Discover the wonderful health benefits of juicing fresh fruit and vegetables at home.
Have you ever wondered why lots of people make their own juices at home when you can just buy ready made juices at the supermarket?
Why do so many health & fitness professionals recommend you make your own juice?
Does juicing fresh fruit and vegetables really have measurable health benefits?
Are homemade juices really the healthiest option?
This article explores why people are juicing for health, but first, let me ask you a few questions.
• Do you have health problems?
• Are you lacking in energy?
• Always tired?
• Always getting sick?
• Can’t seem to get over those cold or flu symptoms?
I used to suffer from all of the above, but, since I started juicing for health reasons, I have noticed a huge change in the way my body feels. I have more energy, less illness and my joints don’t ache anymore.
Juicing has become my daily ritual. It’s my secret health weapon that makes me feel better, stops me getting sick so often and has put a spring back into my 46 year old legs.
The health benefits I have seen in myself have been so striking that I decided to start this website to share what I have learned with others, so let me introduce myself – I’m Andy Williams. I used to be a research scientist, so at times you may find some of this website a little on the technical side. Where I discuss the nutrients you get from fresh juices, I have included a section at the top of those pages with just a simple summary that tells you what that nutrient does and which fruit & vegetables to add to your juices to get more of that nutrient. For those who want more detail, you can read the rest of those articles.
Let’s start off by answering a simple question. Why do I juice my own fruit and vegetables instead of buying juices from the supermarket?
When you watch those juice commercials on the television, I bet you think that buying juices in the supermarket will give you all of the health benefits, without all of the hassles of preparing and juicing the fruits and vegetables yourself.
Well, think again.
Best Juicer to Buy?
Centrifugal juicers are great for quickly making large amounts of fresh juice. They use a spinning fine mesh basket and the power of centrifugal forces to separate the pulp from the juice. Some are better than others, obviously, so we’ll show you our top 3 picks.
Single gear juicers use a single auger (gear) which has a spiral shape to push the fruit and vegetables against a metal screen to extract the juice. The pulp continues its journey out through the end of the juicer and is collected in a separate bin. The quality and quantity of juice extracted using a single gear juicer is far superior to centrifugal juicers, so this really is the minimum recommended style of juicer. If you can afford it, go to dual gear.
Dual gear juicers have two gears to triturate (grind, pulverize) the fruit and vegetables you put down the chute. These juicers, like the single auger juicers are very efficient, produce no heat, and work at a slow RPM to ensure the best possible yield and quality of the juice. If you can afford a dual gear juicer you should get one. They are the best juicers you can buy.
Wheatgrass juicers are often put into their own category, when in fact, they are simply single or twin gear juicers capable of chewing, pounding and extracting the juice from all manner of produce including wheatgrass, leafy greens like romaine lettuce, herbs, etc. If your primary reason for getting a juicer is for wheatgrass, look for juicers marketed as wheatgrass juicers. Otherwise you can just as happily look at single or twin gear juicers which will still do a good job.
Vitamins & your health
Niacin is also known as vitamin B3. Not only has it been used in the treatment of anxiety, depression and other mental disorders, but it may also lower cholesterol.
Alpha carotene is found in carrots, peppers and other plants. Alpha Carotene may be important in the prevention of cervical cancer but it is also a source of vitamin A, since it can be converted by our body.
Found in green tea and other plants, vitamin P is not actually a vitamin but a group of compounds called flavanoids. These chemicals are thought to help protect against radiation damage.
Antivitamins is simply the term given to substances which can counter-act or nullify the vitamins we eat in our food and supplements. This article looks at some of the most common “antivitamins”.
Minerals & your health
We get phosphorous in our diet from the DNA, RNA and phospholipids in the foods we consume. Since all living cells have these cellular components, phosphorous deficiency is very rare and is only found in people who have conditions that limit phosphorous uptake.
Fluorides were added to drinking water after World War II as an experiment to see if it helped reduce teeth cavities. It didn’t seem to, so what happened? Flourides became widespread in drinking water!
Molybdenum is needed by a range of enzymes such as sulfite oxidase, nitrite oxidase and xanthine oxidase. It can combine with certain amino acids to trap excess copper, and this is thought to help prevent cancers growing their own blood supply.
Vanadium was once the wonder-drug in the treatment of diabetes. Today, vanadium compounds may be of help to type 2 diabetics.
Essential nutrients for a healthy body
Cryptoxanthin is a plant chemical that may help prevent lung cancer. It’s also a good antioxidant and has been implicated in helping a number of health problems.
Some plants make a red pigement called Lycopene. The most common source for most people is tomatoes. Lycopene is thought to help prevent certain types of cancer, but also may help with cholesterol problems and prevent hardening of the arteries. Time to eat more tomatoes!
Lipoic acid can be made in our bodies but is often taken as a supplement, particularly in treating insulin resistance in type 2 diabetics. You can get it from several vegetables.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin are two nutrients that are important for good eye health. Since the eyes “collect” light, there is a lot og UV radiation entering the eyes, and lutein and zeaxanthin help to mop up the free radicals that result.
Juicing can be a powerful weapon against some diseases.
When juicing for weight loss, it is often a good idea to take some supplements to make sure that you can stick with your program and get the nutrients you need for your body to function. In addition, some nutrients help turn your fat cell around, so that instead of usually taking fat into them, they release fat to be used for energy and other metabolic processes.
A lot of people are insterested in juicing for weight loss. There is no doubt that movies like “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” did wonders to bring juicing to the forefront of so many people’s mind. But can juicing help the average person lose weight?
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