When it comes to feeling better instantly, nothing can compare to sipping on a freshly made juice - be it fruit, vegetable or green based, the rush of pure goodness flooding into your bloodstream is like taking a refreshing shower that makes you feel sparkling clean from the inside out.
However juices shouldn’t be seen as an occasional treat. In fact, juicing can add a whole new dimension to your daily diet, providing huge amount of nutrition in an easily assimilable, yet concentrated form that will give your body a huge nutritional boost while tasting absolutely delicious. If you’re serious about your health and taking the short-cut to looking and feeling great for the long-term, then the single best step you could take for your health and your life is to make juicing an everyday activity.
So, What is Juicing Exactly?
Juicing is the method used to extract the liquid portion of a fruit, vegetable, herb, leaf or grass from its original form. As these plants typically consist of at least 70% water in their whole state, you can extract a lot of juice from them. Fresh fruits are often even higher in water – often more than 85%. Juicing works by crushing, finely grating or squeezing the juice from the original food and then filtering through a fine sieve or something similar – on electric juicers this sieve is typically called a screen. The fibrous part of the plant (the pulp) is expelled elsewhere, leaving pure clean juice as a by-product in a separate jug, fresh and ‘live’ and ready to drink.
Aside from the enormous nutritional benefits, experimenting with juicing will open you up to an incredible variety of taste sensations, varying from simple single fresh fruit juices through to tasty vegetable combinations like carrot and beetroot, highly alkalising green juices and more elaborate fruit cocktails. Juices could be invaluable as a way of replacing other, less healthy drinks that you might have been used to, especially if you don’t like to drink water all the time. Quite simply, juices taste amazing, can look strikingly beautiful (depending on what you put in them, the various colours you can create can look stunning) and you really do feel the difference right away.
If you want to feel squeaky clean for a day and lose a little weight, a day of juicing will do wonders for you. Your energy levels will increase and both your mind and your body will thank you. And needless to say, kids of all ages (including Grandad!) love juice. In fact, everybody loves juice! It’s the best habit to get into and takes just minutes to make in the comfort of your own home.
Best Ways to Get Juicing
Obviously, the best way to get into juicing is to buy yourself a good juicer and start using it! If you are very new to juicing then you might like to start with something simple like a fresh citrus juicer before investing in a top of the range juicer. The Tribest CitriStar is great for juicing oranges, grapefruits, pomegranates and even pineapple. In the mid-range you’ll find a variety of other juicers to choose from in all shapes and sizes, but if you really want to go for it, then the Tribest GreenStar Elite is the serious juicers’ favourite ally.
Karen Knowler is author of Raw Food Made Simple, the complete beginners guide to bringing more raw food into your diet in a way that is easy, simple, delicious and doable. For more information visit www.TheRawFoodCoach.com