You may have heard people say that they “juice” and thought to yourself, “What the hell does that mean?” It usually means that the person prepares nutritious homemade juices from fresh fruit and vegetables.When I began my journey to health, I found juicing to be a really important part. It gave me energy, filled my body with nutrients and vitamins, and made me feel refreshed. It was a great way to fuel my body with all the fruits and vegetables that I couldn’t eat during the day. This is especially important in the winter when our bodies naturally tend to crave fats and animal protein. I personally sincerely hate eating salads in the winter so this is a wonderful way to get my daily veggies!

Think of it as stripping out the most vital nutrients from a plant and sending it on a one way road into your body. When juicing, the pulp (fiber) is removed and there is nothing to inhibit direct absorption of all the vitamins and minerals. Don't have a juicer? No problem. Smoothies are very beneficial as well (with pulp). That fiber is great for digestion. Another reason to love smoothies is that it is easy to incorporate power foods such as chia, flax, maca powder, spirulina, etc. You can also juice using a blender. Make your smoothie and then drain it through a paint strainer bad, nut milk bag, or cheesecloth. TADA!

Some benefits (among many others) that come with daily juicing:

  • clear skin
  • higher energy levels
  • less fatigue
  • alkaline body free of disease
  • improved digestion
  • graceful aging
  • Cleansing of toxins

Here are some juicing tips:

  • For ultimate benefits, juice is better digested in the morning on an empty stomach. Try to go as long as possible without eating or drinking anything else to let your body absorb the deliciousness.
  • Rule of thumb is 3 veggies to 1 fruit (fruit is high in sugar)
  • Try to buy organic. You don’t want your body directly absorbing chemicals and pesticides with those nutrients. Dirty Dozen, Clean Fifteen
  • Shop around. Club stores (Sam’s, Costco), farmer’s markets, produce stores, Whole Foods, WalMart. Check prices, quantities, and quality!
  • Juice it all! Many people throw out kale stems, for instance. I juice them! Why not?
  • Don't have time to juice daily? Neither do I! I juice once every few days and keep it in an airtight container in the fridge. It is the perfect 3pm pick me up!

Looking for a juicer? They can be quite pricy. I love my Breville Juice Fountain because it’s reasonable priced, easy to clean, and efficient.

Breville Juice Fountain

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Here is a juice recipe to get you started!