Juicing is preparing and drinking fruit and vegetable juices as opposed to eating them solid. There are three main reasons why juicing is considered beneficial. First, the juice requires hardly any digestion, so all its nutritional goodness gets rapidly into your system. Secondly, when you juice, you use more fruits and vegetables than you could actually eat. As a result, you are drinking a densely packed amount of vitamins, minerals and other plant-based nutrients. And lastly, juicing acts as a great liver detoxification. One of our liver’s main functions is to clean the blood and remove toxinsand metabolic waste. With the amount of toxins we take in every day, we need to do our best to keep our body “clean” so it can keep us healthy!
While there is no scientific evidence that juicing is healthier than the juice you get by eating the fruit or vegetable itself. The juice contains most of the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients found in the whole fruit but whole fruits and vegetables also have healthy fiber, which can be lost during most juicing. However, buying the right juicer can take care of that problem. Mid to higher grade juicers make sure that the entire fruit is juiced so that the fiber and all of the vitamins and minerals are captured in the juice. The other thing to be careful about is to drink the juice immediately after juicing or to store it properly. Store your juice in a glass jar with an airtight lid and fill it to the very top. There should be a minimum amount of air in the jar as the oxygen in will “oxidize” and damage the juice. It’s also a good idea to add lemons, limes, or oranges to your juice recipe. These fruits contain antioxidants and citric acid which discourages oxidation. It is still best to consume your juice within 24 hours.