I’ve been a passionate juicer for a few years now, and I get all my clients into it, sooner or later, whether they’re jumping at the chance, or if I have to bribe them with a blend before they realize they’ve been converted. I basically think juicing is the single best thing you can do for your health from a diet perspective. It’s the only way most of us are going to get as much fresh produce into our diets as we really need, and in my book, it has basically no downside.
So, why do it? That’s a question I get a lot. A fair number of people hear me start talking about juicing and roll their eyes, because they think it’s a fad that’s going to go away as suddenly as it took off. Don’t worry, juicing fans. It’s not going anywhere. There are some very valid reasons why juicing is here to stay.
First off it gives you lots of nutrition at once, like a tasty and drinkable multivitamin. No matter how well you do at cooking, chances are you’re probably not gonna end up fitting 7-9 cups of fresh produce in, which is what’s currently recommended as a minimum. I know I don’t normally get to that in meals, even though I probably have two servings of either fruits of vegetables at each meal. Juicing gets you several servings at once, in one glass. Most of us can’t beat that for efficiency unless you want to spend all afternoon eating a salad.
That’s why juicing is so convenient. It’s a quick way to consume lots of servings of raw and fresh produce. That’s right, it’s raw. Remember, cooked vegetables aren’t nearly as good in terms of nutrition, so you really do have to eat it mostly raw. That’s just not gonna happen, like I said, for most of us, so the convenience factor is a huge selling point for juicing, especially for my clients who work a lot and don’t have time to prep and eat elaborate meals.
And assuming you blend lots of different fruits and veggies like you’re supposed to, you also get a wider range of nutrients in juice than you would in a meal, because you don’t have to think about how different textures work together or things like that.
Ok, so aside from all those factors, juice is just crazy nutritious. It has vitamins, minerals, live enzymes, and lots of other micronutrients. Yeah, you could eat them all in theory, but like I said, most of us don’t. And juicing also gives you everything in a form that’s way easier for your guts to handle, so you end up absorbing more of the nutrients you put into your system. Thanks to all the goodness, it helps you recover from workouts and stay active through the whole session.
Alright, so now that I’ve convinced you to get juicing in the produce section as well as in the weightroom, I have some advice for you about which juicers to get, because I know it gets kind of complicated to figure out where you’re supposed to start. A lot of sites also seem to think you’re going to be an insane nutrition nut and use slow juicers that take hours, so I always send my clients to some juicer reviews for beginners that are more realistic about what actual people have time for.
I like the KitchenAid maximum extraction one for most of my home juicing. It’s a cool hybrid that has features from slow juicers and fast juicers all in one. Basically, it has a blade which makes it fast like a centrifugal juicer, but it also has a squeezing function that makes it really efficient like a slow juicer so you get more from your produce and save money. I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to juice lots of different things, so click here to check that out.
If you’re kind of overwhelmed by starting with lots of different juice blends, and you’re not alone, I would say that a citrus juicer is a good place to start with something simple that you can have with breakfast to get in the habit. You can upgrade and start using different produce later on. Cuisinart makes a really good citrus juicer that I keep in my office for morning OJ.
Alright, folks, that’s all for today, but I hope you’re as excited as I am about the difference juicing can make in your health and fitness routine. Click this and go get ‘em!