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Powerful Health Weapon ~ [Issue 0905-3]  Wellness Weekly
 Sep 22, 2005 09:02 PDT 

Copyright 2005 by Patricia Wagner

By the time you finish reading this article, you will possess a
powerful weapon in your fight against chronic tiredness and other
health problems.

This potent weapon is not new. It is well known by many health experts.

So what is this key resource to help you enjoy better health?

It is making your own fresh fruit and vegetable juices. When you
juice fruits and vegetables, you make delicious drinks that will
contribute to increased energy and enhanced health.

Why is juicing so effective?

Here is how this wonderful health weapon works: juices are absorbed
almost immediately into your body, thus supplying needed vitamins and
minerals. Cooking vegetables removes a lot of their nutritional
value, but juicing saves these vitamins and minerals. So you get
mega-doses of vitamins and minerals.

Let's say you make a carrot-apple drink from one apple and four
carrots. Imagine sitting down and eating all those at one time in
their original state! But you get the vitamins and minerals from the
fruit and vegetables in their juice and it is living! That is because
the vitamins and minerals have not been destroyed by the
pasteurization process used to make juice sold in stores.

How do you get the maximum health return from juicing?

Start your day right by drinking freshly-made juice. It is wise to
drink it before you eat and then wait about ten minutes (before
eating the rest of your breakfast) to give your body a headstart as
it absorbs the life-giving fluid into your bloodstream.

Do not let the juice sit around, but drink it within minutes of
making it to retain those precious vitamins and minerals.

You can also add to your fiber intake by using the pulp in muffins
and bread. Just add the pulp of your favorite fruits and vegetables
to your recipe and you will have a moist taste-bud pleasing treat!

How are fruits and vegetables prepared for juicing?

First wash them. Cut out any bad spots that you would not want to
eat. You usually do not need to peel fruits and vegetables.

What are some popular juice recipes?

1. Carrot Juice. Carrots are a favorite for juicing purposes. Put
them through your juicer one at a time and do not peel them. Carrot
drinks taste great all by themselves, but you can also use them as a
base for other fruits and vegetables too. Carrots and apples taste
wonderful together. Children love this combination taste treat!

2. Celery Juice. Celery should be cut into 3 to 4 inch sections and
fed into your machine at a steady pace.

3. Fresh Apple Drink. Just cut the apples into pieces that will fit
into the feeding chamber. You do not need to core them, although you
might want to do so.

4. Melon Thirst Quencher. You will need to remove the rinds but not
the seeds. Most varieties of melons are great for juicing.

5. Combo Drink. Add all different kinds of fruits and vegetables
together, including tomatoes. It is fun to experiment! But do not put
in vegetables or fruit that you do not like to eat because your
beverage will not taste good to you.

What kinds of juicers are available?

1. Centrifugal-ejection machines. These are good for most uses.

2. Low-speed masticating juicers. These do a better job juicing
spinach and wheatgrass.

3. Twin gear juicers. These machines work in two stages. First the
fruits and vegetables are crushed and then the juice is pressed out.
You get a higher quality drink because of this process, but twin gear
machines are slower than the other juicers.

4. Citrus juicers. If you are just squeezing lemons, oranges, and
grapefruit, this is the one for you.

The better the machine, the longer the warranty. The inexpensive
juicers are not made to withstand daily use. A powerful motor
extracts juice faster with less strain. Centrifugal juicers should
have a motor rating of at least 450 watts. Machines that use a slow,
grinding motor speed (masticating and double-auger models) do not
need as much wattage.

If making your own energy-packed juice is not in your arsenal of
health weapons yet, it should be. Step up your energy to a much
higher level by juicing your way to vibrant health!

Patricia Wagner offers informative tips on living a more
energetic lifestyle at http://www.a-to-z-wellness.com. She
is also an artist and you can view her original paintings
at http://www.artbywagner.com.
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