6th June 2017, by Sally Perkins
Juicing, and in particular juice cleanses, are skyrocketing in popularity. By now you know that juicing entails the extraction or pressing out of the natural liquids contained in fruit and vegetables but did you know that juiced coconuts are a great source of electrolytes? Here are some more interesting facts relating to juicing.
Juicing Improves Your Love Life
While popular foodie aphrodisiacs generally include oysters, figs, chocolate and red wine, you can also whip up a healthy juice of aphrodisiacal proportions. Did you know that juiced celery, strawberry, watermelon and cherry can all give your sex drive a boost? Male pheromones are boosted by celery while strawberries are rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C which enhances blood flow and increases estrogen production.
Experience Juicing Benefits Quickly
The degeneration of enzymes happen almost as soon as juicing is completed and it is for that reason that it is recommended to drink the juice as soon as possible. Freshly squeezed juice has the potential to develop potentially dangerous bacteria fast unless it has been treated. It is for this reason that experts recommend that fresh juice is consumed no longer than 24 hours after preparation. If you are enjoying a healthy juice cleanse, then it best to prepare the juices as you go in order to maximize the benefits.
Say Goodbye To Cow’s Milk
Humans are the only mammals on earth that continue to consume another mammal’s milk after being weaned from their mothers. The reasoning behind this is often that cow’s milk is an excellent source of calcium. An interesting point to note is that you can get all the calcium your body needs from plant sources without being exposed to the health risks often associated with dairy. Spinach, kale, broccoli, collard greens and almonds are all excellent sources of calcium.
Waste Not Want Not
The leftover pulp from juicing can be utilized for cooking and baking purposes. Vegetable pulp can be added to soups and broths and fruit pulp to cakes and muffins.
Prefer A Thicker Texture?
Fruit with softer textures will result in thicker juices. Peaches, melons, apricots and berries are all examples of soft-textured fruit that will leave you with a deliciously heavy-bodied juice. If you are not a fan of a thick juice simply dilute it with fresh carrot, apple or grape juice for a thinner consistency.
Most people do not consume the recommended amount of fresh fruits and veggies. Juicing can help a person meet the daily recommendation in one drink. As interesting and promising as all of the above may sound experts suggest seeing a healthcare provider before embarking on a juice cleanse to avoid potentially hazardous food and drug interactions.