Kavin Austin Blake takes advantage of the many fruits, vegetables and herbs found at farmer’s markets during summer to juice their power for his family’s benefit.
But why juicing? Some people flock to plant-empowered living for better health, others to support the environment and animal welfare, or best of all, because it tastes great.
Fresh juices are ideal for nourishing our bodies, says Kavin Austin Blake. Our bodies are designed to take in large amounts of nutrients each day. If this doesn’t happen, our bodies become more susceptible to diseases. Basically, says Kavin Austin Blake, it’s difficult to consume large amounts of fruits and vegetables every day, unless they are juiced. In a way, our bodies work like a juicer. When we eat fruits or vegetables, our bodies digest them by “juicing” to preserve valuable nutrients. After that, the body excretes the remaining fibers the natural way.
Though we are fooled in advertising that industrial 100 percent juices contain the same amount of nutrients such as freshly squeezed juices, there is a big difference. Only a freshly squeezed juice is really fresh and full of live enzymes that help the body get all the important nutrients. Fruit and vegetable juices bought in bottles were pasteurized. The high heat that is needed for pasteurization destroys important nutrients and vitamins in the juice.
By increasing the amount of healthy plant foods, we flood our bodies with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. This maintains and repairs the body. Once your body repairs, it can renew, says Kavin Austin Blake.
Tips for juicing:
- Juicers can be purchased for as low as $30 or as high as $400.
- Prepare fruits and vegetables the night before if you plan on juicing for breakfast.
- Store juice in the fridge for up to 24-48 hours.
- Wash produce thoroughly, since it may be contaminated with bacteria.