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.