On one hand, I hate beets. Loathe them entirely. Like, if beets were the last food on the planet I would probably starve to death fairly quickly.
But on the other hand, I am a healthy person who knows healthy foods. I know beets contain vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals my body needs. I know this because of their deep, rich color and the fact that they come from the ground, fed by sunshine and soil.
My dilemma with beets is precisely why I was so quick to jump on the juicing bandwagon.
Juicing takes fruits and vegetables that we don’t get enough of in our daily diets and turns them into sip-able goodness. Mix the right combinations together and you get delicious liquid creations that can cleanse, detox, hydrate and heal your body from the inside out. I like to think of food as medicine that can either help or hurt, and a delicious juice has powerful nutritional benefits.
The reason that nutrients are so powerful in juices is because they are at their most basic form, which our bodies can absorb and start using quickly and effectively. Juicing can also help take our body from an acidic state to a more alkaline state, which helps your body’s pH balance.
I suggest starting out by using juice as a meal or snack replacement a few times per week. A lot of people think of full-on, nothing-but-juice cleanses when they think of juicing, but that definitely does not have to be the case. You get far more benefits by incorporating juice into your daily or weekly habits instead of binging on juice for three days and then completely forgetting about it afterwards.
If you do decide to start drinking juice on your path to better health, you’ll then need to decide whether to juice out or juice at home.
BENEFITS TO JUICING OUT
There’s no guessing. Trying to figure out what produce to use in which combination can be overwhelming. You’ll either stick to juices that are “safe” and only use ingredients you are already familiar with anyway, or your first juice will taste terrible and you’ll hang up your juicing hat forever. Kitt Doss, the owner of Sambafresh in Upper Arlington, has taken all of the guess work out of juicing by creating raw, vegan and gourmet juice recipes that you are sure to love.
It’s more convenient. Sambafresh makes juice every day, whether you go out and buy it or not. Why spend the time preparing, juicing and then cleaning up every single day? You can buy your juices up to 72 hours in advance and store them in your refrigerator.
You’ll drink ingredients that are hard to find. One of my favorite Sambafresh juices includes dandelion greens. I don’t know where you shop, but I have never been able to find dandelion greens in my local grocery store. As a nutrition junkie, I know that there are nutrients and phytochemicals in dandelion greens that aren’t found in the spinach that makes up just about all of my leafy-green diet. Juicing out helps me expand my nutrient horizons by allowing me to consume fruits and veggies that I might not otherwise.
BENEFITS TO JUICING IN
You have all the control. This is probably the most obvious benefit. You are buying the ingredients, so you are deciding exactly what is going into your juices. If you are currently replacing one meal a day, seven days a week with juice, then you’re probably ready to make the commitment to buying a juicer. You know what your body needs and what combinations work well together.
You can extract instead of juice.
My main issue with juicing from home was all the waste I had to throw out. I then turned my attention to purchasing an extractor, which completely pulverizes fruits, vegetables and nuts into a juice-like consistency. I currently use the NutriBullet, which satisfies my need for fresh and nutritious plant-based drinks between my visits to local juicers like Sambafresh.
You can juice anytime you want.
Of course, Sambafresh has times when they are not open for business. If you are an early riser who has just discovered you are out of your favorite breakfast juice, then you are out of luck for the day. If you own a juicer and keep your fridge stocked with fresh ingredients, then you will always have juice on hand. Whether you decide to get your juices at the shop or make them at home, juicing can increase your energy levels, revitalize organs and improve the health of your entire body. I’ll definitely drink to that.
Thinking about trying a juice cleanse? Here are a few things to do before, during and after a complete cleanse.[tabs][tab title=”Before”]Wean your body off of caffeine and alcohol starting three days prior to the first day of your cleanse.[/tab]
>[tab title=”Do Your Research”]Make sure your juice is coming from a reputable juicer. Drink at least 64 ounces of water every day starting three days prior to the first day of your cleanse to hydrate your cells.[/tab] [tab title=”During”]Lay off the intense exercise. Juice is not naturally high in protein, so you won’t be repairing muscle damage from tough workouts during a cleanse. Get lots of sleep. People report feeling fatigued during a cleanse, but that’s mostly from not getting enough sleep at night! Continue drinking at least 64 ounces of water every day. [/tab] [tab title=”After”]Make sure you include more plant-based foods into your daily diet. Continue to make fresh, healthy juices as part of your daily or weekly routine.[/tab][/tabs]