Juicing offers benefits for busy lifestyles

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Health experts recommend eating nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day to stay healthy. However, most people’s busy lifestyles make eating a fresh apple or chewing on raw carrot sticks difficult to fit into their schedules. Juicing offers an alternative that is easier to consume while providing health benefits.

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Juicing extracts the liquids from fruits and vegetables with the nutrients, and it usually leaves the fiber behind. The concentrated liquid that forms after a juicer is used on a pear or tomato can have many vitamins and minerals. An entire industry has formed around juicing with juice bars, grocery products and recipe ideas.

The health benefits of juicing continue to be investigated, but several advantages have already been found. One of the most commonly cited benefits is the ability of juicing to remove toxins from the body. Juice can also help improve immunity and help blood reach the brain easier. Some people use it to help them feel more energetic while giving them the necessary vitamins and minerals they may not get during the day. In addition, juicing is good for the skin because the nutrients can help boost collagen while fighting aging.

Most people believe that juicing requires a juicer, but Consumer Reports offers two alternatives that may help you save money. If you cannot afford to purchase a juicer, then your food processor or blender can still create juice with health benefits. It is important to know the limits of your machines, so broccoli may not work well in a blender, and avocados may not work well in a food processor.

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It is easy to integrate juice into a busy lifestyle thanks to the multiple options available today. First, juicing at home offers the greatest variety of options because you have complete control. If you work away from home, then you can easily transport the juice to the office and store it in the fridge. If your office does not offer a refrigerator, then you may want to consider freezing the juice at home at night and taking it to work in the morning in a cooler.

Juicing at home is not the only option, and you can visit juice bars to purchase fresh items. Juice bars will vary from city to city, but there are apps that may help you locate one close to home. They may offer a tempting range of juices made from fresh ingredients such as ginger, kale and mint. Some restaurants and bars may also offer fresh juice, but you also have the option of purchasing premade versions from grocery stores.

Juice from grocery stores offers convenience for people with busy lifestyles, and it is possible to find healthier options by carefully reading labels and doing research. Bolthouse Farms, BluePrint, V8, Odwalla and other brands offer different juice blends with fruits and vegetables. It is important to pay attention to sugar content and calories in bottled juices. Additionally, a store-bought plastic container of juice does not have the same level of nutrients as juicing at home, but it can be an easy way to get more fruits and vegetables every day.

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