Juicing for health

Please see my Flexiladiesyoga YouTube Channel for my video 'Introduction to juicing'.

Below are just some of the benefits of juicing;-

• Juicing provides a way of cleansing the body, removing toxins.  Since these toxins are often stored in fat  cells, juicing also is an aid to weight loss.  Remember however that fibre is also important to a healthy  diet so make sure you also include ‘whole’ {unjuiced} fruits and vegetables in your diet too.
• Juicing boosts immunity
• Juicing provides an instant hit of easily absorbed vitamins and minerals

Choosing a juicer

There are various considerations when choosing a juicer.  Centrifugal juicers are cheaper but their action slightly warms the juice possibly destroying the enzymes released by juicing. Slow masticating juicers are expensive but do not warm the juice.  They also tend to have long guarantees. 

Using the pulp

The pulp can be used in casseroles, veggie burgers, or bread (for example carrot bread)
What to juice and their benefits
When juicing use organic produce.  You do not want your juice to contain pesticides.  Also  make sure the fruit and vegetables you use are scrupulously clean  Below are some fruits and vegetables you might want to include and their benefits
• Apple adds sweetness to the juice and is anti-inflammatory.  It reduces cholesterol preventing heart disease
• Beetroot helps maintain a healthy thyroid and is cleansing for the liver and kidneys
• Broccoli prevents both cancer and heart disease.  It also helps prevent osteoporosis, macular degeneration and cataracts
• Cabbage heals digestive disorders such as ulcers and protects against colon, breast and lung cancer
• Carrots help maintain good vision as well as preventing cancer
• Celery is cleansing
• Ginger is anti-inflammatory, good for stomach disorders and chest complaints such as asthma
• Kale – rich in carotenoids and flavonoids kale helps prevent cancer and helps maintain eye and lung health
• Red Pepper reduces cholesterol and so is good for heart health
• Spinach – rich in antioxidants and iron, spinach prevents macular degeneration, osteoporosis and heart disease
• Squash is rich in carotenoids, a precursor of vitamin A as are kale and carrots and so has similar benefits

Here are some of the recipes I have tried so far (all good!)

1. 3 sticks organic celery
    3 medium  organic carrots
    1 organic pear
    3cm piece ginger

2.  ½ bag organic kale
      2 organic apples
      2 medium organic carrots
      Pinch organic cinnamon

3.  1 beetroot
      3 sticks organic celery
      2 medium carrots
      2 organic apples
      1/3 seasonal cabbage
      pinch organic cinnamon

Use fruit and vegetables in season.  They have a better flavour and higher levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  

Janet x

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