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Green Juicing - The Ideal Fruits And Vegetables To Use As The Base
Juicing fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways to improve one's health. Juicing is the easiest way to provide mega-doses of powerful vitamins, minerals and living enzymes into the body. It is ideal to include low-glycemic fruit and super hydrating vegetables as the base of a green juice.

Juicing removes the fibers from the various fruits and veggies and thus makes it easier on the digestive system. This process brings in highly bioavailable nutrients that get right into the bloodstream and cells of the body. If your digestion is not impaired it is good to consume some of the fibers at a later time such as in a salad.

The best things to juice

Some of the best things to juice are green apples, cucumbers, celery, lemons and limes as these all make a lot of juice and are low in sugar and rich in nutrients. It is also advisable to add in dark green leafy veggies such as kale, spinach, collard greens, watercress and cereal grasses. Be sure to include bitter herbs like dandelion, cilantro, parsley, ginger, etc.

It is best to be considerate of how much apple and carrots you are using to keep sugar to a minimum. Anytime you are juicing higher sugar items always be sure to add in a whole lemon or lime. The citric acid will lower the glycemic impact and reduce the inflammatory component of the sugar.

Best fruit to juice

Lemons & limes: These sour citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C and vitamin P otherwise called citrus bioflavonoids. Studies have shown that vitamin P enhances the anti-oxidant capability of vitamin C. These bioflavonoids also improve capillary permeability and overall blood flow. This is especially important for oxygenating tissues and maintaining normal blood pressure. These anti-oxidants have also been shown to reduce swelling, venous backup and edema.

Granny Smith apples: Granny Smith apples are more sour than traditional red apples and contain less sugar and more acetic acid. The acid itself is a natural anti-septic and improves the function of the liver, gall bladder, stomach and intestines. This is the same acid that is the major component of apple cider vinegar. Green apples also have a strong alkalizing effect on the body and contain a unique anti-oxidant procydin that has anti-cancer benefits (2).

Hydrating vegetables

Some vegetables produce a lot of juice because they are rich in water and electrolytes with very little to any sugar. These should be foundational pieces to your juicing routine. The best hydrating vegetables are cucumbers, celery & bok choy.

Cucumbers: Cucumbers are loaded with the mineral silica, which is an essential component for healthy connective tissue (muscles, ligaments, cartilage, bone, & skin). It is also full of ionic potassium, magnesium, & vitamin C which give it a powerful alkalizing effect within the body. Additionally, cucumbers are particularly rich in fluids that hydrate the skin, joints, and tissues (3).

Celery: Celery is rich in water and electrolytes such as potassium and sodium and the trace mineral silica. Celery also contains unique antioxidant phenols called dihydrostilbenoids that are similar to resveratrol. Celery has a very strong alkalizing effect on the body and is a great base for juicing (4).

Bok choy: This is a water rich cruciferous vegetable that contains over 70 different phenolic anti-oxidants and major electrolytes. One of the most powerful phenolic compounds in bok choy is hydroxycinnamic acids which are referred to in the literature as "chain breaking" anti-oxidants due to its way of scavenging free radicals. This is why bok choy is being studied for its cancer prevention ability (5).