When was the last time you felt 100% ok? Most people experience some form of health discomfort in one way or the other. The illnesses are always the same, and they look like this
- Acid reflux
If any of these are applicable to you, then something is not right and the solution is very simple, a change in lifestyle, note I used the word lifestyle and not diet, because a diet is always short-lived and then you return to your “normal” way of doing things. This should not be the case, health is not a diet. It is a lifestyle. What makes us ill? Simply stated- whatever you put in your mouth is capable of slowly destroying you or healing you. Pizzas, burgers, canned drinks, coffees and any other processed foods are toxic to the body. While on the other hand a combination of fruits and plenty of leafy green vegetables strike the balance in keeping you healthy and full of energy.
The best way to ensure that you get the correct amount of fresh fruits and vegetables is through juicing. Well recognized medical experts like Dr. Mercola and others have taken juicing into the mainstream, emphasizing all the nutritional benefits of juicing. And no, this kind of juice is not what you buy at the shop, it has to be freshly squeezed with no added preservatives in order for it to be 100% effective. The best solution is to make your own fresh fruit and vegetable juice at home, which, is easier than you might think.
The first thing you need is a juicer. There are many different types of juicers on the market, and to help you make the wisest choice I have listed some guidelines. Remember juicing is not purely for entertaining the palate but to bring you up to speed with your “five-a-day” in a raw form, to give you the essential nutrients including vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phyto-chemicals. Juicing is the single most health giving and healing practice you can to to gain all the benefits of good health.
First, fast is not always best especially when selecting a juicer. High speed centrifugal utilize fast-spinning blades that spin against a mesh sheet, generating heat. The juice and the pulp are separated into 2 different containers. The main issue with centrifugal juicers is the heat generated during operation destroys some of the essential enzymes in the fruits and vegetables. The heat also oxidizes nutrients in the juice, reducing the nutrition content in the juice. Juice made from a centrifugal juicer separates very quickly in comparison to a ‘slow’ juicer like the Greenis juicer and the Oscar Juicer DA 900 or model DA 1000.
Second, a juicer that has a crushing auger instead of spinning grater produces a far more stable juice, preserving all the nutrients. A single auger juicer can successfully juice all the greens that are so essential to health including grasses such as barley and wheatgrass.
Third, the crushing or masticating-type juicers are much more economical as they extract much more juice leaving the waste pulp dry. What you might save in the price of the centrifugal juicer you will ultimately lose in nutrients, enzymes and quality of juice, as most of the juice is thrown out with the pulp.
Fourth, find a juicer that is easy to clean, one that will not give you a headache just at the thought of using it because of the aftermath. Centrifugal juicers are unfortunately renown for their difficult cleaning process causing people to stop using them for this reason. Most masticating juicers are easy to clean comprising of 3 or 4 attachments that can be cleaned with warm water, a dishcloth and a little dishwashing liquid.
Fifth, centrifugal juicers are very noisy, when in operation while slow juicer are the a more quite option. Centrifugal juicers are also mainly for juicing while slow masticating juicer are versatile, you can use them for making nut butters, baby purees, pates and more.
Last but not least, find a machine that will not over-expose your fruit and vegetables to too much light and oxygen. Most high-speed centrifugal juicers expose too much. This creates oxidants in the juice ( oxidants play a huge role in ageing us faster as they work against the immune system which can result in degenerative diseases), and you definitely do not want any of that in your body.
- Its a great way to squeeze in fruits and vegetables into your diet.
- You can squeeze the equivalent nutritional value of one full meal into a cup.
- It is a quick, easy and economical way to get keep healthy.
- Digestion is quicker if the food is in liquid format.
- It as an excellent way to detox.
- Green Juices are rich in chlorophyll, which is an important factor for haemoglobin. Simply put, green juice is vital for healthy blood. Chlorophyll is also anti-carcinogenic.
- Fresh juice is rich in anti-oxidants that are much needed in the body – benefits include stronger rich hair, clearer skin and increased energy levels.
- Improvement in sleep patterns, sharper focus mentally.
With the right juicer, there is so much you can do. When starting out the best to figure out what you enjoy best is by experiment a little to see what will work for you, as we all have different ideas of what is delicious. I recommend green vegetable juice daily for maximum health benefits . Juicing is one of the movements that everybody should be a part of. If not for the convenience of it all, then for the health of your family. Its a decision that you will not regret and, besides, You will have a lot of fun experimenting with a juicer as the possibilities are endless…