Finally, some answers...Juicing has gotten incredibly popular over the last four years. If there was any possibility of confusing it with ‘just a fad’ before, there certainly isn’t now! Just what is all of the buzz about? Read on to have your 5 biggest juicing questions answered. You’ll be ready to blend easy and drink up in no time at all.Top 5 Juicing Questions Is juicing a viable substitute for eating right? According to MayoClinic.org, there is no sound scientific evidence that juicing is technically any healthier than actually eating your favorite fruits and vegetables, but there’s no evidence that it is less healthy, either. In fact, the juices extracted from fresh produce actually contain an equivalent amount of vital nutrients to the whole fruit. If you don’t like to or for some reason are unable to eat fresh fruits and vegetables the ‘traditional’ way, then juicing can be a viable option for ensuring that your body will still receive plenty of the necessary minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients that it needs to stay healthy. Are juice cleanses ‘worth it’? While dramatic dietary changes like the Master Cleanse are quite controversial, juicing cleanses might be better for the body than many so-called experts give them credit for. It is true that much of the weight lost while on a juice cleanse is ‘water weight’ and will return once you begin to eat solid foods again. It is also true that a juice cleanse lasting for a dramatically extended period of time could lead to your body suffering from a lack of vital nutrients, like carbohydrates and proteins. Therefore, you should always get your doctor’s approval and advice before participating in a juice cleanse. For most, these potential negatives do not outweigh the many positives of juice cleanses, which include very quickly eliminating sluggishness and all of the ‘junk’ from your body. However, a short juice cleanse can be more than just a ‘detox’ for your body. It can also be a kick start for your health, leaving you motivated to leave coffee, fatty foods, and alcohol out of your diet- and to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into it- for good. What’s the point of juicing? If you don’t need to juice due to a deep seated hatred of eating fresh fruits and vegetables, you may wonder what the point is in taking the extra step to juice before enjoying them. Juicing allows you to take in a very large amount of produce in a very compact manner, increasing your phytonutrient intake instantly. It is quick, easy, and convenient, especially if you’re on the go! If you don’t believe that, just think about how difficult it would be to eat an orange on the metro compared to drinking orange juice out of a spill-proof container! What are some of the biggest benefits that juicing has to offer? According to recommendations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, adult men and women should consume two-and-a-half to three cups of vegetables, and one and a half to two cups of fruit daily. Unfortunately, most of us just don’t live up to these expectations. However we should! A higher intake of fruits and vegetables will grant you higher energy levels without having to subdue your body to caffeine, processed sugars, or mysterious ‘energy blends’. This is where juicing comes in. It can help you double or even triple your fruits and vegetables intake with ease. The resulting increased phytochemical intake will also give your immune system a pretty sweet boost. Additionally, sipping on a tasty juice blend can serve as a surefire way to fight troublesome sweet-tooth cravings and avoid over-snacking. How can you start juicing at home? If you can purchase a juicing machine, that’s great! If not, don’t worry. If you don’t have the cash to drop on a specialized juicing machine, your run-of-the-mill blender will serve you just fine. Just remove the seeds and rinds from most fruits and vegetables. For some, you’ll want to remove the skins too! If the mixture gets too thick, you can always add a little bit of water to smooth things out. The biggest thing to remember when juicing at home, though, is to be safe. You can do so by making only as much juice as you can drink in one day at a time. Keeping unpasteurized juices for much longer can put you at risk for ingesting harmful bacteria. Make sure you wash your juicer or blender thoroughly after each use to avoid build-up and to ensure it will be ready-to-go when you want to make your next batch. Super Juicing Tip:To help the cleaning process run the juice back through your juicer. This helps remove nutritious chunks and makes cleaning easier.