Friday, December 15

Juice Your Way To Health And Energy

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We’ve known since we were kids that fruits and vegetables contain in abundance the nutrients needed by our bodies to function in optimal manner. The trouble is most vegetables lose their potency when we cook them, and some fruits would have to be eaten in impractical amounts before we can get the ideal quantity of certain nutrients.

This is where juicing, or extracting juice from fruits and vegetables, holds an advantage over cooking vegetables or eating bulks of fruit in one sitting. Juicing retains the nutrient contents and, since they are in liquid form, get absorbed more quickly by the body, providing instant energy. For instance, an apple and four carrots to go along with breakfast would be too much food in one meal for some, but in the form of a tall glass of juice, it’s perfect to start the day.

Here are some common fruits and vegetables to juice.

Carrots
Carrots taste great by themselves or in combination with other vegetables and fruits such as apples. They don’t need to be peeled, and they should be fed one at a time to the juicer.

Celery
Cut them into three-inch sections and feed them steadily to the juicer.

Apples
Cut them up into small pieces and let the machine turn them into a fresh, delightful drink.

Melon
Remove the rinds and seeds and cut it up before putting the pieces into the machine.

Put them all in the juicer
Experiment with fruits and vegetables you like. Discover new tastes and combinations.

What about the juicers?
There are several types of juicers available. Each may have its unique feature.

1. Centrifugal-ejection juicers
These work for just about any juicing task you might have. Remember to check for a motor rating of not less than 450 watts.

2. Low-speed masticating juicers
These machines use a slow, grinding motor speed and are best used for spinach and wheatgrass.

3. Twin gear juicers

These work by first crushing the vegetables and fruits then pressing the juice out. Though they work a bit slower than other types, they produce higher quality juices.

4. Citrus juicers
These are great if all you do is squeeze juice from lemons, oranges, and such.

Keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Inexpensive juicers may not be ideal for everyday juicing. The more powerful the machine is, the more juice it can extract and the longer it will serve you with great tasting, energy giving juice.

Finally, try to drink your juice right after extracting it from the vegetables and fruits of your choice in order to get all the nutrients that it can give. You can also make use of the pulp or residue from juicing by using them in cakes or bread that you bake.

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