Juicing – is it healthy?

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There has been a lot of talk around juicing lately, is it good for you or are you giving your body too much sugar and losing out on the fibre?

Juicing is good for you and here is why.

Who actually eats 5 serves of vegetables a day? Although it’s something we should all strive to achieve in reality it’s very hard for most people to get the recommended intake of vegetables in a 24-hour period. Having a juice can account for one or two of those serves if you have the right ingredients.

Even if you do have the recommended serve of vegetables a couple of extra serves can only benefit you!

A fresh juice will give your system a boost, especially if you are tired, fatigued, sick or on the verge of getting sick.

It’s a natural multi vitamin and mineral.

Juicing reduces the amount of energy your body uses for digestion giving your cells a chance to repair.

It can be a fun and different way to bring more fresh fruit and vegetables into your daily life.

For fussy toddlers who won’t eat veggies juicing can be an activity they enjoy and it will get them through the fussy stage without losing out on important nutrition.

Juicing has been around for many years and it doesn’t take much to get started.

Tips on juicing-

The key to ‘healthy’ juicing is to avoid using large amounts of sweet fruits as they increase your overall sugar intake.

Start with celery or cucumber as your base, the flavour isn’t too strong but they are still packed with nutrition. Celery can help lower your blood pressure, lower bad cholesterol and contains many phytonutrients that have been shown to reduce cancer risks. Cucumber on the other hand is very high in magnesium, B vitamins and lignans that help combat cancer.

Follow this with some green leafy vegetables- spinach, parsley, mint, silver beet or kale. A small knob of ginger, quarter or half a lemon and one green apple (if you need the sweetness), eventually you can cut this down and get used to the juice without sweet fruit.

The vitamin C in the lemon turns the iron in the greens into a form your body can absorb with ease.

Drink your juice straight away before those enzymes and goodies begin to diminish.