What if I told you that there was a way for you to lead a healthy life and pump your body with a high amount of nutrients without having to stuff your face with cooked vegetables all day, would you be interested?
What if I told you there was a quick, simple and tasty way to consume vegetables without getting fat because of hidden preservatives and sugar, would you be tempted to try it?
Well, guess what, I’m talking about juicing vegetables! Over the last few years, vegetable juice has become a popular topic across the world and with good reason.
Personally, I’ve been juicing vegetables ever since I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and it has made a world of a difference in my life. Not only am I disease free right now but I’ve never felt this great ever before. A huge part of that is because of the amount of vegetable juice I consume on a daily basis (about a liter a day now).
Nothing eliminates toxins from the body much like vegetables packed with antioxidants such as kale, spinach, broccoli, and cabbage. Also, the fiber from vegetables has an awesome digestive effect which often results in regularly passing of stool. Ditch those processed cereals and down a cup or two of vegetable juice early in the morning and let me know how clean and fantastic you feel!
2. Improves The Immune System
When you think about the immune system, think of Vitamin C, Antioxidants, Anti-fungal and Anti-Bacterial properties. All of these things can be found in many vegetables and fruits. Juicing them is a fantastic way to give your body a boost in immunity against germs and bacteria. Most importantly, it comes without the side effects usually attached with traditional flu medication.
3. Hydrates The Body
A lot of vegetables have a considerable amount of water content in them naturally, right? But, more so than that, some vegetable juices provide a well-needed boost in electrolytes which helps the heart and muscles to work more efficiently. Try combining pineapple, orange and coconut water for a mean electrolyte rich juice that is absolutely refreshing. When training, sip on any form of natural electrolyte juices to stay hydrated, alert and energetic.
4. Absorb A Higher Rate Of Nutrients
It’s an unfortunate reality that a significant amount of nutrients are lost during the digestive process, especially in people who suffer from leaky gut. To work around this problem, juicing vegetables is a form of predigestion that makes it easier for the body to absorb more of the available vitamins and minerals from vegetable juice in comparison to vegetables being eaten whole. You don’t necessarily have to pop multivitamins every day if you’re drinking a good serving of various vegetables!
5. Reduce Inflammation
Most of you who follow this blog closely have learned about the negative impact of chronic inflammation on our bodies especially in the occurrences of chronic diseases. From thorough research and anecdotal evidence, daily consumption of vegetables and fruits provide a well-needed dose of natural antioxidants and polyphenols that reduce inflammation.
My Sweet And Healthy Vegetable Juice Recipe
Now that we know exactly how nourishing vegetable juicing can be, I think it’s time you made the investment of consuming at least a cup or 500ml worth of this juice daily. I’m completely open to experimentation which is why if I tell you a certain vegetable tastes horrible when juiced, trust me!
With that being said, I’ve nailed a sweet tasting vegetable juice that is packed with Vitamins, chlorophyll, polyphenols, antioxidants and all those micro-nutrients needed to build a super strong and healthy body.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 Beets
- Kale Leaves (as much as you can fit in one hand)
- 1/2 Cucumber
- 4 -5 Carrots
- 1 – 2 Red Apple
- 2 -3 Celery Sticks
Mark my words, this juice tastes terrific and is insanely cleansing. I’d suggest newbie veggie juicers to dilute their juice with a cup or 2 of water and sip very slowly throughout the day to prevent bloating and gas.
As your gut becomes stronger and more accustomed to vegetable juices, you’ll be able to handle stronger consistencies and larger amounts at a given time.
When it comes to buying a juicer, any standard high-speed juicer will suffice but I suggest trying this juicer given its reputable reputation and price (relatively cheap). The only downside to high-speed juicers is the longevity of a fresh batch of juice. It should last 24 hours before losing nutritional benefits.
What If I Can’t Afford To Juice Vegetables Daily?
Great question! I totally understand where you’re coming from because I was also blindsided by the cost of vegetables in most supermarkets. If you don’t have access to a small local market that sells vegetables at a reasonable price, I suggest buying one or two vegetables in bulk at a discounted price.
