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Drink Your Way To Better Health

Drink Your Way To Better Health

Juicing is an efficient way to include a variety of nutritious, fresh vegetables, in large quantities into your daily diet that you or your family might not otherwise eat on a regular basis. Vary the vegetables you juice daily to ingest an assortment of essential nutrients.

Interested? Here are a few basic questions you may have:

I eat fruits and vegetables every day. Why should I drink fresh extracted juice? Drinking freshly juiced produce bypasses the digestion process and sends the highly concentrated vitamins, enzymes, minerals and antioxidants quickly into the bloodstream, so your body better absorbs the nutrients.

Should all the fruits and vegetables in your diet be juiced? No. Most nutritionists and doctors do not suggest that you go on a juice only diet. It is important to include fiber in your daily diet, which juicing removes. Juicing is a great boost to a healthy, whole foods based diet.

I’m overweight and a diabetic, should I be juicing? Yes. However, it is best to limit juicing to vegetables, to reduce sugar intake and to improve your health status. Consult your natural health professional for specific juicing recommendations.

Does it matter when I juice? Drink juice on an empty stomach, about an hour before eating a meal. Juicing in the morning or early afternoon is a great energy booster. For optimal nutrient intake, drink the juice the same day it was extracted.

What are the general health benefits of juicing?  Prevention is the best remedy for disease. Juicing raw vegetables stimulates the metabolism, increases energy, boosts immune function, reduces the risk of disease, and enhances excess weight loss.

Plant a juicing garden. To ensure the quality of the vegetables you juice, when planting a vegetable garden this year, plant a “juicing” bed of vegetables that are nutrient dense and juicer friendly. Ideal juicing vegetables include: cucumber, tomato, broccoli, carrot, bell pepper, potato, pumpkin, radish, cabbage, kale, and other dark green leafy vegetables, beet, squash, zucchini, onions, celery, and more.

4 comments

1 Sandi Duncan { 06.20.14 at 2:54 pm }

Here’s one of Deborah Tukua’s on this site:
Summer Garden Blend

Yield: 2 1/2 cups
Ingredients:
2 cups fresh tomatoes, after blending
1/2 cup bell peppers
1/2 cup spinach leaves 
1 apple, seeded, optional

Directions:
Liquefy enough fresh tomatoes in the blender to reach a quantity of 2 cups of tomato juice. Add bell pepper and a handful of spinach leaves and blend. To slightly sweeten, blend one apple into the beverage. If desired, season to taste with Tabasco sauce, Mrs. Dash, or a pinch of salt and pepper.

2 Sandi Duncan { 06.20.14 at 2:25 pm }

I’ll work on gettting some recipes! Stay tuned …

3 Juliana Caywood { 06.18.14 at 7:26 pm }

Recipes please. I have never been disappointed with any of your recipes. They are great. Veggie and fruit please.

4 Tamara Vanko { 06.18.14 at 9:16 am }

how bout some reciepies for jucing…

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