Let’s talk juicing!
As someone who found a love for vegetables much later in life, I am a huge fan of juicing. Juicing allows you to consume all of your daily vegetables and fruits intake in an easy way! 95% of the vitamins and enzymes our bodies need can be found in raw juices.
This is due to the fact that when you drink juice, highly concentrated vitamins, minerals and enzymes enter your bloodstream rapidly thus absorbing all of the nutritional benefits of the fruits and vegetables while giving your digestive system a break. It is crucial to give your digestive system a chance to rest because of all of the energy your body uses to digest.
When giving your body a break from digestion, it allows your body to use that saved energy for other beneficial things such as to regenerate your liver, to flush toxic wastes from the body, maintain ideal weight, keeps blood from stagnating into dark under-eye circles and keeps your skin’s collagen smooth and your hair healthy.
There are two different ways to go about juicing; you can buy juices from a juicing company or you can make your own. For those interested in purchasing a juice cleanse, there are companies such as BluePrint and Pressed Juicery that offer a variety of different juice cleanses. I opt to make my own juices, seeing that it’s more affordable and I’m able to control what is being put in it.
One of my top favorite juices is one I like to call “Green Machine”. The Green Machine, pictured above, has the following ingredients: kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumbers, celery, lemon, ginger, apple, chia seeds and wheatgrass.
Each of these ingredients contributes a great nutritional benefit when consumed. I learned about these great, healthy fruits and veggies thanks to Kimberly Snyder, best-selling author and nutritionist.
“Kale contains 47 flavonoids antioxidants which fight off the formation of cancer. Parsley and cucumber are both wonderful natural diuretics. Romaine lettuce builds hemoglobin. Spinach is an anti-inflammatory and apples are rich in antioxidants as well as vitamins. Wheatgrass is literally loaded with nutrients, and considered a wonderful anti-cancer food. Celery cleans the digestive system. Ginger boosts the metabolism. Lemons alkalize the body and are rich in Vitamin C and bioflavonoid which benefit the liver and may clear mucus.”
What are your thoughts on juicing? Will you give it a go?