Having a good beauty regime is about more than just the products you use. It’s also about lifestyle factors such as how much sleep you get, how much stress you’re under, and how good your diet is. We all know that fruit and vegetables are good for us, and a great way to help ensure that you’re getting enough of them is to try juicing.
The health and beauty benefits of juicing
Most people don’t get enough fruit and vegetables in their diet, and juicing can be a convenient way of (literally!) squeezing more portions in. Here are some of the benefits you can expect to enjoy as a result:
- Clearer, glowing and more youthful skin from the vitamins and antioxidants in vegetables such as carrots
- A boost for your immune system from ingredients like ginger
- Weight loss from lower calorie intake (be sure to do this sensibly!)
- Healthier hair from the iron in dark green vegetables such as spinach and kale
- Stronger nails from vitamins like A and C found in fruits including blueberries, kiwis and strawberries
- More energy from your healthy new diet
Why make juice at home?
It may seem quicker and easier just to buy pre-made juices from the store; however, commercial juice tends to have a higher sugar content and lower nutritional value compared to homemade juice. By making your own juice at home, you can tailor your recipes just how you like them, enjoy your juice at its freshest, and get the maximum health and beauty benefits from what you consume.
Which type of juicer should I buy?
Two of the most common types of juicers are centrifugal juicers and masticating juicers. The former uses a fast-spinning blade, whereas the latter uses an auger to crush and press the fruit and vegetables. Although centrifugal juicers are cheaper and quicker to use, it’s generally believed that a masticating juicer produces a more vibrant and nutritious juice. This is because it doesn’t introduce as much oxygen or heat, which helps to preserve the enzymes.
Taking care of your juicer
Whichever type of juicer you go for, they are generally easy to care for – you need to make sure you clean them properly to keep them running smoothly. Check out this article by Juicing City: how to clean a juicer: a blog article for an in-depth look at how to quickly, easily, and thoroughly wash your juicer.
Things to remember
Juicing can be great for health and beauty but should be done sensibly. Use it as a supplement to your diet to increase your intake of nutrients, rather than as a replacement for eating whole fruit and vegetables or as a meal substitute. There’s no need to put your body through a restricted calorie juice cleanse to see the benefits! You should also use a greater proportion of vegetables compared to fruit, to ensure that the sugar content of your juices isn’t too high. Finally, always wash your produce before juicing it to get off any pesticides or other nasty chemicals that might be lurking on them!