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The Benefits Of Juicing

By Charles Hopkins Published 09/20/2007 | Nutrition
Everyone should include at least one fresh juice in their diet every day and until you have tried it you won't believe how delicious it tastes: Raw, live, fresh fruit and vegetables have so many beneficial effects on the body. Fresh juice can be made in your own home or purchased from a café and the health benefits far outweigh those offered by pre-bottled juice.

A fresh juice is made using a juice extractor: This is a blender like processor that removes the pulp and filters about 90% of the liquid matter into a cup or jug. Fruits and vegetables commonly used for fresh juice include:

- Oranges
- Apples
- Watermelons / Melon Dews/ Rock melons
- Pears
- Strawberries
- Carrots
- Spinach
- Beetroots

Many people also like to include a small amount of fresh ginger or garlic for an added immune system boost. Depending on your individual taste preferences, different combinations can be used for creating unique flavors. Some juicers will take a whole granny smith apple without requiring any coring, where others need fruit and vegetables to be chopped into smaller pieces so they can fit through.

It's fairly common knowledge now days that the human body is comprised of at least 70% water and drinking fresh juice is a sure way to stay hydrated. Each piece of fruit and vegetables is also around 70% water content, but the water is vitamin and nutrient rich for quick and effective assimilation into the body. Fresh juice will give you an energy surge and it will carry vital vitamins and nutrients to cells throughout the body the way nature intended it to.

Can you imagine heaping an apple, an orange, a ¼ watermelon, ½ a beetroot, a slice of ginger and a carrot onto a plate and eating it all raw in one sitting? You could probably do it but it would be hard work! With fresh juice you can easily extract the goodness into a tumbler, throw in a couple of ice cubes if you like your drinks cold and you have a delicious and healthy drink, which is also a meal. When you drink the juice form of the fruit and vegetables you are receiving highly concentrated nutrition, which means the amount it would normally take to fill you up wouldn't have anywhere near as much goodness.

There are so many health benefits to drinking fresh juice it would be impossible to list them all. Many people like drinking fruit and vegetable juice to detoxify their bodies for a few days every month or a day or two a week: This means they have nothing but fresh juices, fruit, fresh vegetables and water for the detoxification period. Since the enzymes in the fruit and vegetables are still buzzing in their uncooked form, fresh juice is pure energy to support our natural life force. While cooked, dried fruits and vegetables have nutritional value; it is small in comparison to fresh juice.

Whether you drink one juice a day or several you will notice changes after a week or so: your skin will be smoother, glowing and clear, your eyes will be bright and your body will feel clean. You will have elevated moods and energy levels compared to before and your appetite will possibly decrease because you are receiving all the vitamins and nourishment you require for the first time in a long time. Hair, nails and your immune system will all be noticeably stronger and you will feel calm and surprisingly at ease. Over time your digestion will improve, your bowel flora will re-balance and you could possibly cure any disease or illness in your body.

A good way to start with fresh juice, is to do a detoxification for a day or two initially to clean your system out and relax your digestion. Then you can start your new routine of having one fresh juice first thing each morning or perhaps even one with breakfast and lunch, whichever you prefer.

This is not a change you will ever regret and you will start to look more seriously at all the beverages you consume as you come to realize how beneficial a fresh juice can actually be to your health.