I started juicing three years ago and haven’t looked back. Juicing has become part of my morning ritual, alongside the usual early morning chaos that surrounds family life. I have read many a blog about morning rituals of yoga and meditation, none of which suit my morning chaos. Juicing is my morning ritual of choice, the very act of making a live juice, then drinking it is my gift to my body. I enjoy the act of chopping fruit and vegetables, feeding them into the juicer and watching the beautiful color that comes out the other end. Juicing can be done every morning regardless of the demands of lost school shoes and packed lunches. I can honestly say making my morning juice gives me genuine pleasure.
The benefits I get from Juicing
The benefits that juicing gives to my health are vast. Juicing has improved my digestion, increased the absorption of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, and reduced my reliance on so many vitamin tablets. Even though I have always eaten a lot of vegetables, juicing enables me to receive the nutrients my body craves, particularly from green vegetables, helping to increase my overall vitality. .
We should never underestimate the power of freshly extracted fruit and vegetable juices
What you need to make juicing part of your ritual.
When it comes to buying a juicer, there are many to choose from. Centrifugal juicers work by chopping up the produce with a blade, they are easy to clean and relatively inexpensive. The down side is they don’t produce as much juice as a masticating juicer and can cause some of the juice to oxidize. A masticating juicer or slow juicer chomps up the produce rather than cutting it, meaning more of the nutrients are extracted and little or no oxidization occurs. Your juice does not separate and will keep for a few hours. A masticating juicer will be more expensive and are generally harder to clean.
I find it necessary to plan my juicing recipes for the week to ensure that I have enough vegetables and fruit to last me seven days. There are lots of great websites that have lots of recipes for juicing, check them out to find your favourite. I prefer to juice organic fruit and vegetables so I don’t overload my body with unnecessary chemicals. However, if this does not feel so important to you, or the cost is to much, check out the dirty dozen list and peel and wash your produce before you use it.
However you decide to juice, if you decide to make it part of your morning ritual your body will thank you for it.
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This is only my experience of juicing, and is only one part of my diet. If you would like to read more about eating for health then follow the link.