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Best Fruit and Vegetables to Juice

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We have picked these as the best fruits and vegetables mainly because of their health benefits and ease of juicing.

Note that they are not in any special order…how would that even be possible? 🙂 Definitely give all of these best fruits and vegetables a try.

1. Apples

Antioxidant packed, these are one of the best fruits for juicing. They help to reduce cholesterol, cleanse digestive system and help to boost the immune system. They go well with almost any fruit or vegetable (softening any bitter or strong juice), making them my favorite base for juices. They are also chock full of nutrients that help aid in digesting fats.

2. Pineapples

Pineapples add a great tropical flavor to juices. They are anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial. They help to dissolved blood clots. They also contain a digestive enzyme called bromelain with is really important for the body to digest protein.

3. Papaya

Papaya is at the top of the list of the best fruits and vegetables when it comes to digestion. It contains papain, an enzyme that helps to breakdown protein. If you have digestion problems, try juicing some papaya juice daily, especially after meals. You don’t need a lot, but adding any type of mint to your papaya juice will strengthen the properties even more. Papayas also help to replenish vitamin C in the body, and protects against cancer. Note: Papaya doesn’t juice well in a juicer, however, it works great for blender drinks and smoothies.

4. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are popular and are at the top for best fruits and vegetables to juice. They are fantastic for your health. Tomatoes lower your risk of cancer (especially testicular cancer in men) and is good for the heart due to its high amount of lycopene. They blend very well with many vegetables and are pleasant tasting. When cooked, they become acidic, so if tomato sauce bothers you, don’t assume that juice would do the same. It’s completely different when it’s raw.

5. Berries

Packed with antioxidants, these do so much for your general health. They are antiviral and antibacterial. Berries are good for the blood. Blueberries and blackcurrants help diarrhea and urinary infections. Raspberries are good for menstrual cramps. Strawberries have lots of lycopene and help the cardiovascular system. While berries aren’t the easiest to juice on the best fruits and vegetables list, they should become a staple in your juicing regimen.

6. Cabbage

Cabbage is fantastic for the stomach. If you had or have ulcer problems cabbage is a must for you to juice daily. It’s a cancer fighter and full of indoles that aid in estrogen balance and regulating metabolism.  It’s a great detoxifier. While cabbage doesn’t taste so great alone, it’s flavor can easily be masked by other yummier produce.

7. Broccoli

Broccoli is part of the cruciferous family. Loaded with antioxidants, it also has a good amount of vitamin C. If you are concerned about lung, colon or breast cancer, have raw broccoli a few times a week. If you can’t eat it, juice it so you can’t taste it. Mix it with some tomato juice. It has chlorophyll, so it helps to regulate insulin and blood sugar.

8. Celery

Celery is great at cleansing the digestive system of uric acid. So if you have gout issues, definitely include celery in your diet daily. It’s great for lowering blood pressure because of it’s high potassium content. If you retain water daily and have lots of bloating, celery is your #1 go to veggie! It’s diuretic effect is powerful. If you are starting a detoxifying regimen, be sure to make celery as a regular base to your juices- its diuretic properties will help to remove the toxins from your body with ease. There is potassium in the tops so juice them too. It helps to balance out the sodium in the stalk.

9. Carrots

Carrots are surprisingly (and deliciously) sweet when juiced. Don’t be afraid of them at all. They have too many good nutrients packed inside to be missed. They have a high beta carotene content making them great for skin, brain, fighting cancer, protecting arteries, fighting infections and boosting the immune. Many doctors believe (as well as studies have shown) that they help to eliminate putrefactive bacteria in the colon and help to rid of intestinal parasites. They blend very well with many ingredients, including one of my favorites….apples. Apple carrot juice is a powerhouse and one of the best fruits and vegetables drink combos.

10. Sweet Potatoes

Yes, they can be juiced. They have an exceptional amount of vitamin, in the form of beta carotene. They are a good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, fiber, B6, potassium and iron. Sweet potatoes are anti-inflammatory and really can help people with arthritis and other types of inflammation.

11. Cranberries

Cranberries prevent bacteria from forming in the bladder, prostate and kidneys. It also deodorizes urine. They contain mannose, which is what helps to keep the entire urinary track from getting and infection. They also can help prevent kidney stones. They are antiviral and antibiotic. Because they are so sour, they need to be combined with either water, or another fruit to be palatable. I like to add apple or grape juices to the mix.

12. Parsley

Parsley has a lot of chlorophyll and is excellent for the blood. It gives you a spark of energy and has anti-parasitic properties. It helps with the kidney and gallstones, cleanses the liver and supports the heart. Many people also say it helps their arthritis. And one last thing- it helps to deodorize the body as well as your garlic or onion breath! Add it to any juice, but more generously to your green juices as you’ll hardly taste it when its mixed with other greens.

13. Dandelion Greens

Besides for its general leafy green benefits including chlorophyll, dandelion is specifically good for cleaning out the kidney, liver, gallbladder, bowel and pancreas. It’s a mild diuretic, and helps people with anemia, diabetes and hypoglycemia. Because of these things, it does help many people with acne problems as it helps to clear elimination blockages in the body. That’s not all- it has a good amount of calcium, manganese, potassium and iron.

14. Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is one of the finest greens out there. It restores health to the sick and brings up red blood counts for a healthy body. It’s high in indoles, which helps to prevent cancer. It stimulates DNA repair, neutralizes the worst free radicals (called superoxides) and protects from cancer. It contains over 20 enzymes, including the enzyme catalase which breaks down harmful hydrogen peroxide in the body and prevents it from harming cells. Wheatgrass is very nutrient dense, and includes provitamin A, chlorophyll, potassium, magnesium, among many, many others. According to several studies, the only nutrient it seems to lack is vitamin D and B12. People have used wheatgrass to reverse cancer and many other health issues with success. It is easy to grow or find in markets these days. Unfortunately not all juicers can juice wheatgrass with ease. Many can, but if you have a model that cannot you can buy a special wheatgrass juicer. If I had to put an order to the list on this page, wheatgrass would be number 1 on the list for the best fruits and vegetables to juice- soley for it’s health benefits.

15. Citrus Fruits-

Citrus are one of the most popular of the best fruits and vegetables to juice. They contain carotenoids, bioflavonoids and oodles of vitamin C which help to fight cancer. They lower blood pressure and help to reduce plaque from arteries. Citrus are antiviral, antibacterial and super yummy. They had a burst of flavor to almost any juice. You’ll want to make sure your citrus fruits are not picked until ripe as they can be acidic if picked too early.

 

16. Curly Kale

17. Spinach

18. Beetroot

19. Red and Yellow Pepper

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Pineapple all Natural cough recipe Juice

In 2010 Indian researchers tested the effectiveness of natural substances such as pineapple juice to treat tuberculosis (find the study here). They found that a mixture of pineapple juice with raw honey, pepper and salt work extremely well to dissolve mucus and soothe a persistent cough. Patients recovered up to 5 times quicker with this all natural pineapple remedy compared to OTC cough syrup

Pineapple.  thanks its many health benefits to a powerful enzyme called bromelain which acts as an antioxidant to reduce inflammation and swelling of the sinuses. It eliminates bacteria and fights infections.

Only 1 cup of pure pineapple juice contains 50% of your daily recommendation of vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant to strengthen your immune system and soothe a sore throat or cough.

Next to bromalain and vitamin C, pineapple is also a good source of vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, manganese and potassium, which are all essential nutrients to keep your body healthy.

Powerful All-natural Cough Suppressant Recipe

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  • 1 /2 Pineapple- without the skin
  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 1 piece of ginger (about 3 inches)
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
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Super Anti-Oxidant Juice

This recipe was put together by our in house juicing expert which is a favourite now.

Organic Maple Syrup Benefits:

Despite the fact that maple syrup contains a lot of sucrose, there has been research that shows it can still be quite safe or even beneficial for those with Type 2 diabetes. This is due to the natural phenols that are also found in the syrup. These substances have been revealed to have antioxidant properties. Maple syrup phenols in particular seem to inhibit two types of enzymes that are associated with occurrence of the said illness.

The trace minerals found in maple syrup are zinc and manganese and these are compounds that significantly contribute to your immune system. A deficiency in zinc for example may lead to a lower count of white blood cells. Manganese meanwhile is an important component of an enzyme called superoxide dismutase which inhibits free radicals. This mineral thus boosts your body’s antioxidant defense.

Zinc is also closely related to male reproductive health. The trace mineral is highly concentrated in the prostrate and low levels have been known to increase the risk of prostrate cancer.

Organic Maple Syrup Risks:

Sucrose in and of itself is not a dangerous substance. Sugars after all are important carbohydrate fuel that your body needs to burn especially during intense physical activity. Excessive use is what actually causes the problem. Given the composition of organic maple syrup, moderate use of this sweetener is likely the prudent choice to make.

The syrup is comparatively safer as it has a lower glycemic index of 54. The presence of natural phenols can also be a mitigating factor. Nevertheless if you already have higher than normal blood sugar you need to consult with a medical professional on how to safely add maple syrup to your diet.

Health Benefits of Pine Nuts:

pine nuts contain many of the same healthy nutrients as other nuts, including healthy monounsaturated fats and antioxidants

  • Suppress the appetite
  • Boost energy
  • Reduce heart disease risk
  • Anti-Aging antioxidant
  • Vision Health

they are an excellent source of Vitamin E. Furthermore, pine nuts contain healthy amounts of essential minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium

Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 673 Kcal 34%
Carbohydrates 13.08 g 10%
Protein 13.69 g 24%
Total Fat 68.37 g 228%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 3.7 g 10%
Vitamins
Folates 34 µg 9%
Niacin 4.387 mg 27%
Pantothenic acid 0.313 mg 6%
Pyridoxine 0.094 mg 7%
Riboflavin 0.227 mg 17%
Thiamin 0.364 mg 30%
Vitamin A 29 IU 1%
Vitamin C 0.8 mg 1%
Vitamin E 9.33 mg 62%
Electrolytes
Sodium 2 mg 0%
Potassium 597 mg 13%
Minerals
Calcium 16 mg 1.5%
Copper 1.324 mg 147%
Iron 5.53 mg 69%
Magnesium 251 mg 63%
Manganese 8.802 mg 383%
Phosphorus 575 mg 82%
Selenium 0.7 µg 1%
Zinc 6.45 mg 58%
Phyto-nutrients
Carotene-ß 17 µg
Crypto-xanthin-ß 0 µg
Lutein-zeaxanthin 9 µg

The Recipe:

  • 1 apples
  • 1 pear
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1/4 cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 lime
  • a handful of spinach
  • 20cl of pure maple syrup

Feed the produce through your Kuvings juicer and add the maple syrup. allow the juice to mix in the machine for 1 minute so that the flavours are all infused together.

