Health Benefits of Juicing Vegetables

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When it comes to healthy living, and foods that can help achieve this, most people think of fruits and the popular smoothies from which they are made. However, as well as fruit, the so-called 5-a-day recommendation also includes vegetables. Indeed, they are recommended over fruit due to their lower acidity and sugar content. Though fruit is, of course, still very good for you, and it is recommended that approximately half your plate be composed of and balanced mix of vegetables and fruit.

Vegetables are key sources of fibre, but also vitamins and anti-oxidants, and juicing vegetables is one of the best ways to avail of them, without risking losing out on goodness due to breakdown of the vegetable that occurs during cooking. The issue that many people have, it that the preparation time required for vegetables eaten in the traditional sense, often means that they do not consume as much as they would like. Or should for that matter. Here are some key-areas that vegetables can help maintain and keep healthy.

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Gastro-Intestinal Health

Fibre is an important ingredient in any diet. It contributes to the maintenance a healthy gastro-intestinal system. It also contributes to satiety, or fullness, helping to stave off hunger and suppressing the urge to snack on fatty or sugary foods. Great sources of fibre include kale, beetroot and spinach, and adding these three to your juicer will provide a powerful boost to your overall gut health.

Juicing vegetables

Liver and Kidneys

The stalwarts of your endocrine system, these organs filter toxins and impurities from your blood. They are constantly working, and keeping them healthy is essential. Try adding some beetroot, carrots and spinach to the mix, to help purify them. These vegetable juices will provide vitamin A and chlorophyll to the diet, both powerful ingredients for this purpose, and will help you take care of them.

Heart

Adding a glass of vegetable juice to your diet can reduce risk of heart attack and stroke, by reducing harmful cholesterol. A cocktail of beetroot, carrots and radishes is a tasty way to achieve this, and help keep your ticker in good working order. Furthermore, tomatoes, celery and bell peppers assist in cleansing your blood, and lend themselves well to a healthier heart as a result.

Brain

Focus and learning ability can be improved with properly regulated blood-sugar levels, as well as a healthy circulatory system. Asparagus, one of nature’s super-foods, together with Parsnips and Radishes will help deliver key nutrients to keep you alert, and help improve your cognitive abilities.

Lifestyle Benefits of Juicing Vegetables

Juicing vegetables allows you to avail of these key, nutrient-dense foods without the need for long preparation. Once washed, the slow-juicing of the produce will yield a ready-to-drink refreshment, full of wholesome goodness.
It is worth bearing in mind that the flavours can be quite strong, both on their own or mixed together. Novice juice-drinkers may wish to start off with milder flavours, such as cucumber, sweet potato, celery and carrots. A more seasoned palette may wish to take a braver approach, and a super-shake of spinach, beetroot, blueberries, parsley, garlic and beets will offer a plethora of goodness. The colour and flavour are sure to impress, as are the health-benefits on offer.

Finally, many of the above, along with Arugula, are so-called anti-cancer drugs, i.e. they are rich in anti-oxidants that help cleanse your body of free-radicals, and protect you from their harmful effects. They also contribute to your overall appearance, helping to maintain healthy skin, hair nails and eyes. Pick your favourites from the above and take your healthy-living up a notch. And don’t be afraid to add your own take to the mix, by adding whatever vegetables, or fruits for that matter, you feel you will benefit most from.

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Juicer Guide – buy juicer with confidence

Juicers are ideal for enabling you to pursue a healthy lifestyle. Juice that is freshly made in your own juicer not only tastes better but also contains more vitamins than the industrially produced juice that you find in the shops. The latter has gone through heat treatments and other processes that kill most of those lovely vitamins.

Juicing your fruits and vegetables also makes the goodness in them, the vitamins and minerals and fibre, more readily digestible. So your body can absorb that detoxing hit much more quickly than if you sat munching on fruit and veg for an hour. There are many different types of juicers available, and each of them have unique qualities that make them more suited to different recipes and lifestyles. This guide to choosing the right juicers for you will help you to make a wise decision. Then you can get ready to start making soups, smoothies, and other wonderful fresh juice based products within a few moments in the comfort of your home, whenever you fancy them.

