Juicing for Stress and Anxiety

Updated on March 19, 2017
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Kawai has been in the clinical research industry for over 8 years. She has battled with anxiety for many years using natural remedies.

According to research, many diseases and illnesses are related to stress and anxiety. Most people are not aware that stress and anxiety are directly correlated to diet and nutrient deficiencies. When juicing to combat these negative feelings, the body is able to fight back naturally—which helps you regain control of your life.

How Juicing for Stress and Anxiety Works

Anxiety may be part and parcel of life, but we should not allow our body to fall prey to it every time we encounter a difficult or stressful situation. When we juice for stress and anxiety relief, our bodies receive the minerals and vitamins needed to help combat stress and improve our general well-being.

Juicing for stress and anxiety relief is all-natural—it doesn't involve any medicines or supplements, or their accompanying side effects. In addition, juicing makes it easier for us to incorporate into our diet the nutritious fruits and vegetables that we might not otherwise eat.

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The Best Juice Nutrients for Fighting Stress and Anxiety

Juicing is considered a natural remedy for anxiety and stress. Provided with proper nutrients, our bodies can easily cope with pressure and other types of complications. There are specific nutrients found in particular vegetables and fruits that do a great job in beating stress and anxiety. The nutrients are:

Magnesium: Magnesium is important for muscle and nerve functions. It is a powerful mineral that can help keep you calm and also improve your sleep quality. High magnesium levels are found in most leafy vegetables (e.g., spinach, kale, chard), sweetcorn, citrus fruits, tomatoes, carrots, and onions.

B Vitamins: B vitamins (such as B1, B3, B5, B8, B12, folic acid) have an important role to play in anxiety, depression, and stress management. These vitamins are found abundantly in most fruits (e.g., apples, banana, oranges, berries, grapes, avocado), green leafy vegetables (e.g., spinach, kale, turnip greens), pumpkins, carrots, cauliflower, and squashes.

Vitamin C: Known for its efficacy against flu and cold, vitamin C also helps fight depression and stress. Vitamin C is typically found in cantaloupe, citrus fruits, red berries, pumpkin and squash, watermelon, cabbage, and sweet peppers.

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Juice Recipes for Stress and Anxiety

Though there are multiple types of juices for stress and anxiety relief, the following three are my favourite picks:

1. Nice Green Juice

If you have too much celery in the house, try this recipe. This light green juice will remind you of a meaner green flavor. The juice is wonderful for beginners, especially those who love celery.

  • 2 large apples (preferably Granny Smith)
  • 1 whole lemon, unpeeled
  • 1 whole orange, peeled
  • 8 large stalks of celery

Put all the ingredients in your juicer. Stir or shake before serving.

2. Sleepy Time Juice
This juice variety is also based on celery, except it has some honey added to the mix. This juice helps relax, leading to a restful and soothing sleep. If you've been having sleeping issues lately, this juice should help.

  • 5 large stalks of celery
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Similar to the aforementioned procedure, put all the ingredients in the juicing machine and stir/shake prior to serving.

3. Beginner Green Juice
This is probably the most delicious juice on this list. As the name suggests, the juice is for beginners who would like their juice to taste good. The juice is sweet and has a citrus punch to it.

  • 3 medium size apples
  • 4 large stalks of celery
  • ¼ thumb ginger root
  • ½ a lemon (with rind)
  • 1 large orange, peeled
  • 5 bunches of spinach

Before processing all the ingredients together, ensure the oranges are peeled. (The lemon, however, does not need not be peeled.) The skin of an orange is bitter, and could ruin the juice's flavor.

It may be hard to extract maximum spinach juice using a centrifuge juicer, so try to use a masticating, triturating, or hydraulic press juicer. A blender can work, as well.

Types of Juicers

Before buying a juicer, it helps to get acquainted with the various options available. Different juicer types help determine the longevity of fresh juices and also the varieties of vegetables and fruits that can be juiced.

Some juicers—such as masticating, triturating, or hydraulic press juicers—are multi-functional and will allow you make other foods, as well, such as pasta and nut butters.

Centrifugal Juicers

Centrifugal juicers are the most common and inexpensive electric juicers. These juicers have a circular blade that cuts the produce while they are spun at high speeds, creating a centrifugal force that pulls the juices out and through a filter. The juice then comes out of a spout, and the pulp is stored separately in another container.

The slight disadvantage of using centrifugal juicers is that the fast-spinning blade generates more heat, which causes more oxidation to some of the nutrients in the fruits and vegetables.

I currently have a centrifugal juicer at home (Brand: Bosch MES3000GB). It was a housewarming gift from my friends, and it was what got me started juicing. Even though it is not the best type of juicer on the market, I generally find that the juices it generates are quite decent and delicious. I am also not too particular about having some nutrients oxidized during the juicing process. The juicer is very easy to assemble and comes with a juice jug (with a detachable foam separator) that fits perfectly at the spout to collect the juices. The best part is that the juicing time is fast, and I do not have to cut my fruits into very small chunks before juicing.