Release the mixture into your cup. add 50g of pine nuts to the juice. this will give the juice a very nice texture whilst chewing the pine nuts.

 

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Juicing Vs Blending

300x368xBlueberry_Smoothie1.jpg.pagespeed.ic_.M9Pohg2bXJ1-400x300A common question we get asked by our customers is the difference between juicing and blending.

In our opinion, both methods compliment each other but they offer different nutritional benefit.

Quite often when you use a blender, you will need to add water, or ice in order to liquify the fruit or vegetables. This could change the taste of the drink as it has been diluted. With blending, the pulp is pulverised through the high speed of the blades and the drink is more thicker. With blending, our digestive system has to work hard, to extract the nutrients, and our liver has to secrete enzymes to help the digestive process. This is one of the reason that with smoothies in general, you feel more bloated as the juice is more thicker.

Juicing is more about hydration, and giving your internal organs a break, allowing them to rest, and channeling energy towards healing and cell rebuilding. You get a higher concentration of vitamins and nutrients when juicing, and you are able to consume a higher proportion of fruit and vegetables in true raw form without oxydising.

Although some point out that fibres are retained in the smoothie, it is worth noting that also nutrients get trapped in these fibres which is not the case when you choose the juicing option.

Also fibres are divided between soluble and insoluble. With both juicing and blending, the solubles fibres are retained in your drink so you always get the benefit.

the smoothie and ice cream attachments give you these benefits by changing your kuvings cold press juicer in to a cold press blender.

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  • Blending is normally used to make thick sauces, soups or liquifying fruit and vegetables. you keep all the pulp and seeds
  • Used for extracting nutrients, vitamins without adding water
  • Useful for liquefying low water content and non-juiceable fruits like banana, avocado, papaya and leafy vegetables. You will need to add water in most cases which changes the texture and taste of the fruit and vegetables
  • Extract juices from moisture-rich fruits/vegetables. A masticating juicer can even extract juices from leafy vegetables.
  • As you keep all the fibres in the drink, some people may find the drink too heavy especially if their digestive system is not capable in digesting fires
  • Juicing is about hydration, when you drink juices that supply your body with a high amount of liquid that is rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes, anti-oxidants, etc. It makes the cells happy.
  • More energy/enzymes are being expended in your body, to digest the fiber. This means that your body will be using calories to digest the food and extract the nutrients rather than using it for internal cell healing or loosing weight.
  • No energy needed to digest pure juice. Energy is conserved for cleansing work, especially useful when doing a juice cleanse.
  • Green leafy vegetables may tend to taste “grassy” and unpalatable. You can add in powders, granules, nuts, seeds, ice cubes, spices, herbs, etc.
  • Vegetables will taste better when extracted using a cold press juicer. The pressing method makes the green juice tastes better. You can also add one or two fruits, or herbs to enhance the taste of your juice.
  • You get the fiber to be included in your drink. To your body, this is like eating your fruits/vegetables. Different enzymes are produced to extract the vitamins/minerals and they have to get through the fiber to get to the “trapped” nutrients. It takes more effort for nutrient absorption and less nutrients are being assimilated in the process. If your digestive system is good, you probably get only up to about 35% absorption of the vitamins and minerals.
  • with a kuvings cold press juicer your body will benefit from the soluble dietary fiber and your juice will also contain some of the insoluble fibre which will help slowing down the absorption process. You drink the juices and there is very little effort by the body to immediately assimilate the vitamins/minerals from the juices and distribute to the cells immediately for nourishment and healing. This is the exact reason for drinking juices, to get the most nutrients (up to 99% absorption) out of the vitamins and minerals.
  • But we need the fiber? Yes, we need the fiber but that’s mostly what blending gives you—fiber, and less nutrients absorption. You could get fiber from eating your fruits/ vegetables too. So you decide, which is more important for you, fiber or nutrients.
  • With juicing, it’s not about the fiber, it’s about HEALING. The reason we juice is about getting the optimum nutrition into our cells directly, and quickly. You get fiber from eating your fruits/ vegetables. Or get some ideas here on how to use the juicer pulp in order to still get fiber in your diet.
  • A fibrous drink means less sugar spike, and less healing reactionswhen doing a rawfood cleanse. When you blend, you do tend to eat more fruits/vegetables, which will also contribute to healing, but at a slower pace when compared to healing through drinking juices.
  • Cold press juice is best made by including more fresh green vegetables for its best healing purposes. Due to its very high absorption rate, high soluble fibre content, healing reactions are common and inevitable.
  • With blending, you feel full very quickly due to the pulpy drink. If that’s your intention for blending, then that’s good. But this also means that you eat less fruits/vegetables a day and not obtain the optimum level of nutrients needed by your body.
  • With juicing, your body gets maximum amount of nutrients from a wider variety of fruits/ vegetables. You don’t feel full so quickly so you can drink more. Again, this is for the purpose of speeding up your HEALING.
  • I’m putting the high-speed blender in the same category as the centrifugal juicer that oxidizes your smoothie. High-speed spinning causes oxidation due to the exchange of +ve and -ve ions during spinning.
  • When doing serious juicing for health reasons, I suggest investing in a good gear juicer to prevent oxidation in your juices. Oxidation is in effect, spoiled juice.
  • As pesticides/chemicals are embedded in the fibers, these also get included in your smoothie. To prevent this, use organic fruits/vegetables only. This may prove more costly but a healthier option.
  • Again, I suggest using a good gear juicer that can minimize pesticides and chemicals contamination in your juices. A gear juicer will prove more economical in the long run.

