How to Start Juicing: 5 Basic Principles

For maximum benefit, let these five principles guide you in your quest to start juicing.

| August 2014

  • Start juicing the right way with these basic principles.
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  • Get more than 100 delicious and energizing juice recipes in “Superfood Juices” by Julie Morris.
    Cover courtesty Sterling Publishing

When you add superfoods to juices you have a drink brimming with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals. In Superfood Juices (Sterling Publishing, 2014), author Julie Morris gives you more than 100 recipes for quick and easy and nutrient-dense juice recipes. In this excerpt from part one “Juicing Fundamentals,” learn the basics of juicing before you get started.

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: Superfood Juices.

Recipes for Juicing

Pineapple Mangosteen Juice Recipe
Berries and Cream Juice Recipe

Before going any further into the exciting world of superfood juicing, there are a few ground rules to keep in mind, setting the stage for the most nutritionally beneficial alchemy possible:

1. Buy Organic

In general, buying organic produce is a smart move for many reasons: It saves you from consuming pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and various chemicals, many of which can be dangerous to your health. Choosing organic is also an environmentally friendly move, supporting farming practices that use natural growing methods as opposed to ones that contribute to the industrial, chemical soup that is poured into the world every day. In juicing, choosing organic produce is more important than ever, as not only is the entire fruit or vegetable (including the skin) often used, but these foods are consumed in relatively large quantities. Don’t undermine the health and cleansing benefits of juicing by ingesting a concentrated sludge of pesticides. Remember: Keep it organic, and keep your body (and the earth!) clean.

2. Save Sugar for Dessert

Nobody wants to be a tyrant about sugar (let alone listen to one), and even if you’re eating a clean, whole food, plant-based diet rich in fresh produce, there is certainly a time and place to enjoy a little decadence now and then—it’s called dessert. (Of course desserts, too, can be made using minimal amounts of sugar and far healthier sweeteners.) However, the only way to really justify having dessert is to eliminate unnecessary additives (including sugar in its multiple forms) from the food you eat during the rest of the day. Where most people get into trouble with sugar is usually not the one cupcake they enjoyed at a friend’s house or the cookie they had at work. Rather, the real problem lies in the accrual of sugars found in drinks, sauces, salad dressings, soups, snacks, nutrition bars, you name it, that deviously add up over the course of the day. 

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