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Charge Up for Good Health

Juicing Vegetables: Healthy or Hype?

Juicing fans claim drinking your vegetables can turn your health around and give you more energy. Ar...

I have always been a picky eater. I was every parent’s nightmare because I refused to touch anything that looked, smelled or tasted even remotely healthy. So for most of my life, I stuck to a very basic -- and boring -- diet of noodles, bread and meat.

Then, in 2011, I stumbled upon the practice of juicing vegetables. I was immediately mesmerized by the idea of drinking my daily vitamins, not to mention getting in several servings of vegetables in one go.

But how would a glass of this weird-looking juice taste, I wondered. Would I be brave enough to take a sip? Lucky for me, I did take that sip -- and I’ve been a fan ever since.

The Benefits of Juicing Vegetables

I’ve seen a lot of positive changes in my overall well-being, thanks to juicing: I’m sleeping better, I have a lot more energy, and my diet has radically changed for the better. I’ve also heard that juicing has other serious health benefits, including a reduced risk of several types of cancer, clearer skin and a stronger immune system.

Could all these health claims be true? To get a sense of just how healthy juicing really is, I reached out to Farnoosh Brook, author of Your Comprehensive Green Juicing Guide, who blogs at Prolific Living.

Brook confessed that before she found out about vegetable juicing, she wasn’t doing well. With her busy corporate job and endless business travel, she felt fat, bloated and unhappy. “Nothing seemed to work,” she admitted. “The treadmill and the gym were useless and time-consuming, and the low-carb diets didn’t do the trick.”

Feeling fed up, Brook tried juicing and fell in love with it. “Before long, the stubborn weight came off, my digestive problems vanished, my skin was glowing again, and I felt simply amazing.”

How to Get Started With Juicing Vegetables

Ready to try juicing? According to registered dietitian Lisa Hugh, all you need to do to get the most out of it is follow these two rules: Avoid drinking exactly the same juices every day and juice as many vegetables as possible. “Eating a variety of produce helps us consume different nutrients,” says Hugh.

You’ll also need to invest in a juicer -- which can run you anywhere from $100 on up -- and loads of fresh vegetables and fruits. (Yes, it’s not the cheapest health habit in the world, but you can’t put a price tag on your well-being, can you?)

Finally, here’s my favorite recipe to get you started:

· A bunch of spinach

· 2 green apples

· 1 lemon

· Ginger (be careful with this if you’re new to juicing -- a little ginger goes a long way)

“Juice on and take good care of your body,” Brook says. “Five years later, I am still seeing these results and feel younger than ever.”



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