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WholeFood Market Launch

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We are proud to announce to our customers the launch of our in store demo program with Whole Food Market- Kensington.

Why not pop in and see what this amazing store has to offer- Truly an exceptional place to shop for great healthy treats

 

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Benefits of Vegetable Juicing

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By Dr. Mercola

Vegetable juice is an enormously helpful tool for improving your health. Dr. Andrew Saul, who’s been a guest here many times before, is a lifelong juicer.

His book, Vegetable Juicing for Everyone: How to Get Your Family Healthier and Happier, Faster!, is a fantastic resource, offering lots of practical tips for integrating juicing into your life, and having fun doing it.

“My father juiced and my children were raised on juice. By the way, that’s what the book is about. The whole sordid story of what it’s like to raise your kids with juicing when the neighbors think you’re crazy and your relatives are sure,” Dr. Saul says.

“In the 39 years that I’ve been working with folks and teaching in the natural health arena, the one thing that’s helped more people more consistently is vegetable juicing.” 

Dr. Max Gerson was one of the pioneers of juicing. He suffered terrible migraine headaches, which he eventually resolved by drinking vegetable juice.

Once word spread, patients started coming in to be relieved of their migraines and ended up improving their health in other ways as well. Eventually, Dr. Gerson realized that vegetable juice is a metabolic therapy, capable of combating virtually any disease.

“The advantage of the juicer is, first of all, it reduces [large amounts of] vegetables into a few manageable glasses. That means you get a nice, easy-to-take, and quick food concentrate,” Dr. Saul says.

“It has zero cholesterol, practically zero fat, lots of fiber, lots of minerals, and lots of vitamins… 

The juicer also does a good job of making the nutrients available. [W]hen you juice, you break down the cell walls and you release these nutrients and liquid solution. When you drink that, you absorb it.” 

Juicing really is for everyone. Even people with irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and other kinds of gastrointestinal problems can usually handle vegetable juice, whereas they may not be able to eat a lot of raw food.

The Importance of High-Quality Produce

Using organic produce is very important when juicing. The price of organic produce can be a challenge for some. One alternative is to grow your own, making sure not to use synthetic pesticides and optimizing your soil by adding mulch or wood chips, which will promote beneficial soil microbes.

“Just say no to GMOs. Make sure that you grow as much as you can. If you really want to make an impact on this world, the answer is self-reliant production of your own food,” Dr. Saul notes.

If the juice doesn’t taste good, you’re not going to want to drink it. Children are even more finicky than adults. But organic vegetables have a lot of flavor, and when picked straight from your own garden and juiced within minutes, the flavor is going to be at its peak. This is also true for the nutrient content.

Interestingly, one of the things I found in my own juicing experience is that some of the healthiest vegetables to juice are also some of the most bitter. This includes collards and mustard greens.

When using those, you’ll want to add them in smaller quantities and balance the bitterness with other ingredients. My favorite is lime, but you can also use cranberries or occasionally an apple.

“People say to me, ‘What should I juice?’ My answer is anything you can eat raw. Play around with it. Have some fun. Just try everything,” Dr. Saul suggests.

“I have a Facebook site called The Megavitamin Man. People go on there, and they talk about the different things that they’re juicing. I find it extremely entertaining because they’re so creative… 

Cabbage juice is fantastic for the gastrointestinal tract, and beet juice is a good blood builder. [B]eet juice… is remarkably sweet. Now, it looks awful but it tastes great.” 

Juice Fasting for General Health

Even if you don’t juice every day, Dr. Saul recommends getting into the habit of doing a juice fast about once a month, where you drink nothing but vegetable juices for three to seven days. It’s a great detox. Others have found new life by juicing every single day.

Experts typically recommend drinking eight to 10 glasses of water each day. I believe the key is to drink enough fluids so that your urine is light yellow. If it’s dark, you’re not drinking enough. But when it comes to water, purity is really important. This is yet another benefit of vegetable juice.

It actually qualifies as water, and it is some of the absolute best water you can get. The reason is because it’s structured water—essentially high-quality livingwater. It’s actually different from regular water. It’s not Hâ‚‚O; it’s H3O2. And vegetables make magnificent structured water; far better than drinking filtered tap water.

Different Types of Juicers

There are three basic types of juicers:

  • Centrifugal type juicers that separate the juice from the fiber through a spinning process. These are the least expensive and the most common
  • Auger or masticating types of juicers that chew up the vegetables and push them through a strainer. They work very well and tend to give you more juice than a centrifugal juicer. Dr. Saul estimates you could get 20-25 percent more juice from a masticating juicer, which makes it a sensible choice even if you’re paying a little bit more for it. Over time, it’ll save you money as you can get by with fewer vegetables. They’re also quieter than other models, and tend to be easy to clean and assemble
  • Grind-and-press juicers that work like an apple cider mill. These are quite expensive and therefore generally not as popular

There are also blenders, which are different from juicers. A powerful blender will give you juice along with all the fibrous material from the vegetables. This can work well for the elderly, or people who have trouble chewing for whatever reason. But it also has drawbacks. The “juice” doesn’t taste as good and remember if it doesn’t taste good you won’t drink it. The other downside of blending is that it limits the amount of vegetables you can eat. And while fiber is certainly good, the nutrients in the juice are more important.

