Juicing has become increasingly popular these days and with good reason! Juicing not only helps with weight loss, detoxification, improved digestion, increased energy, strengthened immune system, glowing skin but can also help reduce chances of heart disease, cancer and strokes!
It is said that 95% of the vitamins and enzymes our bodies need are found in the juices of raw fruits and vegetables. When you drink a fresh juice, highly concentrated vitamins, minerals and enzymes rapidly enter the bloodstream absorbing all of the nutritional benefits of the fruits and vegetables giving your digestive organs a much-needed rest.
Note that as soon as any juice meets the air it begins to oxidize, compromising the nutritional value, so best to drink as close to making as possible. If you need to prep your juice in advance keep it stored and filled to the top in sealed mason jars. Adding lemon as a natural preservative will definitely help to slow down this process as well. Best to consume within a maximum of 12 hours from making. Drinking juice on an empty stomach or at least an hour before eating a meal helps to maximize the amount of nutrients absorbed into the body.
When jucing, ideally use only organic produce if not follow the clean 15 dirty dozen guide. Some might ask why don’t just use a high powered blender? While there is nothing wrong with this option this would be considered a smoothie aka blended food which requires digestion. Juicing is the nutrient containing water extracted from fresh fruits and vegetables which requires no digestion. It’s a great way to pump the body full of nutrients with very little effort required by the body to extract. Think of it as a vitamin IV drip, the nutrients go straight to the bloodstream. As well, the speed of a high powered blender causes heat which can destroy the enzymes, reducing the nutritional potency.
Green supplements or powders does not act as a replacement. A supplement is going to be better than nothing in circumstances when you don’t have access to a juicer, like when traveling, but cannot be recommended as a substitute for regular juicing.
Watch Rachelle juicing live in action with one of her favourite juicing recipes!