It’s time for a new you, right? A healthier, fitter, more energized you. You want to be able to climb the stairs without feeling like you’re in the Olympics and tie your shoes without losing your center of gravity. You’ve got big plans.
Join a gym.
Stop drinking quite so much beer.
Let us throw another option at you. Have you ever considered juicing? It’s an incredibly easy way to supercharge your health and get your body in motion.
In this post, we’re going to explain the amazing benefits of juicing, tell you how to get started, and even give you some simple recipes to try.
The Benefits of Juicing
Massive Nutrition Intake
It’s hard to eat healthy on a regular basis, right? You see that food pyramid and know you should be spending more time near the bottom, but consuming all those fruits and veggies can be cumbersome. I mean, seriously. How can you eat 8 servings of fruits and vegetables every day?
Thankfully, juicing exists.
Juicing is massively beneficial for your body, almost like injecting pure nutrition straight into your muscles and veins. In fact, up to 95% of the vitamins and enzymes you need are found in fruits and vegetables. In a single 16 ounce glass of juice, you can get the same nutritional value as if you ate 2 pounds of carrots, 10-12 apples, or 8 pounds of spinach!
Can you imagine eating 8 pounds of pure spinach? It would take you hours to consume so much leafy goodness, yet in a single glass of juice, you’re packing your body absolutely full of vitamins and enzymes.
Because you are drinking your vegetables, your stomach doesn’t need to break them down, meaning everything enters your bloodstream in approximately 20 minutes. This gives your stomach a rest and gives your body the nutritional punch it craves.
Quick and Convenient
What’s one of the primary reasons you don’t eat more vegetables? Time. Or more precisely, the lack of it.
All the cutting, cooking, and washing takes a big chunk of time. If you’re rushed, you want to get out the door, which is why you grab that snack cake (which, of course, you regret an hour later).
Unfortunately, health often takes a back door to convenience. The problem is that convenience is rarely (or never) healthy.
Juicing allows you to prepare and consume enormous amounts of healthy vegetables in just a few minutes. It’s a convenient way to take care of your body. Plus, there’s always the bragging factor. If you tell people you can consume 12 apples in 5 minutes, they’ll think you’re a speed eater. They don’t know that juicing is your secret.
Access To ALL The Nutrients
When it comes to nutrition, your stomach isn’t always the most efficient organ. Yes, it is incredibly powerful and was able to handle the 8 hot dogs you threw into it on New Year’s Day, but power isn’t everything, especially when it comes to extracting nutrients.
Many of the critical enzymes found in fruits and vegetables are locked into their fiber matrixes, which your stomach can’t digest. This means that you normally miss out on a significant portion of their nutritional value.
Juicing breaks down the fiber matrix, allowing you to tap into the vast store of nutrients you would miss otherwise. This is why juicing is such a superpower that so many people neglect. They don’t realize that fruits and vegetables are literally loaded with nutrients which they normally fail to access.
Remember how in The Matrix, the red pill was the key to freedom? Think of juicing as your red pill.
A Healthier Way Of Drinking Juice
Almost all commercially sold juices are tremendously unhealthy. The nutrients have been stripped and sugar has been added by the truckload. Can you imagine what you would think if someone made you fresh orange juice and then dumped a bag of sugar in it? You’d think they were off their rocker! Yet this essentially what happens with commercial juices.
Creating your own juice ensures you’re drinking healthy, low-sugar, high-nutrition liquids. It’s loaded with vitamins and enzymes and can be sufficiently sweet if you juice correctly. None of this Tropicana nonsense.
Adopt Healthy Eating Habits
Time for a little honesty. You could stand to eat a little better. No judgement here – we all could. But it’s so hard, right? After all, how can you possibly consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables each day? You don’t even like them that much! Plus, it’s so much easier to just grab something out of the fridge.
Of course, it’s these habits that have contributed to your ever burgeoning waistband.
This is where juicing comes in. It is one of the simplest ways to eat healthy. Rather than spending hours slowly chomping on stalks of celery, you can get your daily allotment of fruits and veggies in just a few glasses.
Plus, habits have a way of building on each other. As you begin to eat healthier, you’ll find yourself inspired and motivated to improve other areas of your life.
Consume A Larger Variety of Fruits and Vegetables
When was the last time you ate kale, spinach, bananas, and celery in the same day? Unless you’re passionate about salad, it’s probably been a long time. The beauty of juicing is that you can create your own custom juice mixes which contain things you rarely, if ever, eat.
