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Fresh juice is critical to good health because it is an important source of raw food. Each of us needs raw foods every day, and juicing is an excellent way to make certain you receive large quantities of such raw foods. They are easy to prepare and hit all through the year and good for your health – that’s a glass of fresh juice, which can also add glow and energy to your life. Fresh juices benefit us in the following ways:

  • They provide minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids, carbohydrates and proteins
  • Help improve energy levels
  • Good for the skin
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Make the bones stronger

Despite all the benefits that fruit juices offer, there are certain things we need to know about fresh juice.

Should we drink juice daily?

Drinking juice is an easy way to have two fruit servings per day that is good for the daily quota of vitamins. But, keep a check on the sugar added to the juice. It’s best to have fresh juice without any sugar or salt. Though such juice might taste a bit bland and sometimes sour as in the case of orange juice, you would gradually develop a taste for them. The best choice for a daily habit of juice is carrot, apple and ginger, made with only one piece of fruit. Carrots are sweet but lower in calories and have about half the carbohydrates of fruits. Celery is also a nice low-calorie filler. Have a look at the amount of carbohydrates different fruits have.

  • Orange –16 g
  • Grapes – 28 g
  • Pomegranates – 26 g
  • Pineapple – 19 g
  • Apple – 21 g

Are juices good for children?

Replacing water with juice for children can cause diarrhoea. Having juice everyday can help to develop lifetime sweet tendencies in children. So, juices should be an occasional drink for children. Eating fruit in its natural form and relying on water, as the source of liquid, are better alternatives. Nevertheless, fruit juice is better than having aerated drinks.

Tips on getting best out of your juices

  • Always wash fruit and vegetables – even organic produce could carry bacteria.
  • Include the stems and leaves of vegetables because they have a high vitamin and mineral content.
  • Drink a juice within half an hour of preparing it, or it can get oxidised by exposure to air and develop a sour taste.
  • If you must prepare juice early, keep it refrigerated with a tight lid. Or freeze in daily-serving-size containers immediately and drink it straight after thawing.
  • Include the white inner skin of citrus fruits, as it is full of beneficial bioflavonoids.
  • Add lemon juice to preserve the natural colour and reduce the oxidation of essential nutrients.
  • If you want to lose weight, then drink vegetable juices, as they contain fewer calories than fruit juice.
  • If you have a sensitive stomach or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ensure that you dilute juices with water (three parts of juice with one part of water).

Easy to make best combination of Fruit & Vegetable Juices

 

Carrot + Ginger + Apple  – Boost and cleanse our system.

Apple + Cucumber + Celery –   Prevent cancer, reduce cholesterol, and eliminate stomach upset and headache.  

Tomato + Carrot + Apple – Improve skin complexion and eliminate bad breath.  

Bitter gou rd + Apple + Milk –   Avoid bad breath and reduce internal body heat.  

Orange + Ginger + Cucumber – Improve Skin texture and moisture and reduce body heat. 

Pineapple + Apple + Watermelon – To dispel excess salts, nourishes the bladder and kidney.   

Apple + Cucumber + Kiwi – To improve skin complexion.  

Pear & Banana –   regulates sugar content.  

Carrot + Apple + Pear + Mango – Clear body heat, counteracts toxicity, decreased blood pressure and fight oxidization .  

Honeydew + Grape + Watermelon + Milk – Rich in vitamin C + Vitamin B2 that increase cell activity and strengthen body immunity.  

Papaya + Pineapple + Milk – Rich in vitamin C, E, Iron. Improve skin complexion and metabolism.  

Banana + Pineapple + Milk – Rich in vitamin with nutritious and prevent constipation

A glass of fruit or vegetable juice takes very little digestion. It goes right into your body and is a very yummy way of getting instant energy. Fruit juices can energize your life.

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