It seems like all the latest buzz has been about juicing, detoxing, or cleansing. You may be wondering what is this craze all about and how can I jump on this trend without sacrificing my health? We’ll break down the pros and cons of juicing and provide you with some helpful tips to juice safely and effectively.
The craze seemed to have started after Joe Cross, Australian businessmen and star of the documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” lost over 100 pounds from a diet of only fruit and vegetable juice. This trend has since taken off and become popular among the health and fitness community as well as multiple celebrities. The first thing to remember when juicing is that it is not just a quick fix to drop a couple pounds, initially this may happen but unless you stick with a healthy diet and exercise regimen, you will gain the weight back, causing your metabolism to slow down in the long run. The point of juicing is to restore your digestive system and rid your body of toxins while increasing your vitamin intake from fruits and vegetables.
Before beginning any diet or exercise plan, you should consult with your doctor. While juicing you should still be adding healthy carbohydrates and protein to your diet along with your juice. Juice should be a daily compliment to your healthy lifestyle. Juicing is a great way to broaden your exposure to a wide range of fruits and vegetables that you might not normally consume on an everyday basis.
Juicing yourself? We recommend adding kale and spinach which are both high in iron and folate. Cucumber and celery are also both great bases for juicing due to their high water content, and celery is great for adding potassium to your diet. Make sure to add lemon to your juice as well. Lemon is high in vitamin C which helps you absorb the iron from the spinach and kale, and takes away bitterness while adding flavor.
Check out our recipe for Green Juice:
- 1 cucumber
- 3-4 stalks of celery
- 1-2 handfuls of spinach
- 3-4 leaves of kale
- 1-2 green apples
- Half of a lemon
- 1 tbsp ginger
Don’t have a juicer? It’s easy to drink green! Just look for brands such as Blueprint, Evolution Fresh, Suja, a local San Diego company. You can purchase these juices at Whole Foods Market. Blueprint can be delivered by ordering offline, and Evolution Fresh is sold in select Starbucks locations.
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