I get many juicing questions in my inbox. So to summarize. Juicing is not only good for you, but it’s a delicious way to consume the much needed vitamins and nutrition that are needed for a healthy and productive lifestyle. Take a look at some of the juicing questions and answers below.
For those considering juicing as part of their every day diet, here are a few of the most frequently asked juicing questions:
1. What are the benefits of juicing?
One of the juicing questions I get asked many times is “what are the benefits of juicing”? Juicing is an excellent way to increase your overall vitamin and mineral intake. Juicing at home means you can enjoy the nutritional advantages of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. It can serve as a weight loss tool, increase energy and enhance your overall well being.
2. Why can’t we just eat our fruits and vegetables as opposed to juicing?
This is one of the most popular juicing questions I get asked. Let’s think of it this way: Freshly squeezed juices are loaded with valuable vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fatty acids and amino acids among other valuable nutrients. Our bodies simply cannot consume and properly digest the amount of vitamins that it needs as it’s not easy to eat 5 pounds of produce, but you can drink it! Juicing requires minimal energy to digest yet it is concentrated nutrition in its purest form. Not only that, it tastes great!
3. What are some of the basic things I need to know to get started?
I get asked juicing questions related to how to start, basic tips, and juicing questions on preparation.
- Use organic produce whenever possible
- Wash all produce thoroughly
- Remove all large pits, such as peaches, apricots, etc., before juicing. Some seeds, such as grapes, lemons, limes and melons are okay.
- With most vegetables, include the stems, but remove the tops from carrots.
- Bananas and avocados cannot be placed in a juicer due to their low water content. A good idea is to juice all other fruits first, then transfer to blender and add these if desired.
- Peel the skins from oranges and grapefruits as it bitter and should not be consumed in high quantities. Other foods that cannot be juiced: carrot greens, apple seeds, papaya peels and wild parsnips.
4. When is the best time to juice?
Studies have shown that the best time of the day to drink juice is in the morning on an empty stomach so the nutrients can absorb easily. Wait at least ten minutes before eating any other food. Of course, you can drink juices at any time of the day.
5. I’m tired all of the time. Will juicing help me?
Low energy is a result of a diet that is lacking in vitamins. A balanced diet gives us digestive enzymes that our body requires to create energy from food. If you have a diet high in processed foods, juicing is a good way to get vitamins and minerals into your body. Start with a fresh glass in the morning ten minutes before eating. Consider the following recipe to increase your energy:
- 1 stalk broccoli
- 2 medium carrots
- 1 apple
- 2 sprigs of parsley
- Juice together and mix well.
I hope this answered some of your juicing questions. As always, feel free to email me any juicing questions you have. Thanks!