Many people want to know how to make juice at home. With today’s newly designed cold press machines and manual presses, juicing has gotten simpler and easier.
There is nothing like having fresh homemade juice that you made yourself. You know what you put in it and therefore, you have peace of mind on what you’re putting in your body.
I will give you some helpful ideas on how to make juice and how to get the most nutrient dense juice possible.
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HOW I MAKE JUICE
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This is how I make cold press juice at home. I use a Champion juicer that I’ve inherited from my father. It’s old but it keeps doing its thing, tirelessly. It even got high jacked once when my ex was moving out. His “health nut” brother took a fancy to it and decided he was taking it home. Anyways, with holding some of my ex’s stuff for ransom, I got it back!
I love carrot juice. Carrot juice by itself is very delicious. Period. However, it is high in sugar. When I make my juice, I will fill my mason jars with half green juice and half carrot juice. Carrot juice may have a fair amount of sugar but the good outweighs the bad.
If you want to have beautiful glowing skin, I would suggest drinking my juice blend. Half green juice, half carrot juice. Though my father and my late husband had cancer, because they drank at least nine juices a day, they both ended up with beautiful glowing skin.
It’s tough to be able to find the same ingredients all the time for your green juice. I always mix it up. I’ll first go to Whole Foods and look at their organic green leafy vegetables. I’ll a buy whatever is in season like kale, broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, romaine lettuce, etc. I’ll mix in a few green apples, red beets, ginger, whatever I feel would be healthy.
Carrots are easy to find. Costco sells organic ones in a big bag, for cheap! My refrigerator is filled with bags of carrots and I use every single one. If you’re serious about juicing, having a separate refrigerator for your fruits and vegetables will make life so much easier.
I’ll make my green juice first. I’ll wash and dry all my fruits and vegetables. Remember, if you’re adding fruit to your juice, like green apples, make sure it’s less than 20%. I have a special attachment for my Champion juicer that does well with leafy greens.
To make things easy to for me, I’ll put my green juice in a big jug with a spout for easy pouring. The same for the carrot juice. I juice them separately and keep them separated until I fill all the jars. If you do this, make sure to place the one you do first in the fridge, covered, to keep it cool.
I catch all the pulp in plastic bags and freeze them for my sister who has a farm. Her chicken love it! There are many things you can do with the separated pulp, like, make them into crackers, put them through a Welles People’s press to extract more juice or place in your compost.
Once I’m done with all the juicing, I’ll fill up my single serving mason jars. Make sure you choose wide mouth jars for easy washing. I’ll pour half green juice in the jar, then fill it to the top with carrot juice. I try not to leave any air at the top. The less air, the less loss of nutrients caused by oxidation.
When I juice, I make enough to last us three days. It just makes things easier since we’re busy people. Of course, it’s better to make your juice everyday but who has time for that? If you can do it though, the better for you! I’ll then stick them in the refrigerator and grab one when we need it. Most of the nutrients are preserved and intact when you do this, no worries.
HOW DOES A COLD PRESS JUICER WORK?
Now that you know how to juice, let’s talk about Cold press juicing. Cold press juicing is a form of slow juicing. Slow juicing is preferable as it keeps your ingredients cool during juice extraction. If things heat up, some nutrients are lost. You don’t have to worry about that with a cold press juicer.
There are many different types of cold press juicers, go to the HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST JUICER to see them. Do a comparison and choose the one that works the best for you. Keeping your lifestyle, needs and budget in mind.
Some cold press juicers are easier than others but mostly work the same. Feed your vegetables through the shoot and press with the provided tool. Your pulp and juice will come out in separate containers. Depending on your juicer, some will extract dryer pulp than others.
Some people will have a Welles Press on hand. This press will express the remaining liquid left in the pulp. Resulting is high nutrient dense juice. There’s been an enzyme study done and this press yielded the best with quality and quantity. Click here to see this study.
Cold press juice is one of the best foods you can put into your body. Dense nutrients that comes from fruits and vegetables that the body does not need to digest. Nutrients that go straight to your blood steam and will give you a boost in energy.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES TO JUICE AND NUTRITIONAL CONTENT
Here is a list of fruits and vegetables that you can put through a cold press juicer and the nutrients you can get from them. Your body will recognize these nutrients and use them to heal damaged cells. They will also remove toxic build up and give you energy to help you feel revitalized.
Cucumbers help control fluid balance inside and outside our cells. They are rich in potassium which is the primary electrolyte inside our cells. Potassium works in sodium-potassium pumps in cell walls. This controls the intake of nutrients and excretion of cellular metabolic wastes.
This is a very important process where toxins are removed, and homeostasis can return to the body. This will help bring you back to better health, no matter what condition you are in.
