“Taking care of your body should be your greatest priority if you expect a long and healthy life. I encourage you to get into the habit of juicing on a daily basis. The benefits that go along with it are such that you will never want to give it up”.
These are the words of Dr Norman Walker, a Scottish-American businessman and pioneer in the field of vegetable juicing and nutritional health. As a young man living in London he became seriously ill. Not wanting to accept the idea of ill health or a sick body, he began investigating ways to attain a body free from disease and he cured himself.
Later he moved to America and established the Norwalk Laboratory of Nutritional Chemistry and Scientific Research, where he began researching man’s ability to live longer, healthier and more active lives through good diet, body care and exercise. Among his many contributions to the health industry was his discovery of the benefits of fresh vegetable juices.
Raw fruit and vegetable juices correct the acid/alkaline imbalances in our bodies and are also known to have properties that can assist in healing the body as they provide live enzymes and de-toxing qualities that help keep the body strong and healthy and able to fight infections. Our immune systems are at their best when we drink raw juices daily. Fruits juices are known as the cleansers and vegetable juices are called the builders of the body. It is a great way of ensuring you are getting a good supply of your daily vitamin and mineral requirements.
You can make your own raw juices at home with little fuss. Citrus can easily be juiced with a citrus squeezer; softer fruit like mangoes and berries can be put in the blender; however harder fruit and vegetables should be juiced with a juicer.
There are no rules as to what items you should combine together; it’s purely a matter of personal taste. Here are a couple of recipes to get you started.
Carrot, Apple & Ginger: Clean 3 carrots, then top and tail them. Cut 2 apples into wedges. Put both carrots and apples through the juicer. Pour into a glass. Grate a little fresh ginger into juice. Stir well and enjoy.
Celery, Apple & Mint: Cut 2 apples into wedges. Put apples through juicer with 1 stick of celery and a few fresh mint leaves. Blend well and serve.
Orange and Cranberry: Cut 2 apples into wedges and put through juicer. Squeeze 2 oranges with a citrus squeezer. Place orange and apple juice into a blender and add 50 grams of cranberries. Blend until mixed well.