They are nature’s own nutrient packed thirst quenchers, cleansers and nourishing tonics. They play an important part of a healthy life style, especially if you are in the process of rehabilitation or recovery. If you combine a juicing program with a wholesome diet and a regular exercise program you are bound to succeed!
Fresh juicing is not just for ailing individuals either. Whether you have good or bad health everyone can benefit from the expedient delivery of nutrients that fresh juice of all kinds can offer the human body. Drinking juice is simply one of the most efficient ways to ensure that your body remains in tip top shape.
Fresh fruit and vegetable juices contain a broad array of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, purified water, proteins, carbohydrates and various co-factors that both enhance and complement individual nutrients so that your body gets the most nourishment it can from what you are consuming. As juices are absorbed by the digestive system they are economical when it comes to building your health. This is because it does not cost your body in terms of energy and complex digestive process to absorb the benefits of fresh juice. Your body simply does not have to work so hard to obtain the benefits from juice as it does food. This is why a juicing fast can be so rejuvenating. It plays an important part in giving your body a break.
Furthermore a fruit or vegetable is juiced is full of fresh bioavailable components. It is not sitting around suffering from the oxidization process which happens once fruit or vegetable tissue is cut open and exposed to air.
once the juice is in liquid form the nutrients are easier for the body to absorb. In fact the lining of the mouth absorbs many of the enzymes and nutrients in fresh juice. Drinking juice also gives the digestive system a rest by not stressing it out with the process of digestion.
Of course fresh juice is not really “fresh” unless the juice has been masticated or squeezed in order to extract the full amount of liquid from the full fruit. Juicing purists also extract the juice from the peels and seeds of a fruit or vegetable when they use a juicer to extract the clearest most fiber free liquid possible. The idea is to “drink your vitamins” rather than pay a lot of money to swallow them as non-live dead pellets that you buy in a health food store.
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