Fresh juice helps to detoxify the body and it contains essential vitamins, minerals, and enzymes which strengthen the body. Consuming fresh produce is indeed one of the secrets to longevity.
Each fruit has its own benefits. Citrus juices can help to reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and prevent blood clots. Apples are high in fiber. They help to improve digestion, prevent constipation, and treat diabetes.
Each vegetable also has its own benefits. Celery, for example, can help to reduce high blood pressure, prevent kidney or gallstones, and ward off cancer. Carrots are good for your eyes, skin, and liver. Chard, kale, lettuce, spinach, and watercress also contain many beneficial nutrients.
Make juice in your blender. Depending on how powerful it is, you should be able to make fresh juices with soft fruits and vegetables such as bananas, blueberries, cucumber, kiwi, oranges, pineapple pieces, strawberries, and tomatoes. I love my Blendtec blender, which is powerful enough to turn most produce into juice!
Invest in a high quality juicer. If you’re short on countertop space, give away your microwave or toaster to make room for a juicer. Professional juicers can turn just about any fruit or vegetable into juice.
Many juice drinks begin with a main ingredient of orange, apple, or carrot. To any of these you can add one or more additional ingredients for an infinite combination of delightful drinks. Check out Juice Recipes for suggestions on how to customize juice mixes to your health needs.
Bottled juices don’t have the same benefits. Although the pasteurization process kills bad bacteria, it also kills good enzymes. Most bottled juices also contain sugars and not-so-healthful preservatives to extend their shelf-life. Some bottled juices are better than others. Naked Juice, for example, is committed to sustainability and good health.
Go to juice bars instead of cafes. When you feel tired, have a fresh juice drink instead of a coffee. It will give you an energy and health boost at the same time. Confirm that they’re using fresh fruits and vegetables, and not adding sugar or other flavor-enhancers.
Most centenarians have fueled their bodies for decades with an abundance of fruits and vegetables. In restaurants and cafes throughout Hong Kong and Okinawa, home to many centenarians, it’s quite common to find fresh juice on the menu. Fresh juice gives you one more way to consume produce and help ensure that you get an ample dose of living vitamins every day.