Processed food can take a heavy toll on the body. That's why it's always better to go the fresh route when possible. That goes for juicing as well.
Juicing fruits and vegetables allow all of the vitamins and antioxidants to pool together into one awesome tasty concoction. And it's not just taste. Sure you can always decide to eat your fruits and vegetables whole but the overall benefits of juicing may surprise you.
For starters use organic fruits and vegetables in your juicing. Organic fruits and vegetables have not been exposed to the chemical fertilizers and pesticides used in traditional farming. If you cannot use organic produce, be sure to peel everything before you put it in the juicer. The peel will contain most of the harmful chemicals.
At the beginning of a juicing program, make juices out of fruits that you already enjoy eating. This will ensure that you enjoy the juice while still receiving some health benefits. If you start juicing using fruits you've never tried before, you may not like the juice and you're unlikely to continue making them, meaning you won't gain any benefits.
Remove pits and seeds from your fruits before juicing them. Hard pits, like those found in peaches, will leave unpleasant chunks in your juice and can damage the blades of your juicer. Other seeds, such as apple seeds, may actually contain chemicals that are harmful. It's best to remove them beforehand.
If you want your juice to be very smooth and free of pulp, try using a coffee filter or cheese cloth to strain it after it comes out of the juicer. Also keep in mind that the softer the produce used, the thicker the juice tends to be for example, tomato juice.
Try to drink all your juice in one sitting. Why? Because immediately after the juice is made, it will start to lose some nutrients. The faster you can drink it, the more of the health benefits you will be receiving.
Remember that vegetable and fruit remnants left on a juicer after juicing have the potential to grow mold quickly. Cleaning it quickly helps stop the growth of mold. Dismantle the juicer clean the parts and rinse with water until clean. If you must use a detergent use one that is very mild.
All in all, fresh is better than not fresh. Fresh foods contain no added preservatives or sugars or salts that are not necessary to your diet. Freshly juicing your fruits and veggies offer an immense amount of benefits to your body, inside and out. The next time you go and buy a bottled juice, just remember what is in there is not as good for you as you may think. Just remember to juice and reap all of the wonderful benefits!