The power of juicing


Commentary by Sally Bassett

The ultimate “fast food” is juicing. Vegetable and fruit juices are packed with concentrated nutrients. By simply by drinking a glass or two every day, you supply your body with many of the essential elements that contribute to your strength and general well-being. Once you start including fresh juices in your daily diet, you will feel and look better.

Juicing is easy, too. Just keep your kitchen stocked with a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit and you will always be prepared to have a healthy alternative meal or mid-day drink. You will also need a good blender. One well-known yoga teacher I met used a brand called Vita-Mix and mine has now served me well for more than five years. I just put a little bit of everything I might have on hand in the blender and push a button. In approximately 20 minutes nutrients are at work in the bloodstream.

One of my favorite fruit smoothies includes blueberries (great antioxidants), banana, apple, pineapple and almond milk. Knowing you often can’t get enough vegetables in a daily diet, I try to make one vegetable juice a day. It’s not unusual to include four or more vegetables, such as spinach or kale, beets, celery, carrots and ginger and maybe an orange juice base. It might be trial and error a few times but experiment. Each week buy new fruits or vegetables that you haven’t tried before – asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, cranberries, cucumbers, grapes, lemons, limes, mango, peaches, pears, radish, and more.

Other add-ons to a juice could include a protein powder, wheat grass, bee pollen, chia seeds, flax seeds and coconut oil. The latter has been hinted to make a difference with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease. Juicing would make coconut oil a great way to consume on a regular basis.

By drinking juice, you are eliminating a digestive process and flushing out toxins. It will also leave you feeling refreshed and energized, making your skin glow and your hair shine. I’ll drink to that! Until next time …


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