Juicing: A Catalyst to Nourishment
This simple and quick method to give your body a nourishing boost is a powerful first step to get your body fuelled and energized.
Cold press juice bars are popping up in every city we have been to, but this is not the only way to juice. A juicer at home will become a great addition to your daily rhythm.
Although eating fruits and vegetables in their natural state does provide us with a substantial amount of vitamins and minerals, we only obtain the maximum benefits from them when they are juiced. Much of their goodness is locked in the fibre which is expelled from the body.
When we juice the fruits and vegetables, their goodness is released from the fibre and we are able to drink their highly concentrated nutrients which are then able to enter our bloodstream very quickly. Fibre is essential to health, so be sure to continue eating raw fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains in conjunction with fresh juices to gain the maximum amount of nutritional value from what you eat. Juicing provides a quick and easy way to increase your consumption of these foods, and is recommended in addition to a high fibre diet.
Juices are an important wayto introduce nutrient dense plants into the diet. Freshjuice provides us with minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids, carbohydrates, proteins and much more. All of these factors are vital to maintaining good health.
1. Juicing extracts water& nutrients and discards the indigestible fibre.
2. Makes the nutrients more readily available to the body in larger quantities.
3. Nourishes and restores the body at a cellular level.
4. Gives the digestive system a break so it can focuson rest and repair.
Pointers on juicing
1. It must taste great
Start with what you enjoy. Over time your tastebuds evolve and the greener flavours of celery, fennel and kale become more familiar. The classics are classics for a reason: they taste great. Carrot, apple, ginger are a great place to start. For an added detox add some beetroot.
2. Keep it simple
3-4 ingredients are all that are needed.
3. Focus on the veg
Fruit has sugar, good sugar absolutely, but vegetables are really where the body loves to go.
4. Organic and spray free
Like cooking, juices and smoothies extract the nutrients for the body to absorb. Organic and spray free fruit and veggies are the way to go. It feels right.
5. Juice and go
Juice and go, that is the way to do it. If you store the juice make sure you fill an airtight jar/bottle to the top and store in the fridge.
6. Remember to chew
Juice fast tracks the digestion process by removing chewing. However, chewing is important to the digestive system, releasing the digestive enzymes in your mouth and preventing bloating and gas. Remember to gently chew the juices to add oral enzymes to further ease digestion and let your body know that the nutrients are coming.
Types of juicers
There is no such thing as a bad juicer, other than the one that is gathering dust in a cupboard or a shelf. As with anything there is a great choice and this correlates with where you are at the time you make the investment.
The centrifugal juicer is the quick juicer. Loud, lower cost and the ideal start for home juicing. The juice made tends to have a thicker foam, reducing the yield of the juice and promoting oxidisation of the nutrient. However these are made to juice and drink. The centrifugal gets you on the juicing road and has inspired many.
Masticating / slow juicers. These are the level up from the centrifugal and provide a more nutrient dense juice as a result.
The Rolls Royce is the cold press juicer. Through pressure they squeeze the fruit and vegetables to extract the juice. The juice is smoother, the nutrient level is higher and the juice oxidizes less. More involved as a process and the cost is higher.