How to use Super Juices
You want to be healthy, you want your family to be healthy and we want you to be healthy. Thissection of Juicingcafe.com will help you along the road to better health simply by adding the joy of juicing – squeezing the nutrient-laden essences out of fresh fruits and vegetables – to your everyday life.
‘But why bother?’ you ask. ‘There’s all that peeling and chopping and yet another machine (the) to clean.’ There are several reasons. The first is that juicing is the fool-proof way of adding wonderful life-giving, life-enhancing and life-protecting vitamins, minerals and natural food chemicals to your diet. Sure, you could take pills, but they contain only the nutrients we know about in artificial form. On the other hand, the nutrients in fresh juice are more easily absorbed by the body. What’s more, it contains trace elements, vitamins and minerals that scientists are only just beginning to discover. Buy a juicer and try these recipes daily for a month; at the end of it, you’ll look better, feel better and you’ll be better.
‘Can’t I just buy ready-made juices at the supermarket?’ Not if you want to reap the real benefits of juicing. There’s no comparison between fresh and commercial juices; even ‘freshly squeezed’ ones have been in the bottle for several days, losing vitamins. Processed varieties are reconstituted concentrates that are vitamin-deficient. Fruit ‘drinks’ are often 90 per cent water, ten per cent juice, sugar, sweeteners and a host of chemicals. Is that really what you want inside your body? Your own freshly prepared juices are guaranteed to be free of additives, many of which cause asthma, eczema and other allergic reactions. Your juices will boost your body’s energy, vitality and natural immunity. Use them as pick-me-ups when you’re low, mixed modestly withat parties, or made into shakes, smoothies and crushes. You can even use them to cleanse and detox your system, giving your body a spring clean. Pioneers such as Bircher Benner, the inventor of muesli, and Stanley Lief, founder of Champneys health spa, were advocates of juicing. Gloria Swanson, was almost 80 when we first met, she was bounding with energy – still a tireless, vivacious and stunningly beautiful woman. She claimed it was all due to organic food and fresh juices. I believe her. After a month’s juicing, I think you will, too.
Some recipes in this Superjuice section are obvious, some are unusual and others are rather strange, but they’re all here for a purpose. Don’t dismiss them just because they seem ‘alien’ at first sight! You won’t find meaningless figures here. Instead, simple descriptions show the vitamins and minerals contained in each recipe, which makes one eight-ounce glass of juice:
Super-rich Contains more than 50 per cent of the daily requirement
Rich Contains 25 to 50 per cent of the daily requirement
Contains Contains ten to 25 per cent of the daily requirement
Other than where specifically stated, all relative proportions listed in recipes are approximate. In addition, quantities of ingredients will vary according to their size, variety and ripeness; some apples are bigger than others, after all! With a bit of practice, you’ll soon become expert at judging how many carrots or apples yield eight ounces of juice.
The first (and largest) section of Superjuices is devoted to enhancing the life you already lead. It begins with recipes for juices which boost energy levels, followed by a cleansing section which shows how to detox your system quickly and successfully; this helps eliminate the toxic by-products of the typical Western diet. Then come sections on juices designed specifically to improve vitality, enhance your immune system – even boost your sex drive. We also cover the curative powers of juicing, beginning with ‘The Natural Pharmacy’ and include a list of all the vitamins and minerals present in the raw ingredients used in the recipes.There is also a ‘Detox Juice Diet’ which shows how to rid your body of all the harmful elements derived from modern living. Finally, we explain what and how to juice, and whichare available to help you on your way to a healthier lifestyle.