Juicing is not only delicious but a powerful tool to help energize the body and help you on your way to radiant health. The Australian dietary guidelines recommend for women over 18yrs to have a minimum of 5 serves vegetables/day and men over 18yrs a minimum of 6 serves/day, aswell as an addition 2 serves fruit per day. Few of us actually meet this on a regular basis so juicing is a simple and easy way to ensure you reach these daily targets.
I typically juice every morning and find it the best way to start my day! Here are some of the reasons why I think juicing is a great way to start your day:
Easily absorbed nutrients
I like to think of freshly extracted vegetable juice as liquid vitamins and minerals. The nutrients are in a simple form and easily absorbed directly into the body replenishing our cells. By juicing vegetables you are removing the fibre meaning the uptake of all the nutrients is a lot faster and more readily available.
Assists in incorporating a wider range of vegetables in your diet
Everyone has different taste preferences and may selectively excludes particular vegetables, by juicing them it enables you to hide them amongst the ones you do love to ensure you are getting a wide variety. This is especially good for kids!
Worried about juice being high GI?
Try adding lemons; the naturally occurring acid found in lemons lowers the GI of the juice meaning that the fruit and vegetable sugars will be released more slowly into the blood stream.
Things to remember
Vegetable juice is not a complete meal as it has little protein and virtually no fat. So I would recommend it as an addition to your regular meals. It is also important to remember that is very concentrated so don’t go too overboard, a small glass is usually sufficient.
Start by juicing vegetables that you enjoy eating whole, the juice should be pleasant. Gradually add in other vegetables and experiment with your own combinations. Then try adding in some extras such as ginger for a great kick, turmeric to bring it back to earth and fresh mint for some soothing freshness.
Some of my favorite combinations are:
* Carrot, apple, ginger, beetroot, lemon, tumeric
* Carrot, cucumber, celery, mint, kale
* Beetroot, kale, parsley, cucumber and lime