What IS juicing?
Simply (wikipedia) stated, juicing is the process of extracting juice from plant tissues such as fruits and vegetables.
Taking raw fruits and vegetables in their natural, beautiful live state, and juicing them (using a juicer!) keeps the vitamins, minerals and enzymes intact and makes them very easily digested and assimilated by the body. This differs from juice you buy at the grocery store that has been pasteurized as the process of pasteurization (heating to kill bacteria) depletes these nutrients. But why not just eat whole fruits and vegetables? Well, you can, that’s great too – but by juicing, you remove the fibre, and give the digestive system a nice little rest, and the body is nourished much faster, so it’s nice to switch it up once in a while!
Why SHOULD I juice?
Juicing has an array of benefits, it can:
- help facilitate weight loss
- increase energy levels
- strengthen immunity
- reduce the chance of heart disease, cancer and strokes
- detoxify the liver
- rest the digestive system, and cleanse the digestive system
- promote pH balance in the body and lower acidity
- reduce inflammation
… and much more! As you can see, it comes with a whole lot of great benefits!
For how LONG should I juice and How OFTEN should I juice?
If you are new to juicing, it’s suggested that you start slow, maybe just one juice as a meal at a time, or one full day at a time. Then you can opt to try a juice cleanse for 2 or 3 days. This way you can monitor your body’s reactions to juicing, and ease yourself into the process. You may then want to explore a longer juice cleanse of 3-5 days or even 5-7!
Juicing can be a monthly endeavour, yearly, or really how often you feel your body needs it! It’s really up to you!
Everyone is different and how they respond to a juice cleanse will be different too, so it’s always best to get educated, start slow, and be mindful with a juice cleanse!
What to CONSIDER before juicing?
Before trying a juice cleanse, it’s always important to consider some things, as not everyone may be suited for juicing. The following people should always talk to a health professional before juicing (particularly for more than a day at a time) to make sure it’s safe for them, as it may be, but it’s always good to get an OK first!
- individuals with Diabetes
- pregnant women
- those with diagnosed illnesses or disorders
- those with a body fat % of 30 or greater
- elderly individuals
It is also important, if you are juicing at home, and making your own juices that you use organic fruits and vegetables, and consume your juice within 72 hours.
So – what are your thoughts on juicing?
Is it something you’ve tried? If so, how was your experience?
If you haven’t tried it – are you wanting to?
Have a FANTASTIC week… coming to you soon on the blog…
more cookies… oh yes, I did it.
and… slow cooker deliciousness!
Nutritionist in the Kitch