“There’s much to be said for that because nothing is lost, nothing is thrown away. And there is every value in having the complete food and just pulverizing it. The problem with that is not everybody likes it that way. It’s kind of a thick, baby food-like consistency,” Dr. Saul says.

Time Saving Tips, and a Warning About Storage

Provided you’re using organic veggies, a great way to save time when juicing is to clean them with a brush rather than peeling them. One exception is beets, which have a rather foul tasting skin. If you’re using non-organic vegetables, your best bet is to peel them, to avoid juicing pesticide residues. This is particularly important for fruits and vegetables that have been waxed, as this seals in pesticides.

Be aware that it can be difficult to discern if a vegetable has been waxed or not, because it can be applied in a very thin non-glossy layer. According to Dr. Saul, eggplant, turnips, cucumbers, and tomatoes are almost always waxed. Zucchini and squash are usually waxed but not always. Carrots are never waxed. Ideally, you’ll want to drink the juice right away. The longer it sits, the more nutrients are destroyed through the contact with air, which oxidizes them. You also lose taste.

“Can you do all your juicing in the morning, take it with you to work, and drink juice all day? The answer is you can. But you will lose quality and you will lose taste. That’s the number one reason I think people should have all their juice at once. But if you don’t want to do that, you can certainly juice in advance. Generally speaking, the masticating juicer will introduce less air into the juice than the centrifugal. People have told me that they get longer storage when they use a masticating or chewing juicer and not the centrifugal type. 

The next trick is to fill the container all the way to the top. Don’t leave any airspace. My little trick is to add vitamin C as ascorbic acid at the top because it’s an antioxidant. You cap it up, and you’re good to go for a number of hours. You can take this with you.”

A helpful device that can prolong the life of your juice is called the FoodSaver. It vacuums out air from plastic bags that you then seal. But it also has an attachment that will suck out the air from the top of a Ball jar, essentially creating a vacuum seal to further limits the problem of oxidation, which is what destroys nutrients. You still need to keep the juice refrigerated, and you’ll want to drink it all that day. As noted by Dr. Saul:

“Whenever you have an oxygen low or oxygen-free atmosphere like that, there is a risk of botulism. We don’t want that. The way to avoid that is to simply drink the juice that day. Don’t think you can put it in your fridge all sealed up and leave it for two weeks. That’s not going to work.”

Storage of fresh juice also allows methanol to dissociate and increase over time, which is another reason to drink it as soon as possible. The human body is not adapted to detoxify methanol, which is why it can cause so many problems. For example, it can convert into formaldehyde that can then wind its way into your brain.

Methanol toxicity, which is primarily associated with the artificial sweetener aspartame, has been linked to Alzheimer’s and other health problems. Methanol is not a problem in fresh produce because the methanol is bound to pectin, which allows it to safely pass through your system, but the processing and storing of it could allow it to build up. So make sure you discard any left-over juice the next day.

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As stated by Dr. Saul, in order to get and stay healthy, we need to get back to basics. It’s not very complicated when it really comes down to it, but if you listen to the pharmaceutical industry and the medical profession, they all seem to make their living complicating things.

“We have been taught that the simple is not scientific. It’s not effective. It’s really not a viable alternative,” Dr. Saul says, “Yes, it is! The simple solution is usually the best one. When we’re looking at our health, it’s just amazing how many people ask me, ‘What vitamin should I take?’ They are eating a lousy diet, are overweight, don’t exercise, and they eat a lot of junk. Now, it’s good if they take the vitamins, but you still have to eat right. That means it’s got to come out of the dirt. It’s got to be good dirt, good seed, and you need a good quantity of it.

We need to get back to the land. It sounds kind of hippie-like, but the fact is, truth is truth. It’s always been a good idea to follow nature. We’re way off that. We need to turn around, look at the animal kingdom, and take the knowledge that we see in healthy animals. What can we do to improve our life? It’s very simple… ‘No junk.'” 

If you’re looking for an entertaining book to get you juicing, whether you’re ready to try it out for the first time, or want to pick the habit back up, I highly recommend Dr. Saul’s book, Vegetable Juicing for Everyone, which he co-wrote with his daughter Helen Saul Case.

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Benefits of Juicing by Dr. Mercola

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If you ever feel like it’s difficult to eat enough veggies, making a small investment in a high-quality juicer is one of the best steps you can take for your health. Raw juice can be likened to a “living broth,” as it is teeming with micronutrients that many people are lacking.

When you drink fresh-made green juice, it is almost like receiving an intravenous infusion of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes because they go straight into your system without having to be broken down.

Drinking your juice first thing in the morning can give you a natural energy boost without resorting to stimulants like coffee. Since the juice is already in an easily digestible form, it can help revitalize your energy levels within as little as 20 minutes… and this is only the beginning of its benefits.

Three Reasons Why Juicing Is a Phenomenal Health Habit

There are three main reasons why you will want to consider incorporating vegetable juicing into your optimal health program:

    1. Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. This is important because most of us have impaired digestion as a result of making less-than-optimal food choices over many years. This limits your body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. Juicing will help to “pre-digest” them for you, so you will receive most of the nutrition, rather than having it go down the toilet.
    2. Juicing allows you to consume a healthier amount of vegetables in an efficient manner. Virtually every health authority recommends that we get six to eight servings of vegetables and fruits per day and very few of us actually get that. Juicing is an easy way to virtually guarantee that you will reach your daily target for vegetables.
    3. You can add a wider variety of vegetables in your diet. Many people eat the same vegetable salads or side dishes every day. This violates the principle of regular food rotation and increases your chance of developing an allergy to a certain food.