Plus, juicing allows you to mask certain flavors. If you hate kale and think it tastes like goat urine, you can still eat it by mixing it with more potent flavored fruits. This alchemy makes it possible for you enjoy the nutritional benefits of a large variety without having to choke back your gag reflex.
Detox Your Body
Over the years, you fill your body with toxins from eating foods laden with artificial preservatives and flavors. You make poor diet choices, neglect to exercise, and build up stress from working long hours. Your gut health suffers and your overall health falls.
Detoxing is a fantastic way to cleanse your system from harmful toxins, give your immune system a bump, and reset your body. During a juice fast, you only feed your body nutrients from fruits and vegetables, allowing you to flush the garbage that has built up in your system over the years.
Improve Your Skin
A diet laden with greasy, fried food is a recipe for bad skin. As the oil oozes out of your pores they become blocked, leading to nasty breakouts. It’s a teenager’s worst nightmare.
By focusing on healthy diet choices, you avoid the kinds of meals that both you and your skin will regret later.
Getting Started Juicing
Before you run to the store and buy several tons of produce, there are a few things you need to do.
#1 – Select Your Juicer
No, you can’t just take a bunch of fruits and vegetables, put them into a bowl, and smash them up. That’s not juicing, that’s making a mess. You need to select a juicer that will meet your needs.
When selecting a juicer, you need to consider a variety of factors, including:
Ease in cleaning
These factors can create a surprising number of differences in juicers, meaning that you would be wise to spend a bit of time finding the right juicer for you.
If you’ve never juiced before, pick a variety of produce so that you can determine what flavors you prefer. Most people find that, at least initially, they need to include fruits to mask the strong taste of pure vegetables. As you get increasingly used to the taste of juiced veggies, you’ll be able to include more and more of them in your mixes.
#3 – Prep In Advance
You can save a significant amount of time simply by prepping your fruits and vegetables all at once. Simply cut them up into small, easily juiceable pieces, and then store them in Ziploc bags in your refrigerator.
This is especially useful when you’re in a hurry and need to make something quickly.
Excellent Juicing Recipes
Here are some simple, tasty juice recipes to get you started. Remember, juicing is about the long haul. By regularly putting these nutrients into your body, you’ll begin to see noticeable improvements.
#1 – Pineapple Kale Explosion
6-8 large leaves of kale with stem
1/2 large cucumber
1/2 bunch parsley (or cilantro)
1/4 to ⅓ pineapple meat, no skin
1 medium apple (either yellow or green)
Notes: A little sweeter than most juices, but a great introduction. Allows you to enjoy the benefits of kale and cucumber but also includes the sweetness of pineapple and apple.
#2 – Spinach Mint Burst
1 Whole Spinach Bunch (About 6 cups)
2 yellow delicious apples
1-2 lemons, unpeeled
1 chunk of ginger
6-8 stems fresh mint
Notes: This one is loaded with vitamin C, making it an excellent defense against sickness.
#3 – The Green Monster
1 bulk of kale (8-10 main leaves+stem)
4 celery stalks
1 cucumber (Italian or other types)
2 Granny Smith apples
1 lemon, unpeeled
1 chunk of ginger
Notes: This is the recipe made famous in the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. Start small on the ginger because it really adds a pop.
#4 – The Popeye
6-7 cups of baby spinach
1 lemon, unpeeled
2 Macintosh (or other sweet) apples
1/3 of an Italian cucumber
8 leaves of Romaine lettuce
A small chunk of ginger
Optional: 2-3 garlic cloves
Notes: Like the ginger above, start small with the garlic. Otherwise no one will want to talk to you.
#5 – The Skin Revitalizer
2-3 medium Heirloom tomatoes or tomatoes on the vine
1 large green pepper
2-3 small Persian cucumbers
1/2 of the Italian large cucumber
1/2 head Romaine lettuce or your favorite lettuce (not iceberg)
1 lemon, unpeeled
Optional addition: A handful of fresh mint.
Notes: Ideal for revitalizing tired skin.
If you want to make some serious changes in your diet, juicing is a great way to start. It’s relatively easy, not hugely time consuming, and doesn’t cost thousands of dollars to start.
Plus, it’s a simple way to start treating your body properly.
I know this is hard to admit, but it turns out your mom was right. You need to eat your veggies.
This post was originally published at BlenderJudge.com and is reprinted here with permission.
Author: Rebeca Espinoza
Rebeca Espinoza writes about health, fitness and weight loss for Spatz Medical, makers of the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon. You can find her on Google+ or at firstname.lastname@example.org.