Juice Up Your Cleanse with 7 Healthy Recipes

By on April 1, 2016

Juicing and cleansing. By now you have heard these two words, but what exactly do they mean and how can they help you enjoy a healthy lifestyle? Read on to find out the details.

What is Juicing?

Juicing, as you might have guessed, is simply using whole fruits and vegetables to obtain juice. While this is usually accomplished using a juicing machine, you can also do it by hand, although it will take substantially longer. Juicing leaves the pulp (full of insoluble fiber) behind so all you are left with are soluble fiber, water and nutrients of the fruit.

The question often arises about the removal of fiber when it comes to juicing. Insoluble fiber serves to slow down digestion of your food. This can be both good and bad; it will slow the absorption of sugar, but it also slows the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Fiber also serves to make you feel full. Again this can be good and bad, depending on your goal. Looking at a popular juicing recipe, it might call for 5 oranges, 2 cucumbers, 6 celery stalks and kale. Eating this much food at once will give you plenty of vitamins and minerals, but will also make you feel sick and overstuffed, assuming you can eat it all. Juicing this fruit allows you to take in all of the essential nutrients without over eating.

What is Cleansing?

Cleansing, or detoxing, is the process of ridding or flushing your body. It usually consists of consuming just liquids, usually juice or water, for a short period of time, such as a weekend. The aim is to rid your body of all toxins and unwanted chemicals. So whether you have been feeling sluggish, bloated by your food or full or medications, undergoing a cleanse can help remove these harmful elements.

Why a Juicing Cleanse?

Combining both juicing and cleansing can do wonders for your system. You can remove the harmful toxins from your body and replace them with essential nutrients. Furthermore, your body needs energy to survive and it derives this energy from carbohydrates. When it does not have this fuel, it will go into a state of ketosis in which it starts using fat, or anything else, for fuel. This can leave you feeling very poorly and smelling even worse. A juicing fast prevents this as the body can use the carbohydrates from the juice for fuel.

Recipes to Get You Started

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So if you are ready to feel your best, prepare to undertake a juicing cleanse. The seven recipes below will help you on your way and will provide a variety of options for a healthy, non-boring, cleanse. For each recipe, be sure to thoroughly wash the produce before running through your juicer.

Beginner Green

  • 3 apples
  • 4 large celery stalks
  • ¼ thumb ginger root
  • Lemon
  • Orange (peeled)
  • 5 handfuls spinach

Long Life Elixir

  • ½ green apple
  • 2 celery stalks
  • ½ cucumber
  • ½ romaine lettuce head

Feel the Beet

  • 2 or 3 stalks Swiss chard
  • ½ lemon, rind removed
  • ½ red beet
  • 1 apple (cored)1 lime (peeled)

Ultimate Green Juice

  • 1 bunch of celery
  • 4-5 kale leaves
  • 1 green apple
  • Handful of flat leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 lime
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger

Easy Red Drink

  • 1 beet
  • 1 large carrot
  • Fresh parsley (to taste)
  • 1 apple

Citrus Red Juice

  • 1 apple
  • 2 red beets
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 orange, rind removed
  • 1 handful spinach

Orange Cleanse Juice

  • 9 carrots
  • 1 orange, rind removed
  • 1 apple
  • 1 slice pineapple, rind removed
  • ½ of lemon
  • 1 inch turmeric root

Picking a Juicer

The last step on your journey to juicing is picking a blender. This is an important decision as the right blender can make juicing that much easier and more enjoyable. But what is out there and how can you decide? There are two options when it comes to how the juice is extracted: centrifugal or masticating.

Centrifugal juicers work by pushing the fruit down into a basket with teeth that grind the fruit or vegetable into a soft pulp. The basket is spinning at a fast rate of speed so the centrifugal force pushes the pulp against the side of the basket. The basket has tiny holes that serve to strain the juice out of the pulp.

Masticating juicers work by pushing the produce down a chute where a slow spinning blade “chews” the food into mush. This is then pushed down a tapered tube which pushes the juice out of the mush. The end of the tube contains a tiny mesh screen to allow the juice to escape.

Recently, masticating juicers have become more popular even though they are generally higher in price. This is in large part due to the fact that centrifugal juicers heat up the pulp which destroys essential nutrients in the fruit. In addition, a masticating juicer can be used for other culinary pursuits, so you get more for your money.

If you would like more info regarding selecting a juicer you can go to juicerlab.com. Good luck on this exciting journey to healthy juicing!

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Juice Up Your Cleanse with 7 Healthy Recipes