Maybe you have been juicing already for some time and you only need some more juicing tips to find out what is important for the juicer recipes preparation in order to gain the very best for your health?
Either way, you are in the right place.
Vegetable and fruit juicing is a step by step process and on natural-juicing-remedies.com we will lead you thoroughly throughout every single step.
Let’s start, from the beginning…
First of all, for fruit and vegetable juicing you need an appropriate fruit and/or vegetable juicer. Price as a rule does not lie; good juicer machines are normally more expensive.
But paying a higher price is worthwhile. With such juice extractor, you can get more juice from fresh fruit and vegetable, therefore, you save at fruits and vegetables you use up. Only with the juicer of a good quality, green leafy vegetables, herbs, and spices can be properly juiced, too.
The different types of juicers differ in how they work. There are universal electric juice extractors that enable juicing all types of fruits and vegetables:
And there are dedicated automatic and manual juice machines, which are appropriate exclusively for juicing either wheatgrass or citrus fruits:
The selection is incredibly wide and rich. No problem, our tutorial will surely help you find the most suitable juicer for your needs.
Whenever possible you should use only glass, ceramic, or plastic dishes and accessories because many of the vitamins are sensitive to metals. When they are in contact with different metals, some of the good nutritional values are lost.
For washing and chopping certain fruits and vegetables, some more time is needed. I normally do that in the course of the day, when I have time. I keep them in appropriate dishes and put them in the fridge, where they can wait even for a week (root vegetables), or at least some days (greens). In this way, I can quickly start fruit and vegetable juicing and I can prepare a very quality meal also when I do not have a lot of time.
For the preservation of cut up and for juicing prepared fruits and vegetables, I use only glass dishes and jars that can be well closed. Foodstuff in glass containers lasts pretty long; it does not get a “plastic” flavor even after a few days. Glass dishes are also easier to be cleaned and washed; the only disadvantage is that they can be broken.
You should provide as fresh and edible fruits and vegetables as possible. They should be natural and organic, from your own organic vegetable garden or from an organic food store.
Different researches proved many advantages of organic food. Growing organic vegetables and fruits is slower and that is why the accumulation of nutritious substances is gradual, therefore, more efficient and better.
Organic raw food contains more quality nutritious substances such as antioxidants, vitamins, enzymes, and minerals.
Ecologically grown, organic vegetable and fruits contain also less harmful substances (chemicals-pesticides), which accumulate in our body. These are not only the substances for a pest control, but they are also chemical agents that affect our health.
The taste of natural and organic fruits and vegetables is also much better. You can check that yourself; prepare two juices, one from organic grown fruits and/or vegetables and the other from non-ecological production. Let us know the result–any doubt more? We are sure you agree that there are many benefits of organic food.
By growing and buying organic food we also help our nature, we help it stay and become cleaner, we preserve its pollution with pesticides … We must bare in mind that we do not own the nature, we just rent it, and everyone should do what is possible in order to keep it clean for the next generations.
Only if for fruit and vegetable juicing fresh fruit and vegetables are used we have an option to use up fruits and vegetables completely, including leaves and roots. With fresh juices, we provide our body with the best healthy substances for renovation and construction. These amazing substances get into our blood already after approximately 25 minutes after the consumption of a fresh juice.
“Where there’s life there are enzymes” is a quote from the book of Norman W. Walker. Our body consists of enormous number of cells, which feed themselves with “living foods”. Live substances in organic health food are enzymes and they are the key factor of the effective healthy nutrition of our body.
Enzymes enable food digestion and absorption to our blood. Enzymes are preserved in a fresh juice. They are sensitive to temperature over 48ºC (118.4ºF); they become slow, same way as our body becomes lazy and relaxed in a hot bath. At 54ºC (129.2ºF) their life is destroyed, they die.
This is the fundamental reason why we should drink fresh fruit and veg juices and why fruit and vegetable juicing is so important for our health.
If we take withered, long, and badly stored fruits and vegetables, we will not get a lot of enzymes. Raw and fresh fruits and veggies are therefore really the one and only option for juicing for health.
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• You should properly wash and clean everything what is meant for fruit and vegetable juicing. There are special organic preparations for fruits and veggies washing available. They assure the removal of almost all the “dirt” from the surface, including pesticides and other harmful substances.
• Peel fruits and vegetables only if that is really necessary. You should peel organic produce with thicker peels, which could even damage your fruit machine when juicing (a pineapple, a pomegranate, a watermelon, a banana …) and you should remove peels with a bitter taste (a lemon, an orange …).
For instance: Pineapple nutrition is very healthy, but a very stiff and thick skin would surely damage a fruit machine when juicing.
Otherwise, peels contain the majority of good nutritional substances and it would be a shame if they were removed.
It is also true that the skins of non-organic grown fruits and vegetables contain many poisons and so they really must be properly washed. This is another good reason why fresh, natural, organically grown vegetables and fruits should always be used.
