Juicing is a way to get a good source of nourishment into your body immediately. Juicing bypasses the digestive process because the fiber has been removed and the vitamins and minerals enter your bloodstream in the most efficient manner possible.
I began juicing at the age of 20. I would juice some carrots and apples for a quick pick me up while studying in college instead of drinking coffee. But, it didn't last long after college. I don't think I juiced again until almost age 30 when I was really lacking energy and first noticed that something was not right with my digestive system.
Before I discovered my digestive issue (a little over a year ago in June 2011) I found that I could simply drink juice in the early part of my day until I had my first meal and the juice would help me sustain energy levels so that I could get my tasks accomplished.
Juicing is my lifesaver!
So, I'd like to invite you to try some juice. My suggestion is to start with a simple recipe. I suggest 5 carrots and 1 whole apple. You can add greens later once your body gets used to it. I like to add kale to this simple juice. And try to buy organic. Organic produce is the best for two reasons: (1) The juice is going straight to your bloodstream, so you want to make it the very best you can find and not fill your blood with toxic chemicals and (2) Organic produce usually taste better.
Are you wondering how to get started? You can often find juicers (sometimes unused) at garage sales, which is where I found the one shown in the video. It's a Jack LaLane that, at the time I purchased it, sold for about $100 new. I paid $50 - it was unused. I've seen some starting at $39 at stores like Walmart. These will get you started. When you decide to fully immerse yourself into juice, you can purchase an upgrade and loan your first to a friend to try. I'm telling you that it's addictive. So, all of you that already have a juicer in your cupboard, BRING IT OUT to the counter top and get started!
So, below is a video (my first YouTube video) that I put together about juicing. The person behind the camera is my youngest (currently age 10). And yes, my kids drink the juice too. Of course, they complain, but they still drink it. Actually, my son asks for it daily as his morning breakfast during school.
The ingredients in the juice in the video are cucumber, kale, carrots, beets, red cabbage, apple and lime. But remember if this is your first time, start with one vegetable (I suggest carrots) and an apple. Thanks for watching!