But unlike meat, vegetables are not always a welcome treat at our dinner table. Young adults who weren’t introduced to eating fruits and vegetables early on find it hard to include it regularly in their diet, making important nutrients unavailable for them. This is where juicing helps. A glass of concentrated juice is easier to drink than eat 2 – 3 servings of variety of vegetables in a single meal. Because juicing breaks down the vegetables and the fibers extracted they give your digestive system a break while making the nutrients become well-absorbed by your system right away without the sluggish feeling when consuming them instead. Apart from the less calorie intake in every glass of juice, some juicing recipes, made from combining specific vegetables together, can alleviate certain chronic illnesses. Juicing really makes it easy for anyone to stick to a healthy habit of including vegetables in their regular diet.
Some words of caution
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We highly recommend that you use organic vegetables only when juicing your vegetables. Conventional vegetables are grown using pesticides. Juicing raw vegetables will inevitably include components of these pesticides in your drink, something that could be harmful to your health in the long run.
If you only have conventional vegetable supplies on hand, make sure you clean them thoroughly with this vegetable wash recipe: ¼ cup vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda, combined in a metallic bowl. Mix together until the baking soda is dissolved before transferring to a clean plastic sprayer. Use this mixture to spray the vegetables and rinse thoroughly afterwards. Note that doing this will only lessen the chemicals on the vegetables but not eliminate them entirely.
You also need to consume your vegetables no more than 10 minutes after juicing them to maximize the nutritional benefits. Letting them stand more than this time will make the juice devoid of nutrients and rendering the same as useless.
Always remember that vegetable juices are not meal substitutes but only a good addition to your healthy diet. And during times of extreme illness when the sick is unable to consume solid foods comfortably, this method of consuming vegetables is most appropriate.