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Getting Juicy

Everyone is juicing. Celebs and mere mortals like you and me are juicing for health, weight loss, and maybe even for the buzzy high you feel after not eating for a few days. Beyond the trend of juicing and cleanses, it really is difficult to consume the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables that we need everyday to maintain optimum health. So drinking your veggies is a quick and easy way to take care of business.

Juicing makes it easier for your body to absorb the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients (natural chemicals found in plants, like antioxidants) contained in fruits and vegetables. Consuming juices gives your digestive system a rest from working on fiber, as they loose most of the fiber by juicing rather than eating the whole fruit or vegetable. And since you are also consuming the vegetables raw, you are getting the extra benefit of maintaining essential food enzymes that are lost when vegetables are cooked. I find that juicing boosts my energy and helps me to detox by filling up on good things that will also help stave off cravings for things like, oh say, French fries. I also see that my skin looks clearer (bonus!) and my system feels less sluggish.

Experiment a bit. Food combining is important, yes, but make what you know you’ll drink. Ease in slowly. I don’t love green juices unless they have lots of ginger and citrus, and I have found ways to get more of my greens in without drinking something that tastes like green sludge to me. You might even find that juicing will help you to add diversity in your diet. There are things you can throw in the juicer that you might not normally eat as a whole food, thereby helping you to get out of food ruts and bad eating habits.

You can go to your local juice place (they are everywhere now) or if you want to make it at home, you’ll need a juicer. Everyone is raving about the NutriBullet as it’s inexpensive and easy to clean. But whichever juicer you chose, make sure that it is sturdy enough to handle all of the juicing you’ll be doing once you are a convert! Here are some options: http://www.topbestjuicersreviews.com/?kw=+juicer&c=36869122743&t=search&p=&m=b&adpos=1t2&a=3&gclid=CJ-gsdql-7kCFTBnOgod8l0APA

Tips for making your own juice: Stock up weekly on things that stay fresh longer such as beets, citrus fruits, and ginger. Then buy more seasonal and delicate/more perishable items like leafy greens a few times per week.

My go-to quick and easy, energizing juice: one green apple, one medium-sized beet, 2 carrots, 1-1/2 lemons (peeled), and a healthy chunk of ginger. It’s so pretty, too.

Regardless of your motivation to juice, adding juices to your diet will up your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, which can only be a good thing. Give it a try!

Squeezing the lemons,

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