One of the troubles of our modern civilization is that many people are too acidic because they follow an unbalanced diet with much too much and poor quality meat.
At the same time, many of us have discovered the benefits of juicing and have integrated fresh vegetable and fruit juices into our diet.
Vegetables are alkalizing and if you juice for one or two days —which is the maximum we all should try without medical supervision— you’ll give your body a chance to rest, detox, flush fat that shouldn’t be there, and absorb a lot of additional vitamins and minerals.
Juicing Benefits and Tips
15 Benefits of Juicing
- Celery is a great juicing vegetable and it’s anti-imflamatory and alkalizing.
- Cucumbers make excellent juice, light, refreshing and beneficial for skin health.
- Fennel is great for juicing. It improves digestion and reduces bloating.
- Adding herbs to your juices is a good idea: parsley, cilantro and ginger have health benefits.
- Beets are great for juicing. They are natural liver cleansers and contain a lot of iron.
- Low glycemic green juice is best for energy throughout the day because it does not cause spikes in blood sugars. Cucumber, spinach or kale, celery and parsley is a great combination.
- While pungent garlic is great for juicing because it benefits immune system health.
- Wheatgrass is great for juicing. It is a natural detoxifier and it’s alkaline.
- Stick with green vegetable juice if you want to lose weight. It has much less sugar and it’s nutrient dense: kales, spinach, cucumber, parsley, fennel, celery, green cabbage, broccoli, chard and romaine lettuce. Use lime and ginger for a zesty punch.
- Drink juice alongside healthy foods that have fiber healthy fats and proteins for a well rounded diet that is nutritionally sound and will slow the absorption of sugars from the juice.
- Juicing is a great way to get kids who refuse to eat vegetables because they can be masked by healthy fruits like berries and apples. Spinach and strawberries make a great blend.
- Add nonfat yogurt or flax seeds to juices for more balanced nutrition.
- Ginger adds great flavor and health benefits to juicing, but keep in mind that it is pungent, so a little goes a long way.
- For health, sugar intake control and weight loss use vegetables more than fruits when juicing.
- Limes and lemons add flavor and vitamie C to juices with very little sugar and impact carbs.
10 Juicy Juicing Tips
- Most vegetables can be juiced whole, so there is no need to remove stalks or stems.
- Mangos and pineapples are some of the highest sugar fruits and the impact worsens when juicing because the fiber is removed.
- High powered blenders can reduce whole vegetables to a smoothie texture, which, unlike juicing, retains their fiber content and reduces blood sugar spikes.
- The best low sugar and Low Glycemic Index fruits for juicing are grapefruits, cherries, pears, lemons, limes, cranberries and granny smith apples.
- Drink fruit juice in moderation. It is loaded with sugar.
- Beware that juicing removes the fiber content of fruit and so it makes makes the impact of sugar content much higher than eating whole fruit.
- Choose organic produce for juicing as they don’t contain pesticides.
- Consuming juice in excess can lead to major blood sugar spikes. Enjoy in moderation ( about 4 ounces per day) so that juices aren’t the bulk of your daily caloric intake.
- Simple but very easy to forget: Wash all vegetables and fruits thoroughly before juicing.
While you can press citric fruits like grapefruit and orange manually, juicing lettuce leaves properly is almost impossible if you don’t own a juicer. The best are the masticating slow juicers that keep more of the fiber, because they crush and squeeze instead of shredding. But quality standard juicers can also juice very well.