By Maris Callahan for DietsInReview.com
The juicing craze just seems to be getting hotter and hotter, doesn’t it? If you’ve considered starting a juice regimen, it’s important to be informed. Before replacing any of your solid meals with juice, first consult with a doctor or health care provider to ensure that your new regimen is safe for you. However, adding juice to your existing diet is a fun and delicious way to increase your fruit and vegetable consumption. Here are a few tips from some of to help you get started.
1. Buy organic for certain fruits and veggies. According to Cherie Calbom, MS, author of The Juice Lady’s Turbo Diet and Juicing for Life, it’s very important to know which vegetables and fruits are the most heavily sprayed with pesticide and which are the cleanest.
“Not everything has to be organic, but the most heavily sprayed produce should always be organic,” says Calbom. “Otherwise, it may not be safe to use. Familiarize yourself with the most heavily sprayed produce, known as the ‘dirty dozen’ and shop accordingly.”
2. Choose your produce carefully. If you want to improve your health for a certain condition, consult your doctor or nutritionist to recommend specific ingredients.
“Kale, and chard and spinach are great for juicing,” says Barbara Mendez, a registered pharmacist with an advanced degree in nutrition. “Cucumbers are great for reducing puffiness and ginger is anti-inflammatory. Carrots are known to help purify the skin, and liver and lemon or lime has great cleansing properties.”
3. Shop around for a juicer. There are a number of juicers available for home use, Mendez recommends a Champion Juicer, or one of equal quality, because it extracts the most pulp from the fruits and vegetables for maximum nutrition. When shopping for a juicer, be sure to find one that is simple to clean—so juicing doesn’t become a chore.
And note that not all juicers will juice vegetables. “Make sure your juicer will do everything from leafy greens and carrots to citrus,” said Calbom. “Some models don’t do those well.”
What are you favorite fruits and vegetables to use when juicing? Tell us about ‘em!