I hope by now you are realizing the many health benefits of drinking nutritious fresh raw juice. I hope you've either dusted off your old juicer or are considering buying one to boost your nutrition. If you don't have a juicer yet, I will discuss choosing the best juicer in Part 4 of Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health. If you missed Part 2 or Part 1 of the series, please go back and read those first.
Juicing does not cancel out a bad diet. It is important to build a diet around whole foods that are clean (organic), unadulterated (non-GMO) and fresh! Juicing organic vegetables is a way to augment that diet and be able to incorporate even more healthy nutritious disease preventative nutrients found in our rainbow of vegetables. Here I'm presenting a few more tips to make your juicing experience most palatable and beneficial.
It Tastes Great!
Here are a few more ways to spruce up your juice so you enjoy it. When you first start juicing these tips may help you become accustomed to drinking concentrated vegetable nutrients without the sour puss!
Coconut: If you know me, you know I love anything coconut. I often add coconut milk to my juices. This adds healthy fats to the juice for better nutrient absorption while also giving it a creamy texture. You can also actually juice the coconut flesh if you buy a whole coconut. Coconut is naturally anti-bacterial and full of hydrating electrolytes. Coconut has so many health benefits that I dedicated an entire article to this health food. Read about The Health Benefits of Coconuts. Pour some coconut water into your juice and give it a hydrating boost.
Lemons: Lemons are excellent for balancing the body's pH. While it has a sour and acidic property, lemon actually encourages our internal environment to be more alkaline. It is believed that a more alkaline internal environment is healthier, and an acidic environment encourages disease. Lemon is also good to stimulate movement in our bowels. Throw in half a lemon with the rind on for an alkaline boost.
Ginger: I mentioned ginger yesterday but want to stress that ginger gives fresh juice a bit of zest or kick that many people enjoy. It has a warming nature, is good for the stomach and great for heart health! It's almost got a spicy taste so be careful not to use too much. A little chunk should do it.
Cranberries: Cranberries have amazing antioxidant power and can even kick a urinary tract infection. If you like their taste, they can be a great addition to your fresh juice. A handful of fresh berries should do the trick.
Caring for Your Juice
I know juicing can be a bit time consuming. It takes some preparation and labor: washing, slicing, juicing and cleaning. You may feel tempted to juice up a storm for a few days worth of juice. However, fresh vegetable juice is very perishable and loses a lot of its nutrient content. If you could save the juice for that long without losing the nutrients, then you should've just had a V-8! But we're trying to get optimal benefits from our juice. A few tips will help you produce the healthiest juice in town.
- Don't store your juice for more than 24 hours.
- If storing, keep in an airtight jar, filled to the brim with little or no air to oxidize (damage) the sensitive nutrients.
- Wrap the jar with foil to prevent light from damaging the juice.
- Store it in the refrigerator until drinking. May want to let it go to room temperature before guzzling it down.
As mentioned, in Part 4 of our Tips for Juicing for Optimal Health I will discuss choosing a caring for your juicer. Please ask any questions you may have about juicing either below, on my Facebook fanpage or shoot me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Juicing: Your Key to Radiant Health, by Dr. Joseph Mercola