Try these tips for juicing the next time you want to lose weight as well as improve your health. The benefits of drinking your own freshly made vegetable juice are so many, you should consider the investment of a good juicer an essential part of your medical budget. Fresh juices can reduce your chances of getting sick, prevent cancer and add years to your life.
But don't take my word for it; Cherie Calbom, otherwise known as the Juice Lady, managed to rid her body of fibromyalgia, got rid of an ugly tumor and once even recovered from a serious beating solely through juicing. You can read her amazing story here.
As far as I'm concerned, juicing is essential to a stronger immune system and improved health. But a little knowledge and preparation will go a long way to making your juicing experience and positive and even pleasant one.
A good juicer like this one, will make juicing easier.
With that in mind here are some tips for juicing.
Unless they're labeled "organic", the fruits and vegetables you find in the grocery store have likely been sprayed with harmful pesticides. Make and drink juices from these pesticide loaded veggies, and you're drinking a concentrated drink of chemicals such as glyphosate which has been linked to Parkinson's disease. Even worse, these pesticides aren't always washed off even with power washing.
Protect your health by using only organic produce to make your juices.
The first time I juiced, I made a cabbage juice with lettuce and green peppers. Yuck. I could hardly choke it down. Juice made from raw cabbage leaves is not one of the tastiest things around. I usually hide it by juicing cabbage leaves with carrots and apples.
Calbom has several juice recipe books, so invest in one and follow a few of her recipes before branching out on your own.
I'm not against a cold turkey fast; sometimes it's the best way to jump-start into healthy eating. But be advised that a juice fast - where you eat no solid food and drink juice throughout the day - could lead to flu-like symptoms for a few days.
Although the symptoms will pass in time, they can be a pain to put up with in the meantime. If you're not prepared for them, you could get discouraged and be tempted to give up juicing altogether.
So why do you feel sick sometimes?
Whenever you juice, your body is getting the nutrients it needs without having to do the work of digesting your food. Imagine an office worker who suddenly has a day where he has nothing to do. If he's is conscientious, he'll spend the day cleaning the office. The same goes with your body.
When it gets the nutrients it needs without having to work to digest the food, it will take advantage of the opportunity and dump out the toxins. For a time those toxins will be in your bloodstream, making you feel puny.
By the way, be sure to drink plenty of water on the days you are juicing. Don't assume that the juice will be sufficient fluids for your body. All those toxins will eventually pass through your kidneys and without enough water, your kidneys could get damaged. So make sure you're drinking enough water. For most people, that is at least 64 ounces of water a day, preferably more.
Although some juices should be drunk right away to preserve their nutrients, juices will maintain 80 percent of their nutrients or more a few hours later, if kept cool. If you want to drink juice later, make it easy on yourself by making a large juice in the morning and keeping it in a thermos.
That depends on the benefits you are seeking. If you have an ulcer, cabbage juice can help ease the pain and discomfort and even promote healing. Having constipation? Drinking beet juice will help cleanse your liver and help it produce gall, making for easier bowel movements. Want to help prevent cancer? Make carrot juice.
If you feel like you're coming down with something, try this recipe. It comes from Calbom's book, The Juice Lady's Turbo Diet: Lose Ten Pounds in Ten Days. All of the ingredients in this recipe help battle illnesses.
Not only do carrots help fight cancer, they are also the ultimate health food, helping to ease respiratory problems while improving your immune system. Cucumbers are good for lowering infections in your body.
Garlic is good for killing parasites as well as viruses, while turnips have alanine, an amino acid that helps your body get rid of toxins. Watercress is an antioxidant that helps your red blood cells get need oxygen.
Cut produce to fit your juicer's feed tube. Juice the ingredients and stir. Pour into a glass and drink as soon a possible. This serves one or two people.