Plus, it limits the number of different phytochemicals in your diet, as each vegetable will offer unique benefits. With juicing, you can juice a wide variety of vegetables that you may not normally enjoy eating whole.

Additionally, juicing can help:

  • Promote weight loss. In one study, adults who drank at least eight ounces of vegetable juice as part of a diet lost four pounds over 12 weeks, while those who followed the same diet but did not drink the juice lost only one pound. The vegetable juice drinkers also significantly increased their intake of vitamin C and potassium, while decreasing their overall carbohydrate intake.
  • Boost your immune system by supercharging it with concentrated phytochemicals. Raw juice also contains biophotonic light energy, which can help revitalize your body.
  • Increase your energy. When your body has an abundance of the nutrients it needs, and your pH is optimally balanced, you feel energized. Since it can be utilized by your body immediately, those who juice report feeling the “kick” of energy almost instantly.
  • Support your brain health. People who drank juices (fruit and vegetable) more than three times per week, compared to less than once a week, were 76 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Kame Project.1

Juice Cleanses: Even Kids Are Doing Them

Juice cleanses are the latest health fad, with juice bars and prepackaged juice cleanses now widely available. There is certainly a case to be made for short (or even lengthier) juice fasts, in which you drink only fresh vegetable juice for a period of one to several days.

This is typically done for cleansing purposes or to treat certain health conditions, and should only be done under the guidance of a natural health care practitioner if you intend to go on a longer juice fast. Some people also drink green juices as part of their intermittent fasting regimens.

Time Magazine recently reported that even children are jumping on the juice cleanse bandwagon, and at least one company markets a cleanse specifically for children for about $100.2 Those geared toward adults can be even costlier – upwards of $600 for a five-day cleanse.

I am not opposed to juice cleanses under the right circumstances, but children are generally not the best candidates, as their bodies require healthy fats and proteins that are missing from fresh juices. Further, you needn’t spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy juice cleanse – it’s easy to make your own juice at home for a fraction of that cost, and it’s going to be fresher, too.

My philosophy regarding juicing is to view it as a regular part of your diet, not just a fad that you engage in once or twice a year. Drinking green juice every day is going to give you far more benefits than a sporadic three-day cleanse will. Kids, too, can enjoy vegetable juice on a daily basis, either as a beverage with a meal or as a snack (ideally along with a source of healthful fat to ensure all those fat-soluble nutrients get absorbed).

Focus on Green Juice, Not Fruit Juice

This is an important distinction to make because, if your juice contains too many fruits, it will be both higher in calories and sugar (fructose). You can add in an apple, a kiwi, or a handful of berries to give your juice flavor, but the bulk of it should come from organic, green veggies – spinach, celery, kale, Swiss chard, etc. Unfortunately, green juice has a stigma for tasting bad and many people avoid it simply because of its color. A recent survey by Jamba Juice even revealed that 28 percent of US adults “fear the look” of green juice and 32 percent said green juice is their least favorite type of juice.3 This negative reputation persisted despite the fact that 32 percent said they believe green juice is the healthiest option.

It may take some getting used to, but green juice actually has a very pleasant flavor, and you can tweak it to fit your taste. If you’re new to juicing, you can start with more mild-tasting veggies, like celery and cucumbers. From there you can work your way up to red leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, spinach, and escarole, along with parsley and cilantro. Greens like kale, collard, dandelion, and mustard greens are quite bitter, so you’ll want to start slowly and add just a few leaves at a time. If you would like to make your juice taste a bit more palatable, especially in the beginning, you can also add these elements:

  • Limes and lemons: You can add one half to a whole lime or lemon for every quart of juice. You can actually juice the skin if you want to avoid the hassle of peeling them. Limes work well to cut bitter flavors.
  • Cranberries: You can also add some cranberries if you enjoy them. Limit the cranberries to about four ounces per pint of juice.
  • Fresh ginger: This is an excellent addition if you enjoy the taste. It gives your juice a little “kick”!
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Organic Fruit and Veg

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Perry Court Farm was the first defined Organic and Biodynamic farm in the Kent countryside; since 1953 only hard work and natural manures have been used to re-work the land and this year they celebrate 60 years of these efforts.

Brockmans Farm Produce is managed by Patrick Brockman, second generation farmer and having worked in the Organic sector since his first day, few are better placed to help provide fresh, quality and seasonal whole foods.

They specialise in the production and supply of Organic, Heritage and Wild varieties of vegetables, salads, fruits, herbs and additional select produce with crops grown over approximately 35 acres of fields and polytunnels, plus a team of over 15 dedicated staff on site; our ever expanding community of customers passionate for the finest flavours can find us at multiple farmers markets as well as specialist outlets in and around London and the South East.

http://www.agbrockman.co.uk

 

 

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Monthly Competition

 

Simply follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and every month we will be selecting a new winner to give ÂŁ50 of M&S vouchers.

Winners will be selected based on the originality of your post. All you need to do is post a juice recipe with Photo of your favourite drink.

