Ever wondered what the fuss is about juicing, or why and how you should go about it?

This side of the millennium has seen a real surge in people’s understanding of the importance of getting the right vitamins and minerals into their diet and ensuring they’re properly absorbed into our systems too.

For example, many now know that just eating and drinking food which contains calcium is not the standalone way to strengthen bones. There must also be the presence of Vitamin D in order for the calcium to be absorbed.

Vitamin A, found in abundance in foods such as kale, carrots and oily fish is vital to enable healthy cell growth, protect eyesight and support the immune system in addition to the super vitamin that we all know about – Vitamin C. Then there’s Vitamin K – again found in green leafy vegetables – which enables wounds to heal.

With serious concerns surrounding the rise of killer diseases such as cancer and its links to poor lifestyle choices and issues such as obesity, people are increasingly looking to nature’s way of helping combat these problems, through a healthy diet and the right nutrition. This can be achieved through juicing using the best possible fresh and organic produce.

What should you include in your healthy juice?

The health giving benefits of food can be massive, but sometimes it might feel impossible to find the time to have the intake of minerals that we need – and that’s why there’s so much fuss about juicing.

It’s a great way to detox, lose a bit of water retention and get all the goodness that you’ll find in superfoods such as kale, spinach and berries, in a delicious healthy drink that can be consumed in a minute or two.

Using a sweet base, such as apples and oranges, here are a few fantastic foods to include in your healthy juice:

  • Spirulina
  • Ginger Root
  • Carrots
  • Chia seeds
  • Wheatgrass
  • Kalettes
  • Cucumber
  • Blueberries
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Lemon
  • Spinach

There are some great juicing recipes to be found online, so have a look at what takes your fancy. A fantastic place to start is the smoothies and juices archive from Deliciously Ella.

When is the best time to get juicing?

A favourite time to enjoy a healthy juice is first thing in the morning before we head off to take on the day ahead.

The inclusion of foods such as ginger and lemon make for a fantastic way to wake up the metabolism and help you feel better after the night before, whether you’re a little run down, hungover, had a bad night’s sleep, or are coming down with a cold. In addition, nutrient dense vegetables, such as kale and spinach, help set us on the right path to getting all the vitamins and minerals that we need.

We love this carrot, orange, kale, lemon and ginger juice, from Deliciously Ella, which provides everything you could possibly want to kick the day off to the best start healthwise.