Saturday, August 4, 2012

Tired and Run Down? Start juicing for energy!


Green smoothies are great but if you are feeling tired and run down, you might want to consider using a juicer to make vegetable green juice. 

Why I Juice instead of Making Smoothies 
Smoothies and juicing are entirely different. Smoothies are blended vegetables or fruit that retain the fiber in the drink. Although very healthy, they also can be taxing on the digestive system. Juicing made with a juice extracting machine ( a juicer)  removes the fiber and bulk leaving you a clear light liquid making the nourishment instantly available for a tired body!  In addition, fresh juice can help rid your body of unwanted toxins.
Pin It  In a world where we are bombarded with toxins, subjected to processed foods, and living with stress, juicing can provide some much needed remedy. 

Juicing makes it Easy to Absorb Nutrients for those with Digestive Issues

If you are feeling tired and run down, this one addition of a daily green vegetable juice to your daily diet may make a big improvement in the way you feel. If you have Celiac disease, are gluten intolerant, have IBS, or any other digestive issues, you may not be absorbing all of the nutrients from the foods you eat. The nutrients in juicing are almost 100% absorbable.

# 1 reason people give up on juicing: The clean- up!!
If you like to juice but find the clean up too messy- Follow my 6 minute way to juice
I've been juicing for years, and I find that I can make a healthy glass of vegetable juice in about 6 minutes from start to clean up. I clean up the second I finish juicing and use my water sprayer. Everything comes right off and most of the parts of the juicer can go in the dishwasher. Isn't six minutes a small investment of my time to receive the daily health benefits I get from fresh juice. 

Raw Vegetables contain valuable enzymes
Because raw fruits or vegetables provide valuable enzymes, its better to drink your juice right away while the enzymes are still active.

Here's Why I juice: 
  • Fresh juice provides antioxidants, vitamins, minerals. enzymes and detoxifiers that only raw vegetables can provide
  • The minerals and vitamins in fresh juice are very easily absorbed and digested
  • Fresh juice can help increase energy instantly
  • Fresh juice can help boost your immune system
  • Fresh juice provides powerful antioxidants that nourish and protect the cells
  • Fresh juice can help rid the body of toxins that we are exposed to from the environment
When I'm drinking a glass of freshly made vegetable juice, it tastes so pure and feels so healthy.

Why juicing in a juice extractor is far superior to anything juice you can buy in the store. 

Frozen, bottled, packaged or canned juice has been heated and processed. 
This process not only destroys vitamins and minerals, but also destroys many of the enzymes that are needed to aid digestion. Some of the most health giving juices come from juicing vegetables like cucumber, kale, collard greens, romaine lettuce, celery, parsley or carrots but only when you drink it immediately after it's been juiced. 

How to Make Fresh Juice

There are many juicing machines available on the market that make fresh juice in a matter of minutes.
  • Step 1:  Buy an electric juice extracting machine like a Breville or a Braun

     Juicing extracting machines are available on amazon -  juice extractors
    Prices range from around $50-$300; you can get a decent juicer for about $79-$99
    ( Also check out yard sales; many people get juicers as gifts and try them once or never even open the box. I got a brand new one at a yard sale for $10 from someone who never used it)

  • Step 2:  Read the consumer reviews below each machine before purchasing  a juicer 

  • Once you have a machine,  follow the manufacturer's instructions and make fresh life giving  juice in just minutes

Why I always juice some healthy greens like romaine lettuce, kale, collard greens or celery.

I always use organic carrots as my main base and add romaine lettuce, cucumber, celery, 1/2 organic apple. This combination is rich in beta carotene and chlorophyll.

Green juice is not for those that are not accustomed to eating greens. In the beginning you may want to stick to a milder drink of carrots, cucumber, apple, and a little romaine. Dark greens like dandelion greens, collard greens, and kale can be very pungent, so go easy in the beginning. 
You can also add a clove of fresh garlic or ginger if you are under the weather.

A chlorophyll rich drink with carrots, romaine lettuce, dandelion greens, and apple.

If you are new to juicing, Here is a good juice: 
start out with 3-4 large organic carrots, 1 small organic apple, 2 stalks romaine lettuce in the beginning. As you become accustomed to juicing greens, add dandelion greens, kale or parsley.

