Juicing is not a new phenomenon that became popular because of advances in science, or because someone lost weight juicing and they wanted to tell the world. Juicing is actually centuries old, and is even mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls as a way to get “profound strength and subtle form” from figs and pomegranates. South Asian cultures have used juicing for centuries to make healing beverages as a part of the medical system known as Ayurveda. Juicing is not a fad or a trend; it is an accepted practice used to get valuable nutrients into the body efficiently. The equipment for juicing has certainly changed with respect to separating pulp from juice. Modern scientific studies have also pinpointed very specific benefits provided by juicing, as this book will discuss. Since juicing is so mainstream now, it has never been easier to incorporate juicing into your life and start reaping the benefits WHAT IS JUICING? Juicing means extracting the juice from fruits, vegetables, and herbs, using a juicer machine. All your produce and herbs go into the juicer raw, and you will even be juicing stems, skins, and seeds in some cases. This practice has become very popular in the past few years, as these fresh concentrated juices have been linked to countless health benefits. But why juice at all when you can get commercially produced juice in every combination in the local supermarket? The main reason to juice is simply that prepared juices cannot match the level of quality of fresh juice, not to mention the fact that store-bought juices are usually pasteurized, which destroys many nutrients, enzymes, and minerals. Plus, there is nothing quite as tasty as a glass of juice just extracted from a ripe peach or carrot. When you begin juicing in your own home, rather than simply picking up a carton of juice at the store, you may be surprised to find that it takes a very large quantity of produce to make a single serving of juice. You will be processing and juicing a few pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to make about sixteen ounces of juice, and there will be cleanup involved. Is all this fuss worth it? The cornerstone of vibrant good health is getting enough vegetables and fruits into your diet every single day—about nine servings—and most people fall short of that goal. Juicing is a wonderful way to incorporate all those servings into your meals and reap the rewards of all the accessible nutrients. Unless you are doing a juice cleanse, these extracted juices should not replace fresh whole fruits and vegetables—you should be eating these as well. Juicing extracts the juice from the produce but leaves behind the fiber, which plays a very important role in digestion, blood sugar regulation, and the cardiovascular system. You want to make sure to get enough fiber as well as nutrients, so make sure your diet is balanced between juices and solid foods. You will be juicing your produce and herbs raw, sometimes with the stems, skin, and seeds included. Using every part offers health benefits you might not get when cooking, peeling, and coring your produce. For example, many nutrients are found right under the skin or in the skin on some fruits and vegetables, such as cucumbers, and in the seeds of other produce, such as protein in cantaloupe. There are countless health benefits associated with juicing, from a reduced risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes to clearer skin and shiny hair. If you want to get healthier and perhaps try to help manage an existing health condition, juicing might be the solution for you. HEALTH BENEFITS OF JUICING Juicing can take many forms, from adding a couple of fresh juices a day or every few days to your diet, all the way to consuming only fresh juices for days at a time. How much you want to juice is up to you and your doctor. There are health benefits associated with all ranges of juicing, even at the minimum end of the range. This is because fruits and vegetables. are the foundation of good health, and juicing allows even the most committed carnivore the opportunity to get the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. If you decide to start juicing only once a day, you can still expect to reap many benefits. * The entire point of juicing is to give your digestive tract and associated organs involved in digestion, energy production, and waste control (colon, kidneys, liver, bladder, intestines) a break. This leads to a healthier digestive system. * The quick absorption of nutrients means they are delivered more quickly to cells, facilitating any repair and healing. * Easily accessible antioxidants from many different fruits and vegetables can quickly reduce the damage caused by free radicals in the blood, as well as reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and autoimmune diseases. * Regular juicing with a range of vibrant, colorful produce, which contain many nutrients as well as antioxidants, can reduce the risk of age-related diseases, such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and arthritis.