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Would you benifit from juicing?

Journal: victoriaosteopath.com
Date: 03 / 2014
Author: Cameron Moffatt D.O. (MP)

Benefits of Juicing

There are three main reasons why you will want to consider incorporating vegetable juicing into your optimal health program:

1. Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. This is important because most of us have impaired digestion as a result of making less-than-optimal food choices over many years. This limits your body's ability to absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. Juicing will help to "pre-digest" them for you, so you will receive most of the nutrition, rather than having it go down the toilet. The type of juicer you choose is important. You will want to get the optimal amount of nutrients out of the foods you juice.

2. Juicing allows you to consume an optimal amount of vegetables in an efficient manner. Everyone has heard how we need to eat large amounts of vegetables. Some people may find eating large amounts difficult, either due to a busy lifestyle or eating 4-6 times per difficult. But it can be easily accomplished with a quick glass of vegetable juice.

3. You can add a wider variety of vegetables in your diet. Many people eat the same vegetable salads every day. This can cause our bodies to develop intolerances or allergies to this repeated consumption of the same foods. But with juicing, you can juice a wide variety of vegetables that you may not normally enjoy eating whole.

Add some zing to your juice!

Adding foods like ginger, lemons, limes, coconut –either shredded or in oil form, berries and for those who do better with more protein in their diet, any oil such as flax, coconut or avocado.

Types of juicers

  1. Centrifugal Juice Extractors

Traditionally, this is the most common type of juicer. These typically utilize a fast-spinning metal blade that spins against a mesh filter, separating juice from flesh via centrifugal force. The juice and pulp are then separated into different containers. The problem with centrifugal juicers is that the fast-spinning metal blade generates heat, which destroys some of the enzymes in the fruits and vegetables you're juicing. The heat also oxidizes those nutrients, rendering less nutritious juice than a cold-press juicer.

2. Cold Press Juicers (a.k.a. Masticating Juicers)

These newer juicers extract juice by first crushing and then pressing fruit and vegetables for the highest juice yield. Because they don't produce as much heat, they keep more of the fresh ingredients' nutrients intact. Buy a centrifugal juicer if: You use the juice mostly for cooking, baking or other processes where heat will eventually be applied You're not picky about getting maximum nutrients You're trying to save cash Buy a Cold press (Masticating) juicer if: You're into cleansing, making nut milks and green juices, and you like fresh juice You want to pack the most nutrients into your body as possible You don't mind spending a few extra bucks The one I have and recommend is the Omega. For the price, ease of cleaning and the fact it is a Masticating juicer, I feel it is a great buy. To view this juicer, there is an easy to use link directly to Amazon.ca in the 'Cameron Recommends tab in the upper right hand side on my home page. Hope you enjoy the juice!  Cameron