Juicing is a great way to get in your daily vegetables and fruits. Juicing promotes health and weight loss, as well as reducing the risk of many illnesses. There are so many variations of juices that there really is something for everyone. Around 85% of all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes that our bodies need can be found in vegetables and fruits. So it’s very important to reach our daily intake to fully support our body functions. However of course due to life being so busy we may struggle to eat and drink all our required nutrients. This is where juicing comes in handy. In just one glass of pure goodness you can receive everything you need and it can be drunk in half the time compared to eating it. The benefits, varieties and combination are endless.  

Juicing should however always be used with a balanced diet. Fruits and vegetables cannot sustain us alone and we can’t get some nutrients, like proteins and fats from juice. So it’s very important to eat a wide variety of foods as well as fresh juices.

The Pros:

  • If you work full time, juicing can be used as a drink on the go and help you get your daily intake of fruits and vegetables.
  • If you struggle to get in your daily intake of fruits and vegetables, then juicing can help you get your intake in a yummy way and with just one glass.
  • It is said that the vitamins, enzymes and minerals in juice can help reduce the risk of illnesses like heart disease, cancer, blood pressure, diabetes, Alzheimer etc.
  • Juicing saves you money. You can juice fruits and vegetables that are about to spoil. This way you don’t throw away produce.
  • Juicing can improve joint health, brain function, hair, nails, skin and eye health.
  • Juicing gives the digestive system a rest so that cells can mend themselves. So drink a glass of juice a day to give your insides a break and help bring you back to health.
  • Juicing is not processed and does not contain toxins, chemicals or preservatives.
  • Juicing can help you to lose weight as long as it is taken with a balanced diet. A glass of juice keeps you full for longer and reduces the need for you to overeat.
  • Juicing prevents dehydration and improves heart and cardiovascular health.
  • Your energy levels can increase by having a glass of juice each day.

The Cons:

  • When you first start juicing you may feel some weird things happen to your stomach, like gas, diarrhea or bloating. However this is nothing to worry about, once your body adjusts to juicing it will go away.
  • The juicing process extracts pulp. This can be detrimental as the pulp contains most of the fruit and vegetable’s fiber. However if juicing is only used with a balanced diet, fiber can be obtained elsewhere from other foods.
  • Juicers can be quite expensive. They can cost up to $400. So make sure you are enthusiastic about juicing before you spend the money.
  • Pregnant women and those with a sensitive stomach should not drink unpasteurized juice.
  • Juicing just fruits can cause you to drink too much sugar.
  • Juicing can be expensive because you have to buy a lot of fruits and veggies to make one juice.

How to Juice:

  1. Gather together the ingredients you want to juice.
  2. Peel the fruits and veggies that need to be bare.
  3. Remove the stems and leaves that won’t go through the juicer.
  4. Thoroughly wash your fruits and vegetables in fresh water.
  5. Slice all fruits and vegetables to fit into the juicer shoot.
  6. Slowly push your ingredients through the juicer.
  7. If your juice isn’t sweet enough, feel free to add a little stevia liquid.
  8. Mix in some of your favorite micronutrients like chia seeds, cinnamon, protein powder, LSA mix, oats, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, raisins etc.
  9. Once you have made your juice drink it straight away.

Try out the following juicing recipes:

Omega Blend
1/2 Avocado
17oz Baby Spinach
1 Banana
1 Apple

Green Booster
300g Baby Spinach
1/2 Lemon
2 Green Apple
2 Celery Stalks
1tsp Wheat Grass

Claire Trojkovic

Claire Trojkovic is a health and fitness expert from Australia. She is also an international fitness model competitor who has won many champisonships in Australia as well as overseas. The most prestigous being the INBA World Championships in 2013 which was held in Greece.

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