Detoxify the Blood Stream with Dark Greens: 
Dark leafy greens contain the pigment chlorophyll, which gives greens their dark green color. This pigment absorbs energy from the sun during photosynthesis and is a wonderful cleanser to help detoxify toxins out of our system. 

With Less Toxins, it is easier to lose fat stores

Because the body holds onto excess fat in an effort to defend itself against toxins, it makes sense that the more dark leafy greens you consume to eliminate toxins, the less fat your body will need to accumulate for protection. 

Boost the Immune System: 

Dark leafy greens provide potent antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals. 

Amino acids: 

The amino acids in greens are the very building blocks needed for the body to make protein, which of course is needed to build strong muscle. 

Aids Digestion: 

Greens also stimulate enzyme production which is needed for proper digestion of foods. If you digest your foods properly, this may help eliminate bloat, puffiness and even allergies related to improper digestion of foods. When you are bloated, puffy and have allergies, you tend to hold onto water weight. 
Start your day with a glass of fresh juice and flood your body with easy to absorb nutrients
                                            A link to a variety of  juice extractors

There are many good books on juicing that might be helpful to find recipes and the specific health benefits of certain vegetables, Here are some suggestions:
Books on Juicing  - This is a full list of books, e-books, and kindle books available online.

Here are some highly rated books to get started.
The Everything Juicing Book

Your Comprehensive Green Juicing Guide

Juicing Life Guide Benefits

Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor and am not trying to diagnose or treat disease. This website is for educational purposes only. Consult your physician before making any changes in your diet.

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  1. What a wealth of information in such a short space! Great for those who are new to juicing, or just considering it ... :)

  2. Stopped by from Sunny Simple - I should pull my juicer out. I like making the juice but I hate cleaning the darn machine afterwards.

  3. Fresh juicing is really delicious. I did it a lot when I was pregnant, but should do it again. Thanks for inspiring! My favorite is carrots, apples, celery and romaine or kale. Watercress is also very healthy, but can be bitter, so I just put a little bit of that in.

  4. I have read so much about 'juicing' and thought many times of just purchasing a juicer but never have. Maybe it's about time that I did. This is a wonderful post packed full of info! I may just have to break down and buy one this month and give it a try. I know my son would love it!

  5. I have to admit, I've never juiced veggies, but you're inspiring me to try it out!

  6. Thank you for this comprehensive and informative blog post. I started juicing in January of this year and am just starting my third 30 day juice fast. Here's what I can tell you about my experience. #1 - I have never felt so good or healthy in my entire life. Energy? It's through the roof! #2 - I have crossed a mental barrier and am now experiencing greater quantities and more variety of vegetables that I have ever eaten in my entire life. #3 - I could easily just juice rather than eat. I could never imagine how juicing would have changed my entire outlook on nutrition and health. If you're considering juicing, give it a few weeks. You'll be glad you did!

  7. I have to admit, I love my smoothies. However, I am impressed by the nutritional value of juicing. Thank you for the info and thank you for sharing with See Ya In the Gumbo.

  8. thanks for sharing this. i just got a juicer and was not sure where to start.

  9. Love this. Thanks for sharing with Simply Delish.

  10. I got rid of our juicer about 6 months ago and am really regretting it... I will probably get another one if I find it for cheap.

    Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2day Wednesaday. Hope to see you back next Wednesday.

  11. Do you use this to replace a meal daily or as a supplemental drink? Thanks!

    My uncle had a story of a lady that came to see him at his free clinic complaining that she had been gaining a lot of weight since starting a weight loss drink. He asked her if she was using it as a replacement meal and she said no, that she was having one or two of the meal replacement drinks daily plus her regular meals :).

  12. I recently got RID of my juicer, and am now regretting it.

    Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2day Wednesaday. Hope to see you back next Wednesday.

  13. I could use an energy boost. This long hot summer has made me more tired than usual.
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  14. Interesting. I wish I knew someone who had one so I could just taste some of those vegetable juices to see if I liked them before investing in a juicer. I like the easy clean up and your convincing argument for them. :D Thanks for sharing this week.

  15. This is such an interesting and informative post! Vegetables contain so many nutrients and juicing is a great way to take advantage of that.

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