Why you should start juicing

Green juice slurp copy 2One of the things I love about summer is taking a nice stroll through the park after having a delicious meal with a glass of wine. Saturday night is date night and the time when I enjoy a glass of red wine with my dinner. During the hot months of summer I naturally eat much lighter enjoying the fruit and vegetables growing in abundance.

I also believe summer is the perfect time to clean up your act when it comes to your health and whatever else you feel needs cleansing (maybe your closet or under the bed).

The amazing fresh produce that is available in summer is a wonderful way to enjoy the season’s bounty and get full of nutrients.

What’s the best way to cleanse?   Drum roll please...JUICING!

Juicing gives your body the boost it needs to clean up (or out) your insides giving you amazing energy, clear thinking and weight loss.

Yes, juicing is one of the latest fads but I’ve been juicing for the past 20 years and I believe that juicing is one of the reasons I have stayed in great shape, feeling young and loving my body. Once you start juicing you will feel the benefits running through your blood stream you so you’ll never want to quit juicing. It taste great and helps you body feel wonderful.

As you read this I am in the middle of a juice cleanse. I’m feeling great and healthy.

Did you know that when you make juice from raw vegetables, your body absorbs the nutrients within 15 seconds on an empty stomach? Talk about an energy shot! No need to buy those sugary and chemical-ish concoctions from your local drug-store or mini mart.

Juicing is an all-natural way to boost your energy and feel amazing.

When you juice your fruits and veggies, you end up extracting all the water and nutrients from them and leave behind only the plant fibers. By separating the fruit or vegetable from its fiber, we gain access to all of the amazing vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients which are much more easily assimilated by our body than if we were to eat them. This allows your body to absorb the nutrients more quickly, without having to digest the dense bulk of the plant.

You can also fit an amazing amount of veggies into a single glass of juice, making it a great way to use up those extra organic veggies from your garden or grocery store. Plus, you will end up with a glass of deliciousness that packs a powerful nutritional punch.

Although some would say that the cost of stocking enough fresh organic vegetables to make daily juices can be somewhat expensive, feeling is that if you stop buying pre-packaged foods and snacks , you will end up saving money in the long run on your grocery budget and doctor bills. Don’t forget the true cost of eating unhealthy….your health!

One more thing before I go. While you can control the quality of ingredients when you are making fresh juice at home, always read your labels when it comes to buying store-bought juice. These juices can be high in sugar and have a high glycemic load, which may cause blood sugar imbalances. If you must buy store bought juices make sure they are cold pressed and raw. Now it’s time to get your juicer out and get the motor running!

Cleanse Juice

Serves 1-2

1 cucumber

6 celery stalks

1 handful kale

Handful parsley

1 bunch watercress

One lemon

Put all ingredients through the juicer and enjoy on a hot summer morning.

Leave me a comment bellow sharing your favorite juice recipe.