Drink your veggiesBy Emmarose Policarpio
Philippine Daily Inquirer
We can never outgrow our need for vegetables. Truth be told, not everyone is fond of eating these foods, so they are missing out on certain nutrients needed to stay fit and healthy. But drinking your veggies is an entirely different story.
Juicing is the latest buzzword sweeping across the spa community and among the health-conscious. Not to be confused with “blending,” juicing uses a different kind of electronic appliance designed specifically for this purpose.
Just like other methods claiming to offer optimal health, however, juicing is also faced with skepticism from different groups, saying that it’s just another fad diet. However, proponents are firm in their belief that juicing can be an antidote to bad health. Here are some findings that will help you consider making juicing a part of your healthy diet.
Getting more than you can eat. If you’re not eating enough vegetables, then drinking it should be the practical solution. Juicing also allows faster absorption of vitamins and antioxidants extracted from fresh produce. Juicing has been credited for alleviating skin diseases and immune disorders, and even stabilizing high blood pressure.
Easing the digestive burden. Drinking raw vegetables is believed to make the digestive system function more efficiently. It takes less energy to digest food in liquid form. Digestion also becomes speedier because juicing means you eat only one type of food at a time.
Juice moderately. Juicing, like exercise, can produce best results when combined with a healthy diet. Going on a juice diet is not really necessary as you also get the healing effects when juice is taken together with your regular good.
Endless possibilities. There are no limits to what you can put into your juicer. You can experiment by combining different veggies and adding some fruits for taste and nutrition. Adding beet, apple or carrot usually sweetens the extract.
If you do try juicing, keep in mind the following useful tips so you can make the most out of your juicing experience:
1. Fresh fruits are naturally sweet, but vegetables aren’t. Add in some fruits or carrots to your veggie juice; if you want it sweeter, throw an apple or pear into your mix.
2. Choose fresh and organic ingredients as much as possible. Fresh ingredients mean more nutritional value and tastier juices, while organic ingredients make for healthier juice, since these weren’t sprayed with chemical pesticides.
3. Juicers automatically shred off and break down vegetable skins. It’s best to peel off the skin and add it to the extract because that’s where much of the nutritional value is.
4. Invest in a good juicer, one that is reasonably priced yet makes good juice extracts, and is easy to clean.
5. Vary your ingredients, not just for your palate’s sake, but also for the nutritional value.
There are really no set rules to juicing. You are free to experiment with different combinations of fruits and veggies until you get used to the taste. Whatever your preferences, the goal is to reap the health benefits of fruits and veggies and savor their deliciousness.