Juicing for Health
I love juicing, and I heartily recommend it. Here’s everything you need to know about juicing for health so you get started right and keep going for a long time to come.
When it comes to relying on juicing to help you cultivate a healthier lifestyle, there are several things you need to know. I’m going to go through these overview principles as systematically as I can so you’re equipped with all the best information to support your juicing endeavors.
Juicing for Health Tip #1: Settle in for the Long-Term
I can’t tell you scientific percentages here, but I’d wager the vast majority of would-be juicers trace the following trajectory:
- In a fit of inspired excitement, they decide they’re going to start juicing.
- They pick up the latest and greatest juicer on the market.
- They return home from the grocery store loaded down with a 10+ pound bag of carrots, a big bag of apples, mountains of beets and celery and other veggies they don’t normally consume.
- For about 10 days, they juice like it’s going out of style. Juice for breakfast, juice for a snack, juice for dessert–they go wild and love their juice.
- After that first 10 days, the golden glow of their new juicer and their lofty juicing aspirations dims down. They start making juices only a couple times a week.
- One month to six weeks later, half that huge bag of carrots lies moldy in the bottom of the fridge. The juicer is starting to gather dust. There’s no juicing going on whatsoever.
- Someday, they finally give up on the future where they actually juice something and list their barely used juicer on Craigslist.
- Another excited would-be juicer buys their juicer off of them, and the cycle begins anew in the life of this new excited juice newbie.
I’ve played both sides of that equation, and I’ve watched plenty of people ride the juicing roller coaster from start to ignominious finish.
Don’t be that guy or gal. When you start juicing, stick it out for the long term.
Juicing for Health Tip #2: Ease Into Juicer Ownership
In order to at least partially combat the phenomenon just discussed, consider getting a simple and functional juicer at first.
You don’t need the top of the line. You just need something serviceable.
Bonus points for you if you scour the local classifieds, Craigslist ads, etc. and get your juicer used. I guarantee you that if you watch your area, ask friends and pay close attention for a couple weeks, you’ll find a great deal on a barely used juicer that will do most of what you need it to do.
If you find that you’re sticking to your juicing regimen, then by all means upgrade. The highest quality juicers are things of beauty. They juice virtually anything, and the juice they create is amazing.
But if you’re not sure you’re actually going to make juicing a long-lasting habit in your life, don’t waste your money. Ease into juicer ownership.
Juicing for Health Tip #3: Make Vegetable Juice
When you first start out, it’s tempting to go with carrot apple ginger juice every time.
Maybe you’ll get a little adventurous and throw in a beet every now and again.
The thing is, those sweet juices don’t actually take you into the true power of juicing. Your body has enough sweetness coming into it regularly (assuming you’re like 99.9% of the people currently alive).
Instead of loading up on extremely sweet juices, start exploring the wacky world of vegetable juicing. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your carrot apple ginger juice; it just means that you should branch out as soon as possible, because most of the true benefits of juicing lie in the world of fresh vegetable juices.
Fresh fruit juices aren’t hard to come by. Most grocery stores have carrot juice on the shelves.
The juices that warrant all the headaches of finding and buying a juicer and actually buying and juicing your own fresh produce are the fresh vegetable juices that you can’t find in your local grocery store.
Get going making these juices and experiencing the profound health benefits they bring as soon as you’re ready.
Whatever you do, graduate from the easy carrot-, apple- and beet-based juices into juices that take a little more work to like. Your cells will thank you.
Juicing for Health Tip #4: Do a Juice Fast
After you’ve had a chance to get to know your juicer and enjoy making juices inside the natural rhythm of your days, you’ll be ready for a nice juice fast.
Nothing proves the power of juicing for health more than existing entirely and solely on fresh juices for a period of time.
Of course, you should never start a juice fast without first consulting a physician.
But once you’re cleared, or whenever you feel called to dive in, tackle a moderate juice fast. You can start with a single day. Three days would be better. A week will carry you into some solid benefits. And 10 days is probably ideal as a worthy initial juice fast.
Read up on fasting (I’ve got several articles here for you), and make sure you’re totally committed before you begin.
Then, begin. Go for it! Drink only juice for a time and let your body engage its natural healing and cleansing processes that can’t fully engage as long as the bulk of your energy is going toward digesting all that food in your belly.
Fasts can be pretty intense. You might have to confront some cravings and unhealthy patterns. And that’s great because you actually have the chance to rid your life of them thanks to the potency of a good fast.
Nothing reveals the health potential of juicing more than a committed fast of sufficient duration.
Juicing Isn’t for Everybody, But Is It For You?
Lots of people aren’t cut out for juicing. They’re too busy, they’re too picky or they simply aren’t interested.
If you’re reading this, then you must have an interest in juicing. Pursue it straight into actual action.
In a short time, you’ll figure out if juicing is for you. And if it is, welcome to a fantastic new health habit that will add lots of life to your years!
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