Best Juices for your health
Why juicing is good for you
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Eating plenty of fresh vegetables is one of the bet ways of improving your overall health. Ideally these should be from an organic source and a third should be consumed raw. An easy way to increase your vegetable consumption is to drink vegetable juices which is an ideal was to boost your health if you are recovering from an illness or have a low immune system.
So what are the best juices to drink? Organic vegetables are a much better option because they should include less pesticides and fertilizers and, if they come from a source should not have been grown using sewage sludge or radiation and should not be genetically modified.
It is wise to decrease your exposure to all types of herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides as these have been linked in various degrees to different health problems such as cancer, Parkinson's disease, problems with the immune system, fertility and a host of other health conditions.
The following conventionally grown fruits and vegetables make the best juices because contain the least residual pesticides: broccoli, aubergine, avocados cabbage, kiwi, asparagus, frozen peas and sweet corn, kiwi mango, pineapple and onion.
These ones contain the most pesticides and should be bought organically if possible: The most important fruits and vegetables to buy organically are peaches apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, pears, spinach and potatoes
Why Fresh is Best
It is important to eat your vegetables as fresh as possible to get all the nutrients you need so don’t buy any wilted veggies as much of their nutritional value will have been lost, as well as most of their biophotons – nutrients which come from light, which is needed for healthy cells. Fresh, organic vegetables are naturally rich in this biophoton light energy.
Juicing helps you consume more vegetables and also get more nutrients from these and also increase the variety of vegetables you eat.
Whether eaten raw or juiced, some vegetables contain more health building nutrients than others. The following chart shows some of the best juices, as well as vegetables whose juice should only be consumed in small quantitities:
|Highly Recommended Vegetables |
|Asparagus ||Escarole |
|Avocado (actually a fruit) ||Fennel |
|Beet greens ||Green and red cabbage |
|Bok Choy ||Kale |
|Broccoli ||Kohlrabi |
|Brussel sprouts ||Lettuce: romaine, red leaf, green leaf |
|Cauliflower ||Mustard greens |
|Celery ||Onions |
|Chicory ||Parsley |
|Chinese cabbage ||Peppers: red, green, yellow and hot |
|Chives ||Tomatoes |
|Collard greens ||Turnips |
|Cucumbers ||Spinach |
|Dandelion greens ||Zucchini |
|Endive || |
|Use sparingly due to high carbohydrate levels |
|Beets ||Jicima |
|Carrots ||Winter Squashes |
|Eggplant || |
|Vegetables to Avoid |
|Potatoes || |
Nutritional Typing and Juicing Vegetables
The above charts are brought to you by a well-known nutritionist, Dr. Mercola. He advises only to drink juice that makes you feel good and which you enjoy. So listen to your body. He also says that the different nutritional types should consume juices differently and offers a free nutritional typing service on his website: http://www.sssss.html
It is worth taking this test, because if you are a high protein type of metabolism juicing is only a good option for you if you follow certain rules to make the juice more acceptable to your system and to allow your body to absorb the nutrients it needs.
Dr. Mercola explains this in great detail on his website, but basically high protein types should only juice the following veggies: celery, spinach, asparagus, string beans and cauliflower and blend a source of raw fat such as cream, butter, raw eggs, avocado into the juice. If you belong to the other nutritional types you can go ahead with the juice, especially if you are a carb type.
Taste Tips for Juicing Beginners
If you would like to make your juice more palatable, especially in the initial stages, you can add these:
Coconut: Use either the whole coconut or use unsweetened shredded coconut. An excellent source of fat coconut also contains triglycerides, which have many health benefits.
Cranberries: This fruit has five times the antioxidant content of broccoli, which means they may help protect against cancer, stroke and heart disease. Limit the cranberries to about 4 ounces per pint of juice.
Fresh ginge: This spice helps boost cardiovascular health, lowering cholesterol and preventing atherosclerosis and the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL).
Better than Supplements
Dr. Mercola advises against using supplements and suggests instead eating whole, fresh organic vegetables and incorporating juicing into your eating plan. He also emphasizes the need to take your nutritional type into account because some people function better with more vegetables in their diets than others.
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