Updated: Aug 22
Anyone that knows me, knows that I love juice. I've been juicing since my early 20s and still remember how excited I was when I bought my first juicer. I juiced so much fresh pineapple juice I almost went into a hyperglycaemic reaction. Note to self: add some green.
Like me, juices have evolved since then and I believe juicing to be one of the single most important health giving practices we can do. The reason is that many of us have impaired digestion which reduces our bodies ability to absorb nutrients from vegetables.
Fresh juices go directly into the blood stream without much effort from our gut and flood the system with instant nutrients. As a big believer in food as medicine, I like working with food so juicing really is the quickest and easiest way to get all your nutrients that help nourish your body and therefore keep you healthy, vibrant and well nourished. Fresh cold pressed juice is like a quick nutrient shot.
These liquid elixirs made from organic ripe vegetables and rainbows of lush fruits are fully charged with the vitality of the sun & earth rich in anti oxidants, minerals, enzymes and vitamins. Each drink can be a delicious homemade supplement in a glass. Juices can help repair your system, protect against stress and toxicity. They are potent antidotes the fatiguing effects of a time-challenged, fast paced modern life. Juices are rejuvenating & invigorating and add to an overall sense of wellbeing.
They give your skin a vibrant, healthy glow, help your eyes shine bright, help to maintain a healthy weight. This really is using food as medicine at its best. Apart from using fresh organic produce (vegetables & fruit) adding in some herbs, spices & roots can tailor a juice to your specific needs. Think about Ginger and its circulatory, anti iflammatory & immune enhancing properties or Tumeric for its extensive range of health promoting benefits. Just a few examples of what we can achieve with a juice.
So, what type of juicer should you buy?. Like anything there is quite the range in products and prices. If you are serious about juicing getting a good one will make all the difference. There are centrifuge and cold press juicers. Cold press juicers are simply better for many reasons:-
Cold press juice have a higher juice yeild, minimal juice separation and foaming. They are well suited for leafy greens, grasses, sprouts, herbs and the juice lasts longer with enzyme activity and nutrient integrity intact. Prices will vary from $400 - $800 for a domestic cold press juicer. I have my favourites and ones that I would suggest but it all depends on how much and how often you want to juice. My personal favourite and the one I own is the Kuvings juicer however, another trusted and popular brand is the Hurom.
When it comes to what to put in your juice, well pretty much any fresh produce you can think of. There are of course some beautiful books on juicing and may resources on line. Drink the rainbow and start to feel the difference.