juicing

What juicing is all about

In Ayurveda by Marvin Francis

Whenever the word juicing is mentioned most people tend to get mixed up with what juicing is all about. Most people might think that juicing is limited to the citrus juice they already know, but juicing is whey beyond that.  Juicing means when you take a single or a mix of fresh raw fruits, vegetables and herbs in various combination and quantity, feeding them through a machine called juicer, that’s what juicing is all about.

The machine turns separates the liquids from the pulp otherwise known as fibre. The liquid produced is known as the JUICE which is meant to be consumed/drank for vitality and health. The fibre can be thrown away or used to prepare soup.

Remember, fiber is very good for you and necessary for a healthy diet, but consuming them together with the juice puts the body system through a lot of work and stress. Consuming only the juice helps the body to get the nutrients fast and effectively.

So why juice when I can just eat the vegetables and fruit raw? Personally there are lots of vegetables I can never dream of eating in its raw state. Example: Swiss chad, Celery etc.

My personally suggestion is, just like any other thing, experiment. If it tastes and feels good it’s ok! It’s not going to harm you – you are loading your body system with loads of great nutrients.

I get these questions always, can’t I blend them together? You blend when you are making smoothies.

Juicing and Smoothies are quite different, while juicing you extract the liquid through a juicer but for smoothies you blend the fibre and the juice together.

If your goal is to get filled up and incorporate fibre into your diet, juicing is your best bet, but juicing has its own advantage over smoothies i.e. enzymes, phytochemicals and vitamins A, C and E along with minerals like iron, copper, potassium, sodium, iodine and magnesium are trapped in the indigestible fibre and cannot be assimilated by the body. By drinking the juice, you send those nutrients directly to the cells of the body these nutrients are gotten in high volume with juicing. Either way the goal is for you to get healthy in short juicing is a healthy drink while smoothies are a complete food.

 


 

 The best fruits and vegetables for the juicer

Keep in mind that bananas, avocado, eggplant, rhubarb, coconut, okra, mushrooms, soybeans, squashes, peaches and green beans tend not to juice very well – they muck up the juicer

 

Here is a delicious array of other fruits and vegetables to consider for your juicer.


 

 Fruits to consider:

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  • Grapes
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Oranges
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Melon
  • Grapefruit
  • Cranberry
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Cherries
  • Tomato
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew melon
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pomegranate
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 Vegetables to consider:

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  • Carrots
  • Arugula
  • Belgian endive
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Spinach
  • Sweet potato
  • Swiss chard
  • Watercress
  • Parsnips
  • Celery
  • Beets
  • Bell peppers
  • Turnip
  • Cucumber
  • Asparagus
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Herbs

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  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Dandelion
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Turmeric
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Combinations of these ingredients will leave you experimenting for a very long time. And after juicing, you can turn to the blender to make smoothies with your fresh juice and a little yogurt.

Always remember to keep your juicer clean, Wash it soon after use so pulps and sugars don’t dry onto key parts and thus make it harder to clean. And if your juicer is always clean and ready to go, you’re more likely to use it.