Juicing, which is becoming increasingly popular in the Western world, is a great way to stay in shape and to stay healthy, and it also increases the body’s ability to fight infections and diseases.
Benefits of juicing
Juicing is a great way to start a day. Freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juice in the morning will jump-start the system and provide energy and nutrients necessary for the daily activities.
Juices from fruits and vegetables contain many important nutrients, like vitamin, minerals, enzymes, and phytochemicals, which boost the immune system, participate in many vital body functions and they are also fat-free, so a person who is on a diet can drink them with a clean conscious.
Raw juice also increases the alkalinity of the body, which is important for better performance of the immune system.
In addition, a juice can be made very quickly. It is considered to be the healthiest fast food there is. And it really is fast, since it only takes the time needed to quickly chop up a few fruits or vegetables, toss them in the juices and push the button.
Finally, juicing provides the body with water. Water is said to be the essence of life, and given that body cells are made primarily of water and that many of the body functions could not work without water, it is clear why that saying is true.
However, one thing should be clear. Juices should never replace completely fresh fruit and vegetables in a person’s diet. This is because whole fruits and vegetables contain fiber, which is very important for good heath.
The best thing to do is to start the day with a juice and then have regular fruit and vegetable meals throughout the day.
Recipes and ideas
There is really no need to write down specific juicing recipes because every combination works good. It is generally a matter of personal taste if someone prefers beetroot juice over carrot and apple juice.
A juice is made by shopping one or more fruits and/or vegetables and putting them in a juicer or a blender. Here are some ideas for healthy and delicious juices.
Three apples, preferably sweet varieties, and eight strawberries make a good blood-purifying juice.
Two or three apples and one pear can be made into juice and used against constipation.
For increasing alkalinity of the body, the perfect juice is one orange, one quart of a grapefruit and one quart of a lemon. Two carrots, one wedge of cabbage and one celery stalk have the same effect.
Juices for preventing a cold or a flu, or for curing one, can me made from two apples and four kiwis, or alternatively from two apples and one orange.
A juice made from two or three carrots, one half a cucumber and half a beet with greens works as an internal body cleanser.
For boosting the immune system, a juice that is rich in vitamin A can be made from tree carrots, one stalk of celery, one apple, one beet half, and half a handful of wheatgrass and parsley each.