This is the first non-edible item EVER featured on ThePaisleyKitchen. I’ve been holding out on this one, but I can’t hold back anymore. Everyone should own a juicer. It’s not just another dieting phase, product, or push by the media…it truly will turn your health around. You don’t have to juice every day, week, or month but when you are feeling like your immune system needs a boost or you want to feel lighter, the juicer is a must.
I first discovered juicing in 2010 when I underwent the Raw Food Detox Diet. I wasn’t necessarily a DIET, like, “Hey, I just want to shed a few pounds then go back to eating my normal fare,” but it turned out to be a whole new way to see food and how it can affect or hurt me. I splurged and bought my first Breville juicer off of Amazon and began using it right away.
In the Raw Foods Diet you are to build up your nutrient, enzyme, and water intake to essentially “clean out the (cellular) garbage” that has built up over years and years of poor eating. You body, at first, can feel sick or weak because of the amount of fighting and cleansing it is going through to get you to a “clean” cellular state. The main idea in those books is “Waste=Weight.” Our bodies often come in contact with ingredients it does not know what to do with so they may actually get stored up within us. Or, those technically indigestible ingredients may ultimately get us “backed up” or feeling “heavy” because it takes SO LONG for it to pass through. And, not much is coming out.
Below are some juicing benefits from Living Foods website. Some people may argue that you’re not getting everything you need because you’re not eating the fruit or vegetable skin, BUT, if you don’t use citrus or mango you could easily save the pulp and make tacos out of the grinds 🙂
On enzymes: “consider fresh juice’s ability to deliver another important group of nutrients, know as enzymes. Enzymes are your body’s work force. Acting as catalysts in hundreds of thousands of chemical reactions that take place throughout the body, enzymes are essential for digestion and absorption of food, for conversion of food stuffs into body tissue, and for the production of energy at the cellular level.”
On eating below 114 degrees, or in other words, raw: “Fresh juices are a tremendous source of enzymes. In fact, the “freshness” of juice is one of their key features, because enzymes are destroyed by heat. When you eat cooked foods, whether its meal, grains, fruits, or vegetables, if the food is cooked at temperatures above 114 degrees, the enzymes have been destroyed by the heat. Since fruits and vegetables are juiced raw, the enzymes are still viable when you drink the juice.”
And because most of us don’t REALLY get the amount of fruits and veggies we need in a day: “In addition, fruit and vegetable juices are good sources of the traditional nutrients. Citrus fruits (grapefruit, oranges, etc.) provide healthy portions of vitamin C. Carrot juice contains large quantities of vitamin A, in the form of beta carotene. A number of green juices are a good source of vitamin E. Fruit juices are a good source of essential minerals like iron, copper, potassium, sodium, iodine, and magnesium, which are bound by the plant in a form that is most easily assimilated during digestion.”
So, if you’re not eating your veggies, juice in the morning or for dinner: “Plus, since juicing removes the indigestible fiber, these nutrients are available to the body in much larger quantities than if the piece of fruit or vegetable was eaten whole. For example, because many of the nutrients are trapped in the fiber, when you eat a raw carrot, you are only able to assimilate about 1% of the available beta carotene. When a carrot is juiced, removing the fiber, nearly 100% of the beta carotene can be assimilated.”
And, if you’re like me, it’s HARD to drink water ALL DAY (I failed at the 1 gallon of water a day challenge): “Finally, fruits and vegetables provide one more substance that is absolutely essential for good health – water. More than 65% of most of the cells in the human body are made of water, and in some tissues, for example the brain, the cells can be made up of as much as 80% water. Water is absolutely essential for good health, yet most people don’t consume enough water each day. Plus, many of the fluids we do drink, coffee, tea, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and artificially flavored drinks each contain substances that require extra water for your body to eliminate. Fruit and vegetable juices are free of these unneeded substances and are full of pure, clean water.
Our bodies are often shorted the essential enzymes and nutrients they need to function properly and these days quickly add up which can lead to a BUILD UP of unwanted things in our bodies. Adding juicing to your LIFESTYLE rather than DIET can help you attain these important minerals and nutrients that your body needs to function at its peak. One days where you may think to yourself, “OMG, I didn’t eat a single vegetable today,” get your juicer going and create your own green and yummy mixes. Plus, juicing offers such a wide array of things to mix and match and it won’t leave you feeling like you have to eat a huge salad for every meal just to get veggies in your day.
Click the following link to read up on the raw foods diet and lifestyle as well as to check out some yummy juice recipes. My favorite is listed below!
What You Will Need:
- 1 granny smith apple, chopped
- 1 cucumber
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 lemon
- 1 bunch of kale
What You Will Need To Do:
- Put it all in the juicer.
Juice does not keep well because it will slowly lose it’s valuable enzymes. Drink it immediately.
Juicing can be beneficial in many ways, you just need to find which way is the best for you. 🙂