#mykuvingsrecipe

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Green Lemonade

It’s a perfect thirst quencher, especially if you use a tart apple variety such as Granny Smith. This is not only detoxifying, but also helps keep your skin healthy.

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1 Wash ingredients well
2 Remove apple stem and cut into chunks
3 Remove lemon peel
4 Juice the apple and then the lemon in the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer
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A Big Big Thank You

We would like to say a big thank you to all our customers at the Ideal Home Show in London

It has been a great pleasure introducing the Kuvings Brand to all of you and we thank you for your interest and for becoming  part of our community

We believe that we all deserve the best nutrition, to live a long and happy life

Pauline, Iraj, Tony, Kasia, Claudia, Jacqueline, Naya, Claire

 

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Regular demonstrations

We are pleased to invite you to Selfridges department store in London where you can experience first hand this amazing juicer. we demonstrate in Oxford street- Lower ground floor 7 days a week

to find out more you can contact Selfridges on 0207 3183968

 

 

You can also visit Harrods department store – Cookshop

 

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Humus

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For this amazing dish, you will need to use the clear strainer.

  1. Feed through the juicer, 300g of boiled chick peas together with 1/4 garlic clove
  2. add freshly squeezed lemon
  3. Add 30ml of sesame oil
  4. mix in a plate
  5. Garnish with olive oil
  6. Serve with warm pitta bread

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Almond Milk

How to Prepare delicious Almond Milk

Almonds are an excellent source of protein, healthy fats and antioxidants and almond skins contain beneficial phenols, flavonoids and phenolic acids which are typically found in vegetables and fruit.

According to Dr Mercola, drinking almond milk may therefore seem like a smart choice, one that may offer you the health benefits of almonds in beverage form – but it’s not as healthy as it would appear, particularly if you buy commercial varieties.

What exactly is almond milk? It’s typically a combination of almonds, water, sweetener, thickener such as carrageenan, and, often, fortified nutrients such as vitamins A, E, and D.

The problem is that most almond milk contains hardly any almonds, mostly water, added sugars, and a smattering of vitamins for good measure. As Business Insider put it:

“If almond milk closely resembles any beverage, it’s a glass of water and a multivitamin.”

A Handful of Almonds in a Carton…

The amount of actual almonds in a half-gallon carton of almond milk is shocking: research suggests it’s just over a handful. In one analysis of the UK almond milk brand Alpro, almonds made up just 2 percent of the beverage, and the Almond Board of California noted that ingredients are pretty similar between UK and US almond milk brands.

If you’ve ever wondered how almond milk can be so low in calories – about 30 calories in a cup, compared to 160 calories in a serving of almonds – it’s because it’s mostly water… not almonds.

“Based on these numbers,” Business Insider reported, “to get the nutritional value of a handful of almonds, you’d have to drink not just a few cups of the almond milk but an entire carton of it.”

Benefits of almond milk

  1. one cup of almond milk contains 60 calories whilst the semi skimmed milk is 122 calories- This is ideal for weight management.
  2. There is no cholesterol, or saturated fat in almond milk, which promotes healthy heart.
  3. It is low in sodium and high in omega fatty acids
  4. although the calcium content is lower than cow’s milk, almond milk offer 30% of the recommended daily allowance of calcium and 25% of Vitamin D.
  5. It helps with promoting healthy skin as it contains 50% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin E.
  6. Freshly made almond milk contains no sugar, and because of its low GI index, your body will be use stored fat for energy , helping with weight loss
  7. Almond milk is high in fibre which promotes healthy digestion
  8. Almond milk is Lactose free
  9. Almond milk also helps increase muscle power due to the presence if riboflavin which is a form of vitamin B and iron
  10. Almond milk is very easy to make

Recipe

  1. Soak raw almonds for 3 hours- you can use blanched or with skin almonds
  2. Rinse the almonds after 3 hours with fresh water
  3. Use the juicing strainer ( orange colour) inside your kuvings juicer
  4. Feed almonds and water into the juicer, with a ration of 10% almonds – 90% water- you can increase the almond ratio if you prefer a stronger almond flavour.
  5. the pulp that is injecting from the juicer can be put through a second time through the juicer to extract more of the flavour

Tips:

You can use coconut water instead of spring water which gives a sweeter taste to the almond milk

The almond paste can be used as well by adding some coconut or soya yoghurt, maple syrup and a pinch of cinnamon for a healthy protein snack.

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Blending vs Juicing

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Here is a short comparison that explains the differences between the two as well as some of the specific benefits of each.

Juicing is a process which extracts water and nutrients from produce  and discards the indigestible fiber.  

Without all the fiber, your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to break down the food and absorb the nutrients. In fact, it makes the nutrients more readily available to the body in much larger quantities than if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole.

This is especially helpful if you have a sensitive digestive system or illness that inhibits your body from processing fiber. The fiber in produce helps slow down the digestive process and provides a steady release of nutrients into the blood stream. Jason Vale calls juicing “A nutrient express!”

Freshly squeezed vegetable juices form part of most healing and detoxification programs because they are so nutrient rich and nourish and restore the body at a cellular level.

Blending

Blending is useful for liquefying low water content and non-juiceable fruits like banana, avocado, papaya and leafy vegetables.

