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JUICING FOR HEALTH



 

October 29, 2010 on 5:22 pm
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Sometimes it takes an unpleasant event to remind us that, ‘the best things in life aren’t things’. We all lead busy lives and it can be difficult to find five minutes of quiet just to enjoy where you are, never mind work out your priorities for the future, but if you do sit down and take the time, it’s likely you’ll realize that your health is important.

The health of a family is one of most parents main concerns, but if you are to care for your family and enjoy them, you have to look after yourself. How many mothers spend time encouraging their children to eat fruits and vegetables, but fail to take all the nutrients they need themselves?

Taking care to eat the right things is very important, but these days it is an almost impossible task. How much time are you supposed to spend checking the labels of the food you buy, deciding which of the many food additives are harmful and which are not, and trying to make sense of the vast number of conflicting pieces of information distributed by the media.

One moment we’ll all die if we eat too much fat, the next it’s carbohydrates. One day it’s ‘Don’t go out in the sun’ the next we’re all Vitamin D deficient. Why? Because we don’t go out in the sun. It’s a complicated world and there are many vested interests spreading false or at best biased information.

One thing all doctors are agreed on is that fruits and vegetables are good for you. One way to avoid worries about additives and preservatives is to create food yourself from those fruits and veggies, and if possible, to grow them yourself.

A vegetable juicer is an important part of this more self-sufficient lifestyle and can make a huge contribution to your fitness level, allowing you to eat food filled with far more of the good things; vitamins, and minerals, and far less of the bad; chemical additives, food colorings, added sugar and pesticides. We all know the benefits of a good green salad, but using a good fruit and vegetable juicer you can create healthy drinks from green vegetables.

One excellent example is broccoli. Filled with vitamins C and A as well as most of the B’s, broccoli is also an excellent source of minerals such as iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Every one of these is absolutely vital to good health, but these essential elements can be completely destroyed when the food is cooked.

The answer is to eat the vegetables raw, and there are several ways to do this. For many the best solution is to drink the juice. A vegetable juicer separates the juice and the pulp which means you really can make use of all the healthful properties of fruits and vegetables.

Apples and carrots make very tasty healthy juices, but did you know you can use the pulp to create face masks? Tomatoes can be juiced and the pulp (plus some horseradish, onion and yogurt) makes a delicious dip for pieces of raw vegetables. Broccoli or cabbage pulp can be mixed with white vinegar and mayonnaise to create a salad.

There is nothing more important than your health. A vegetable juicer will help you preserve your health by eating the right foods, prepared in the right way.

August 7, 2010 on 5:51 pm
Vegetable Juicers


There are three basic types of fruit and vegetable juicers and within those, many design variations, so there is certain to be one which will fit into your lifestyle and budget.

All juicers separate the pulp from the juice; the difference is in the way that separation takes place and how much of the vitamin and mineral goodness of the fruit is retained in the juice.

A Twin gear juicer typically extracts the most goodness, and gives the highest juice yield. It will process most fruits and vegetables including wheat grass and other green, leafy vegetables and with the addition of attachments can often be used to make other healthy foods; pasta, peanut butter, and baby food.

A Masticating juicer is not as efficient as a Twin Gear juicer; but the masticating juicer can still handle a wide variety of fruits and vegetables as well as wheatgrass and other leafy greens, and has the advantage of being generally less expensive than the twin gear models.  Some models can also function as a food processor making it easy to create more meals from scratch and avoid the additives in processed foods.

A Centrifugal juicer is the least expensive model of the fruit and vegetable juicer on the market, but has a lower yield from most fruit and doesn’t work very well on leafy green vegetables, wheat grass or herbs. Because of the high speed of these juicers, many consider the juice produced to be of inferior quality to that produced by a twin gear or masticating juicer.
January 30, 2010 on 11:57 pm
Cucumber, Celery & Apple Juice
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It is difficult to imagine anyone saying no to a glassful of healthy fruit or vegetable juice prepared at home.

A vegetable juicer has become such an important part of the kitchen since it fully enables anyone to enjoy glass after glass of fresh fruit or vegetable juice at any time of the day.

Vegetable Juicers are already considered to be effective tools in helping people slim down since it produces freshly squeezed drinks that are rich in vitamins and nutrients which is an essential part of a dieter’s regimen.

People who have a vegetable juicer at home are able to enjoy a glass of freshly squeezed juice any time they want. And a glassful of freshly squeezed fruit or vegetable juice can provide more energy and more real nutrition than a cup of coffee.

Depending on the need or level of use, there are several other kinds of juicers that are available on the market today as well. The commercial juicer, as the name implies, is often for commercial use or for those who run juice bars or restaurants. The motors are designed and fit in such a way as to extract gallons of fruit and vegetable juice every single day. Often times these juicers have large mouths in order to accommodate large pieces of fruits and vegetables. There is the citrus juicer that is used to primarily extract vitamins and minerals from all kinds of citrus fruits. There is also the masticating juicer that is made to specifically accommodate harder fruits and vegetables.

When buying a vegetable juicer, it is important to take into consideration just how easily you can clean it after using it.

Vegetable Juicers often have pulp in the blades and the crevices so it is important that you opt for a model or brand that enables easy cleaning and maintenance. It is important that the vegetable juicer you will buy will allow you to easily remove the blades so you can clean it with a brush to make sure that no pulp remains that may damage the blades over time.

The storage capability is another factor to take into consideration when shopping for a vegetable or fruit juicer so it is important that you look for one that you can easily store or keep inside one of your kitchen cabinets in order to avoid having a cluttered kitchen counter.

It is also important that you read the user’s manual that come with the juicer and that you understand perfectly how the juicer works before actually using it; this is to make sure that you are using the machine properly and that you will not do anything that may hurt yourself or damage your new vegetable juicer.

Create your own juice at home using a vegetable juicer and this will surely be FUN for you and your family.

Fruit & Vegetable Juicers