Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Juicing For Better Health Part II

Juicing for better health

Last week, I talked a bit about getting started in the world of juicing, and I hope you took a moment to go out and get yourself a juicer!  If you haven't, that's ok, because today I want to talk a little bit about the different kinds of juicers available.  And of course the difference between juicing and making a smoothie.

Juicer vs Smoothie Maker:

A while back, my aunt posted on Facebook about making a green smoothie and hating how it tasted like she was just drinking a salad.  After a few back and forth comments on her post, I realized she was using the Ninja Professional Blender instead of an actual juicer.  A blender is not going to give you juice from fresh fruits and vegetables.  It's only going to cut them up into the tiniest of pieces.  You're going to be left with all the pulp, and especially when it comes to greens, that's very much like trying to drink salad someone else has already chewed.  No wonder she thought it was nasty!  She would probably love it much better if she used an actual juicer to extract the juice from the veggies and then added that to other ingredients like ice, yogurt, or frozen fruits to create a healthy smoothie without the bitter greens taste and all that pulp.  Blenders like the Ninja are perfect for creating a delicious frozen treat with your extracted juice but shouldn't be used to make the juice itself.

Types of Juicers:

There are two main types of juicers-  Centrifugal Juicers and Masticating Juicers.  Centrifugal juicers use a spinning action to force the juice out of the fruit.  It has rotating blades and a mesh "basket" for lack of a better word.  It grates the fruit down into pulp then spins the juice out through the mesh.  Masticating Juicers press the juice from the fruit.  They grind and extract the juice more quietly, more efficiently, and are easier to clean.  They also tend to be a lot more expensive.

The Jack LaLanne's PJEB Power Juicer Express I have is a centrifugal juicer, so that's the only experience I have.  I love it!  It is more tricky to clean, since the mesh gets really caught up with pulp sometimes, but I use a bottle brush to wash it, then toss it on the top rack of the dishwasher every night before bed.  In the morning, it's spotless and ready to go again.  If you're looking for a masticating juicer, the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer is the number one selling masticating juicer on with over 1400 reviews.  I'd say that's a pretty safe bet right there.  If you're looking to get into juicing without breaking the bank the Breville BJE200XL looks to be the best juicer for the value, and the bundle on comes with the Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead DVD.  {Google that DVD or type it into Pinterest, and you'll see about a bajillion hits about this guy's documentary.}

Benefits of Juicing:

So what are the benefits of juicing?  Other than having something fresh and loaded only with natural sugars, there's a lot more to juicing than you might realize:
  • Fresh juice is loaded with concentrated vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and phytonutrients that help promote a healthy lifestyle, fight of disease, and give you energy.
  • Juicing boosts your immune system.
  • Juicing fights inflammation- one of the main causes of weight gain.
  • Which means juicing can help you lose weight!
  • Drinking juice with natural sugars means your blood sugar won't spike and bottom out, like with coffee and energy drinks.
  • Drinking juice before your meal can help to curb your appetite and help you eat less.
  • Juicing may lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, and strokes.
  • Vitamins and nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables are more easily absorbed by your body than nutritional supplements and taste better!
Not all fruits and vegetables are created equal, and different ones have different benefits.  For example, did you know that celery helps lower blood pressure?  Or that beets increase circulation?  Carrots lower your risk of heart disease- the number one killer of women.  Pregnant and looking to add more folic acid to your diet?  Try putting some broccoli in your juice recipe for a boost in folic acid and Vitamin C.  Ginger helps relieve heartburn.

Lots of juicing ultimately comes down to taste.  If you don't like the taste, you're not likely going to drink it and may lose your passion for juicing.  Don't let that happen!  Remember, you can play around with different recipes to see what you like best.  Like I do with my kale and carrots, start with a combination of fruits and vegetables you know you like and experiment with adding a new ingredient that has benefits you could use in your diet.

Not sure where to start?  Here are some recipes you may enjoy!  Got an ailment on the list?  Try the juice recipe to see if it helps you find relief.  {I'll try to keep this post updated as I find new recipes!}

Ultimate Juicing Recipe Guide:

Migraines: 1/2 pineapple, 3-4 kale leaves, 1 stick of celery, 1/2 a cucumber, 1/4 lemon, 1/2 inch of ginger

Energy Booster #1: 1/2 pineapple, 3-4 mint leaves, 1 medium apple

Energy Booster #2: 5 small carrots, 1 large cucumber, 3 handfuls of cilantro, 3-4 kale leaves, 1 small lime

Metabolism Booster: 2 green apples, 1 small cucumber, 1 small beet, 1/4 lemon, 1/2 inc of ginger

De-Bloat:  1 cucumber, 3 stalks of celery, 1/2 lemon, 1 kale leaf, 1 green apple

De-Tox: 1 medium cucumber, 1 apple, 1 stalk of celery, 5-6 mint leaves

Healthier Hair, Skin, and Nails:  5 large strawberries, 2 green apples, 1 large beet, 1/2 lemon, 1/2 inch of ginger, 3 large carrots

Anti-Inflammatory:  2 carrots, 1 sweet potato, 1/4 small pineapple, 1 inch of ginger

Anti-Cellulite: 1 large grapefruit, 2 oranges, 1/4 lime, 1/2 inch of ginger

Cold Easer:  1 carrot, 1 apple, 1/2 inch of ginger

Thanks so much for reading!  Don't forget to PIN this article for future reference and of course check out more of my delicious recipes and crafts on the blog.  See you next time!

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