This is video with wonderful Dr Mercola interviewing Dr Andrew Saul author of Health Benefits of Vegetable Juicing.
Juicing is gaining popularity as it is a way of supplementing the diet with extra fruit and vegetables. Personally I prefer the juice to be mainly vegetables and only a small piece of fruit to add a bit of sweetness to the mix. The reason for this is in juicing more sugar is released that would be in eating and chewing. (2)
Our consumption of vegetable has decreased over the decades (1) and our consumption of processed food, high starch and sugar has increased. This imbalance is being cited by many as contributors to our modern diseases.
There are many ways to juice, my own preference is the masticating juicer – it is slower but it doesn’t heat the ingredients and therefore the all important enzymes remain in tack.
The ingredients need to be organic as the principal of juicing is to help in detoxification and to nourish the body.
Juicing methods vary, from squeezing fruit by hand to the more commonly used motor-driven juicers.
These are two common types of juicers:
• Centrifugal juicers: These juicers grind fruits and vegetables into pulp through a high-speed spinning action.
• Cold-press juicers : Also called masticating juicers, these crush and press fruits and vegetables much more slowly to get as much juice as possible.
Cold-press juicers don’t produce heat, so they do not cause the breakdown of beneficial enzymes and nutrients that is thought to happen with centrifugal juicers.
Ingredients that can be used – usually 3 or 4 of the following;
All ingredients need to be Organic.
Celery, cucumber, Swiss card, kale, romaine lettuce, spinach, small piece of apple, pear or banana.
Fresh ginger can be added, but start with a small piece the size of a pea as the flavour can be strong.
Juice of quarter of a lime or lemon can be added for flavour.
I also add in Biona Organic Beetroot juice as find this easier than juicing the beetroot and I find it hard to source organic beetroot.
Always consult your medical practitioner before embarking on any dietary changes.