All About Juicing

Juicing is a really popular health trend that has become increasingly accessible with the availability of juicing machines or juicers.  A juicer is a popular health tool that is available in more health stores, big box stores, and online. Juicing is often seen as a way to detox the body while giving it the necessary nutrients it needs. We’ll cover the basics you’ll need to remember if you plan on incorporating vegetable juice into your diet.

What is juicing?  

Juicing is turning fruits and vegetables into juice that you can drink. Think of it as a vegetable smoothie. Vegetable juices can be a delicious and effective way to take in fresh produce without having to actually “eat them”.  The only downside to juicing is the loss of the majority of the fiber during the juicing process because you leave behind the pulp when you extract the juice. If you want to avoid this problem, using a blender instead of a juicer will work just as effectively for most fruits and vegetables. If you find yourself deficient in fiber, vitamins, and minerals you can gain the benefits of those fruits and vegetables by turning them into a juice.

How do I start juicing? 

First, pick the vegetables or fruits you would like to juice. Are you seeking kale to add more vitamin K to your diet? Do you need more vitamin C from oranges? Consider what sort of vegetables you aren’t eating enough of and consider using them for juicing. If you’re looking to buy a juicing kit from a store with prepacked juices, by aware that these juices may contain sugar. In addition, you may miss certain ingredients because the juices aren’t as fresh. To get around this hurdle, or if you just don’t like using pre-made kits, you can try your own juicing with a juice machine. Juice machines cost anywhere between $50 to $400. If you are just starting to juice, try out the process with a blender before you fully invest. Do your research and make sure you’re getting the most for your dollar.  

Should I juice for weight loss? 

Since juicing involves drinking vegetables and cutting back on calories, it’s easy to think it could be used for weight loss. After all, you still get all the nutrients, right? While it sounds like a good idea, you are also missing out on two notable nutrients left in the pulp: fiber and protein. Without either, you won’t feel as full as you normally would and may lose muscle mass, respectively.  It’s also not great for using as a cleanse. Our bodies already have a liver and kidneys to clean our systems. Juicing doesn’t aid in this bodily function. Therefore, do not seek juicing as a tool for detoxing. 

Ultimately, juicing can be a great alternative for taking in vegetables that are not already a part of your diet. Adding vegetable juice to your diet is a great way to get more nutrients and continue to be your best. Just remember to keep fiber in your diet, and you’re all set!

Have you tried juicing? What’s your favorite vegetables and fruits that you like to mix in juicing?  Share in the comments!

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