Over the last few years, we’ve seen a rise in the so called extreme weight loss diets like Atkins and the alkaline diet, with some mixed successes. An emerging winner has become drinking juices to help either combat tiredness, lose weight and improve vitality and fitness. So how can juicing help you shift the extra pounds? We take a closer look into, juicing recipes, juicing for weight loss and health benefits of juicing.
What is juicing?
Juicing is the process of extracting natural juices from fruit and vegetables. Thanks to technological advances in the kitchen, this is often done through a machine. Juicing helps to take out the important nutrients like iron and vitamin D as well as break down the fruit and vegetable to its most basic form. Juicing can either be with pulp or pulp free- the juicing machines will either deposit the pulp (quite dry) separately in a different chamber to the juice, or will add the pulp into the juice, making it more viscous.
Fastor centrifugal juicers tend to be cheaper and faster, easier to clean but are not as efficient at extracting the most nutrients, vitamins and minerals from the fruit and vegetable. An example of a fast juicer is Breville Juice Fountain at around $150-170.
Slow or masticating juicers are more expensive, slower (suggested by its name) but far more efficient at extracting the membrane and ‘stickier’ nutrients of a fruit or vegetable. An example is Kuvings Slow Juicer, retail price of around $350. Click here !
Health benefits of juicing
The health benefits of juicing is immediate vitality and energy from drinking the juice. This is because, essentially, the juice is a concentrated dose of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients like iron. This is far better than heat-treated and pasteurized juices which will have lost its goodness through the process. Juices are also in a form that the body can easily digest and absorb, rather than in a solid. The body finds solids more difficult to digest.
Some simple recipes for the uninitiated are:
Carrot, apple and ginger- carrots are rich in vitamin A and beta carotenes, for anti-aging and cancer fighting. Apples help the bowels and ginger is excellent for the digestive and immune systems.
Carrot and spinach- carrots are rich in vitamin A and beta carotenes, and spinach rich in iron and folic acids, good for the immune and blood circulation.
Juicing for weight loss
Juicing for weight loss is an excellent way to lose the pounds. It doesn’t contain any fats and helps keep your eating craves at bay. Some juicing recipes include tomato and cucumber juice and spinach and apple juice.
Juicing is the new way to be healthy. It’s easy, and if you buy the right machine for you, can provide immediate effects like vitality and renewed energy. It can even help with weight loss. If you play your cards right, it can be both nutritious and tasty!