Preparing To Juice

Once you have purchased the juicer that suits your needs you are ready to reap the abundant health benefits of juicing.
Whenever possible use organically grown fruits and vegetables for juicing. Organic produce is grown and harvested without the use of harmful pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, artificial fertilizers or growth stimulating chemicals.

If organic produce is not available in your area consider using the new Electric Produce Cleaning Machines now on the market to protect your family from pesticides and from bacteria. See Fruit and Vegetable Washers.

Prior to juicing (if you do not use an automatic vegetable washer) always wash your fruits and vegetables by holding them under running water, and when necessary use a vegetable brush to scrub them.

Fruits that should be peeled before juicing include oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, kiwis and papayas. The peels of citrus fruits can impart a bitter flavor to the juice. Try to keep some of the white rind because it is high in bioflavanoids, and an important antioxidant.

Buy small amounts of fruits and vegetables at a time to insure freshness, usually only what you can use in one week. Always store the washed produce in the refrigerator in plastic bags to retain maximum freshness and nutrient potency.

Most fruits and vegetables still have to be sliced or cut into pieces or strips to accommodate the feeding tube of your juicer. The new Extra Large Feeding Chutes on some the the juicers such as the Breville Juicers can actually juice 5 or 6 carrots at a time without pre-cutting. After you have completed several juicing sessions you will be able to readily determine the size to cut your fruits and vegetables for easy feeding into your specific juicer.

Why Juice

Regain and Maintain Your Optimum Health

Raw fruits and vegetables are an important natural source of many essential vitamins, minerals, live enzymes, and amino acids that are necessary to maintain good health. Fresh fruit and vegetables juices are a excellent way to get these important nutrients.

One cup of carrot juice contains the nutrients in four cups of raw, chopped carrots. One pint of fresh vegetable juice supplies the same live enzymes, vitamins, and minerals in two large vegetable salads, and in a form more easily digested and assimilated

Faster Uptake by Your Bloodstream
When you drink fresh vegetable and fruit juices you are greatly reducing the digestive process that normally occurs when you consume food. The fiber has been removed leaving the nutrient-dense juice that is easily digested. The vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes of fresh juice are easily transported across the intestine walls into the bloodstream, where they become available for use by the body.

Need to Improve Energy Levels, Reduce Aging, Lose Weight?
Fresh vegetable and fruit juices have been proven to contribute to overall good health. Most people who juice regularly have more energy and stamina, and improved immune function, which means fewer colds. Juicing has also been shown to have a positive effect on cardiovascular health, blood pressure, and the aging process itself. It can also be very important in any weight loss program.

Typical American Diet – Dangerous to Your Health?
Most people who eat the typical American diet are consuming too many overcooked and processed foods that are high in fat, calories, sugar and salt. In addition, these foods contain food additives, preservatives, and artificial colors and flavors. Poor diets contribute to heart disease, cancer and a variety of other diseases.
Fresh juices are a way for you to get the good nutrition you need without the calories, fat, or additives. Natural juices are certainly far more healthful that the liquids we often consume, like soft drinks, coffee, tea or alcoholic beverages.
Even bottled, canned, or concentrated juices cannot match the nutrient value of freshly prepared juices. Most canned or bottled juices have been pasteurized which destroys many of the nutrients in juices. Often preservatives and artificial colors are added.
The Ideal Kitchen Health Appliance – The Juicer

The juicer is an essential tool for our busy lifestyles of fast food and fewer home cooked meals. By regularly using a juicer you can balance your diet by providing your body’s cells with the nutrients needed daily to regain and then maintain your optimum health.

Nutritional Values

The purchase of a juicer will provide you with one of the easiest ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Getting your essential vitamins, minerals and live enzymes each day by drinking fresh vegetable and fruit juices could not be simpler.

Vitamins

Vitamins are essential to good health because they are directly involved with the metabolism, growth and development of the body. They act as regulators of metabolic processes and play a role in releasing energy from digested foods.

Some vitamins are water-soluble and others are oil-soluble. Water-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin C, and the B-complex vitamins must be taken into the body daily, as they cannot be stored.

Oil-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E, and K can be stored for longer periods of time in the fatty tissue and the liver.

Fresh vegetable and fruit juices can play a major role in satisfying your daily requirements of vitamins. They are a rich source of both water and oil-soluble vitamins, providing these key nutrients in the most natural and absorbable form.

Minerals

Minerals are essential constituents of every cell in the human body. They are needed for the proper formation of blood and bone, and for the maintenance of a healthy nervous system.
There are 22 different minerals important in human nutrition. You are probably familiar with many of them: calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron and selenium.

Plant life utilizes minerals directly from the soil in which they grow. Green leafy vegetables are the best plant sources of many of the minerals, especially calcium.

Enzymes

There are over a thousand different enzymes known to science, and at any one time there are millions of enzymes working in our body to ensure proper functions of all body processes.
Enzymes are complex proteins that are capable of creating chemical changes in other substances without being changed themselves.

Because enzymes can be readily destroyed during cooking or pasteurization, the typical American diet is deficient in health-giving “live” enzymes. Fresh juices are an exceptional way to provide your body with live enzymes that are found abundantly in plant life.

Chlorophyll

The dark green color found in plants and vegetables come from chlorophyll. Chemically, it is quite similar to the hemoglobin found in blood.
Chlorophyll has been proven to be a potent internal healer cleanser. Green drinks provide high concentrations of chlorophyll.

Amino Acids
Amino acids are the “building blocks” of protein. Protein is necessary for the formation and repair of muscles, tendons, organs, glands, nails and hair. Next to water, protein makes up the greatest portion of our body’s total weight.

All fresh juices contain amino acids that a easily digested and utilized, especially sprouts and green vegetables.

Antioxidants

Most of us have seen news reports extolling the value of antioxidants in maintaining good health. The group of vitamins, minerals and enzymes that are called antioxidants help protect our body from the ravages of free radicals. Free radical damage is a cause of aging, and is linked to heart disease and the development of cancer. They are formed by exposure to air pollution, pesticides, cigarette smoke, toxic chemicals and the action of certain processes within the body.

Antioxidants such as Vitamin A, C, E and the mineral Selenium neutralize free radicals. Fresh juices provide an abundance of antioxidants, which can neutralize free radicals and greatly diminish their ability to harm the body.

Boost Energy

Most people who take up juicing on a regular basis will experience increased stamina and energy.

The cleansing and detoxifying effect of fresh juices also contribute to improved stamina. When the body has fewer toxins it operates more efficiently and experiences greater levels of energy. Consuming fresh juices can improve the overall function of the liver and kidneys, key organs in the elimination and detoxification process.

Fresh juices are loaded with the B Complex Vitamins, and minerals Potassium and Magnesium, all of which are critical in maintaining normal levels of energy.

To boost your energy, start out by using the juicing recipes that include carrot, parsley and spinach, all of which contain the nutrients important for energy. Keep a container of the juice in the refrigerator and sip on it throughout the day. You will start to notice a difference in just a few days.