What you need to know about juicing
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It's so nice here in the Caribbean enjoying the tropical sunshine and the beaches. I'm happy to be away from all the cold and snow in the Mid West USA.  With glorious sunshine and warm Caribbean waters, we had so much fun at the beach. OK, I shouldn't rub it in.

It's carnival time in Trinidad and Tobago.  Our carnival is listed as the greatest show on earth. For the next few weeks leading up to carnival, there will be shows, parades and parties throughout the country. Many masqueraders hit the gym and exercise tracks to get in shape for the two days of dancing and jumping in the streets. Lots of music and energy flowing. 

I recently bought myself a NutriBullet and I am enjoying juicing. Fortunately the trees are filled with wonderful organic mangoes and carambola ( five fingers, also know as star fruit ).  Together with my neighbor’s limes, celery and cucumbers we are having delicious smoothies.


 What you need to know about Juicing

Juicing is becoming very popular among the health food community. Perhaps you already have a juicer at home.  Most juicers extract the juice from the vegetables and fruits but leave the fiber, nutrient rich seeds and skin behind. If your juicer is mainly extracting the liquid from your fruits and vegetables then you should be aware that you are  getting all the fructose (sugar) but fewer vitamins and minerals. This is because most of the nutrients are found in the fiber, seeds, skin and stalks of vegetables and fruits. So it’s better to eat the whole vegetable or fruit.  If you do get a juicer make sure that you get one that can crush the seeds, stalk and skin. It will cost you more but it is worth it in the end.  You can also use a high quality blender. It would not crush as fine as a Vitamix or the NutriBullet but should work well for most soft fruit and vegetables.

Pros and cons of juicing
With a proper juicer, such as a Vitamix or NutriBullet, the fruits and vegetables are broken down to liquid form making it easier to digest all the nutrients. This is helpful for people with poor digestion as it creates less work on the digestive system. You can add a variety of fruits and vegetables to your diet through juicing. Something you may not normally do if you are not a vegetarian. Juicing also gives you all the nutritional benefits from fresh fruits and vegetables that may easily be loss due to overcooking.

Juicing is not a replacement for eating a balanced meal and a regular routine of proper exercise. If you are overweight,  diabetic, or have heart problems, it is best to consult your doctor or dietitian before starting a juicing routine, as the excess sugar from juicing could increase the glucose level in your blood, especially if you are using a juicer that only extracts the liquid.
Knowing what fruits and vegetables to use to reduce your risk is very important. Lemon and lime are  good choices, as they do not have the sugar content as most other fruits and turn to alkaline in the body.

If you are taking any medication, especially cholesterol lowering medication, blood thinners, blood pressure drugs, tranquilizers, or antidepressants, it is important to check with your doctor before doing any juicing dietary changes.

Juicing tips
When buying fruits and vegetables for juicing go organic. Many fruits and vegetables are filled with pesticides, so buy organic as much as possible, especially strawberries, celery, chard, spinach. Click here for a list of foods you must buy organic. 

Bitter greens such as kale and Swiss chard, have lots of calcium and magnesium. Plus dark, bitter greens help boost your immune system and are full of cancer-fighting antioxidants such as beta carotene, vitamin E and manganese. They are also a great liver detox and revitalize liver chi (energy) in the body. So the more bitter the better. You don't have to suffer with a bitter smoothie of greens because they blend well with a few sweeter fruits to make a truly nutritious and delicious combination.
Add some nuts and seeds, such as goji berries, almonds, walnuts, chia and flax seeds, to get your essential fatty acids, such as omega 3.

If you are interested in losing weight, start your day with a cup of hot water. Then  make a smoothie with two handfuls of dark green vegetables, a scoop of protein powder, 1 cup of blackberries, 1 celery stalk, a small piece of ginger,  an apple or pear or pineapple, some nuts and flax seeds or chia seed. Do not use any commercial fruit juices. Just add water or coconut water if available. Later you can have a cup of plain yoghurt (low fat), with raisins, dates, and nuts. This should keep you feeling comfortable until lunch. If you have a glass of freshly made juice with your meal you will add nutrition to your meal and will eat less as the fiber will keep you full.

Juicing is also a good way to detox. Try using bitter, dark green vegetables and blue/black fruits. Include celery, cucumber, ginger, lime and grapefruit for a great detox. Remember to use the whole lime and grapefruit excluding the outer skin. The less sweet and more fibrous the fruit and vegetables, the better they are for detox. For more juicing ideas, visit psychedonlife and look under recipes.

Happy juicing!

Toxins cleansing juice
Here is a recipe for removing toxins in the body. Blend the following ingredients:
1-2 handful of rinsed spinach
1 cored pear
1 banana
1 cored apple
1 cup of pineapple
Water or coconut water

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