Learn why juicing is the perfect detox tool and 5 Myths about this Wonderful Health Weapon.
Also you will learn how to build your own juice and 3 healthy recipes
We are officially in the season of detox.
We all want to get the most nutrients into our bodies to hopefully reduce the effects of neglect, bad eating, or just keep ourselves in tip-top shape for the remainder of the winter.
A great option is juicing it’s an easy way to get a powerhouse of plant nutrients into our system at one time. However, there are some negative views about juicing here is some you may have heard of but are they really true?
The 5 myths About Juicing
“Juicing is the same as blending.”
“You shouldn’t juice it’s not healthy for you, it’s all sugar.”
“Juice has no fibre in it.”
“Juicing is expensive.”
”Juicing takes too much time”
These lovely quotes above are common expressions uttered about juicing but they are all false!
Or should I say half truths.
Myth #1 “Juicing is the same as blending.”
Firstly if you are a smoothie lover and you are best friends with your blender that’s great keep it up blending fruit and veg is a fantastic way to get plants into your life.
The difference between the two is blending uses the whole fruit and vegetable, juicing separates the liquid in the plant from the pulp or fibre. Why would you want to do that?
Well, juicing allows you to get a heap loads of nutrients into your body without having to digest all the fibre of the whole food.
This is really useful if you are trying to detox or heal from an illness. Juicing a whole bag of carrots or spinach is easier than eating a whole bag!
Myth #2 “You shouldn’t juice it’s not healthy for you, it’s all sugar.”
If you choose to juice all fruit then point number 2 is correct. When you remove the fibre from a piece of fruit what you are left with is fruit sugar.
So I recommend keeping your juicer for the veggie drawer and limit one to two pieces of fruit per juice. Green apples, lemons, grapefruits, and limes are great for adding a zing without too much sugar.
Myth #3 ”Juice has no fibre in it”
As mentioned above you do separate the juice from the fibre but it is insoluble fibre. What you then have left is soluble fibre. Oh, dear sounding complicated?
Basically, insoluble fibre speeds up the moving of food through the digestive track
Soluble fibre slows down food moving through the digestive track.
Both fibres are valuable but soluble fibre has a bit of a bonus because they encourage bacterial growth, keep you fuller, regulate blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and make your digestion top notch.
Some people find digesting raw vegetables difficult so juicing can be the key to getting rid of some of the rough insoluble fibre while keeping the 4-star nutrients.
Myth #4 ”Juicing is expensive!”
As with all things it doesn’t have to be.
One money saving tip is to visit the discount section of your market.
You don’t need to worry about these veggies going bad in your fridge because they will be gone is one or two juices.
Another tip is to use the juice pulp instead of throwing away. Adding the pulp to soups, stews, pasta sauces, stir fries, smoothies, or mixing with ground nuts, herbs, and baking in the oven giving you a veggie cracker.
Myth #5 ”Juicing takes too much time!”
Let this never be the case! Just get organised and juicing can slide into your daily routine.
One way to have your veggies ready is to throw them all into a sink full of water when you get home from shopping.
This giant veggie bath only takes a few minutes after which I allow to drain on my dish rack.
Then store all your veg in bags in the fridge ready for instant juicing.
For quick clean up I either store my pulp in the fridge for use later or I place the pulp on a couple sheets of old newspaper wrap and toss.
I have a compost but if you don’t the newspaper keeps everything together neat and tidy.
Then just rinse your juicer and leave set up for your next tonic.
A few last words about juicing is to drink your fresh juice pretty quickly after making to get all the live enzymes.
Also, don’t gulp your juice drink it slowly and try to chew your juice in the sense that your saliva gets involved giving you added digestive assistance.
How To Build Your Juice
So here is the fun bit building your juice!
The base of my juices are usually
The flavour and fun come from
garlic (if you aren’t going to be crazy social for a day or two).