Fruit and vegetable juice can offer all kinds of benefits, but commercially processed juices are not always so good for you. Because the juice you buy in the store is pasteurized, you basically end up with dead sugar water- the heat kills off enzymes and gives the final product a long shelf life for shipping, being in the store, and sitting in your fridge. During that time, the vitamin and mineral content degrades dramatically as well.
The fix? Extract your own juice at home! Juicing is one of those old but little known secrets to healthy living that sometimes becomes mainstream and fashionable, but then goes back to flying under the radar.
Making your own juice from raw, well-washed produce has a myriad of benefits–here are just a few:
Enzyme Power! Vegetable and fruit juice floods your body with live, active enzyme, vitamins, antioxidants, and hydrating organic plant water which aid digestion, alkalizes, energizes, and detoxifies the body.
Better Nutrient Absorption- Without having to expend any energy digesting food to get these benefits out, the body has more energy to spend repairing itself.
Enhanced Immunity- Harnessing the fruit and vegetable power of juice supports your immune system against common colds and flus, and also can help diminish or reverse symptoms of chronic conditions.
Easy, Fast, Fun and Tasty! Experimenting with different flavor combinations to find your favorites and working together with your kids or spouse is a fantastic healthy living activity you can do together! Kids are much more open to trying new things like juice made at home if they get involved in the process of making it. Especially if your kids are picky eaters, you might be able to get them to drink fruits and vegetables they wouldn’t normally want to eat!
There are two main models of juicers out there- centrifugal and masticating. Both types are easy to use and boast their own benefits.
Centrifugal juicers usually feature a powerful motor that propel sharp spinning blades that, when you feed the produce through, throw off the *pulp*, leaving just the juice. Centrifugal juicers are quick and easy to use, since the produce needs only minimal prep time, but because of the motor’s power and speed, the juice really needs to be consumed immediately, within 20-30 minutes, for maximum nutrient preservation. The end product is a nice homogenized, thinner juice that the body can easily assimilate and start using right away.
A masticating type of juicer has a slower motor speed and basically mashes the produce up to extract the juice. The slower speed is beneficial for the juice’s life span — the juice will still have live enzymes up to 48 hours later, so you can easily make some juice ahead of time for the next day, for convenience. The juice will have more of the plant fiber that comes through the machine since not all of the *pulp* is spun off. You end up with a satisfying, nutrient-dense juice.
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An added bonus to juicing- the pulp. The leftover fruit and vegetable fiber can be used for all kinds of things- carrot pulp can be repurposed for homemade carrot bread or carrot cake, or fruit pulp can be turned into muffins or ‘fruit sauce’ like applesauce. If the plant parts left over contain a lot of seeds or leaves though, it makes an excellent addition to a compost pile.
Naysayers may say “Why not just buy juice at the store, what’s the difference?” The difference is the juice you extract at home is a precious, life-giving elixir that you just can’t buy anywhere – it’s priceless! And it doesn’t cost any more than the price of the produce you use to make it. Make juicing a part of your healthy living routine — you’ll be glad you did!