House of the Future in association with Garden of the future brings you our latest campaign which surrounds the promotion of healthy yet sustainable eating for South Africans. Our first segment of the campaign is in association with Juicers South Africa who is a company that specializes in juicer machines as well as professionals that are extremely knowledgeable in the field of healthy living. More specifically, juicing.
Juicing Can Be Accessible To All South Africans
South Africa is lucky to have a climate that is conducive to growing fruits and vegetable outdoors. However, not a lot of South Africans make use of our vast landscapes and perfect climate. Especially in rural areas. For that reason, we want to outline the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables and that South Africans don’t require expensive equipment to get started with the life-changing health lifestyle.
How a Healthy Juicer Diet Can Benefit All South Africans
Detoxifying diets are also called cleansing fasts. These are fasts that use juices and are designed to give your body a rest from the traditional, everyday diet of fast foods, chips and soft drinks. Detoxification cleansings are thought by many to provide a time when your body can rest and recuperate, while only healthful juices are being consumed. Detox juice cleansing is controversial.
Some swear by its benefits, while others cite that there are not enough supporting research studies from reliable sources to back the benefits. Be that as it may, juice cleanses are here to stay, and those that use them profess their benefits. However, before you decide whether the juice cleanse is right for you, here are a few pros and cons relating to the subject. As always, with this and any other diet and/or exercise change, please check with a board-certified physician.
The juice cleanse is basically a fasting period. Though detoxification diets vary, they basically share a few similarities. During the fasting period you are using only juices. These juices may be freshly juiced produce, or specialized brand named organic juices. It is believed that by engaging in a juice cleanse, you are flushing out toxins from the body. No solid foods or strenuous activities are permitted during a juice cleanse. Though some weight is lost during this time, this weight loss is not permanent, so no juice cleanses should ever be considered to be a ‘quick weight loss’ trick.
Pros of Juice Cleansings
- The feeling of Health and Wellness
Those who finish a juice cleansing that has lasted for at least four days report feeling a great sense of health and wellness. They feel energized and bright with an improved attitude on life in general. Most people state that after a juice fast, they experience a high level of emotional and psychological well-being.
- Breaking a Bad Habit
Going on a juice cleanse can help people lessen the amount of junk food they consume. Those individuals who are trying to stop or lessen their dependence on processed foods often report that juice cleanses are a great tool in achieving this goal. Being away from the traditional fare for several days makes it easier to abstain in the future.
- Getting More Great Produce Into Your Diet
A juice cleanse not only aids in detoxing your body but is also a great way to get more produce into your system. For four whole days, your body will be taking in nothing juice that is jam-packed full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and phytochemicals, all of which nourish your body on a cellular level. If your cells are happy and healthy, chances are you will be happy and healthy. It’s at this time, you are free to experiment with the vast variety of juice recipes available to you.
We all know and understand that raw veggies are great for health. Hence, we strive to include loads of salads in our diet. It is not always possible to consume whole vegetables and many of us find it difficult to eat the number of veggies that are required by our body. This is the reason we conveniently tend to skip it. It results in nutritional deficiency thereby impacting our health. Have you thought of other means to consume raw vegetables? Did you ever think of juicing your raw vegetables? If not then this article is something you must read.
Juicing is a great option by which you can get your daily dose of nutrients from raw vegetables. Juicing of vegetables gives you the vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes, antioxidants and other vital nutrients that the body needs. Consuming raw vegetable juices alkalizes your body, cleanses your body of toxins and at the same time energizes you.
Raw vegetable juices have powerful healing properties. Every vegetable has different nutritional value and varied health benefits. So when you combine vegetables in juicing, you have a powerhouse of nutrients that can be easily absorbed by your body. If you are planning to juice raw vegetables, focus more on organic veggies.
Best Vegetables to juice:
The next question that comes to mind is whether there are any specific vegetables that are a great option for juicing. Here are some vegetables that you can include in your juicing diet.
Green Leafy Vegetables: Green leafy veggies are nutritious and healthy. These include veggies like kale, spinach, dandelion greens and celery. Kale is rich in calcium, minerals and protein. Spinach is packed with minerals and vitamins and is good for the health of the skin. Dandelion greens are rich in calcium, iron, potassium and manganese and are very good for cleaning of the kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, liver and bowel. Celery is rich in potassium and hence good for reduction of blood pressure. Celery juice is a great choice for detoxifying the digestive tract.
Beetroots: These are a very good source of iron. If you want to detoxify your liver than beet juice is the best option.
Carrots: Carrots are packed with beta-carotene. This juice is a healthy choice as a liver and gall bladder detoxifier and also for healthy eyesight. It also helps boost the immune system and fight cancers.
Cucumbers: Having juiced cucumbers are good for body cleansing and is also good for healthy skin.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain a good amount of lycopene and hence very good for the health of your heart. Tomato juice also reduces the risk of certain cancers.
Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are another good choice for juicing. They are rich in copper, iron, potassium, manganese and Vitamin C. They have anti-inflammatory properties.
Cabbage: Cabbage is rich in folate and Vitamin C. It is a popular vegetable for juicing.
It may be difficult for you to consume plain vegetable juice as unlike fruit juices it is non-appetizing. Do not worry you can always spice it up by including herbs like parsley, mint, basil, and cilantro and spices like cayenne pepper, cinnamon and oregano. Be creative in making your own vegetable juices and enjoy its benefits!
This health segment and initiative information was in association with www.juicers.co.za and thank them for their wonderful knowledge when it comes to all things juicers and juicing in South Africa. We hope many South Africans adopt this healthy lifestyle.