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The Joy of Juicing

Written by Janine Tait on March 25th, 2015.      0 comments

Juicing is a wonderful way of extracting the beneficial nutrients out of fruit and vegetables and deliver them directly to our cells. It is said that within 15 minutes of drinking your juice its nutrients are feeding every cell in your body! How’s that for a direct hit of goodness? 

Juices are incredibly nourishing but don’t require much digestion. Additionally, almost all the nutrients they contain are readily assimilated and utilized by our bodies.

Juices are often a good source of bioavailable minerals especially calcium, potassium and silicon and a wide range of vitamins. In addition to the vitamins and minerals they contain, they also provide you with a whole variety of protective phytochemicals that can reduce our risk of many common diseases.

Every morning I start my day with a fresh organic juice of beetroot, carrot, ginger and a leafy green. Kale is one of my favourites but I rotate this with other greens to ensure I am getting all the health benefits.

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The juicer you choose to use is very important. Some rotate at such high speeds that they create heat, which can damage the delicate nutrients in the juice. For this reason I use a masticating juicer that literally chews up the fibres and squeezes out the juice. These types of juicers don’t produce any heat so they give you a very high quality juice. I purchased an Oscar juicer and I am very pleased with the quality of the juice and the ease of cleaning.

A guide to good juicing:

There are some easy rules you need to know to make the best juices:
  • Make it fresh - Make your juices fresh and drink them immediately as they are very prone to oxidisation.
  • Keep it simple – Don’t mix too many different juices.  I use a maximum of four but some juice connoisseurs suggest you limit it to three.
  • Add your oil – Juices contain lots of fat-soluble vitamins but these won’t be assimilated if oil isn’t present so I top my juice off with a good dollop of my Bestow Beauty Oil.
  • Watch your mixes – Fruit juices tend to stir up the toxins and acids and stimulate elimination.  Vegetable juices tend to be more soothing, more alkaline and eliminate toxins in a milder way.  Don’t mix the two in the same drink. 
Also, there are six different categories of fruit and vegetables.  Only blend each category with the category either side. So for example, acid fruits can only be mixed with sub-acid fruits or vegetable fruits not leafy greens, root vegetables or sweet fruit.
  • Sweet fruit (e.g. grapes, prunes)
  • Sub-acid fruit (e.g. apples, pears)
  • Acid fruit (e.g. lemons, oranges)
  • Vegetable fruit (e.g. tomatoes, cucumber)
  • Leafy green vegetables (e.g. spinach, parsley, kale)
  • Root vegetables (e.g. carrots, beetroot)
Lastly, use organics - Use fresh, ripe, organically grown fruit and vegetables. I avoid conventionally grown produce because of the concentrated nature of the juice. By using fruit and vegetables treated with sprays, you run the risk of getting a concentrated amount of chemicals in your juice. By using vegetables grown with care, we are supplying our bodies and skin cells with the highest quality of nutrients available.

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Article supplied by Janine Tait, Founder & Creator of Bestow Beauty.
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