Nowadays we pride ourselves on being able to multi-task. As women especially, we may find ourselves wearing power suits while we juggle kids, work responsibilities, obligations to family members, and wonder what time we have left to nurture ourselves. One of the best way to stay on task is to take control of our health and incorporate foods that are energizing and give us the fuel we need to make it through a challenging day. A great daily accessory that will energize you and compliment your power suit is a power juice. Juicing fresh vegetables and fruits can not only boost your energy, it can also assist with weight loss or weight maintenance, heal prevailing ailments, encourage detoxification, clear your skin, and improve your mood.
Juicing is literally extracting the fresh juice from vegetables and fruits. Why juicing is very amazing is when you juice you are able to consume a greater amount of vegetables and fruits in one serving, and you get all of the vitamins and minerals from the fruits and vegetables immediately delivered to your body. You can juice all kinds of vegetables in various combinations including carrots, beets, apples, celery, cucumber, broccoli, parsley, cabbage, pears, and many more. If you drink green juices, which incorporate leafy greens like kale, spinach, chard, watercress, collard greens, etc. you also are giving your body a nice dose of chlorophyll which gets the oxygen flowing in your body and will boost your vitality. Adding in roots like ginger, or lemon which is a natural antiseptic, is a great way to cleanse the body, reduce inflammation, and curb sickness.
When we are ill or have a serious health condition are bodies are in an acidic state. Consuming fresh juice which is alkaline, combats disease and illness and promotes healing. Even with serious conditions from cancer to heart disease, starting a juice regimen will have a positive effect on your health and aid the healing process. If you are dealing with a serious disease you can also look up juice recipes that address your condition. Beyond just improving your health, your emotional well being can be drastically improved as well. Juicing has been shown to improve your mood, and can help you keep your zen when all the deadlines are crashing down on you at the end of a tough day.
People are sometimes concerned about losing fiber, but you still get a good amount of fiber even though you have remnants left over from the juicing process. If you hate to waste what is left over after juicing and have a garden the leftovers from juicing make a great compost. Although it is preferred that the vegetables be organic, if you are on a budget they don’t have to be. Below is a chart which lists veggies into two groups the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen.” The Dirty Dozen are the fruits and vegetables you want to AVOID eating when not organic because of the high amount of pesticides sprayed in the growing process. The Clean Fifteen are the fruits and veggies you do not have to buy organic that can add a little wiggle room to your budget.
The best way to begin, is to just get started. Find a juicer that will be easiest to clean and durable, and start adding a juice into your daily routine. For weight loss and an energy boost, a power juice to start your day is the best way to go!