For instance, every 2 weeks or so, out supermarket sells about 10kgs of carrots at a ridiculously low price. We pick that up and just juice carrots for a week or 2 straight. The latter half of the month is when we invest in a bunch of green and root vegetables for juicing! It’s a cost effective strategy with the benefit of getting added nutrients into your diet.
Another option at your disposal is dilution. Mix half a cup of filtered cold water with half a cup of juiced vegetables! It may not have as many nutrients as drinking undiluted vegetable juice but it’s certainly cost effective.
If all else fails, opt for blending over juicing. This keeps the fiber (which is still beneficial) but doesn’t require as many vegetables per serving.
Can I Juice ANY Vegetable?
Yes and No. Look, vegetables are so dynamic in structure that you can almost certainly find a way to liquefy almost any and every vegetable.
The one set back you may face depends on whether or not you have an allergy, intolerance or autoimmune reaction to a specific vegetable. For example, people who suffer from rheumatic diseases tend to get super ill when consuming nightshades!
I avoid tomatoes for the same reason. In very small servings, it doesn’t trouble me anymore because I’m so healthy but if I were to drink tomato juice or munch on a whole tomato, my joints will ache in that day.
Also, people who are not accustomed to eating green vegetables like kale, spinach and cabbage sometimes experience bloating and gas. Usually, as time goes on, your gut acquires the necessary enzymes to digest these green vegetables without issues but it takes time and it’s not a 100% guaranteed.
Be safe rather than sorry. Rule out any allergies to vegetables before juicing them. Start with small quantities and build up the ability to drink larger amounts per day.
Should I Be Aware Or Cautious Of Anything In Particular?
Vegetables themselves are pretty damn safe for consumption (given that you have no allergies and so on) but you should be cautious of pesticides, worms, and fungus.
Most vegetables and fruits are sprayed with pesticides that are harmful and dangerous to humans. To be safe, wash all your vegetables and fruits thoroughly (preferably with hot water), wipe and then juice.
If possible, opt for organic vegetables and fruits that haven’t been sprayed with dangerous pesticides either. Alternately, if you’re like us, grow your own vegetable garden!
Obviously, it takes time but certain vegetables and plants like Kale, spinach, and leaf based vegetables grow faster than root vegetables and tend to produce new batches of leaves for an extended period of time!
Will I Get Fat Drinking Vegetable Juice?
No! Absolutely not! There’s a huge difference between synthetically processed juice, fruit juice and vegetable juice.
The first two forms of juices are either loaded with added sugar and flavorings or natural fructose. Processed juices are obviously the worst of the lot because they are generally pretty damn void of nutrients and loaded with preservatives.
Fresh fruit juice lacks those nasty preservatives and still contain nutrients but the fructose from fruits high on the glycemic index will cause a spike of insulin preventing fat loss and possibly weight gain (also depending on the calories of that particular fruit juice).
Vegetable juices, on the other hand, are relatively safe and can actually aid in weight loss!
- Firstly, vegetables are usually super low in calories but dense in nutrients.
- Secondly, vegetables are seriously low on fructose or void of it all together (that’s why some of them can taste so bitter).
- Thirdly, the vegetables that are kind of sweet (like beets and carrots) are usually super low on the glycemic index and don’t cause much of an insulin spike.
So, if you’re replacing sodas and all drinks high in sugar with vegetable juice, you’re essentially setting yourself up for weight loss.
The deficit of calories from substituting sodas and fruit juices with vegetable juice is obviously going to make a big difference in your daily caloric intake resulting in weight loss.
How freaking awesome is that!?
And with that, we’ve reached the end of this article. I really hope you enjoyed this collection of information regarding vegetable juicing but more importantly, I hope you take action and start introducing more vegetables in your life. It could make a world of a difference on how you feel each and every day.
Feel free to comment below on what your experience on juicing has been like! Catch you in the next article.
Love, blessings and well wishes!