Vegetable nutrition is crucial to good health, but those benefits can increase exponentially when you make fresh vegetable juice at home. Vegetables have the power to provide you with energy, improve your mood and restore well-being.
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With our fast-food lifestyle, many people seldom come near a carrot or a piece of spinach, which is a tragedy, considering that vegetables have the potential to improve vision, build strong bones, clear the skin and even ward off cancer and aging. Vegetables are truly a miracle food.
But how can you be sure you’re getting enough vegetables each day to really make a difference? Chewing and swallowing five to ten carrots a day, along with all the leafy greens, raw beets, cucumbers and Brussel sprouts we all should be consuming daily takes up way too much of our time to be practical. So what’s a self-reliant homesteader to do?
Thank heavens for the juicer, a nifty tool that will turn those vegetables into tasty and easy to drink juice in no time.
Freshly made vegetable juice has a boatload of nutrition your body can easily and quickly absorb, making it a way to exponentially increase your potential for well-being.
Juice lady Cherie Calbom has an inspiring testimony of the healing power of juicing. Five days into a fresh-vegetable fast, she expelled a tumor the size of a golf ball. Over time and with the help of juicing she overcame the ill effects of chronic fatigue syndrome and other health issues.
So how does juicing work? As I mentioned earlier, it’s an easy way to consume a large quantity of raw vegetables. Also with juicing, you can juice other parts of the vegetable you normally wouldn’t touch - such as the stem, rind and seeds, providing even more valuable nutrition. And finally your body can absorb and use those nutrients right away because it isn’t working on breaking down the vegetables. All that wonderful vegetable nutrition can go to work right away, giving you a ton of energy.
Also, juicing will save you money in the long run because you won’t need as many nutritional supplements.
Drink two glasses of fresh vegetable juice each day, and your appetite will decrease. That’s because most of us are starving, even as we fill our bodies with junk food and empty calories. The more your body is fed with real nutrients, the less junk you will crave and the more weight you will lose. Also, if you include a lot of the lower calorie foods in your juice - foods that burn more calories digesting them than contain, you are more likely to lose weight. Low-calorie foods include leafy greens, cabbage, broccoli, carrots and cabbage.
In addition, making juices out of carrots, parsley and even Jerusalem artichokes will help maintain your blood sugar level, easing cravings for sugary foods.
If you want to increase your body’s metabolism, then add tomatoes to your juice. Tomatoes are high in lycopene, which especially helps men from prostate cancer.
To get the best vegetable nutrition from your juice, drink it as soon as you make it to get the best possible nutrients. You can make and store juice for later, but you will need to keep it cold so store your juice in a thermos or in the refrigerator and drink your juice within 24 hours.
Use organic produce as much as possible. The last thing you want is more pesticides in your body. Also, organic produce will have more nutrients.
It goes without saying that you should avoid GMOs.
While you should juice peels as much as possible for the extra vegetable nutrition, don’t juice the rinds of citrus fruits such as lemons or oranges, as these can cause stomach problems.
Calbom’s book is a great source of juicing recipes and information on juicing.