However with blending, there will be less hydration compared to juicing, as there is high fiber in the drink and your stomach will need more energy to digest the fibres and extract the nutriant.

in Blending you get the fiber to be included in your drink. To your body, this is like eating your fruits/vegetables. Different enzymes are produced to extract the vitamins/ minerals and they have to get through the fiber to get to the ―trapped‖ nutrients. It takes more effort for nutrient absorption and fewer nutrients are being assimilated in the process. If your digestive system is good, you probably get up to about 35-50% absorption of the vitamins and minerals.

As pesticides/chemicals are embedded in the fibers, these also get included in your smoothie. To prevent this, use organic fruits/vegetables only. This may prove more costly but a healthier option.

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Detoxing with Kuvings

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Juice cleanse your body. Resources to detoxify your body through juicing.

A juice cleanse is beneficial for most people these days. Because our earth and food are not pure, it proves harmful to our bodies. Our diets include processed foods, chemicals, and non-organic substances.

A cleansing diet is needed because we constantly breathe in voc’s, toxic air, smoke and fumes. And while our bodies are always removing these toxins, it becomes increasingly harder the older we get. These un-natural substances build up inside our bodies and cause many different health problems. This makes it necessary to cleanse internally. You wouldn’t go a long time without cleaning your external body, right? Think about how dirty your internal body must be if you’ve never done a cleanse.

While body cleansing does go hand in hand with detoxing and fasting, there are many times when we want to cleanse a specific part of our body. We might want to do this to detoxify an area to get it “flowing” again, or we might have a problem in that area. This is when specific juice cleanses come in handy.

Keep in mind that your body is constantly eliminating…it has a flow to it, to make it function properly, just like clockwork. You must make sure all of your normal elimination channels are open for a cleanse to work properly, or you will experience some ill effects.

Make sure your bowels are functioning properly, and if not, above all else, start with a full body detox or colon cleanse.

There are many ways you can cleanse your body. A detox diet plan, juice fasting or a specific juice cleanse. Here are different options, cleansing plans and recipes to get you started.

udies have shown that doing periodic juice fasting aids in good health, longevity, young looks and weight management. It’s also easy (some might say rejuvenating, too)!

Why juice fasting?

It’s an excellent way to lose weight and cleanse the body of toxins. It’s been esteemed for centuries. It can make you feel lighter, happier, healthier and more focused.

Make no mistake about it- it’s the number one healer and rejuvenator!

It allows your body and tortured digestive tract to take a break. By taking in only these nutritional cups of joy, our body takes advantage of this opportunity to work on the inside.

Many people do it for health and wellness, mental clarity, spiritual reasons or to lose weight. Consider your motives for fasting and focus on that while you go through your fast. You’ll realize you’re doing a great thing for your body, and it won’t last forever. It requires determination, discipline and commitment.

Carrot Tomato Celery Juice

3 Carrots
2 Tomatoes
2-3 Celery Ribs

Juice the carrots, tomatos and celery together. Serve immediately. A classic in our collection of vegetable juice recipes.

Tomato Juice

4 Tomatoes (Roma are firmer and work the best)

Cut the tomatoes into wedges and feed through your juicer. Serve.
Use tomato juice to make your own tomato soup. Mixing in some celery and a little carrot and parsley make a great tomato cocktail. I particulary enjoy this after work if I don’t feel like eating dinner right away (or at all).

Carrot Juice

7-9 long carrots

Carrot Juice is suprisingly sweet, has lots of vitamin A. No, getting too much is not toxic…your body will rid of any vitamins it doesnt need 🙂 Yes- it’s true, great for your eyes and skin! You can add it to almost any of your own vegetable juice recipes, as it is extremely versatile.

 

Sweet Kale Asparagus

2 Oranges
3 Kale leaves
1/2 cup Spinach
4 stalks of Asparagus

Peel the oranges and juice them with the kale, spinach and asparagus. Serve immediately.
Like all leafy greens kale has an amazing amount of chlorophyll, vitamin A and C. Asparagus has a lot of vitamin E (along with others, of course), and spinach has calcium and vitamin E. Needless to say, this will be good for your skin as well as getting in a good dose of nutrients for the day.

 

Broccoli Cabbage Cauliflower

1 Stalk of Broccoli
Quarter head of Cabbage
Quarter head of Cauliflower
2 Kale leaves
1/2 Lemon, peel ok
2 Apples

Core the apples and cut a lemon in half. Prepare the cabbage and cauliflower. Juice the broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale lemon and apples together. Serve.
What a way to get all those nutrients in a glass, eh? Cruciferous vegetables are rich in endoles, the cancer preventative chemicals.

 

Spinach Watercress Juice

3 sprigs of Parsley
1 handful of Spinach
1 handful of Watercress
3 apples

Core the apples. Juice the apples plus all the greens together and serve. This is a great blood cleanser!

 

Spinach Carrot Combo

1 handful of Spinach
6 Carrots

Cut tops of of the carrots if necessary. Juice the spinach and carrots together. Serve.
This is an alkalizing digestive juice.

 

Carrot Beet Juice

1/2 Beet (some of the are greens ok if you want)
6 Carrots

Juice the carrots with the beets and serve.

 

Pineapple Celery Juice

2 Pineapple rounds
4 stalks of celery

Core a pineapple and remove the rind. Cut the celery into 3 inch pieces  Take two 1 inch rounds of the pineapple and juice it with the celery. Serve.

 

Cucumber Tomato Juice

1 cucumber
1 tomato
1 garlic clove, peeled

Cut the cucumber in fours. Cut the tomato in half. Peel the garlic. Juice together and serve immediately.