Why I Decided to Start Juicing

Juicing became popular not long ago, with a myriad of juicers hitting the market seemingly at once. From small, compact juicers to counter-clogging mega juicers, today you can find the device perfect for your needs. Some people just use a blender for their juicing needs. For me, something simple yet fast made me more willing to juice, and now, it’s become a staple in my life.

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Juicing lets busy, on-the-go people quickly and deliciously include more produce in their diets. You can quickly juice fruits and veggies in the morning for a powerful blast of nutrients to start your day, which I love. Eating an apple takes a while, an orange is messy, and a plain banana is boring. Juicing lets you combine fruits for awesome flavor combinations, and also mix in veggies you might not otherwise eat.

I don’t care to eat vegetables much, unless it’s a salad. But salads take awhile to make and eat, and I don’t always have that kind of time. Plus, they’re not exactly something easy to eat on the go. So, adding some spinach, kale, carrots, or cucumber to my juice gives me a bigger nutritional profile without too much hassle. I really don’t care of the taste of carrots, but mixed with some mango, banana, and pineapple, I don’t mind it at all.

I love to make juice in the mornings and put it in my travel mug to drink on the way to work. Wakes me up and with nearly endless flavor combos, I can have something different each morning. I get all of those vitamins and minerals at the beginning of the day with minimal work involved.

Some people say that juicing is devoid of a lot of what fruits and veggies have to offer, mainly fiber. However, that’s not always the case. Some juicers allow you to add in some of the pulp to bulk the fiber content (without making it too thick). Others extract it into a convenient cup so you can actually use it. Yes, use it. Such as adding the pulp to baked goods like muffins. That way, you’re not wasting anything, and you’re adding nutritional value to something else.

Juicing gives you a great base for making smoothies, too. You can add in milk, or milk substitutes like almond, coconut, or cashew (which I love for a creamier version) to bulk it up a bit. Or, add in a protein powder to really boost your juice and make it more of a protein shake. This makes a wonderful on-the-go breakfast or snack. Some may add yogurt, ground flax seeds, or chia seeds.

Sometimes I’m concerned about how much sugar I’m ingesting when I juice a bunch of fruits. While these sugars are naturally occurring versus being added, it still adds up fast from fruits. I began experimenting with more veggies and less fruits, and found that adding even a small amount of a highly-flavored fruit such as pineapple, kiwi, or strawberry adds just enough sweetness to make it work for me.

My main reason for deciding to juice was the vegetable factor. I realized just how few vegetables I ate, and as I got older, I felt guilty for that. Making vegetable juice on my own made a super healthy way to get veggies, but enjoy them at the same time by adding fruit.

Vegetables and fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Commercial juices are often concentrated, then water is added. Even with “fresh” juice, they have to add back in vitamins because of the heating process of pasteurization destroys them. When you juice at home, you consume it right after making it, so it’s as fresh as possible and there’s no need to heat it. You preserve all of those nutritional components and put them directly into your body. Make just the amount you want when you want. The flavor of that fresh juice is unparalleled!

While some folks will make bold claims about juicing preventing cancer, cleansing the liver and kidneys, or helping you lose weight, those didn’t steer me to start juicing. Sure, it may do all of that, but I don’t think at higher levels than just eating a healthy, balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables. I wanted to eat like that, but didn’t have the time, so juicing was a far better option for me. I still get cancer-fighting, organ-loving nutrients, but I drink them rather than chew them.

Sure, I have to make more trips to the store to purchase fresh produce, but with a plethora of grocery stores, fruit stands, and farmers’ markets around, it’s never really out of my way. I quickly run in and grab what I want and I’m ready to juice. I feel it’s made a positive difference in the way I feel and I love that!

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How to Stay Healthy in College

Students often neglect their health and fitness while trying to balance different obligations. With studying, going to classes, taking exams and socializing, they often don’t find enough time to take care of their physical and emotional health. Well-being and good health are the number one priority students should focus on, so that they would be able to withstand the stress these efforts might cause. These are some of tips they should follow to stay healthy:

Diet

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Choose a healthy diet. Your diet should be based on essential nutrients and needs to include various types of foods. You should often change meals you eat, thus ensuring the intake of protein, carbs, fats, vitamins and minerals.

Control the amount of food. Don’t overeat, but try to eat several smaller meals each day. Also, avoid eating when you are under stress. You shouldn’t skip breakfast as it will give you much needed energy for the day.

