JUICING

Do you want to boost your immune system, loose weight or revitalise your body? Then juicing may be the best for you.

WHAT IS JUICING?

Juicing is the process of extracting juice from fruits and vegetables.

A fruit is a sweet and fleshy product of a tree that contains seed and can be eaten as food. Examples of fruits are banana, apples, just to mention a few.

A vegetable is a plant or a part of a plant used as food. Examples of vegetables are cabbage, lettuce, just to mention a few.

When fruits and vegetables are juiced, indigestible fibre is removed. Indigestible fibre are fruit and vegetable fibres that are difficult to digest.

Fruits and vegetable juices are good sources of traditional nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E, just to mention a few.

Citrus fruits such as grapefruit and orange provide healthy portions of vitamin C.

Carrot juice contain large quantities of vitamin A in the form of Beta Carotene. Beta Carotene is an organic, strongly coloured red-orange pigment abundant in some plants and fruits. It is a precursor of Vitamin A. Carrot juices also protects the skin from harsh weather conditions. It also makes the skin look beautiful and keeps it healthy.

Let us note that, not only carrot juices gives the skin a beautiful look. Other juices such as apple juices and lemon juices also contribute to a beautiful and a healthy skin.

Fruit and Vegetable juices also serves as a detoxifying agent for the body. Juices are generally alkaline in nature. They draw out acids in the body and the toxins are released via the elimination channel of the body, that is, through the sweat gland and the lungs.

Fruits and vegetable juices also boosts the immune system.

Below is a video of how some juices are made.

Fruits and vegetables can be made into smoothies too. A smoothie is a thick blended beverage with shake like consistency, normally pureed in a blender containing fruits and or vegetables as well as an added liquid such as fruit juice or vegetable juice, milk or even yogurt.

Unlike fruit or vegetable juice which are generally light,smoothies are thick. Smoothies come in types and categories , some are: fruit smoothies,green smoothies ,healthy smoothies, weight loss smoothies ,dessert smoothies.

Below is a video of how some smoothies are prepared

They also provide one more substance that is essential for good health-Water.

Water is absolutely essential for good health. The human body is made up of about 60-65% of water. Its quite unfortunate that a lot of people do not consume a lot of water. Some fear they’ll have to visit the washroom too often.

Many of the unhealthy fluids we drink such as soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and artificially flavoured drinks each contain substances that require more water for your body to flush them out.

Fruit and vegetable juices are free of these unneeded substances and are full of pure and clean water.

They can prevent a wide range of ailments such cardiovascular diseases, cancer and various inflammatory diseases.

So instead of drinking all these unhealthy drinks, get yourself some fresh healthy juice.

By – Nana Adwoa Fremponmaa Dame

REFERENCES

Photo Credit – Google Images

http://perfectsmoothie.com/what-is-a-smoothie

Video Credit : Smoothies – Tasty (YouTube)

Juice Recipes – Living Plantfully (YouTube)

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