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The A-Z Arthritis Toolkit – J

Hello everyone we now move onto J in our arthritis toolkit.

I hope you have all enjoyed the toolkit so far and as usual, any comments and feedback will be greatly appreciated. You can leave them in the comment section below or share on social media.

J is for Juicing

I will keep this short and not drone on and on as most people now are aware of juicing and its benefits.

By now most people know that eating raw fruits and vegetables provide your body with a fantastic boost of nutrients.

People are familiar with eating fruits raw as you can pick up a banana or an apple and just tuck in.

Though in regard to eating raw vegetables it doesn’t always seem that appealing to eat broccoli or kale before it’s cooked, this is where juicing comes in.

By juicing vegetables and consuming them raw this helps us ensure that we are getting the maximum amount of nutrients and vitamins that the vegetables contain.

Studies have shown that as soon as you begin to cook vegetables they begin to lose their nutrients.

In the last few years, there have been a number of juice diets that have been doing the rounds and growing in popularity. Juicing can provide people with an easier alternative to cooking a meal and can also be drunk on the go.

It is entirely up to you how you want to go about it, whether you want to juice the vegetables or it is possible to put them in a blender and make a smoothie.

It has been suggested that juicing vegetables means you are extracting more of the goodness out of them, as opposed to blending them. After doing both I have found that juicing means more mess and more clean up unless you have purchased a real high-end juicer.

I have used a NutriBullet blender and I am really happy I purchased one, it is just so easy to use and clean up after.

The picture is of the NutriBullet that I purchased, for a better look and more information just click on the picture.

There are different price options I think you can get one for around £35 and up to £100+, of course, it depends on what extras you want with it, if any at all.

This little compact kitchen accessory tears through even the hardest fruits and vegetables and blends them into a smooth, refreshing, nutrient-packed tipple.

The clean up after is so simple all you have to do is rinse out your cup and the motor.

I go through stages of having juices or should I say smoothies, I do always enjoy them though and find it is a good way to consume raw vegetables and fruit that you aren’t so keen on.

A little tip that I like to do is to use frozen mixed berries or pineapple, it makes the smoothie ice-cold and on a hot summers day (if you are lucky enough to have a hot summers day) it is really refreshing.

Juices or smoothies with, organic if possible, raw fruit and vegetables can provide your body with a much-needed tune-up.

So Juicing resides at position J in the toolkit, yeah yeah I know I have gone on to talk about smoothies which starts with S but we won’t worry too much about that, the message is the same.

Of course, you are more than welcome to juice over blending it is your choice and as I mentioned, many people believe juicing optimises the number of nutrients you are extracting.

However you do it, do it!

Summer is here in England (for how long I don’t know) so I will be using it often to provide me with that refreshing energy boost.

Hope to hear from you all…

Andy

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Andy

I am diagnosed with severe arthritis in my ankle after an accident in 2013. I am managing to do more and more each year and currently take no pharmaceutical medication. I want to share with you things that have worked for me and hope that this becomes a place where people share their knowledge to help their fellow man/woman :)

4 Comments

  1. I got my Nutri Bullet, and I am pleased with it. It is efficient and serves me well so far. I recommend this blender to everyone who is interested in a healthy lifestyle. Whether you fight arthritis pain and inflammation or you want to lose some extra weight, smoothies and juices are a way to go.

    Thank you, Andy, for your helpful article. I appreciate it.

    Ivan

    • Hi Ivan, I totally agree with you it can be great for weight loss as well which in turn will help arthritic joints!

      Glad to hear you are pleased with yours it’s so easy to use and doesn’t take up much room in your kitchen.

  2. I love my bullet, I have a bullet and a full size blender but use the bullet way more due to the convenience factor. It also easily fits in my full cupboard for east storage! Great tip.

    • Hi Carolyn thanks for reading and commenting!

      Glad to hear you enjoy your bullet the same as I do 😁

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