You've probably heard about the juicing trend that's been gaining popularity, and you might be wondering whether or not you should jump on the juicing train. Juicing is something that one of our marketing reps has become very passionate about, so we thought we'd share his experience and some general information about the topic with you to help you decide whether or not this trend is for you. What is juicing?

Juicing is, quite literally, “the process of extracting juice from plant tissues such as fruits or vegetables”.

How do you even do it?

In order to juice, it’s recommended that you purchase a juicing machine. A blender won’t work, because it doesn’t separate out the pulp from the skins of the fruits and vegetables. Once you have a juicer, you select the fruits, vegetables, or other ingredients that you want to include in the mixture and put them through the juicer. It will separate out the pulp, which consists of insoluble fiber, and hold the juice separately for you to consume whenever you’re ready.

Why bother juicing?

The process sounds a little intense, and you may be wondering, “Why do people even bother with all that effort?” People juice for a variety of reasons, but here are a few of the more common ones.

1) It’s an easy way to make sure that you’re getting your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. It’s a lot easier to drink one cup of juice than it is to force down a huge salad, a big bowl of lima beans, and two apples.

2) Juicing can also be great for kids. If your kids are a little on the pickier side, juicing is perfect for disguising unpalatable flavors. You can mix sweeter fruits like apples in with your vegetable juices to help make it taste better for your kids!

3) You can juice in bulk and store it for later. Juices can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days, and frozen for even longer! You don’t have to juice every single day, you can pick one day and juice for the entire week.

4) There are a lot of health benefits associated with juicing. The nutrients obtained from juicing can help protect against cancer, inflammatory diseases, and cardiovascular diseases. It’s also a great source of fiber! To learn a little bit more about the science behind the health benefits of juicing, you can check out this article called “Using A Food Juicer to Help Fight Cancer”.

Ty Fortier, our marketing rep for the Leesburg office, is a huge fan of juicing. He shared some of the benefits that he saw from juicing in his own personal life with us.

“In 2011 I started experimenting with juicing. Almost immediately my energy levels shot up. I felt renewed, I was more productive at work, and I found that I wasn’t as hungry as often because I was flooding my system with nutrients. I lost weight from juicing alone, but later started adding exercise regimens to help speed up the process. My favorite things to juice are celery, carrots, fresh beets with leaves, ginger, cucumber with skin, lemons, and apples.”

Ty cautioned against settling for the cheaper juicing machines, saying that they don’t extract as much juice and are a bit less effective.

At the end of the day, juicing isn’t for everyone. Some people enjoy actually biting into a whole apple, some people don’t have the time, and some people don’t think the effort or money involved are worth it. Either way, the decision to juice or not to juice is one that is completely up to you.  We’re just looking to share the potential benefits that people we know have experienced from deciding to juice, and hope that you’ve become a little more educated on the topic!