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Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Would you like to discover a simple way you can improve your wellbeing, boost your energy levels, and lose weight? Then look no further: read on to learn about the incredible health benefits of juicing, and how you can easily incorporate this positive habit into your life.

A Mountain of Fruits and Vegetables

We all know we should eat fruits and vegetables for good health, but this can seem difficult, unappealing and even daunting if your diet consists mainly of processed foods. The good news is that juicing makes eating fruits and vegetables easy and enjoyable.

You would struggle to chew your way through two carrots, an apple, a pineapple and a handful of kale in a single meal, but juicing converts a big mountain of produce into a more manageable glass of delicious juice.

Drink a Rainbow

Nature has created a beautiful palette of health giving plants. From beetroot’s ruby red to spinach’s jungle green, blueberries’ deep purple to carrots’ vibrant orange you truly can eat a rainbow every day. And you should: the various colours point to the different nutrients available and your body requires all of them. Juicing allows you to consume many more fruits and vegetables than you normally would so you can include more of these essential nutrients in your diet.

Energy Juice

Do you find yourself reaching for coffee, sweet snacks to help keep your energy levels up throughout the day? The bad news is that these foods can actually make you more tired. Taken regularly, caffeine stops having as strong an effect. Eating sugar causes a sharp rise in blood glucose, which feels like an energy boost but is quickly followed by lethargy and often hunger caused by the consequent drop in blood sugar levels.

On the other hand, the easily digestible nutrients in fresh juice will provide you with a natural burst of sustained energy without any side effects. B vitamins in particular are important for energy production, as they help your cells convert carbohydrates into energy. B vitamins can be found in many fruits and vegetables, particularly spinach, peppers, grapefruit, watermelon and raspberries. Grab a juice over a coffee in the morning and you’ll feel energized and ready for anything.

Immune Boosting Elixir

Your immune system works very hard; at each moment it is protecting your body from diseases and infections. The vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B6, B12 and folic acid are essential to help it carry out its functions effectively. The minerals iron, zinc, magnesium and selenium are also important[1] . Antioxidants — found in abundance in fruits and vegetables — play a key role in protecting the cells from free radicals and oxidation. They help to protect the body against chronic illnesses such as cardio vascular disease, inflammatory diseases and cancer.[2]

Healthy Weight Loss

Although juicing removes the insoluble fibre from the fruits and vegetables, leaving it inside your juicer as pulp, the soluble fibre will still make it into the juice. This is great news if you’re trying to lose weight because an increased intake of soluble fibre helps to balance blood sugar and regulate appetite.[3] Insoluble fibre can also play a part in weight control. It slows down your digestion, so your body takes longer to absorb energy from food. It has been linked to improved blood cholesterol levels, better blood pressure, improved insulin sensitivity and a lower risk of certain cancers.[4] Add a little of the left over pulp into your juice for an even healthier elixir.

Fruits vs Vegetables

Although fruits and vegetables are packed full of essential nutrients and should be part of your diet, you should try to focus on juicing mainly vegetables. The fructose in fruit can cause your blood sugar levels to increase so should be used with more moderation.

Vegetable juice, on the other hand, contains very little fructose, if at all, and will deliver more sustained levels of energy. If you’re worried about the taste, take it slowly. Gradually increase the proportion of vegetables in your juice over a week or two. It won’t take your palate long to get reacquainted with natural foods, and you’ll find your cravings for sweetness reduce dramatically.

Juice Cleanses

Juice cleanses, or detoxes, have become popular due to the claims they rid the body of toxins from a poor diet and polluted environment. The practice involves drinking only vegetable or fruit juices and water for between one and five days. It’s understood that this gives your pancreas the easily digestible nutrients and water it requires to filter and eliminate toxins from the body.

That said, you do not need to go on a strict juice cleanse to feel the benefits juicing. Indeed, short-term diets or quick fixes don’t work in the long term because they tend to be unsustainable, some requiring extreme calorie control or strict avoidance of certain foods. A healthy diet should be one you can maintain your entire life without feeling like you are missing out. When you start adding fresh juices to your diet, your body will naturally start craving the nutrients it’s receiving, so you’ll find yourself drawn to more wholesome and healthy foods.

Centrifugal vs Masticating — Which Juicer is Best?

There are two common types of juicer on the market: centrifugal and masticating. Though both work well, your choice of juicer will depend on your budget and the types of fruits and vegetables you want to juice.

Centrifugal juicers shred the fruit and vegetables into a pulp. These juicers work well with soft and hard fruits and vegetables, but can struggle with leafy greens such as kale or spinach. Masticating juicers squeeze and crush the fruit and vegetables into a pulp. This squeezing and crushing action, slower than the shredding seen in centrifugal juicers, allows leafy greens to be processed easily.

Masticating juicers tend to be pricier than their centrifugal counterparts as they are considered the better option. The slower processing of fruits and vegetables ensures more nutrients and juice are extracted.[5]

Juicing vs Eating

Although juicing is a fantastic way of including many more fruits and vegetables in your diet, it has its disadvantages compared with eating whole foods. You may not feel as full after drinking a juice because juicing removes some of the fibre. Juicing also makes nutrients more volatile, so in order to obtain the maximum amount of vitamins and minerals from your juice, you must drink it as soon as it is prepared. Your focus should be on eating whole fruits and vegetables, as these will provide you with the full spectrum of nutrients your body needs.

Juice Up Your Life

A good quality juicer and the desire to improve your wellbeing is all you need to start making juicing a part of your life and experience the benefits of this healthy habit. So if you want to get into juicing, why don’t you get yourself a good quality juicer, like this one. There are no limits to the combinations you can try, so your taste buds need never be bored and children love them too. What fruits and vegetables will you juice today?