juicing for health

Updated: Apr 23

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, keep it in balance.

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, I believe, is that many of us have impaired digestion which reduces our bodies ability to absorb the nutrients from our food. Most of us are time poor which can lead to quick foods which may not have all the goodness we need.

Fresh juices go directly into the blood stream, without much effort from our gut and flood the system with instant nutrients. As an advocate fresh quality produce as medicine, I always use food first and foremost in my consultations and juicing really is the quickest, easiest way to get all the nutrients that help nourish and restore the body. Juicing can help keep the body 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 the system, protect against stress and toxicity. They are potent antidotes of the 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 and 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. Cold press juicers are simply better for many reasons:-

Cold press juices 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. It all depends on how much and how often you want to juice. Just remember, like anything you do get what you pay for. My personal favourite and the one I own is a 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. Of course go easy on too much sugary fruits, the aim of the juice is balance. Some beautiful books on juicing are available with many resources on line. Drink the rainbow and start to feel the difference. I will post a blog on juicing favourites soon.

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