The only minor issue I have with this juicer is that I cannot really juice produce that is too soft (e.g., banana or avocado, both of which I love), as it can get stuck at the filter. I believe this may be a problem with centrifugal juicers. Otherwise, this juicer does a good job giving me much-needed nutrients, and it also helps me to easily finish up the fruits in my fridge that are about to spoil.

Masticating Juicers

Masticating juicers operate more slowly than the centrifugal variety. They have a single gear with blades that knead and grind produce in a feed chute, thereby extracting the juice. The juicing method is extremely effective at breaking down the fresh produce's fibrous, hard cell walls, thereby yielding maximum juice and extremely dry pulp. Most of the nutrients are also retained in the juice, as these juicers do not produce as much heat as the centrifugal juicers.

Masticating juicers are usually the juicer of choice—as it has the good qualities of both the centrifugal (i.e., affordable and easy to maintain) and triturating juicers (i.e., better-quality juices).

Centrifugal vs. Masticating Juicer

Most people investing in a juicer will usually choose either a centrifugal juicer or a masticating juicer, as these both provide decent juice quality while still being generally inexpensive. If you are interested in either one of these juicers, you can watch the video below to understand more about the difference between the two types before deciding which one you prefer.

In the video, they are comparing a Breville centrifugal juicer and a Omega masticating juicer.

Triturating Juicers

Triturating (twin gear) juicers work by crushing produce between two gears. They function at slower speeds, and therefore produce very little heat. These juicers are considered among the best on the market because nutrients are offered maximum protection during the juicing process and there is almost no juice foam. They are also very versatile, as you can juice almost any type of fruit or vegetable.

Because they are multi-functional and generate high-quality juices, these juicers can be a little pricey.

Hydraulic Press Juicers

Though not too common, these juicers invariably churn out the best-quality juices (compared to all other juicers). This juicer employs a two-tier process (triturating followed by hydraulic pressing) to squeeze out juice while retaining the maximum amount of nutrients. Some hydraulic juicers can also perform other functions, such as chopping nuts or salad ingredients.

Of course, with all its benefits and functions, hydraulic press juicers are typically one of the most expensive juicers on the market.

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Manual Juicers

Operated by hand, these juicers typically come in two main types; citrus and wheat grass. These juicers are generally cheaper and easier to maintain. However, there is a limit to the variety of vegetable and fruits that can be juiced. In addition, it can be quite tiring to juice manually.

Juicers Comparison Table

Type of juicer
Price
Juice quality
Storage/Maintenance
Speed
Centrifugal Juicers
Affordable
Good quality juice, less juice quantity with more juicy pulp
Quite compact/easy to clean
Fast
Masticating Juicers
Affordable
High quality juice, more juice quantity with less juicy pulp.
Quite compact/slightly harder to clean than centrifugal juicers
Slow
Triturating Juicers
High
High quality juice, more juice quantity with less juicy pulp.
Quite bulky/can be hard to clean
Slow
Hydraulic Press Juicers
Very high
Extremely high quality juice, more juice quantity with less juicy pulp.
Bulky/can be hard to clean
Slow
Manual juicers
Affordable
Good quality juice, less juice quantity with more juicy pulp
Quite compact/easy to clean
Fast

Considerations When Buying Juicers

When buying juicers (particularly if it's your first time), do consider the following:

  • Juicers aren't necessarily cheap. They can fall anywhere in the $100-$1000 range. Some fancy models may cost even more. If you are not going to juice regularly, or you are juicing simple fruits and vegetables, you may want to consider cheaper options, such as centrifugal and manual juicers.
  • Look into the aspect of production and maintenance. For instance, some juicers may be a bit difficult to clean when compared to other varieties. However, those requiring little cleanup may not necessarily be good at extracting the maximum yield.
  • Some juicers have specific purposes. For instance, if you want a vegetable juicer, centrifugal types may not be the best option. Masticating, triturating, or hydraulic press juicers would be better choices, as they can extract optimal amount of nutrients from vegetables for a better-quality juice.
  • Speed - Most good juicers are slow (to reduce heat generation). If you are looking for speed and can compromise a little on the juice quality, you can buy a centrifugal juicer.

Other Considerations

Other additional considerations when deciding on a juicer include: how much noise it makes, capacity, amount of kitchen/storage space needed to accommodate the appliance.

If you're a beginner, or if this is your first juicer purchase, it would be better to start with a simple and inexpensive model to see which type best fits into your lifestyle.

Take action now—and start juicing for stress and anxiety today!

Sources

1. https://theconversation.com/health-check-seven-nutrients-important-for-mental-health-and-where-to-find-them-37170

2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26353411

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        Kawai 

        2 years ago from Singapore

        Thanks for dropping by Janshares..=)

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        Janis Leslie Evans 

        2 years ago from Washington, DC

        Well done, very useful information and advice on the benefits of juicing and how to go about it.

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        Kawai 

        2 years ago from Singapore

        Haha..thanks so much for your support!

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        2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        A useful and informative hub! I Tweeted!

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