Juicing is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to give our bodies the nutrition we need to live a healthy active life. The juice of fresh fruits and vegetables is a simple and concentrated way to obtain the vitamins, minerals and enzymes required for glowing health, providing our body with the necessary nutrition to look and feel amazing.

Whether you’re looking to safely lose weight, clean your digestive system or simply ensure you give your body what it needs for optimal health, juicing provides a safe and effective option.

Do these goals sound familiar?

1. Lose Weight

2. Start Dieting

3. Go to the Gym

Have you noticed the two times Gyms tend to be full, in January and on Mondays?

Are those very same treadmills still booked up a few months later or on any Friday for that matter?

As we all know most diets hardly last 2-3 weeks before the stress of work, family or some other life challenge makes us revert back to our old eating habits.

How is it then, that so many people are experiencing incredible health and weight loss benefits with something that sounds so simple?

Perhaps this is the Juicing secret, simplicity. It cuts meal preparation time in half, it cleanses the digestive system (where 70% of our immune system is situated) and it puts one firmly on the road to glowing health.

 

What is Juicing?

Juicing involves you, a Juicer and some fruits and vegetables.

Blocked Pipes

Beryn Daniel, raw food chef at Superfoods (www.superfoods.co.za), provides a wonderfully simple explanation. Picture for a moment your kitchen sink and its drain pipes. Your sink is designed to carry away mostly water and some small food scraps through the pipes. When we put too much of the wrong stuff down there (e.g. pouring fast foods, fizzy drinks and a bag of flour down the drain) you end up with a soggy mess and a blocked pipe. These blockages usually occur in the loops and folds of the pipes.

Projecting this image onto our digestive system: the body is designed to transport food which has a high water content swiftly through the pipes (our digestive system). If we put too much of the wrong stuff in the top end through our mouths- processed or artificial foods, deep fried oily posers for meat or mucus-forming milk products- we end up with the inevitable: a blocked system.

Why is This Not Good?

When our digestive system has blockages caused by bad food choices, the colon begins and continues to get blocked up and retain waste, causing the body to continually re-absorb poisonous toxins back into the blood – toxins which would otherwise have passed through our system. The result is more ill-health and lethargy.

What Helps?

According to Beryn, the body is infinitely intelligent. It is always striving for optimum health and is always regenerating itself. By simply ADDING IN the foods the body was designed to eat, the foods that have been missing, the body does the rest for us.

What Foods Are We Talking About Here?

Foods which are:

Nutrient Dense

Alkalising

Mineral Rich

Enzyme Packed

In a nutshell, Raw Plant Foods. If you want to live more, eat more living green plant foods. When these are ingested by juicing, the goodness is easily absorbed into the body and also utilised for cleaning house.

According to Beryn, a Raw Food Chef and author of Rawlicious, our taste buds won’t go unsatisfied either as most juices are both healthy and delicious.

So before having eggs and bacon for breakfast JUST ADD IN a green juice – FIRST.

Before having a hamburger for lunch, JUST ADD IN another green juice – FIRST.

Before your Macaroni Cheese Dinner – JUST ADD IN a green juice – FIRST.

Why This Works?

Hunger is our bodies search for minerals. When we have a green juice first, our body’s search for minerals is satisfied and so our hunger is satisfied.

Have you ever noticed how when you a hamburger or fast food, you’re still hungry afterwards?

Your body is still giving you hunger signals because it hasn’t found enough vitamins and minerals in the food that has just been eaten.

I know, I know. This may sound challenging, but if you’re up for the challenge of cleanliness and better health, Give yourself 30 days – You’ll be Amazed.

Juicing Tips

1. Organic Produce

As always, organic produce is best – as they have more minerals and trace minerals. Peel the skin off produce first.

2. Not All Juicers Are Created Equal

You’ll want to look for a masticating juicer that can juice your green leaves and is super easy to clean.

For Juicers in South Africa: Click Here.

For Juicers in US: Click Here.

3. Fibre

Juicing separates out fibre. You can get fibre by eating whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains and legumes.

 

 

Juicing Steps

Step 1: Start with a Mild Green Juice

1 Apple

2 Carrots

½ a Cucumber

2 Celery Sticks

Carrots are naturally sweet and help to form the sweet base. Let the carrots and apple form approximately 1/3 of your overall juice mixture. Apples and carrots are great antioxidants, strengthen your immune system and are good for the heart.

Once you’ve gotten use to this mild Green Juice, you can begin to add some dark green leaves (See Step 2).

 

Step 2: Getting Stronger Green Juice

1 Apple

1 Whole Cucumber

2 Carrots

Handful of red or green lettuce leaves

Handful of spinach

 

Step 3: The Real Deal Green Juice

1 Apple

1 Whole Cucumber

1 Pack of Celery

½ bag of spinach

½ a lemon

½ a lime

Adding a wedge of lemon or lime or both to your juice makes it very refreshing and hides the taste of the stronger leaves.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, the food we eat does not just randomly affect us, it becomes us. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, cleanse and detox your body or simply look and feel great, juicing is a simple, healthy and natural way to get there.

Links

For Brilliant Juicing Recipes and Ingredients, visit: www.superfoods.co.za

For Juicing Success Stories, visit: http://fitlife.tv/transformations/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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