It wasn't too long ago that Jamba Juice was thought to be the healthiest juice drink out there. Now that public understanding has switched and celebrities are caught carrying around those green mystery juices, people are wondering how they can improve their health with a dose of celebrity.
If you read Forbes.com, it will mock the trend and gawk at its price tag mentioning these "magical juices can cost upwards of nine bucks a pop." Now this may be true at certain trendy juice spots, but the sheer amount of nutrients and vitamins a healthy fruit or vegetable pressed juice can provide are worth the high cost. The juicing process works by stripping the fiber out of the vegetables and fruits, allowing your body to hyper-perform in digestion and process only the nutrients your body needs. FitSugar.com indicates celebs like Nicole Richie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Olivia Wilde are star juicers.
And, as it so happens, our very own Dr.s Milgrom and Pien make their own green juice concoctions every morning. (Their kids call it "swamp water"!)
So whether you choose to buy individual juices at your local juice bar or market, or you elect to purchase a juicing machine, here are our top 6 tips for juicing like a star.
1. If you elect to juice at home, make sure you buy a "hydraulic" juicing machine (The Doctor's favorite is Breville).
2. Once you've juiced it, drink it. The nutrients in fruits and vegetables start to break down as soon as they are released from the fruit, so your juice should ideally be consumed immediately. Definitely do not wait longer than 12 hours.
3. Some fruits and vegetables produce more juice than others. If you need more liquid, try cucumber, carrots, celery or sweet potatoes.
4. Veggies that grow above ground have less natural sugar content than those that grow under ground. Use this as a guide to avoid making your juice too sugary.
5. Make sure your fruits and veggies are organic! Whether you're at a juice bar or at home, it is important to stay away from ingesting any harmful pesticides. Plus, many say that organic provides the highest quality nutrition. If you must use non-organic veggies, make sure you can peel off the pesticide-ridden skin.
6. Don't mix your fruits and vegetables. They don't like each other in the digestive process, however the one exception is apples!