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!
Juices work the best if consumed within seconds of being freshly extracted from the fruit or vegetable. The most vitamins, minerals and other healthy elements are absorbed if you hold the juice in your mouth for a couple of seconds after swallowing.
Fresh juices are also superior to bottled or canned juices in terms of both taste and nutrition. They are the cheapest way to get a full rounded dose of a vitamin plus all of its cofactors. For instance did you know that just one pint of fresh carrot juice contains more than 20,000 international units of pro-Vitamin A in its purest and most natural form?
Scientific research also recently reveals that fresh juices may even cure a variety of illnesses and conditions. For instance, fresh cabbage juice has been shown to contain vitamin U that has been shown to heal ulcers while fresh prune juices is an excellent laxative. Lettuce juice contains an unknown factor that helps relieve insomnia while watermelon juice has anti-inflammatory agents that relieve pain.
Green juices have enzymes that encourage weight loss and the regrowth of damaged gum tissue. Orange, yellow and green vegetables may help prevent some forms of cancer. Purple and blue juices contain important phytochemicals known as anthocyns and lutein, which help prevent varicose veins and preserve the eyesight.
Juices also ah are also superior to taking vitamins when it comes to maintaining your daily health. Compared with synthetic vitamins, naturally derived vitamins from fresh fruits, vegetables, sprout and grasses have more of a nutritional punch per dose. For instance one pint of fresh vegetable juice supplies the same live vitamins, minerals and enzymes found in two large vegetable salads.
Synthetic vitamins are also a “dead” food source of vitamins whereas vitamins that come from fresh vegetables and fruits are considered to be live. Incorporated into a healthy diet fresh juices also do not put you at risk for nutritional imbalances in your body. Drinking your vitamins in the form of fresh juices can actually boost your RDA (recommended Daily Allowance) of vitamins by as much as 500%! Compare this to the act of consuming a vitamin pill where there is no guarantee that the pill will be absorbed by the body. Nutrients from juices however start being absorbed the minute you drink them.
Juicing is not meant to be a replacement for a daily diet. Juicing plans are embarked on to help accelerate and enhance the process of mineral and vitamin absorption by the body’s tissues.
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