Weve all heard it before: 6 to 8 servings of fruit and vegetables every day. According to leading health authorities, thats the minimum requirement for optimal health. But who has time to prep, cook, and eat it all? For millions of us, the daily grind trumps good dietary habits every time.
Thats where juicing can be a god-send. Juicing veggies and fruit - even a few times a week - can pack a lot of nutritional power into one big gulp.or several sips. Juice in any combination or quantity is not a complete meal in itself, but its a brilliant way to make sure youre getting the most nutrition out of most of your fruits and veggies.
The Virtues Of Veggie Juice
So how does the idea of chomping on a batch of raw beets sound? Not too appetizing, right? Transform that batch of beets into a glass of juice and you get all those vitamins in one go.
The betalain in beet juice is an antioxidant, and an anti-inflammatory.
Beet juice helps lower your blood pressure and detox your liver and kidneys, fight anemia, and rejuvenate your skin . It is rich in folic acid, manganese, magnesium, vitamins A, C, and K, calcium and iron.
To be perfectly honest, straight beet juice tastes like dirt to me, so I always mix it with organic carrot juice. Magically, the beets dominate the appearance of the juice, but the carrots dominate the taste - thank goodness!
And as for organic carrot juice, its full of A, B C, E and K, which makes it an alphabet soup of vitality, boosting your immune system and helping prevent premature aging. Raw carrots are a terrific addition to any diet, but organic carrot juice compresses all the nutrients in a bunch of carrots into one easy-to-swig glass of vim and vigor.
Spinach is rich in vitamins A and K, and manganese, which improve heart, skin, and blood health. The lycopene in tomato juice can reduce your risk of cancer. And the luteolin in celery juice is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Conclusion: juicing organic vegetables can be beneficial to your overall health.
Perish The Thought
Juicing is not a fast food proposition. Plan your schedule to allow enough time to clean, prep, and juice what you know you can consume within a 24-hour period. These vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and other nutrients have a short shelf life, so perish the thought of stockpiling enough veggie juice to last for weeks. Storage in an air-tight jar is good for a day; after that, throw it away.
Pulp Fiction Vs. Fact About Fruit Juices
Juice. If thats all the label says, then thats probably all there is to it. When the label says juice cocktail, or juice-flavored beverage, or juice drink - thats when youve got to separate fact from fiction. The truth boils down to two words: sugar water. Thats all most of these concoctions amount to.
And then theres the real thing, the freshly squeezed, fiber-filled, real deal - 100 percent pure fruit juice: apple, orange, red grape, pomegranate, cranberry, cherry, pineapple, and grapefruit. Mother natures juice bar is best by far.
Pure fruit juices are loaded with antioxidants, potassium, flavonoids, resveratrol, minerals, vitamin C, and other life-giving elements. Theyre also loaded with sugar - natural sugar, true, but sugar nonetheless - and calories can add up quickly. So here moderation is key, because even with all-natural fruit juice, too much of a good thing is too much, and thats not a good thing.