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by Renée Loux

n When you start juicing, use vegetables that you like, possibly carrots, celery and cucumber. Later, begin incorporating vegetables that are new to you or that you may be less fond of, such as kale and beets. n While sweet fruit juice is a deli- cious treat, most fruit contains a fair amount of sugar, so use fruit juices sparingly to keep calorie and sugar content in check. Choose fruits that contain a large amount of water, such as watermelon, and fruits that are less sweet, such as pomegran- ate, for optimum benefits. n Drink juice on an empty stom- ach for optimum absorption and health benefits. n Ginger is a delicious addition to almost any juice and will aid digestion, stimulate circulation and balance blood sugar. Researchers at the American Heart Association and U.S. Food and Drug Administration have found that ginger can dramati- cally affect cardiovascular health, helping to prevent atherosclerosis, lower cholesterol levels and inhibit oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL, aka bad cholesterol). n Whenever possible, use organical- ly grown produce to prepare juices and prevent chemical residues from ending up in the drink. If organic produce is not available, peel or thoroughly wash produce using a vegetable brush to remove wax coat- ing and reduce chemical residues. n Drink juice that’s as fresh as possible to retain and obtain the peak of nutritional benefits. If you need to store fresh juice, use a narrow-necked glass bottle to reduce its exposure to oxygen, which over time, breaks down delicate, vital nutrients.

18 Hudson County Juice Up

Drink in Nutrients for Energy and Health by Renée Loux


e all know that eating an am- ple amount of fruits and veg- etables does the body good, but what about drinking them? Juices ex- tracted from whole fresh produce deliver pure liquid nutrition. Each sip proffers clean bio-available fuel, instant energy and cell-quenching hydration. Juicing is an optimal way to add more fruits and vegetables to any diet, particularly for kids that are finicky about food. Stripped of produce fiber, the clarified juice contains all of the plant’s health-promoting compounds in a form that is extremely easy for the body to digest and absorb. Fresh juice can be as- similated in as little as 15 minutes on an empty stomach—a true fast food. An array of

fresh juices provides a concentrated source of a full spectrum of vitamins, minerals, antioxi-

dants and enzymes needed to fortify, protect and nourish the body. Because fresh juice requires very little energy to digest, it allows the body to direct more of its energy into repairing cells and tis- sues. More, fresh juices work to “speed the recovery from disease, by support- ing the body’s own healing activity and cell regeneration,” advises Dr. Gabriel Cousens, a raw food advocate known for treating diabetes through nutrition. Many health practitioners believe that fresh juice also improves digestion by eliminating toxins, while facilitating nutrient uptake. Dr. Joseph Mercola, of the Natural Health Center, explains: “Most of us have impaired digestion as a result of making less-than-optimal food choices over many years. This

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