It is always fun to talk about things that can get us stronger, such as; a solid strength program, protein and quality fish oil. However, in order to get stronger & fitter we need to create a healthy environment within our bodies.

There is almost no better way to create this environment then by ingesting organic, nutrient dense vegetables. In the proceeding paragraphs we’ll cover how to get the most out of your vegetables (literally) by using a juicer!

Vegetables provide the body with a whole host of vitamins, minerals and fiber. The issue is, when we consume vegetables in their raw form, we do not receive all the great nutrients they can provide. This problem occurs because all the good stuff in vegetables is deeply embedded in a complex mass of fiber called cellulose. Cellulose if very difficult for the body to digest and usually results in stomach discomfort (gas, bloating, nausea). With the stomach in this state, optimal absorption cannot take place.

This is where juicing comes into play! When vegetables are pushed into the juicer, they are ground up; pulverizing the tough thick fiber and ultimately releasing the valuable nutrients in liquid form. With the fiber almost eliminated, the breakdown process can be skipped and absorption can occur at a much more proficient rate, while preserving gut health.

The reason that fruits are not included is because without fiber fruit juice is like taking a shot of sugar! It is also wise to juice fruits and veggies separate because they require different enzymes to digest, possibly compromising gut health. The only exception is apples, the green ones are great because of their sweet flavor. Happy juicing!

* One of my favorite recipes to get you started!
– 1/2 lemon
– 1/2 green apple
– 1 chunk of ginger root
– 2 celery stalks
– 2 kale leaves
– 1/2 cucumber
– 2 large carrots

* Here is a short list of juicers that get the job done! Remember the better your juicer is, the more nutrients it will provide!

– Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer
– Breville Juicers
– Omega Nutrition Center Juicers

-Brig Van Etten, CSCS-



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