Potassium is also very important in transmitting electrical energy throughout the nervous system.
This leafy green is loaded with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. It is rich in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the blood of plants that will help in oxygenating the body.
Chlorophyll contains magnesium. Magnesium is the master molecule of the human body and is essential to over 300 different processes the body performs daily. It is the control switch behind the sodium potassium pumps in our cell walls.
Magnesium is essential to the absorption of calcium into our bones. Not only does kale have magnesium but it also conveniently is a source of calcium.
Kale is rich in iron, the type of iron that is right for our human body and is easily absorbed.
It is rich in B Vitamins which supports our nervous system and is a great source for energy.
Kale also had Vitamin C and protein. Dry weight of kale is 40% protein.
Dandelion greens are a natural potassium diuretic. It will help flush out unwanted fluid from your body without stripping your body of potassium.
Dandelion roots and greens produce mannitol in the spring. It gives support to your kidneys in releasing toxins more readily. It is said to be helpful in treating hypertension and heart disease.
They are rich in chlorophyll which will help detoxify the liver and in liver and gallbladder functions. It will help the body when there is imbalance and help restore homeostasis.
Carrots are a rich source of beta-carotene. beta-carotene is a red-orange pigment which the body converts to Vitamin A. We need Vitamin A for healthy skin, mucus membranes, our immune system and vision.
Beta-carotene is an antioxidant. Antioxidants inhibit the oxidation of other molecules. It protects the body from free radicals. Free radicals can cause cancer. This is why some all-natural cancer treatment facilities add carrots to their juice protocols.
Carrots are also rich in Vitamin K which is important for blood coagulation and promotes bone health. Has Biotin, one of the B Vitamins which plays an important role in fat and protein metabolism. Also has potassium and Vitamin B6 which converts food into energy.
Beets are rich in nitrates, which converts into nitrate oxide. Nitrate oxide relaxes and dilates blood vessels for better circulation of blood and helping regulate blood pressure. Nitrates also boosts endurance, which is valuable to athletes.
They are also rich in betaine and folate, which together help lower blood levels of homocysteine. Homocysteine in high levels can cause arterial damage and heart disease. Betaine, an amino acid, also helps reduce accumulation of fat in the liver.
They are rich in betalains. A class of potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that battle free radicals and inflammation related diseases like heart disease, obesity and cancer.
Celery is a great source of organic sodium that our bodies can effectively use. Sodium is the electrolyte outside our cells. It works with potassium in the pumps which control the flow of nutrients in and wastes out of our cells. It also helps in transmitting electrical energy throughout our nervous system.
Collard greens are rich in chlorophyll. The greener the better. They are also rich in magnesium, iron, and vitamin C.
They have plenty of vitamin A which is essential for DNA replication in skin type tissue. That’s why vitamin A is imperative for skin health. Collard greens also contain vitamin K.
Parsley is high in iron, which is a very important component of hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen from your lungs to transport it throughout your body. If you are iron deficient your body can’t make enough red blood cells.
Parsley has three times as much vitamin C as an orange. Vitamin C increases the absorption of iron from vegetables up to four times. It is also rich in calcium and magnesium. Calcium and magnesium work together in muscle contraction and relaxation.
Ginger is a circulatory stimulant that helps in delivering of nutrients throughout the body and the blood stream.
It is an anti-inflammatory, which helps to reduce inflammation in tissues throughout the body. It also has anti-platelet properties that helps thin blood and prevents clotting.
Green apples are a great source for vitamin C and contain pectin. Pectin is a fruit fiber that slows the absorption of sugars. It has a low glycemic index and that why a few can be used in juice.
Pears are also good to sweeten your juice a bit. They are actually lower in the glycemic index than green apples. They also contain pectin, vitamin K, and potassium.
Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin E. Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant, which help protect cell membranes from free radical damage. It also balances cholesterol and hormones, repairs damaged skin, thickens hair, and helps with PMS symptoms.
Tomatoes also contain lycopene, which is an antioxidant that helps protect heart health and prevent many chronic diseases. Prevents cancer, keeps your eyes healthy, alleviates neuropathic pain, helps with brain health and keeps your bones strong.
Basil is a good source of protein. It also contains vitamin E, C, B complex vitamins and is a great source for calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc.
Zinc helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. It helps fight cancer, balances hormones, fights diabetes, prevents diarrhea, increases fertility, supports liver health, aids in nutrition absorption and digestion, and helps with muscle growth and health.
Lemons are a great source of vitamin C and a great preservative for your juice. The pith is rich in bioflavonoids which enhances the absorption of vitamin C.
Organic acids in lemons alkalinizes the body, which then allows the body to release toxins from the lymphatic tissues. It will dissolve plastic residues build up in the tissues and fights against pathogens and cancer cells.
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