Whether you're looking to slim down or just give your health a helping hand, swap that sugary morning smoothie for a vitamin-packed pick-me-up - your body will thank you for it...
Juicing fruits and vegetables isn’t a new concept. The A-list have long proclaimed the anti-ageing, waistline shrinking effects of these all-natural vitamin boosters in a glass but unlike so many other faddy diets, nutritionists are inclined to agree that juicing can have a transformative effect.Meet two people that know this only too well.
‘Juice Master’ Jason Vale and ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’ documentary maker Joe Cross have both battled obesity and various other health concerns in the past. Jason was addicted to smoking, alcohol and junk food before he embarked on a juice diet, while at one point Joe tipped the scales at 22 stone – which is when he decided that something had to change.
Both men decided to embrace juicing and change the way they ate. Not only did the pounds begin to drop off, but they felt better than ever simply by swapping the junk for pulped fresh produce. Their energy-levels were no longer dictated by caffeine, nor their sleep patterns while those niggly health problems such as eczema, hay fever, psoriasis and acne completely disappeared.
So, whether you’re looking to drop a dress size in time for summer or just want to take better care of your body, could juicing be for you? Keep reading to find out! Here Joe and Jason give us five reasons why you should giving juicing a go, plus the juicing kit you need to get started.
Read their expert tips and then decide for yourself if juicing could be the answer to your health concerns – whether you want to shed some extra pounds or try a different method to tackle your health problems or just get more vitamins and nutrients into your diet.
Jason Vale thinks hitting reset on your plate can completely transform your health, especially those daily health niggles.
'I didn't take a specific juice to treat my asthma, eczema, hayfever, psoriasis or obesity; I simply removed all the rubbish coming in and flooded my body with the finest nutrients in the most bio-avaliable form, fresh juice', he says.
'I don't believe that every single disease will be cured or made better by fresh juice. However, the vast majority of common lifestyle diseases, the ones we are popping pills for, do indeed get better with fresh natural juices.'
Nutritionists agree that going back to basics can help your boost mental health too.
'We're so hard on ourselves, especially when it comes to the way we look', Joe says.
'One of the first things I notice when I'm eating healthily is that if you start to put the right fuel in your body, you naturally start feeling better about yourself.'
So, why not try trading that sugary shop-bought morning smoothie for a homemade juice and reap the benefits for yourself?
Sugar has had a bad press in recent months as nutritionists and doctors decry the white stuff for causing a multitude of health problems. Fruit has a high fructose content, so does that mean juicing isn't as virtuous as we think? Not all sugar is created equal as Vale explains.
'The sugar in an apple is not the same as the sugar in a doughnut', he says.
'One sugar is pure and comes attached with a multitude of other micronutrients and soluble fibre, and the other is stripped of its goodness and has effectively been transformed into a drug-like substance.
'All fruits and vegetables are at least 85 percent nutrient rich in water and it's this juice that feeds every cell in the body. It is this water that contains not only the sugars, or natural carbohydrates but also the [vitamins and minerals we need]. To suggest drinking a juice is the same as drinking a fizzy drink...is about as far removed from common sense as you can get.'
Whether you're contemplating taking up juicing to lose weight or not, Joe thinks a reboot is the way to go. He lost 6 stone by eating nothing but fruit and vegetables for 60 days - we don't suggest you go to this extreme, but a 3 or 5 day 'reboot' could help rid your body of the bad stuff.
'A [juice] reboot works with your body's natural tendency to reset itself when something's not functioning properly. Because your body has become sluggish from eating too many foods that drag it down, it's often slow to reset itself the way it would at peak capacity', Joe explains.
'A juice reboot enables you to continue to consume the daily calories you need, filling up on nutrient-dense sunlight-nourished foods to help restore balance [because] you increase your micronutrient intake all the way up to 100 percent.'
Without mainlining coffee to get everything done during the day!
'Good sleep is as important as good nutrition and physical exercise, and yet it's any area many often struggle with', Jason says. 'The reason so many of us fail to get a good night's sleep is due to the false stimulants we consume daily. Very rarely, if ever, does your body get a full good night's sleep because of this.
'With no false stimulants coming in, the body taps into its natural energy reserves, meaning your energy is no longer a nervous one, but a natural one.'
Juicing takes time and commitment so it's vital to invest in the right equipment if you want to get the most out of it.
Our current favourite is the NutriBullet, more than just a blender or juicer it's an 'extractor'. The super efficient blades break food down whole, so you don't have to spend ages chopping up your fruit and veg. Every morsel of nutritional benefit is preserved, allowing you to create delicious soups, smoothies, salsas and salad dressings with 100% of the good stuff. Optimum nutrition, minimum wastage.
For one week only Nutribullet is £89.99 (£10 off the usual price, plus free P&P). If you're quick you might even be able to snap up the brand new gold or purple edition created in celebration of Ideal World TV's 15th Birthday.