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JUICING FOR HEALTH



 

February 20, 2010 on 5:23 pm
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I was chatting with a friend last week when she confessed she had a problem. Despite her best efforts her daughter just wouldn’t take her vitamin supplements. Like most parents, my friend was anxious to make sure her daughter had the most nutritious diet possible, but her first attempt was to try supplements. I suggested a different approach.

No pills, just vegetables, in the raw, most basic form. Of course like many children my friends daughter isn’t keen on eating vegetables, that’s why her mother had bought the supplements in the first place.

The way around the problem is to get the goodness without the ‘veginess’ by turning the vegetables into juice, and the ideal way to do that is to use a vegetable juicer.

The most common vegetable to ‘juice’ is the humble carrot, a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. It is packed with vitamin A and vitamin B as well as copper, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus chlorine, sulfur and iron. One reason it’s a good place to start is that is very good for you, but also naturally sweet. Carrot juice also combines well with other juices, so it’s a good basis for healthy drinks of all kinds. Many enthusiasts recommend adding small quantities of apple or mango juice to enhance the flavor.

A vegetable juicer, unlike a blender, will grate and press vegetables from their raw state, leaving juice which contains all the goodness of the original vegetable.

vegetable juicerThe end result is juice with no pulp. Carrots do well in a vegetable juicer, while bananas, the staple of fruit smoothies everywhere, are simply useless since they have no juice to speak of.

It takes around 8 carrots to make an 8 oz glass of carrot juice, and this in turn provides 50,000 units of beta carotene, the precursor of Vitamin A. Carrots also contain a whole selection of the various B vitamins as well as vitamin E and a huge number of minerals, rather like a multi-vitamin pill, only in natural form!

The published recommended daily dose for vitamin A is only 5000, which might at first seem to indicate that there might be a danger of overdose. The recommended daily doses set by government are those which are enough to prevent the diseases of deficiency. Most nutritionists believe that one glass of carrot juice per day is sufficient.

Carrot juice is naturally sweet, but you can combine it with other juices to make some really interesting flavors. For something a little different try draining the juice from a coconut, then cracking open the shell to remove the pulp. Add it, with 8 carrots, to your vegetable juicer and when complete, add the result to the juice from the coconut. Throw in some fresh mint to garnish and you have truly interesting drink.

These days we have a tendency to reach for pills and medication to solve our health problems, but in many cases our lifestyle is to blame. Human beings did not evolve to live out of the sun or to eat the complex, processed creations we find in the shops. Eating plenty of raw fruits and vegetables, and drinking their juices, is one way to redress the balance and move towards a healthier everyday life.

A carrot juicer makes it easy for you and your family to prepare healthy nutritious snacks and delicious drinks.

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