|To Juice Is To Be Healthy!|
For some people, change takes time and one thing that we would most likely agree on is that if we put more vegetables and fruits into our daily lives we would all be a healthier bunch! But how much do we actually need on a daily basis?
According to the CDC* (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) the RECOMMENDED DAILY INTAKE OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES amount you should eat everyday depends on your age, gender and activity level. For example, a female of 18 years who exercises more than 60 minutes a day would require 2 cups of fruit and 3 cups of veggies per day (based on a 2400 calorie a day diet). A less active 18 year old female (who's active less than 30 minutes a day) would require only 1.5 cups of fruit, and 2.5 cups of veggies (based on 1800 calories a day diet).
OK that doesn't seem like much does it, and it should be pretty easy to do.
To illustrate here are some individual examples of what would equal one cup: 1 Small Apple (remember "an apple a day"...), 1 Large banana, 1 medium grapefruit,1 large orange, 1 medium pear, 1 small wedge of watermelon, 8 large strawberries, 2 large plums, 1 large bell pepper, 1 medium potato, 2 large stalks of celery, 2 medium carrots, 1 large sweet potato, 1 large ear of corn.
And here are some individual examples of what makes up 1/2 cup: 16 grapes, 1 medium cantaloupe wedge, 1/2 medium grapefruit, 4 large strawberries, 5 broccoli florets, 6 baby carrots, 1 large plum, 1 small box of raisins.
Do you know what your daily recommended requirements are*?
Well one way to not have to worry whether or not you are getting your daily dose of vegetables and fruit is to "Juice". Juicing "extracts" the insoluble fiber (don't worry there is plenty of fiber remaining in the juice) from the food so that when it is consumed, it is absorbed into the system quickly. Drinking extracted juice also cuts down on the energy the body has to expend for digestion, thus allowing the body to perform other important tasks like cleansing and repairing the body. Plus Fresh Raw Juice taste Great! Granted if your diet has consisted of highly processed, fat and sugar rich foods, it may take a few glasses to get use to the wonderful flavors of fresh juice.
You'll find that when you start juicing, just the act of juicing itself creates a positive mindset that you are doing something good and healthy for your body. And If you juice just twice a day you will be making an investment in your health that you will appreciate in just a few short weeks. You will see results in how you feel and look very quickly! And to think eating your vegetables could be this easy.
You can purchase an inexpensive Juicer for as little as $70.00 or spend upwards of $2000 depending on the type of juicing you plan to do. For the type of juicing we do (juicing a combination of soft and hard vegetables and selected fruits as well a juicing when we don't have a lot of time), we use a centrifugal juice extractor. The brand you end up with should be based on how you plan to use it. So If you are thinking about juicing you might want to check out some of the reviews that have already been done before you make your decision. Here are a couple of links to some good reviews. http://www.consumersearch.com/juicers/how-to-buy-a-juicer ,
And here is a good video review of 4 popular juicers (Including the Breville Juicer which Joe Cross used in Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead). What ever you decide to use, making an investment in a Juicer is like putting money away for a rainy day, you are investing in your overall health!
*If you want to know what your daily requirements for vegetables and fruit are click here to use the CDC handy calculator to figure that out.
** A couple of other documentaries that have had a real impact on the awareness of plant strong consuming are "Forks Over Knives" and "Food Matters" The Daily Juicer-
(If you have dietary restrictions or food allergies, it is recommended you consult with your personal nutritionist or health care professional prior to making any changes to your diet).