Choose healthy snacks. Exclude unhealthy foods from your diet, or at least reduce them. Instead of a bag of chips or cakes, eat fruit, vegetables, smoothies, and make your own healthy snacks. Junk food should be excluded as well as processed foods.

Watch what you drink. You should limit drinking alcohol. It will dehydrate your body and make you hangover. You wouldn’t be able to function properly and concentrate either. Try increasing water intake. As for sodas and caffeinated beverages, you should be careful how much of these you are drinking. They contain a lot of sugar and other additives. You will consume plenty of calories with no nutritional value.

Exercise

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Exercise regularly. Choose any type of exercise you like most. You can go to the gym, do yoga, walk, drive a bike, dance or play a sport. This will not only alleviate stress, but make you feel and look good.

Walk instead of taking a bus. Whenever you can, walk instead of taking a cab or a bus. This will have tremendous benefits to your health.

Avoid sitting for longer periods of time. If you are focused on studying, you might lose sense of time and how long you’ve been sitting. Try stretching every half an hour or even more often.

Watch your posture. Often, when reading or working on a computer, you might forget to keep a proper posture. This might cause neck pain, headaches, indigestion and more.

Sleep

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Get quality sleep. You will know how much you need to sleep each night. Not everyone needs the same amount of sleep. What’s important is to get at least five hours of quality sleep.

Avoid staying up all night. This will occasionally be necessary for a college student, whether it is studying or partying all night. However, if this becomes a habit, it will have plenty of detrimental effects on your health.

Don’t study in bed. This refers to reading, studying, working on a computer, or browsing social media on your phone. Don’t do any of these things in bed. When you go to sleep, turn off everything because lights from these devices will keep you awake and alert.

Make a sleeping routing. Try to go to bed at the same time every night. Avoid coffee and sugar before sleeping. Keep your room dark and quiet with a lot of fresh air. Take a nap during the day if you need to, but keep it short.

Sexual Health

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Be responsible. This implies having safe sex. Always use protection but also get regular check-ups. Get informed about STDs and react if you have any symptoms.

Talk to your sexual partner. If you have any concerns, you should talk to your partner. Ask questions you think are important and don’t do anything you think would make you uncomfortable.

Get vaccinated. Nowadays, HPV doesn’t have to be an issue. It’s is serious though. This virus causes the cancer of cervix. Get vaccinated to avoid this.

Illness

Prevent illness. You should regularly wash hands, and take care when using public restrooms and showers, especially if shared with a lot of people. When showering, don’t go barefoot due to possible infections.

Keep a distance from ill people. Don’t go very close to a friend with flu. Cover your mouth and nose if someone coughs near you. Do the same when you are ill. Be careful in public transportation as many people are in a closed space and viruses are easy to spread.

When you get sick, avoid going to classes. If you aren’t getting better in a few days, visit a doctor. Drink warm fluids and soups. Take vitamins and minerals to strengthen your immunity.

Consider taking a flu vaccine. This will prevent you from getting a seasonal virus that many people catch and pass on to others.

Stress

Be organized. If you organize your activities, you will avoid getting stressed out. Just maintain your routine according to your plan and it will be much easier for you to balance everything. Try to manage time effectively. Choose how many hours you will study each day and stick to that. Don’t overexert yourself.

Go out, take a nap, and get a break. If you feel that you just cannot concentrate, and you aren’t effectively learning anything, just get a break. During the break, do whatever you feel like at that moment. Go for a walk, take a nap, watch a movie or exercise. Afterwards, you’ll be better able to efficiently study and memorize.

Have a hobby. Do anything that makes you feel good and relaxed. You can join some interesting clubs at your college, or do something by yourself.

Socialize. Keep in touch with your friends or roommates. Make plans to hang out and talk or go do something fun. It is college after all — you need some fun in your life.

Mental Health

Don’t be ashamed. If you feel anxious, overwhelmed or depressed — don’t be ashamed to reach out to your friends, family and doctor. Don’t feel afraid to do so, because you are not alone in it — many students go through it.

Things will change. This phase of your life will be full of challenges and changes. You’ll be learning how to be independent, without your family around. You’ll be making new friends. It might take time to adapt and become comfortable in a new environment.

Try to strengthen your self-esteem. Avoid feeling self-conscious by deliberately getting out of your comfort zone. Reach out to others, socialize and be involved in different activities that will make you feel good about yourself.

Be positive and motivated. This is sometimes hard to do especially if you fail. Failure will make you feel bad, but it’s part of life so try to get over it as quickly as possible and be persistent.