Centrifugal juicers: cutting and slicing

Centrifugal juicers are so called because they are based around a flat cutting blade which whizzes round very quickly. These juicers also contain a strainer which removes the pulp to give you lovely clear juice to drink at the end. All that you need to do is to throw your desired fruits and veg into the juicer and the blade and the strainer will do the rest! These juicers tend to have an automatic system whereby pulp is removed into a collection bucket for you to compost or otherwise dispose of. Though they are super convenient, centrifugal juicers can be a little difficult to clean, so they are best used if you are willing to clean out the residual pulp from the strainer each time. These juicers are arguably the best for juicing hard fruits and vegetables as they are extremely robust and powerful pieces of kit. They are also among the fastest juicers around, so are perfect for when you want to whip up some delectable fruit juice for friends on a hot day at a moment's notice.

The masticating juicer: for chomping up delicate produce

If you want to make something involving smaller berries, herbs, or similar items (think wheatgrass, mint, and lemon juices, for instance!), then a centrifugal style machine just doesn't have the fine chopping power that you need. Cue the masticating juicer, which very literally 'chews' (or masticates) even the finest leaves that you put into it. These juicers are fantastic for precision juicing, and for creating exquisite combinations of dainty flavours. This type of juicing device crushes and squeezes the produce you put into it, rather than cutting and spinning it. It also pumps a minimum of air into the juice as it works. This makes it superb for when you want to have a little foam in your juice glass without the oxidation that comes from juicers like the centrifugal model. The centrifugal model pumps much more air into the juice, meaning that it can often oxidise quite quickly, causing a potentially huge loss of nutrients. Another great advantage of masticating juicers is the fact that they preserve enzymes in your juice, as well as keeping the colour of the fruits, leaves, and veg that you are juicing. These juicers are also sometimes known as 'cold juicers' because they keep the juice much colder than other models do. In all, these are the ideal juicers for when you want to create beautiful, artisan drinks with wonderful colours, flavours, and high levels of beneficial enzymes.

Savour those flavours with a slow juicer

As mentioned above, the centrifugal design gives you a great volume of juice very quickly: perfect for when you need a healthy and thirst quenching drink right now, or for when you are cooking a large meal and need to whip up some soup quickly and without fuss. But for many people, a slow juicer is best, as they want to really squeeze every ounce of flavour from the fruits, veg, and herbs that they are juicing. There are two options when it comes to slow juicers. First, there are the single gear, or 'auger', juicers. These juicers use a worm style gear to crush and blend juices, and the resulting juice will usually have the best nutritional content out of all of the models discussed here. You can get a one stage auger machine, which is slightly quicker, or a two stage model which provides you with much more delicately blended juice and hence takes a little longer. It is most convenient to choose slow juicers that are equipped with juicing screens, as these will sieve out any pulp. If you want a slower machine that will provide you with the precision of an auger but with a slightly higher juice yield, then make sure to choose the second slow juicing option: i.e. a dual gear model. One thing you need to remember with these slower juicers, however, is the fact that they do produce a different yields of juice. Though the masticating models always produce a greater yield of juice than centrifugal models, there can be an appreciable difference between single gear and dual gear masticators. An auger model will tend to produce a lower yield of juice than a dual gear. Dual gear machines are less adept at processing softer fruits and vegetables though, so those strawberry and lychee based blended drinks might best be crafted in a masticating machine!

Ready to buy a juicer? You sure are!

This short guide has provided you with the handy insider knowledge that you need to choose the best model of juicing machine for you. Have a think about the types of fruit, veg, and other products that you are most likely to put in your juicing device and choose accordingly. Get a masticator for delicate herbs, one of the slower juicers for great nutritional content, and a centrifugal device for long, quick, and satisfying drinks. Think about your lifestyle and who will be using the juicers you are contemplating buying, and this can help you with your decision, too. All of these juicers will provide you with excellent quality juice drinks, smoothies, cordials, soups, and so on. But thinking a little more about the details, and having some additional knowledge about the pros and cons of each model, will really help you to make the most out of the juices you make.