Unfortunately, except for your own produce you can never be sure. Therefore, to be absolutely on the safe side, you can use one of the amazing fruit and vegetable washing devices. Yes, it is an investment, but it is more than justified.
• Small seeds from fruits (such as a watermelon, a pear, an apple, a citrus…) and vegetables (such as a cucumber, a pumpkin, a squash …) should not be removed. They are a rich source of nutritional substances, so they should be juiced, too.
Only their taste will maybe bother you a little; for instance, the taste of citrus seeds is bitter. Anyway, just try and follow your taste and you will surely find the right proportion.
• You should remove stones from fruits (a peach, an apricot, cherries …). Pits would surely damage your juice machine.
• For fruit and vegetable juicing you must chop the ingredients into appropriately big pieces; they should easily fit to a juicer’s feeding chute.
Greens should be wound around firm fruits and vegetables. For instance: In order to achieve a better juicing result you can wind parsley sprigs around a carrot or you can prepare sheaves of herbs or greens.
I normally juice such sheaf, then firm fruit and vegetable parts or roots like ginger or dandelion root; and then I normally continue with juicing of a lemon or an orange, resp. one of more juicy fruit or vegetable.
• In order to ensure that you get the healthiest natural juices, the fruit and vegetable juicing process must be done slowly. Neither you should put the cut up pieces into the juicer too quickly, nor should you push with a bat (pusher) too strongly. Try it yourself and you will see the difference.
The best what you can do for your good health and feeling is to drink a fresh juice, just after it is prepared. If you wait, the juice can get deteriorated, it can ferment.
Anyway, if you cannot drink a freshly prepared healthy drink for whatever reason, here are some tips on how you can prolong its useful freshness:
• You can pour a spoon of quality, cold-pressed oil over the juice in a glass, and that will prevent the oxidation.
Such protected beverage can wait in a fridge for a couple of hours, but unfortunately, it still loses some of its healthy nutritional value.
Before you drink the juice, you can remove the oil or you can simply mix it with the liquid. The second option is from the health point of view better since oil helps digest the fat soluble vitamins.
You can use different quality, cold-pressed oils, like olive, linseed, hemp, sesame …
Olive oil suits us best. We enjoy fantastic health benefits of olive oil in combinations with different fruit and vegetable. In addition, olive oil is for us an irreplaceable natural remedy for many health problems.
There are water-soluble vitamins: C, B and B-complex, H; and fat-soluble vitamins: A, D, E, and K. Without fat, these vitamins are useless for our body. Therefore, the oils on the one side, contribute to the higher nutritional value of juice and, on the other, they slow down the digestion.
• I usually prepare a bigger amount of juice in the morning, I put it in full, well-closed glass jars, which I put in the fridge. Then we drink it throughout the day. In the summer time, when it is hot, we just add water.
• I also freeze different juices into ice cubes. We use them to improve water taste or just for cooling down a fresh drink. And it looks very nice and decorative, too.
• You can also freeze juice in plastic cups or bottles. You can easily take such frozen beverage to work or to any other place.
• For storage, you should use only dishes made of glass whenever possible. They are much easier to be cleaned and much healthier than the plastic ones.
But … homemade juice, frozen in a plastic dish, is still much healthier than “artificial” drink in whatever package you can get in a store.
How much juice can/should you drink is a very important question. Always slowly and little by little … you should start with one glass of a fresh juice a day and you should slowly increase the dose, even up to 10 glasses (four liters) a day.
It is possible that due to a huge consumption of natural substances you can get your ears ringing, depends of course on which juicer recipes you will prepare. Our bodies can detect very quickly if the juice is too strong and we can feel sick or we can get an unpleasant feeling in our stomachs.
According to Norman W. Walker, we can drink vegetable juice in a quantity that suits us, as long as we do not push ourselves. His rule is that the minimum quantity of juice, which still guarantees visible effects, is half a liter (two glasses) a day. If you can gradually drink more, up to four liters a day, the advantages will be visible even sooner.
Still, my opinion is that you should listen and observe your body’s reaction to so many healthy nutritional substances. By juice consumption, our bodies recognize natural substances, so they also react.
Many times, I was (and still am) a “lab rabbit” when it comes to fruit and vegetable juicing. It even happened once that due to too much and too quickly consumed juice, detoxification was too fast and my body’s reaction was diarrhea, nausea, and different headaches. Instead of feeling well, I felt sick.
I have learnt from my mistakes and you can benefit from them, too. You should always consider your taste. Gradually, you will also get used to the green leafy vegetable taste, which you can still always improve by adding some fruits.
With the fruit and vegetable juicing, you can get to know your body’s activity better. By self-observation, you can establish how your body reacts to consumption of quality, life-important nutritional substances.
And… how should you drink the juice?
You should always take small gulps; juice should be well stirred with saliva. In case you are very thirsty, you should drink watered juice (diluted with living water).
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