The 411 on Juicing

I was introduced to the world of juicing by a friend who is an avid juicer, but I didn’t actually try it, until I attended the Yoga/Detox retreat hosted by Lisa and Adam at Drishti Yoga Centre.

During my switch to going organic, I picked up a small container of GREENSuperFood by Amazing Grass; I didn’t have a juicer, nor was I sure if juicing was something I would dedicate myself to, so I thought GREENSuperFood would be my best bet in getting the proper nutrient intake of fruits and vegetables through an all natural mix blend.

Why wouldn’t I just eat the actual fruit or vegetables?  I did, but GREENSuperFood contains:

  • Wheatgrass – a nutrient-rich type of young grass in the wheat family. It contains nutrients such as iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, chlorophyll, and vitamins A, C and E. Its rich nutrient content boosts immunity, kills harmful bacteria in your digestive system, and rids your body of waste.
  • Spirulina – a blue-green algae, which is a rich source of protein, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and antioxidants, such as B vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, copper and zinc. Health Benefits of Spirulina include, boosting the immune system, improves digestion, reduces fatigue, controls appetite, supports the liver and kidneys, reduces inflammation and much more.
  • Chlorella – a micro-algae and a super food containing vitamin C, carotenoids, iron and B-complex vitamins. Its health benefits range from detoxing to rejuvenating, which can boost your health and protect you from illness, including fighting bacterial and viral infections, enhances the immune system, and some claim it kills some cancers, plus so much more!
  • Açaí Berries  – contain a natural antioxidant activity, known to aid weightloss, skin health and digestion, provide an engergy boost, provides anti-aging effects, improves and protects cellular health, and some claim açaí prevents diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
  • Maca – contains amino acids, carbohydrates, and minerals including calcium, phosphorous, zinc, magnesium, iron, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B12, C and E. Maca helps balance hormones, improves mental clarity and provides a source of energy.

… and a ton of other things I didn’t know (at the time), and if they too were something I would want to purchase individually.

GREENSuperFood pretty much looked and tasted like dirt when mixed with water, but add a scoop to apple juice, or in a smoothie and it was great!

Over the course of time, I’ve grown accustom to my food and drink tasting more pure, as opposed to the artificial flavors and preservatives that are added to “enhance” what you know as food today.  So during the detox, when I was given a juice blend of beet and ginger for example, it was a little funky at first, but with my health in mind, I downed that bad boy in no time!

So while you contemplate the question: “is juicing good for me?”, the answer is yes.

While juicing is not for everyone, it is definitely an acquired taste, but starting off with the basics and working your way to greener, richer juices, will provide you with some awesome health benefits!  Just think, the juice you intake, allows your body to absorb the nutrients, as opposed to putting your digestion system at work; you are nourishing yourself simply by drinking juice!  … and by juice, I mean properly extracting the juices from fruits and veggies, not downing Minute Maid or V8!

Now don’t think you can stick your produce in a blender and call it “juicing”; juicing requires specific types of machine(s), which extract the juices from the fruits and vegetables, and discards the fiber/pulp.

Centrifugal Juicers, I like to call ‘the beginner juicer’.
This machine is available in most stores and you probably see it on TV.  A Centrifugal Juicer first grates the fruit/veggies into a pulp, and then pushes the pulp against a strainer screen by spinning it at a very high speed.

A Centrifugal Juicer tends to be louder due to the high speeds, and some health experts claim this juicer produces a lot of heat while spinning, which can damage or possibly kill the enzymes in the juice.

Masticating Juicers, are more expensive and pretty much chews the fruits and veggies.
If you think about chewing your food, you are masticating your food. After you swallow, the food is processed through digestion, which your digestive system is extracting the juice from the food you just ate.

Masticating Juicers actually extract more juice from the same amount of food as opposed to the Centrifugal Juicer, meaning the pulp that comes out is dryer; AND Masticating Juicers are capable of extracting juice from kale, wheatgrass, spinach, and other leafy greens and herbs (something the Centrifugal Juicer cannot handle).

In addition to extracting fruit and veggie juices, Masticating Juicers homogenize foods to make sauces, dips, nut butters, baby foods, and more.

Be sure to do your research and not jump right into the cheapest model available.

Juicing is not only a faster and greater way to intake nutrients, but studies claim juicing has helped fight diseases, encourage weight loss and helps reduce the need to pop those meds.

Start off with fruit, then combine fruits and veggies, to only veggies.  You can also play around by adding seeds and grains, which are great for added vitamins, protein, minerals and more.

You’ll notice with the proper intake, you will satisfy your need of hunger, with proper nutrients your body will be happy with.

Happy Juicing!

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