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By Jessica Van Eerde

Kale, spinach, carrots, apples, beets, pears…these are just a small variety of the many fruits and vegetables available for you to eat every day; however, most of us don’t consume nearly as many healthy fruits and vegetables as we should to ensure our bodies are getting the right amount of nutrients. One way to ensure you get the most out of your fruits and veggies is to juice. In fact, this is a way that many people either supplement their diet or consume their entire daily calories! Did you know that 95% of the vitamins and enzymes our bodies need are found in raw fruit and vegetable juice? In order to fill yourself up with the same amount of nutrients you would receive in one 16 oz juice, you would need to eat 10-12 apples, 2 pounds of carrots, or 8 pounds of spinach. Drinking freshly made juice releases a highly concentrated amount of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes into your bloodstream which allows your digestive organs a change to rest. There are different methods of juicing from the use of a hand held device to the use of a motorized “juicer.” There are several types of electric juicers: masticating, centrifugal, and triturating juicers; the difference between these is in how they extract the juice from the fruit/vegetable. Some leave more “pulp” and thus more digestible fibers behind; others completely extricate the “pulp” and result in a very smooth juice. The key is to find a way to juice that is simple and convenient for you and the results in a juice you want to drink. So will any old juice do? Sadly, the answer is no. The health benefits of juice simply aren’t the same from a bottled, processed juice as they are from fresh pressed juice. In fact, even freshly pressed juice begins to lose its natural value as soon as it meets the air. This is through a process called oxidization and can only be slowed down – not stopped – if the juice is stored in a tightly sealed glass jar in the refrigerator. Even still, it is best to drink fresh juice the day it is pressed for the most nutritional impact.

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There is a lot of current research underway that shows the healing processes of juicing. Not only can it be used for weight loss and increased energy levels, it has also been shown to reduce the chances of heart disease, cancer, and strokes.

There is a phenomenal documentary regarding the concept of juicing as a way of restoring health, “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.” It follows a man named Joe Cross, who has been struggling with excess weight and a debilitating autoimmune disease that doctors and conventional medicine have been unable to help, as he embarks on a new journey towards health. This documentary highlights the many benefits that juicing can provide in everyone’s life and is definitely worth the watch. I challenge you to learn more about the benefits of juicing and to find a way to incorporate juicing into your daily routine! ¢

Heartland Living June-July Issue 2015  
Heartland Living June-July Issue 2015  

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